Eagles Watch : Europe

With less than 10 days before the ANQ against SA in Jo’Burg . Football411 Xtray the performance of Super Eagles players in Europe’s top flight :

Ola Aina :

The Chelsea loanee continued his impressive form for Torino in a convincing 4-1 win over Sampdoria away from home. The left wing-back marauded his flank like an experienced campaigner and followed that up by contributing to the Maroons’ attacking play by creating a few chances in the encounter. It came as no surprise that the wideman was to provide an assist on one of his forward forays when he did really well to set up Iago Falque’s strike. Admittedly, he may have been a bit shaky defensively, but more than made up for it in attack as Walter Mazzarri’s side ran riot.

Etebo :

On his return to the side following injury, the midfielder suffered against promotion-chasers Middlesbrough at the Bet365 Stadium. In hindsight, perhaps Gary Rowett might feel he should’ve eased him back in after his poor performance against Tony Pulis’s side as they played out to a goalless draw. Etebo lacked the sharpness he had pre-injury and seemed too loose in possession. He did create a couple of opportunities for the side, but the negatives did outweigh the positives, and he was rightly hooked with 10 minutes to play.

Troost Ekong :

Udinese did little to dispel pre-match rumours as they fell to a really late 1-0 defeat against AC Milan. Troost-Ekong would have been disappointed by his display on the night, as he was guilty of losing individual battles far too often, and the Little Zebras’ near-clean sheet had more to do with Juan Musso’s heroics, rather than defensive solidity. Troost-Ekong’s performances have dipped in the last month, and he’ll need to find a bit of consistency promptly as the Udine-based outfit continue to slide down the table – they dropped to 17th after Sunday’s defeat.

Alex Iwobi:

Unai Emery’s call to drop Iwobi to the bench for Arsenal’s game against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium was strange to say the least, given his amazing performances under the Spaniard’s embryonic regime. With the Gunners down 1-0, the attacking midfielder’s introduction (with just over 20 minutes to play) was just what the doctor ordered. It was the in-form Iwobi who turned provider for Alexander Lacazette, who still had a lot to do, to pull the North London club level late on as it ended 1-1. It was no less than they deserved on the night, and Emery will’ve been delighted with the playmaker’s impact. 

By : Lanre Banjoko