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Best Nigerian Footballers of 2017 so Far

In this list for the Pulse mid-year review, we look at the five best Nigeria players so far in 2017.

1. Victor Moses

Victor Moses
Moses won the Premier League title with Chelsea in 2017  (Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images )

The Nigerian player that won the biggest club trophy in 2017, the Premier League title. In a brilliant form that started from 2016, Moses played an influential role in Chelsea’s Premier League title win and their run to theFA Cup final.

2. Henry Onyekuru

Henry onyekuru
Henry Onyekuru is the Nigerian break-out star of 2017  (PA Images)

Clearly, the breakout Nigerian star of 2017, Onyekuru’s performances for Belgian sideKAS Eupen put him in the watchlist of some of the biggest clubs in Europe and gave him aSuper Eagles call-up.

In the season that just ended, Onyekuru scored 24 goals for Eupen in what was his breakout year. Arsenal and a host of other clubs were interested in him before Everton eventually signed him.

3. Stephen Odey

Stephen Odey
Stephen Odey has set the NPFL on fire this season  (NPFL)

32 matches in and there is still no answer to Stephen Odey in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The MFM FC striker has netted 18 league goals for the Lagos-based club since the current NPFL season started in January. The striker has formed an efficient trio withSikiru Olatunbosun and Chukwuka Onuwato make MFM FC one of the most exciting teams in Nigeria.

4. Anthony Nwakaeme

Anthony Nwakaeme and John Ogu
Anthony Nwakaeme (left) won back to back titles in Israel  (Instagram)

Nwakaeme won back to back league titles in Israel with his club Hapoel Be’er Sheva. He scored 14 goals in 23 league appearances earning him the award for the best player in Israel. Winning the best player award in any country including Israel is not a small feat.

It’s still a shock to many that the striker is yet to get a Super Eagles call-up from Gernot Rohr.

5. Wilfred Ndidi

Wilfred Ndidi
Wilfred Ndidi was named Leicester City Young Player of the Year despite joining only in January  (Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

The Premier League can be a tough place to play, taking most players months and maybe a year to adapt. Not for Nigerian midfielder Ndidi who joined Leicester City in January and has still not put a wrong foot in.

The 20-year-old has impressed critics with his composed and combative midfield play. He has even had to deny agreeing on a move toManchester United.

Mediocre players are not linked to Manchester United, that’s how far the Nigerian midfielder has come.(

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