Iwobi Chases Okocha’s 11 Assists Mark In EPL


Arsenal attacker, Alex Iwobi will seek an addition to his current 10 assists in this season’s contest of the English Premier League, as he lines out for The Gunners in their last match of the season, which would take him either level of beyond 11 held by his uncle, Austin Okocha.

Iwobi could surpass or equal the former Super Eagles’ captain’s 11 assists if he steps out onto the pitch at John Smith’s Stadium in West Yorkshire against Huddersfield Town on Sunday.

Okocha racked up eleven assists during his four-year stay with Bolton Wanderers, currently one more than his sister’ son, Iwobi, who made his Premier League debut less than three years ago against Swansea City.

It is noteworthy to mention that half of Iwobi’s assists made, five in total, came in the 2017-2018 season, a proof that he has added an extra dimension to his game this term.

The Hale End Academy product is Nigeria’s top man in terms of assists this season, ahead of Super Eagles teammates Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho and Victor Moses with three each.

Arsenal hero Nwankwo Kanu is in the history books as the Nigerian player with the most assists in the English topflight, 29, and placed first ahead of ex-Everton striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni (26) and Newcastle legend Shola Ameobi (20).

Nigerian players’ number of assists In Premier League are Nwankwo Kanu – 29, Yakubu – 26, Shola Ameobi – 20, Victor Moses – 18, Victor Anichebe – 13, Celestine Babayaro – 13, Peter Osaze Odemwingie – 13, Jay Jay Okocha – 11, Efan Ekoku – 10, Alex Iwobi – 10, and John Mikel Obi – 10.


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