Nigerian players were brilliant and fantastic – giving Ademetan Abayomi plenty to think about as he looked to pick the best XI from the weekend’s action.

Adeleye Adebayo [Hapoel Jerusalem]

Well positioned to stop thunderbolts in the game against Sektzia Nes Tziona, his performance was mind-blowing. Outstanding.

Kevin Akpoguma [Hoffenheim]

A lion at the heart of the defence and refused to buckle when under pressure. Always aware of his positioning. Magisterial.

Zaidu Sanusi [FC Porto]

Sat and controlled the Vizela forwards with comparative ease. Always ready to put in a good clean tackle and never put a foot wrong or gave an inch. Forceful.

Ola Aina [Torino]

The wing back was his usual elegant, untiring self as Torino edged Monza. Princely.

Moses Simon [Nantes]

Awesome at the wing, sending in menacing crosses all day. Also delivered the perfect pass and scored. Crucial.

Ademola Lookman [Atalanta]

Scored the second goal in breathtaking fashion. Completely ruled the attack on his debut. Inspiring.

Joe Aribo [Southampton]

Got into the perfect position to reduce the deficit as Southampton drew 2-2 against Leeds United. Terrific.

Yusuf Alhassan [Royal Antwerp]

Alhassan was at the heart of all the visitors’ best moves. Always willing to run, played with a smile on his face and enjoyed himself. Vital.

Samuel Chukwueze [Villarreal]

Like a runaway train down the right. He was always involved and would have had a few more assists if the forwards had been on his wavelength. Unstoppable.

Taiwo Awoniyi [Nottingham Forest]

Always lively and scored a great goal. The goalkeeper could do nothing about his goal. He was always running and tormented the West Ham United backline. Stunning.

Victor Osimhen [Napoli]

Man of the Match performance with a goal and one assist. The striker was very effective in the win at Hellas Verona. Stylish.

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