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6 Overseas-Based Nigerian Stars With Lengthy Goal Droughts

6 Overseas-Based Nigerian Stars With Lengthy Goal Droughts

With the second half of the season in the European Leagues in full swing, Completesportsnigeria.com's JOHNNY EDWARD presents five overseas-based Nigerian players that have turned out to be disappointing this term  in the business of goal scoring.

1. Odion Ighalo (Watford FC)

The 28 year old forward has become such a liability for Watford this season and has dropped further down in the pecking order at the club. Ighalo who bagged 17 goals last season has been a shadow of himself since the arrival of his compatriot Isaac Success and Italian forward, Stephano Okaka.

The Nigeria international has scored twice in 20 appearances in all competition and has gone 15 consecutive games in a year without scoring a goal. 

With Watford having received a £27 million offer from China, the Hornets may consider letting go, the forward who scored 15 EPL goals last season but has struggled this term. He last scored for the Hornets in their 4-2 win over West Ham in August last year.

2. VICTOR MOSES (CHELSEA)

Since making a return to the starting lineup of Chelsea under new manager, Antonio Conte, Victor Moses playing as a wing back, has had a new lease of life.

Moses who has scored four goals in 23 appearances in all competitions for the current English Premier League leaders, has gone nine games without scoring, although playing as a wingback.

Moses has provided two assists with his last goal coming against Chelsea last year November at the Stamford Bridge.

3. MOSES SIMON (KAA GENT)

Moses Simon started the season on a bright note for former Belgian champions, KAA Gent, getting off the mark after four games and helped Gent secured a draw against Anderlecht. Moses currently in his second season in the Pro Division league in Belgium, has scored three goals in 23 games in all competition. 

He last scored a goal for his team four months ago in a 3-0 win over Zulte Waregem on the 16th of October 2016, extending his goal drought to 14 games this season. The Nigeria international has a job on his hands to prove to coach Hein Vanhaezebrouck that he can hold his own in the starting XI.

Last season saw the 21 year old play 15 games and 13 games straight games without scoring a goal in the year Gent were crowned champions of Belgium.

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4. FREDY FRIDAY (AZ ALKMAAR)

Nigerian striker, Freddy Friday, joined Dutch Eredivisie side AZ following an impressive goal scoring form with Norwegian side Lillestrom where he scored 19 goals in his last 50 games for the club. But he has failed to score a goal for AZ Alkmaar in all the 12 Eredivisie games he has featured in since arriving for €1.5M last summer.  

His only goal for the club came in a December when AZ defeated fourth division side ASWH 2-0 on the 14th of December. The 21 year old Friday has also scored four goals in three games for the second team of AZ.

5.  EMMANUEL EMENIKE (FENERBAHCE)

Former Super Eagles striker Emmanuel Emenike scored a total of seven goals playing for two clubs last season (Al Ain and West Ham) on loan away from Fenerbahce, and has gone nine games without a goal for two months from 30/10/16 to 15/12/16. He last scored for the Yellow Canaries in their 1-0 win over Konyaspor.

6. Oghenekaro Etebo (CD Feirense)

One of Nigeria’s most impressive overseas-based performers in 2016, Oghenekaro Etebo, has gone 13 games without scoring a goal for Portuguese club, CD Feirense, since joining the side after the Rio Olympic Games in Brazil. His only goal for Feirense came in the Taca da Liga win over Tondela in October last year.

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