We love African players and Africans get to support teams because of their African players in the team for example,most Nigerians support Chelsea F.C because of our very own Mikel Obi, most Ivorians also love Chelsea because of Didier Drogba and most Algerians now support Leicester city because of Ryad Mahrez. In our article thus, we examine the top five performing African players in the 2015/16 premier league season.
5. Victor Wanyama
Victor Wanyama is a Kenyan midfielder who prefers to play in a central defensive position or as an out-and-out central midfielder. He is currently playing for Southampton F.C. in the Barclays Premier League and is a powerhouse in the midfield, using his strength and physicality to dominate the opposition. Wanyama has put 3 goals away this season for the Saints and under Ronald Koeman has proved to the Southampton fans why they paid 拢12.5 million for him in the summer of 2013.He is very strong in the air with a huge physical presence standing at over 6ft tall. Wanyama can also command both boxes – defensively and attackwise – from set pieces and dominant in and without the possession of the ball; being able not only to spray from side to side and from back to front, but also possessing the ability to dispossess his opponent with minimum fuss.Wanyama is definately not one to get you goals but is a player in the mould of Makelele, Viera who will shield the defence and work hard for 90 minutes as he has done all his career.He made 30 appearances for Southampton this season, scoring one goal.
4. Yannick Bolasie
Bolasie made his Premier League debut as a substitute against Liverpool at Anfield on 5 October 2013.On 21 September 2014, Bolasie scored his first Premier League goal in a 3–2 win over Everton. On 11 April 2015, Bolasie scored an 11-minutehat-trick against Sunderland in a 4–1 win at the Stadium of Light. In doing so he became the first Crystal Palace player to score a hat-trick in the Premier LeagueOn 26 September 2015, Bolasie penned a new three and a half year deal for the club.Without a shadow of a doubt he is the inspiration in this Palace team. He has the genuine ability to create something out of nothing and is a constant menace. Whilst the technical brilliance of Puncheon, and the midfield maestro Cabaye also add a touch of class, it is Bolasie who can turn a game on its head in an instant. Palace will do well to hold on to Bolasie, and will hope he can put a strong, injury free run together next season. This season,He made 30 appearances, scoring 6 goals for the club and led them to the F.A Cup finals where they eventually lost to Manchester United.
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3. Saido Mane
Arrived at St Mary’s from Red Bull Salzburg in the summer of 2014/15, during a period of mass rebuilding under new boss Ronald Koeman. Mane rolled up on the back of an extraordinary couple of seasons, where he produced 45 goals and 32 assists in 87 appearances across all competitions for the Austrian outfit.The Senegal winger caught the eye during his debut BPL season last year, with 11 goals and four assists helping the Saints to a seventh-place finish.Mane’s contribution in his debut campaign was nothing short of immense: he scored or assisted 50% of Southampton’s goals while on the pitch.Mané began the 2015-16 season by registering two assists in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round first leg match with Vitesse Arhem at home and scoring in the return leg, as Southampton eased through to the next round 5–0 on aggregate. On 2 December, he took 39 seconds to open the scoring against Liverpool in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, but the Saints eventually lost 6–1 at home.
On 2 January 2016, he was again dropped from the starting line-up by manager Ronald Koeman for a match at Norwich City when he turned up late for a pre-match meeting. He received a straight red card on 12 March at the end of a 2–1 win at Stoke for a collision into Eric Peters,although this was quickly overturned on appeal.Having failed to score in the league for over four months, Mané scored twice in a 3–2 victory over Liverpool on 20 March 2016 (despite missing a penalty), followed by five goals in the next five matches, including a hat-trick in a 4–2 victory against Mancity on 1 May.He finished the season as Southampton’s top scorer, with 15 goals in all competitions.
2. Odion Ighalo
Ighalo has had a fabulous season with Watford whom he joined two years ago from Udinese.He really made a name for himself at Granada where he scored 17 goals in 95 appearances.He then moved to Watford initially on loan in 2014 before signing permanently and has scored a whopping 35 goals in just 72 appearances for the club. His scored a good goal against Arsenal in the F.A Cup that knocked them out as defending champions and at a point,was in the race to become the highest goalscorer in the premier league after an impressive first half of the season.His goals were also vital for Watford in the Championship in the 2014/15 season as he finished as their top scorer and eventually ended 2015 as the highest scoring player in the English league. Although he has found form hard to come by for the Super Eagles, Ighalo is definately Nigeria’s best player in the world right now due to hid predative insticts and eye in front of goal.Watford will do well to keep their Nigerian marksman if they are to have another spectacular season in the EPL again next season.
- Ryad Mahrez
The Algerian is attracting greater attention than ever. How could he not? The 24-year-old also ranks in the top 5 for chances created and dribbles completed. Indeed, given that Mahrez’s signing came about with significant input from Leicester’s scouting department, those numbers might just be the most intriguing.Mahrez had his moments in that first Premier League season, scoring twice against Southampton the very first time his mother came to watch him play in England. In all, there were four goals, three assists and plenty of praise.At 24, the diminutive Algeria winger has made a remarkable impact on Leicester’s season. Having joined the Midlands club from French side Le Havre (where he scored just six goals in 60 appearances) for a fee of around £400,000 in January 2014, his performances have attracted interest from all the big clubs.Mahrez has been outstanding for the Foxes this season scoring 16 goals and providing 11 assists on the way to winning the premier league title.He deservedly claim the gong for not just the premier league player of the season but also the African player of the season not just in England but also in Europe, Asia and all over the world.