10 African Footballers to keep an eye on in the new Epl season

Since the new era of the English Premier League begun in 1992, we have seen over 200 gladiators flag the banner of the African continent and have proven to the outside world the immense talent in Africa.

In a very busy transfer market we have seen quite a lot of players making moves all across the 20 premier league teams however, Football411.net will be looking at 10 African related signings made in the Premier League thus far.

Eric Bailly -£30million
With all the hype hovering around the the 22 year old , Bailly is nothing short of an impressive physical specimen blessed with dosages of composure and technical ability when on the ball.

 Bailly who has had 15 international caps to his name doled out consistent performances for his former contractors helping the yellow submarines finish 4th in Spanish La liga and the Ivorian international will be looking to continue his meteoric rise to fame at Manchester United after signing for the Red Devils for a fee of £30m

With the impressive fee paid on him to get his services it seems likely that Bailly will have a prominent part to play for the club next season and will be looking to form a huge center back pairing with Chris Smalling.

Sadio Mané – £34million

Since he stepped in England, Sadio Mane has certainly being a success story in the premier league and one can expect to see more great things from Mané after making his £34million move to the team that ‘never work alone’ Liverpool.

The Senegalese international is obviously not a spring chicken in the premier league and has paid his dues racking up a total of 21 goals in 67apps on the right wing for former club side, Southampton.that’s one impressive stats we must say.

The 24 year old won our hearts over with his pace ,trickery on the ball, his good eye for goal and to cap it all the Senegalese is comfortable playing anywhere up front which his an added quality to his already packed arsenal. 

Victor Wanyama- £11million

One of the attributes to have as a defensive midfielder is the art of positioning and the Kenyan who doesn’t joke with his chicken has that on the lockdown coupled with the fact that he’s a destructive force in the midfield ,making countless interceptions and blocks per game and the 25 year old has come at a bargain fee of £11million mainly because he had just one year left on his contract at Southampton.

Ahmed Musa – £16.6million 

Nigerian international, Ahmed Musa has added to the ever increasing number of African talent currently plying their trade in the Mecca of world football,The English Premier League.

As they say, A goldfish has no hiding place so is the talent of this Nigerian front man Ahmed Musa. The 23 year enjoyed his most prolific season with former employers , CSKA Moscow in the 2015-16 season scoring 13 goals in 29 Russian Premier League matches taking his tally to 54 goals in 168 games for the Russian side. 

Ahmed Musa recently signed for English champions Leicester for a record fee of £16.6million and would be looking to impress the foxes fans with his skill sets. 

ISAAC SUCCESS – £12.5million

As his name depicts,Isaac Success will be looking to have a successful season with new club after making a club record £12.5million move to English outfit, Watford.

Isaac Success who has throdden the same path to watford as his Nigerian teammate Ighalo is comfortable playingout wide and also in the central attacking position.

Idrissa Gueye – £7.2million

Aggression, pace , power ,Tidyness in the midfield, this Senegalese international ticks all those boxes.
Despite enduring a torrid campaign with relegated Aston Villa, Idrissa Gueye’s impressed although his efforts was not enough to prevent his former club from getting drowned by relegation.

Interestingly the hardworking midfielder was only second to midfield screener ,ngolo Kante in terms of interceptions making 141 of them however,his brilliant work in the middle of the park did not go unnoticed as Everton shelved £7.5million for his marshaling services. 

Ramadan Sobhi – £5 million
Coming from a country where its famous for its ancient civilization and boasts of some of the world’s most famous monuments, including one of the seven wonders of the world, Giza pyramids  Ramadan Sobhi will be looking to continue his fledgling career after signing for Stoke City.

Despite his young age he has already tasted significant success having helped  Al Ahly to the Egyptian Premier League title on two occasions (2014 and 2016) and as well as 2 consecutive Egyptian super cup (2014 and 2015)

The Egyptian international  who is dubbed the ‘Egyptian Messi’ is regarded as one of the hottest youngsters in the African continent however, if he lives up to the hype Stoke City have a player in their hands.

Papy Djilobodji – £8million

The move to Chelsea did very little to enhance Djilobodji’s reputation in England as he was only restricted to just one appearance for his former employers however,  Sunderland have offered the 27 year old another shot to redeem himself in the premier league after completing an £8million move with the club nicknamed  the black cats.

Standing at 6ft4 The Senegalese internatonal is one Goliath of a defender who his very comfortable on the ball and has a strong left foot. 

With the move to Sunderland, i hope Djilobodji shows the quality of the player that was once rated as one of the top defenders in his time with French club, Nantes.  

Joel Matip – free transfer

As already excessive transfer fees continue to rise, the free transfer option remains an opportunity for a shrewd coup and the signing of Joel Matip can be considered as an astute piece of business from Liverpool.

Although he’s fairly young but this Cameroonian international has accrued almost 200 appearances during his time in the German league and a combination of 42 games in European championships (ucl and Europa)

Capped 27 times for Cameroon,this towering defender is a bit of an all rounder;He’s just as comfortable as playing as a defensive midfielder although his primary role is in the heart of the defence. 

Sofiane Feghouli – free transfer 

Coming from a country filled with quality footballers, Sofiane Feghouli is another Algerian talent that cannot be overlooked on the list.

During his time in Spain , The 26 year old mustered 31 goals and 40 assists in 202 appearances across all competitions and will be looking to add to the tally after signing for West Ham on a free transfer. 

The Algerian international who formerly drew comparisons with legendary Zenedine Zidane has a chance to re ignite his career under Billic after enduring a disappointing final year with Valencia.

Capped 40 times for Algeria, Feghouli is deceptively very quick and his trickery and movement on and off the ball is certain to frighten  many position full backs .

By: Babajide (@Simply_Jide)

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