Here are the top Nigeria midfielders in the world Right now
6. Innocent Bonke
The Lorient midfielder is a traditional midfield destroyer who doesn’t provide much else in terms of possession.
It is unknown if Bonke will expand his skill set at the age of 26, but the possibility seems remote.
Although Wilfred Ndidi’s frequent injuries mean that Super Eagles fans haven’t had much opportunity to witness him, the former Malmo player is sure to receive more invitations to the national team.
5. Frank Onyeka
Onyeka, who had a respectable first half of the season at Brentford last season before a disappointing New Year, just just edges out the next name on our list.
While the former Midtjylland player has displayed flashes of his talent while wearing the green jersey, more consistency is needed if club and nation are to play an even bigger part under Jose Peseiro in the future.
4. Peter Etebo
A chronic injury that Etebo sustained during his first loan season in the Premier League at Watford limited him to just nine appearances (four starts) in 2021–2022.
The Stoke City player, who missed the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, has since joined the Super Eagles and was a key contributor to their 10-0 thrashing of Sao Tome and Principe last month.
His traits indicate that his skill set will be useful under Peseiro.
3. Wilfred Ndidi
The Leicester City player, who is ideally considered as Nigeria’s top midfielder, has been held down recently by injuries.
Ndidi is thus replaced in this ranking by Joe Aribo and Alex Iwobi, placing no higher than third.
Naturally, if the former Genk star receives a clear bill of health, he might reclaim his position as the undisputed best Super Eagles midfielder.
2. Joe Aribo
The celebration of the birthday boy culminated in a domestic cup victory and a European final during his stay at Rangers.
Fans of the Super Eagles will expect to catch the adaptable 26-year-old every week in the Premier League while he is now at Southampton.
Aribo possesses a fantastic skill set, but he has never really performed at his peak for the national team. This is partly due to the ex-Rangers player being given additional defensive duties in a midfield tandem.
1. Alex Iwobi
Although Iwobi’s inclusion may seem odd to some, the Everton player has recently played regularly in center midfield for both the Toffees and the Super Eagles.
Under Frank Lampard, the former Arsenal player has seemed to come back to life, winning the respect of the former managers of Derby County and Chelsea to put in a string of impressive performances.
In Nigeria’s most recent competitive international matches against Sierra Leone and Sao Tome, he played in the middle of the field, possibly signaling a change in role under Peseiro.