With the 2023/24 season reaching its climax, PUNCH Sports Extra takes a look at Nigerian players who have had 10 or more goal contributions for their various clubs. While some of them have led their clubs to memorable triumphs, others are battling g to survive and maintain their status, writes EBENEZER BAJELA

Victor Boniface (Bayer Leverkusen)

Without any doubt, Boniface has been Nigeria’s best player globally this season.

The 23-year-old has been in devastating form for Bayer Leverkusen, guiding the Die Werkself to their first-ever league title in their 120-year history.

Despite missing more than three months of action after suffering an abductor injury, no Nigerian has more goal contribution than the Akure-born striker. His 28-goal contribution (18 goals and 10 assists) already puts him in the race for the CAF 2024 Men’s Player of The Year award.

Having sealed the German league title, Boniface and his teammates are still in the running for the German Cup and Europa League titles and remain the only unbeaten team in Europe.

Cyriel Dessers (Rangers)

Surprisingly, Dessers ranks second on the list of Nigerian players with the highest number of goal contributions.

The 29-year-old took time to win over the highly vociferous Rangers fans after his summer move from Cremonese in Italy, but there will be few doubters left after his clinical double against Hearts on Sunday helped fire his side to the final of the Scottish Cup to set up a mouth-watering clash with eternal rivals Celtic United.

In his first 20 games for Rangers, the 29-year-old managed to find the back of the net on three occasions but has been able to turn the tide since the start of the year.

With 19 goals and eight assists, Dessers boasts the second-best goal contributions by any Nigerian player abroad.

Victor Osimhen (Napoli)

While it may not be his best season going by his standards, Osimhen remains one of the most prolific forwards in Europe.

The 25-year-old’s season has been plagued by a series of injuries and international commitment, still, the Super Eagles striker has managed to contribute 15 goals and four assists, a total of 19-goal contributions so far this season.

Osimhen was in devastating form in the 2022/23 season, scoring 26 goals in 32 Serie A games and 31 goals across all competitions to help Napoli claim the league title for the first time in 33 years and while they may have lost the league title to Inter Milan this season, the Nigerian is joint-third on the scorers chart in the Serie A.

Only Lautaro Martinez (23) and Dusan Vlahovic (16) have scored more goals than Osimhen in the Italian topflight league this season.

Ademola Lookman (Atalanta)

One of the standout performers in the Serie A so far this season, Lookman has 15-goal contribution for Atalanta as they continue their quest to book a place in Europe next season.

The former Leicester City man has been consistent since making a move to Italy two seasons ago and has established himself as one of the top players in the Italian Serie A.

Despite playing just 2,157 minutes from a possible 3,150 minutes across 35 matches, the 26-year-old has scored nine goals and provided six assists.

After providing two assists in Atalanta’s 2-1 win over Monza on Sunday, Lookman became just the fifth player to score more than 20 goals and deliver more than 10 assists since the start of last season in Serie A, after Napoli’s Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, AC Milan’s Raphael Leão, Paulo Dybala of Roma and Milan’s Olivier Giroud.

It’s definitely the best season of  his career after he was snubbed by several English clubs and Germans Leipzig. However, Atalanta snatched their raw diamond and turned him to a precious gem.

Tolu Arokodare (Genk)

In what has been a relatively poor season for Genk, Arokodare has been one of the shining lights for the club so far in the Belgium Jupiler Pro League.

The 1.97m tall striker has hit the back of the net on 14 occasions with three assists.

While the goals seems to have dried up for the Genk forward, having managed just two goals in his last 10 matches, he remains one of the country’s top performers in goal conversion.

Terem Moffi (Nice)

With his 12-goal contribution from 25 games, Moffi has proven to be one of the most prolific strikers in the French Ligue1.

The 23-year-old has scored 10 goals in Ligue 1 and is joint-seventh in the scorers’ charts with Kylian Mbappe the leading scorer with 24 goals.

With eight matches to the end of the season, Moffi stands a chance of finishing among the top three goal-scorers in the league if his form in the last few weeks, where he scored four goals in six games, is anything to go by.

Peter Olayinka (Red Star Belgrade)

While he hasn’t scored in other competitions, Olayinka has been prolific in the Serbian topflight, hitting target with relative ease — his 12-goal contribution in 29 matches are a testament to that.

Despite operating as a left winger, the 28-year-old ranks joint sixth top scorer in the Super Liga Srbije, having scored eight goals plus four assists for Red Star and is one of the club’s most outstanding players so far this season.

Samuel Omorodion (Alaves)

Apart from Real Madrid’s Jude Bellingham, striker Omorodion is the only other player to score against Barcelona in their two LaLiga clashes this season, which underlines his knack for the big occasion.

The Super Eagles-eligible forward boasts the record for the fastest goal scored in the Spanish topflight league this season, finding the back of the net against the Catalans just 27 seconds after kick-off.

While the Melilla-born forward, 19, failed to score in his last six games, the bright start to the season means his 10-goal contribution (nine goals and an assist) still places him among the top performers for Alaves with parent club Atletico Madrid ready to recall him back to the team ahead of next season. If he scores 10 goals in the league, he’ll become the first Nigerian to achieve the feat in the Spanish topflight.


Also worthy of mention are Taiwo Awoniyi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Elijah Adebayo and Moses Simon.

The quartet has nine-goal contributions each but has seen their contributions thwarted due to varying injuries.

Both Awoniyi and Adebayo have scored nine goals each for Nottingham Forest and Luton Town respectively but have been out for a while due to injuries. Iheanacho has six goals and three assists but has barely featured for the Foxes having played less than 90 minutes of football in their last 19 games.

Simon has been ruled out for the rest of the season but his three goals and six assists earned him a mention among the top performers.




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