10 Africans unsettled in the English Premier League: #3 Joel Matip

Joel Matip of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on September 22, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.  (Sept. 21, 2018 - Source: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe)

Joel Matip of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Southampton FC at Anfield on September 22, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom.

(Sept. 21, 2018 - Source: Alex Livesey/Getty Images Europe)

Of course, it is nice to see the likes of Mo Salah, Percy Tau and Hakim Ziyech shine for their nations over the most recent international break but it also raises questions about some popular names who are finding themselves in sticky situations. There are a number of African players dubbed to be the next Sergio Ramos and Xavis of this world but are currently unsettled at club level. Their potential is endangered by their lack of game time. Here’s a list of the XI players whose progress has stalled. What better time to look at these than now when the January transfer window is fast encroaching?

CB – Joel Matip

The former Cameroon captain is another African player based in the English Premier League that is finding minutes very hard to come by. Joel Matip has been pushed further away from the first team by the resurgence of Englishman Joe Gomez who has cemented his position alongside Virgil Van Dijk in the centre of the Liverpool team’s defence. Matip, widely regarded as a wall in the German Bundesliga for his heroic antics in blocking threats from his goal, has gradually lost his X-factor at the Anfield club where he is continuously in and out of the team. It seems that he is still the same player from Germany when watching him play but without a guaranteed place in the team.

Verdict: Matip needs a manager who trusts in the 27-year-old’s abilities to fulfil his potential and Klopp is not looking like the right manager for him. There are greener pastures!