English Premier League: Ghana present four players out of 46 African players

Sports News of Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Source: Graphic.com.gh


Jordan Ayew CrysJordan Ayew had a brilliant outing for Crystal Palace last Saturday

Out of the 46 African footballers expected to light up the 2019/2020 English Premier League, Ghana would be contributing four players.

Nigeria and Cote d’Ivoire have the highest presentation of six players each while Kenya, Guinea and Zimbabwe have the least representation of a player each.

Undoubtedly, Ghana’s best prospect in the English League this season could be Jordan Ayew, following his brilliant outing for Crystal Palace in the opening game on Saturday.

Not much has been seen of Daniel Amartey and Christian Atsu who are still recovering from injury but are hopeful to make a full impact for their respective clubs Leicester City and Newcastle United in the coming weeks, when they fully recover.

On the other hand, Jeffery Schlupp who had quite a good time during last season’s league would be expected to improve upon his games and form this season in order to catch the eyes of the national team handlers.

Indeed, the English league is one big platform where players use to market themselves and their country and most Ghanaians just like fans of the other Africa countries, would hope their players perform well to bring the spotlight onto their country as well.

Mohamed Salah has been a worthy ambassador for Egypt in the English league so has Sadio Mane and Cheikhou Kouyaté also done for Senegal. But with the entrant of Aston Villa’s new recruit, Trezeguet, Egypt would hope their increase in numbers in the English league would further enhance their country’s image at the international stage.

Graphic Sports Online observes that there have been increases in the number of African players who ply their trade in the EPL from last season’s 42 to 46 players this season.

Below is the full list of African players playing in the EPL.

Full list by nation:

Nigeria ????????

Wilfred Ndidi – Leicester City

Alex Iwobi – Everton

Kelechi Iheanacho – Leicester City

Isaac Success – Watford

Leon Balogun – Brighton & Hove Albion

Tom Dele-Bashiru – Watford

Cote D’Ivoire ????????

Nicolas Pepe – Arsenal

Jean-Philippe Gbamin – Everton

Wilfried Zaha – Crystal Palace

Eric Bailly – Manchester United

Serge Aurier – Tottenham Hotspur

Jonathan Kodjia – Aston Villa

Senegal ????????

Sadio Mané – Liverpool

Ismaïla Sarr – Watford

Cheikhou Kouyaté – Crystal Palace

Oumar Niasse – Everton

Henri Saivet – Newcastle

Ghana ????????

Jeffrey Schlupp – Crystal Palace

Jordan Ayew – Crystal Palace

Daniel Amartey – Leicester City

Christian Atsu – Newcastle

Egypt ????????

Mohamed Salah- Liverpool

Mohamed Elneny – Arsenal

Trezeguet – Aston Villa

Ahmed Elmohamady – Aston Villa

Democratic Republic of Congo ????????

Yannick Bolasie – Everton

Arthur Masuaku – West Ham United

Beni Baningime – Everton

Aaron Tshibola – Aston Villa

Morocco ????????

Sofiane Boufal – Southampton

Romain Saïss – Wolves

Achraf Lazaar – Newcastle

Mali ????????

Yves Bissouma – Brighton & Hove Albion

Moussa Djenepo – Southampton

Fousseni Diabaté – Leicester City

Bakary Sako – Crystal Palace

Algeria ????????

Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City

Rachid Ghezzal – Leicester City

Islam Slimani – Leicester City

Cameroon ????????

Joel Matip – Liverpool

Gaëtan Bong – Brighton & Hove Albion

Gabon ????????

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal

Mario Lemina – Southampton

Kenya ????????

Victor Wanyama – Tottenham Hotspur.

Guinea ????????

Naby Keïta – Liverpool

Zimbabwe ????????

Marvelous Nakamba – Aston Villa.