Friday Aug 16, 2019. 14:00
On the opening day of the 2019/20 Spanish LaLiga season, we highlight six African stars set for a big season in Spain’s top-flight.
For years Spain has played host to some of the continent’s top talent with names like Samuel Eto’o, Seydou Keita and Yaya Toure donniing the famous FC Barcelona jersey.
While most of Africa’s top players now ply their trade in the English Premier League, Spain still offers a terrific platform for the continent’s best to showcase their talent, and for up-and-coming stars to make a name for themselves.
Samuel Chukwueze – The next superstar out of Nigeria, Chukwueze is geared for a huge season following a breakthrough campaign. The 20-year-old scored five league goals last season, including one and an assist in a 4-4 draw against eventual champions Barcelona. The wing-wizard would go on to dazzle at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations and if he stays healthy, Chukwueze could be geared to light up LaLiga this season.
André Zambo Anguissa – Having suffered relegation with Fulham last season, Anguissa moved to Villarreal on a season-long loan move as he hopes to rekindle the sort of form that landed him a big money move to England. The Cameroon international established himself as one of Africa’s best midfielder’s in his time at Marseille and he will be hoping to return to that sort of form alongside Chukwueze and Co.
Youssef En-Nesyri – The Morocco international scored nine goals in 31 games for Leganes last season, including a hat-trick in a 3-0 win over Real Betis. At 22 years of age, the forward is set for a big season in LaLiga as he hopes to earn a big money move elsewhere in the next 12 months.
Thomas Partey – Africa’s most prominent figure in LaLiga at the moment, Partey is one of the continent’s best players and having first broken into the Atletico Madrid team as a squad player, the Ghana international now truly commands a starting spot. The hard-working defensive midfielder will only get better with age, and at only 26, he is primed for a very successful career.
Mubarak Wakaso – While his best years are arguable behind him, Wakaso is still an exciting player to watch and still has a lot to offer. The 29-year-old Ghanaian has flourished in LaLiga during spells at six different teams, but has seemingly found a home at Deportivo Alves for whom he played 29 times in the league last season.
Djene Dakonam – The Togo international enjoyed a superb 2018/19 LaLiga season, featuring 34 times for Getafe. The 27-year-old has continued to go from strength-to-strenght in Spain, firmly establishing himself as a first team regular and duly attracting suitors from across Europe. Getafe could struggle to hold onto the centre-back if he has another strong campaign.