Now, let’s delve deeper into the record books in England and explore the top 10 Nigerian scorers in Premier League history.
The illustrious Premier League has always been a melting pot of football excellence. It’s where the world’s finest talents converge to showcase their skills. Nigerian players have carved out their own legacy within this dynamic arena. From thunderous strikers who send the net rippling to deft playmakers who orchestrate exquisite moves, Nigerians have consistently illuminated the English top flight with their brilliance. As we embark on this captivating journey, the spotlight falls on the top 10 Nigerian scorers in Premier League history.
10. Alex Iwobi – 17 Goals
The youngest player on this list, Alex Iwobi has already commenced his ascent into the echelons of Premier League stardom. Renowned for his vibrant creativity and boundless energy on the field, Iwobi has left an indelible mark. The winger has racked up 17 goals donning the jerseys of Arsenal and Everton. With each match, he unearths new layers of his potential, leaving fans and analysts alike eager to witness his continued evolution.
9. Victor Moses – 20 Goals
Victor Moses showcased versatility and flair during his time in the Premier League. Playing as a winger and wing-back, he scored 20 goals for clubs like Wigan Athletic, Chelsea, and Stoke City. Moses’ ability to create chances and find the net made him an asset to his teams. The Spartak Moscow star made 46 goal contributions (20 goals, 26 assists) in 220 games during his Premier League career.
8. Victor Anichebe – 26 Goals
Victor Anichebe was a powerhouse on the pitch who gave defenders sleepless nights. With 26 goals for Everton, West Bromwich Albion, and Sunderland, his box presence was a nightmare for opponents. Beyond scoring, the former forward dished out 13 assists in 204 Premier League appearances.
7. Obafemi Martins – 28 Goals
Obafemi Martins was two things: a speedster and an entertainer. With lightning agility, the attacker blazed a trail for Newcastle United and Birmingham City. He whipped in 28 goals and added seven assists in 92 games. His strikes? Unforgettable masterpieces that left fans in awe and defenders in his dust.
6. Peter Odemwingie – 36 Goals
Peter Odemwingie was a dynamo on the pitch, with his blistering speed and sharpshooter instincts. A darling of West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City, he notched up 36 Premier League goals. The Nigerian’s impact wasn’t just about scoring; he added finesse with 13 assists across 129 games. His excellence earned him the Player of the Month award thrice.
5. Kelechi Iheanacho – 42 Goals
Kelechi Iheanacho has carved his name in Premier League history. His ability to seize the moment and deliver when it matters most is a hallmark of his game. Iheanacho’s journey from Manchester City to Leicester City has been nothing short of remarkable, yielding an impressive tally of 42 goals. But his brilliance extends beyond scoring. The 26-year-old has also contributed 25 assists across 196 games. His talent was officially recognized when he clinched the Player of the Month accolade in March 2021.
4. Shola Ameobi – 43 Goals
Shola Ameobi is a name that resonates with the heart of Newcastle United. A true legend, he dedicated the majority of his career to the Magpies, etching his legacy with 43 goals and 20 assists. His commitment and fervor on the pitch endeared him to the passionate Toon Army. Though his Premier League journey extended to Crystal Palace in 2015, Ameobi’s impact was firmly rooted in his time with Newcastle. With 298 games to his name, he bid farewell to the game in 2018.
3. Efan Ekoku – 52 Goals
Efan Ekoku, a name that might not ring as loud but left its mark nonetheless. His 52 goals and 10 assists in 160 Premier League games showcase a formidable impact. Donning the colors of Norwich City and AFC Wimbledon, Ekoku’s thunderous strikes reverberated through the league. While he may not have enjoyed the same spotlight, he still ranks third in the list of Nigerian scorers in Premier League history.
2. Kanu – 54 Goals
Nwankwo Kanu, an iconic Nigerian striker, painted his brilliance across the canvas of English football. His grace and ingenuity yielded an impressive 54 goals and 29 assists across 273 games. The striker forged his legacy at Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion. His exquisite play and unforgettable instances etched his name into the hearts of fans. Kanu’s crowning moments include clinching the Premier League title twice and contributing to Arsenal’s legendary Invincibles squad of 2003/04.
1. Yakubu – 95 Goals
Nicknamed “The Yak,” Yakubu Aiyegbeni sits first in the list of the top Nigerian scorers in Premier League history. An awe-inspiring tally of 95 goals and 26 assists across 252 games underscores his reputation. The ex-forward was a clinical finisher and relentless scorer. He showcased his prowess at prominent Premier League clubs such as Portsmouth, Everton, and Blackburn Rovers.