How Troost-Ekong Powered Udinese’s Defense To Post Shut Out Against Roma


A lot has been made of the performance of Super Eagles defender William Troost-Ekong for Udinese in their 1-0 win over Roma in the Italian Serie A yesterday.


Ekong started as the right centre back among the three centre backs played by Udinese and his performance was laced with pace, tackles, blocks and clearance.

Known for his tenacity and pace, Ekong showed his uncompromising nature when it comes to clearing the lines with 12 clearances to his name during the game, more than any defender on the pitch for both teams.

He also blocked one goal bound shot and succeeded in making one successful tackle which he complemented by winning five out of the eight duels he was involved in during the game. One of which include a headed clearance off the head of Edin Dzeko.

Although he failed with two of the long passes he attempted, he succeeded with seven of the balls he played out from the back which earned him a passing accuracy of 58.3, which is impressive for a centre defender.