Iheanacho, Sadiq and the Four Most Underperforming Nigerian Attackers in Europe This Season

Iheanacho, Sadiq and the Four Most Underperforming Nigerian Attackers in Europe This Season

Ero Samson
updated at April 13, 2024 at 10:16 PM
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  • Several attackers of the Super Eagles have largely been underwhelming this season
  • A flurry of hem, including Kelechi Iheanacho, are currently experiencing a goal drought
  • Sports Brief spotlights a list of underperforming Nigerian attackers through this season

It has not been a season of unbridled success for several attackers of the Super Eagles of Nigeria who ply their trade in Europe.

While some have enjoyed moments of success in front of goal, the same cannot be said for others who seem to have struggled through the 2023-24 season.

Notably, it has been a season of frustration for many forwards, with Leicester City's Kelechi Iheanacho, standing out as he continues to endure reduced playing time and one of the worst goalscoring droughts of his career.

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Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho, has struggled in front of goal through the 2023-24 season. Image: James Gill - Danehouse.
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In light of the underwhelming form experienced by the 27-year-old, Sports Brief shines a spotlight on underperforming Nigerian attackers who find themselves entangled in a web of goal droughts.

Nigerian attackers enduring goal droughts

Kelechi Iheanacho

The 27-year-old had a stellar start to the season, scoring five goals for Leicester City in his first nine appearances, as per data from Fotmob. However, since his last goal against Swansea City in October 2023, the Nigerian has been unable to find the back of the net, and his reduced playing time has done little to salvage his situation.

It has now been over 175 days since the former Manchester City man last scored for his club. The Super Eagles forward will be eager to end his drought when the Foxes face off against promotion-chasing West Brom.

Sadiq Umar

The Real Sociedad forward is currently enduring another challenging spell in front of goal. Since his return from the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury that sidelined him for a large part of the 2022-23 season, the former Almeria forward has only managed to score three times.

The 27-year-old, who has now gone over a month without finding the net, will be eager to end his drought when he faces his former side Almeria.

Akor Adams

The 24-year-old, who dazzled the French league in the early stages of the 2023-24 season with Montpellier, has experienced a dramatic downturn in form.

The former Lillestrom forward scored seven goals in his first ten games of the season but has since seen his form sharply decline.

Adams' slump has resulted in him losing his spot in coach Michel Der Zakarian's starting lineup. The Nigerian forward will be hoping to end his goal drought if he features for his side against Clermont Foot.

Isaac Success

Isaac Success has arguably been the most disappointing of Nigerian attackers this season. The Udinese man, who burst onto the scene after his exploits at the FIFA U17 World Cup in 2013, has failed to reach the heights many expected of him.

Throughout the 2023-24 season, the 28-year-old has been unable to find the back of the net. The Nigerian forward is in desperate need of a goal to boost his confidence, and scoring against high-flying AS Roma would certainly do wonders for his morale.

Omeruo speaks on why he struggled at Chelsea

Sports Brief in another report stated that Super Eagles of Nigeria defender, Kenneth Omeruo, explained why he failed to break into the first team at Premier League side Chelsea.

The 30-year-old detailed how a loan spell ruined his chances of featuring for the London club.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).