Nigerian players in the Premier League will be hoping to end the season on a superb note. John Obi Mikel’s Chelsea face reigning champions Leicester City at Stamford Bridge while the duo of Emmanuel Emenike and Victor Moses will team up for West Ham against Stoke City. Not forgetting, Alex Iwobi, who will be on the pitch as Arsenal host relegated Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium and Kelechi Iheanacho will have to face Swansea City away in Sunday’s Premier League showdowns.
The five players have been impressive this season, earning great remarks from football pundits but on the flip-side they have also been criticized for poor performances in matches. With less criticism falling on the young and spirited Iheanacho and Iwobi.
Mikel, who will always be remembered for scoring against Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League round of 16 first leg, struggled at the start of the season under former boss, José Mourinho but later regained his starting spot on Chelsea when Guus Hiddink replaced Mourinho who was sacked.
Despite not scoring a goal in the EPL this season, he’s been a regular starter under Hiddink, making serious challenges and intercepting opponents on the ball.
Meanwhile, Emenike and Moses may be playing their last game for West Ham United against Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium as their loan spell for the club will end after Sunday’s game.
It is yet to be confirmed if their parent clubs will allow West Ham to extend their contract ahead of the new season, however, Emenike’s case will be determined based on the agreed amount and stipulated number of EPL games played for the club.
Also, Alex Iwobi and Kelechi Iheanacho who have been the revelation for Arsenal and Manchester City this season will be targeting another eye-catching performance in a bid to end the season in grand style.
Iwobi is settling into his probable long term future with the Gunners and has scored two goals in 12 appearances for the team this season.
For Iheanacho, he has done enough to hold a cemented place ahead of the incoming of new coach Pep Guardiola next season, scoring crucial goals for the team. He has managed seven goals in 24 appearances for the Citizens this season.