The English Premier League has seen stars of Nigerian descent grace the pitch. Ever since Efan Ekoku made his first appearance in the yellow and green colors of Norwich in April 1993, several Nigerians have etched their names in the PL books.
A total of 42 (African record) have featured which include legends such as Kanu Nwankwo, Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, Mikel Obi, and many more.
Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Isaac Success, and Odion Ighalo are the five Nigerians to play currently in the PL.
In terms of Appearances, Newcastle’s Shola Ameobi leads the pack with 297 games, followed by Arsenal’s Nwankwo Kanu who featured 273 times with Yakubu Aiyegbeni completing the top 3 with 252 appearances to his name. success of two-time
Two-time champion Nwankwo Kanu, won’t be forgotten for his combination of skill and athleticism in the top flight. As a result, the former Ajax player is the Nigerian with most assists in the PL setting up 29 goals in his 273 matches. Rivalled by John Obi Mikel, who played 249 times in midfield for Chelsea over a 10-year period.
Best ever Nigerian in EPL
Victor Moses is another Nigerian who paid his dues in the English top tier football league and gets a well-deserved mention on the list of Best ever Nigerian in EPL. Converted into a right wing-back by Antonio Conte, he played a pivotal role in the Blues’ 2016/17 title winning campaign.
Bolton Wanderers star Jay-Jay Okocha will continue to live on the hearts of the premier league faithful for his superb skills and flicks with the ball which earned him a Premier League Player Of The Month Award.
The list of Best ever Nigerian in EPL can never be complete without mentioning the highest-scoring Nigerian in the Premier League is Yakubu. A reliable goalscorer for Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton and Blackburn Rovers, he twice scored four goals in a Premier League match during his nine top-flight seasons.