The numbers which proves Etebo could become leading light for Nigerian players in Spain

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There is no better way to announce yourself for a new club while featuring in a completely different country with a top league, like emerging Man of the match while topping all the major match stats.

Such was the scintillating display of former Feirense of Portugal midfielder Oghenekaro Etebo for Spanish Laliga side Las Pamas in their 1-0 win over Malaga in a Premiera Divsion match played on Monday night that he scooped the man of the match award after a domineering match day stats.

Etebo wearing the number six Jersey had three shots, matched by only Adrián González of Malaga.

The Rio 2016 Olympics silver medallist also completed six successful dribbles, which was on record the most by the 28 players that were on parade in the Estadio de Gran Canaria home turf of Las Pamas , leaving Hernán Toledo the second-best player on the night with just three dribbles.

Not done yet, Etebo completed 53 passes with a passing accuracy of 83 percent, made two tackles, two interceptions and one clearance, showcasing an all-round involvement in every aspect of the match.

Still just 22-year-old, the well built player with workaholic energy was naturally the most fouled player on the pitch, as Malaga players resorted to hauling him down in desperate attempts to stop his menacing moves.

The super Eagles midfielder was either breaking play, intercepting Malaga build up balls, or play making and dictating the tone for Las Pamas in an eye catching display in the center of the midfield.

This was an encounter that had two other Nigerian players in Super Eagles striker Brown Ideye ( from the Chinese Super League) and Isaac Success ( Watford -England ) who like Etebo joined Malaga in the winter transfer window.

While both Etebo and Ideye lasted 90’minutes for Las Pamas and Malaga respectively in what was a relegation survival fight, Issac Success who is no stranger to Spain and Laliga, having played for relegated Granada before joining Watford was however subbed in the 78th minute.

Etebo could well be on his way to leading a new generation of top Nigerian performers in the Spanish league since Amunike did the business for Catalan giants FC Barcelona over two decade ago and in recent memory the Uche brothers with Ikechukwu Uche standing out with some top performances for Getafe FC in mid 2000s.

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