Nigerian Football Legends in the Premier League: Top Ten Most Appearances

by Hashim
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MySportDab Reports on Sunday that Alex Iwobi reach a land mark of 250 Premier League appearance In a tribute to the enduring legacy of Nigerian footballers in the Premier League, we delve into the illustrious careers of the top ten Nigerian players who have graced the English top flight with their skill, passion, and dedication.

From stalwart defenders to prolific strikers, these footballing icons have left an indelible mark on English football history.

1.  Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United & Crystal Palace) – 298 Appearances
A loyal servant to Newcastle United, Ameobi spent 14 years of his senior career with his beloved Magpies. He became a cult hero at St. James’ Park, endeared by fans for his tireless work ethic and Geordie roots. While not the most prolific goalscorer, Ameobi provided a focal point in attack and contributed significantly to Newcastle’s efforts throughout the late 2000s and early 2010s.

2. Nwankwo Kanu (Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion & Portsmouth) – 273 Appearances
Renowned for his technical ability and creativity, Kanu enjoyed historic stints at three Premier League clubs: Arsenal, West Bromwich Albion, and Portsmouth. While his time at Arsenal was marked by playing in the shadow of Thierry Henry, Kanu’s contribution to the club’s success during the late 1990s and early 2000s should not be understated. He later blossomed at West Brom and Portsmouth, where his guile and link-up play were instrumental in their respective top-flight campaigns.

3. Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Everton, Blackburn Rovers, Middlesbrough & Portsmouth) – 252 Appearances
Nigeria’s all-time top scorer in the Premier League, Yakubu was a powerful and prolific striker who struck fear into defenders throughout his career. He possessed a lethal left foot and a knack for finding the net, consistently terrorizing opposing defenses and etching his name into Premier League folklore.

4. Alex Iwobi (Arsenal, Everton & Fulham) – 250 Appearances
The newest entrant to the prestigious 250-appearance club, Alex Iwobi has carved out a successful niche for himself in the Premier League. The versatile midfielder started his career at Arsenal, where he showcased his dribbling skills and creativity. After a stint at Everton, he currently plays for Fulham, where his experience and work ethic are proving invaluable in their fight for survival.

5. John Obi Mikel (Chelsea) – 249 Appearances
A stalwart defensive midfielder, Mikel was a key cog in Chelsea’s dominant teams of the late 2000s and early 2010s. Renowned for his tactical intelligence, tough tackling, and ability to protect the back four, Mikel amassed an impressive trophy haul at Chelsea, including two Premier League titles, four FA Cups, and a Champions League winners’ medal.

6. Joseph Yobo (Everton & Norwich City) – 228 Appearances
A rock-solid defender and inspirational leader, Yobo anchored the Everton backline for eight seasons. Nicknamed “Jossy” by the Toffees faithful, Yobo was a commanding presence in the penalty area, known for his aerial prowess and ability to marshal the defense. He formed a formidable partnership with Sylvain Distin during Everton’s successful period under David Moyes.

7. Victor Moses (Wigan Athletic, Crystal Palace, Liverpool, Stoke City & Chelsea) – 220 Appearances
Moses’ Premier League career has been one of versatility and adaptation. Beginning at Wigan Athletic, he showcased his pace and attacking threat on the wing before thriving as a wing-back under Antonio Conte at Chelsea, becoming a key component of the Blues’ title-winning team in the 2016-17 season.

8. Victor Anichebe (Everton, West Bromwich Albion & Sunderland) – 204 Appearances
A powerful striker with undeniable talent, Anichebe perhaps didn’t quite fulfill the lofty expectations set for him during his early days at Everton. Despite flashes of brilliance, injuries and competition for places limited his impact at Everton. He later found success at West Bromwich Albion, scoring some memorable goals during their Premier League campaigns.

9. Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City & Leicester City) – 196 Appearances
Nigeria’s top active scorer in the Premier League, Iheanacho burst onto the scene at Manchester City, showcasing his pace, finishing ability, and potential to become a world-class striker. A move to Leicester City offered Iheanacho more regular starts, and he has established himself as a valuable squad member, contributing crucial goals and assists.

10. Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) – 179 Appearances
A defensive powerhouse, Ndidi has become a vital cog in the Leicester City machine since arriving in 2017. His tackling prowess, positional sense, and ability to break up play are crucial to Leicester’s success, making him a nightmare for opposing attackers. Ndidi has the potential to become a true Premier League legend with his tireless work ethic and energy.

As these top ten Nigerian football legends continue to inspire and influence the Premier League, their collective legacy serves as a testament to the rich talent and enduring impact of Nigerian footballers on the English top flight.

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