The 2022/23 season has witnessed remarkable displays from Nigerian-born footballers, who have been scoring goals in top European leagues. Their strong performances have been a great delight, especially for football and Bettors fanatics, who enjoy high odds on betway for wagering on these fantastic strikers to score.
Napoli’s goal machine Victor Osimhen, who has been a great talk this season, and Atalanta’s Ademola Lookman, make it to this list of Nigerian players with excellent goal returns. In this article, we will take a closer look at their standout performances as well as other young Nigerian players who are making a name for themselves in Europe’s goal-scoring charts.
Victor Osimhen is the top-scoring Nigerian player in Europe this season. The 24-year-old striker has managed to score 14 goals for Napoli in 16 Serie A appearances and one goal in 3 Champions League games. He recently dazzled fans by scoring a brace in Napoli’s 5-1 thrashing of Juventus. The young striker’s impressive stats have exceeded expectations and have garnered interest from top English Premier League clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea, who attempted to sign him during the recent transfer window. However, Napoli managed to hold onto their prized asset as a key part of their future long-term plans.
Ademola Lookman of Atalanta ranks second on the list of top-scoring Nigerians in Europe. He trails Victor Osimhen by just a few goals. The 25-year-old forward has 14 goals and 3 assists in 22 appearances this season. Of these, he scored 12 goals in Serie A, while two are from the Coppa Italia match against Spezia, where he scored a brace in the 5-2 shocking defeat of the Little Eagles. Being the second-highest scorer in Serie A, Lookman is a highly skilled and talented Nigerian player with great potential.
Terem Mofi is the third highest-scoring Nigerian player in Europe, with 12 goals in 18 appearances for the club Lorient. The 23-year-old forward is also the third-highest scorer in Ligue 1. In the league, he is only surpassed by Balogun with 14 goals and Kylian Mbappé and Alexandre Lacazette, who are tied in the second position with 13 goals each. Additionally, Mofi has had an exceptional goal rate of nearly a goal every 106 minutes, making him the most efficient Nigerian in terms of expected goals.
In the English Premier League, Taiwo Awoniyi leads as the top Nigerian goal-scorer. He plays for Nottingham Forest and has scored 4 league goals and 1 EFL Cup goal in just 19 appearances. The 25-year-old striker’s outstanding performance was in early January when he scored a crucial 27-minute winning goal against Southampton that helped push Nottingham Forest up the table and away from the relegation zone.
Leicester’s Kelechi Iheanacho rounds out the list with his valuable contribution to the team. Despite being hindered by injuries this season, the 26-year-old Nigerian forward has made important contributions. He has 2 goals and 3 assists in 15 Premier League matches, including the recent standout performance against Aston Villa, where he scored one goal and provided two assists in Leicester’s 4-2 victory. As the season continues, Iheanacho is expected to make a further impact on the team.
These top Nigerian goal-scorers are true ambassadors of the beautiful game, and their success serves as inspiration for future generations of footballers. Their outstanding performances at the top leagues in the European football world highlight Nigerian players’ immense talent and potential. As the season progresses, these players are expected to continue their impressive performances as well as command the best odds on betway to score in every game they play.