Nigeria international, Samuel Chukwueze, reached a major milestone in his club career after he made 100 La Liga appearances for Villarreal in their 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano at the Estadio de la Ceramica on Sunday.
Chukwueze was brought in as a substitute for Yeremi Pino in the 62nd minute in what was his ninth league game of the season and also his 100th appearance in the Spanish top-flight.
The Super Eagles forward, who made his first-team debut on September 20, 2018, replacing Nicola Sansone in a 2–2 home draw against Rangers in the UEFA Europa League, played his first league game for the Yellow Submarines on November 5, 2018, in a 1–1 home draw against Levante.
The 22-year-old was a key player for the La Liga club as they claimed the 2020/21 Europa League trophy – though an injury in the semi-finals against Arsenal ruled him out of the final and has played mainly as a substitute this season after recovering from a six-month layoff.
So far this season, Chikwueze has scored one goal in nine league appearances he featured – the goal he scored against Barcelona – the team he has scored the most number of goals against in the Spanish top-flight.
Of the 100 appearances, Chukwueze started 52 of the games, while he came on as a substitute in the other 48 matches.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian in his 100 league appearances Yellow Submarines has scored 13 goals and registered 10 assists.