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Nigeria’s talent pool is growing to be the stuff of legend, evidence seen in young players like Samuel Chukwueze. The forward has been making a name for himself with Villareal in La Liga this season, leaving defenders for dead, and developing a taste for the goals as he has scored in all 3 of the competitions his side are participating in.
Pogba has been absolutely on fire since Solskjaer took the reigns at Man U with 4 goals and 4 assists since? But it wasn’t too long ago where many were questioning if Pogba would regain his consistency. Check out our take on if the New Pogba is here to stay.
MB45 has been rather quiet in 18/19 by his standards. Surrounded by transfer rumors, coupled with the overly lambasted antagonistic nature of his personality, will Balotelli move on from Ligue 1 this month?
Contrary to assumed state of affairs, the Spanish La Liga title race could the toughest of all Europe’s top leagues this campaign. And quite a number of African stars are very much caught up in the thick of things. You do no want to miss it.
Black and yellow are the colors that represent the German Bundesliga at the turn of the year. Borussia Dortmund are youthful, electric, and playing exciting football that has resulted in a 6 point lead over Bayern Munich. They just may be making Bundesliga great again.
2018 was a massive year for Africans in the English Premier League, and there are no signs of them slowing down.
As far as the African part of the Italian Serie A is concerned, we no longer have to find solace in reminiscing the careers of greats such as Samuel Eto’o. There is a new breed ushering in a new era. The year 2019 will also bear witness
Pepé tops our list out of respect. The Ivorian is burning through the French Ligue 1, and has been absolutely clutch for OSC Lille with 4 of his 12 league goals coming after the 75th minute of play.
Next up on our list is the 20-year-old of Algerian descent, a possible “reincarnation” of Xavi Hernandez who has been twisting heads and legs in the French Ligue 1.
As we speak, the demand for Ndombele grows. The 21-year-old has already attracted interest from the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona. Some say he “stinks of football,” and with every day that goes by, Lyon has to fight off tempting offers to price away the French international of Congolese descent away from the Ligue 1.
The son of Ghanaian legend hasn’t had as many chances to impress, but a host of Bundesliga’s elite including Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund have seen enough to want him in the ranks. Chelsea have a lot to do if they are to keep the 18-year-old in the Premier League.
Even though it didn’t quite work at Juventus for Lemina, the opposite has been true during his time at Southampton. The Saints dependency on him has developed into a “what’s best for the team” scenario, as they try to survive in the Premier League. A January move could be on the cards.
It wouldn’t be a list without Koulibaly. The Senegalese is perhaps the most wanted defender in the world right now, and it has been great to see the global football community put their collective arms around him after his most recent bout with racism at the San Siro. With a rejected bid of £90 million by a Manchester United already this season, what’s Napoli’s asking price for ?
The son of George Weah is bound to raise the flag of Stars and Stripes up in the coming few years, but has had to deal with limited game time at the Parc de Princes. We are all waiting for the 18-year-old to be fully unleashed, wether that comes with more minutes in Ligue 1, or elsewhere on loan.
The 31-year-old Captain fantastic is nearing retirement. After emphatic displays in the Bundesliga and Italian Serie A, one last straw at another top club is what many fan (and most likely his agent) are eagerly waiting for.
We compiled the top moments from the English Premier League’s Matchday 18 that continued to see many familiar faces on the top of their game. This 3-way Golden Boot race between Aubameyang, Salah, and Kane is only getting started.
Off the pitch disciplinary issues are becoming more of a candle in the sun compared to Dembele’s goals and magic wand-like feet. Whether it’s the La Liga or Champions League, there is no arguing that Dembele has been invaluable to Barcelona in 18/19.
The Premier League’s Sadio Mane is a player that when in form, is one of the best players in the world, with his 22nd place finish in the 2018 Ballon d’Or rankings. However, when off form, inconsistency has crept into his game at times. As he remains one of Klopp and Liverpool’s favored attackers, check out our thoughts on the forward’s profile as a player.
Percy Tau had the whole of South Africa on lockdown in 2018 before jumping ship to Europe, effectively becoming a gift to all of Mamelodi Sundowns’ opponents. More importantly, he has hit the ground running with Belgian side Union SG with 7 goals and 6 assists.
Riyad Mahrez, came to the English Premier League, made his name, and conquered in Leicester colors. Now the long awaited move to a top European club has finally materialized for the Algerian. With 7 goals and 6 assists under Guardiola, it’s safe to say Mahrez is enjoying his time so far in Manchester.
In 2018 Africans found a new home abroad, that has been in China. The 1.3 billion people of the People’s Republic of China were absolutely welcome to some of the biggest names in African football on both the men and women’s side.
The African football stars all over the world in premium leagues such as the Bundesliga, La Liga, Serie A and quite recently the Chinese Super League, have been usually, a part of the pack. It however seems like they are starting to lead the pack as far as the English Premier League is concerned.
Did you spot Mali’s Mousa Marega making champions league history in Porto’s final group game against Turkish champions in Galatasaray? Look no further, we have recapped it here for you, together with other UCL defining moments that pitted Africans on matchday 6.
The January transfer window is a few weekends away. In our anticipation and excitement of possible moves, we have taken to lay down 10 “unsettled” African stars in the English top flight, the Premier League. The final player on our list is another Ghanaian.
The January transfer window is a few weekends away. In our anticipation and excitement of possible moves, we have taken to lay down 10 “unsettled” African stars in the English top flight, the Premier League. The blooming Nigeria who plays for Watford could be a surprise inclusion on this list.
The January transfer window is a few weekends away. In our anticipation and excitement of possible moves, we have taken to lay down 10 “unsettled” African stars in the English top flight, the Premier League. The Nigerian who hung up his international boots earlier this year also finds himself on the list.
The January transfer window is a few weekends away. In our anticipation and excitement of possible moves, we have taken to lay down 10 “unsettled” African stars in the English top flight, the Premier League. The Ghanaian EPL title winner with the Foxes back in 2015/16 season is the seventh man on the list.
Kalidou Koulibaly is now easily one of the best centre-backs in the world if not the best. His displays in the Italian Serie A, UEFA Champions League and even at the 2018 FIFA World Cup have made him a highly experienced asset bound to become the world’s most expensive defender if he switches clubs. A potential move looks imminent as the top clubs circle the 27-year-old.