The top five African players in the Premier League

The top five African players in the Premier League
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah, Manchester City's Riyad Mahrez, Arsenal's Nicolas Pepe, Leicester City's Wilfred Ndidi and Liverpool's Sadio Mane

by Graeme Jackson

Thursday Mar 26, 2020. 16:00

The 2019-20 Premier League, like all other major sport around the world, is on hold right now due to the coronavirus epidemic. While we have no live football to look forward to any time soon, that won’t stop us arguing over which African players have been the best in the English top flight this season.


Sadio Mane – Senegal, Liverpool


The Senegalese forward has enjoyed his best season to date with Liverpool, contributing 14 goals and seven assists in his team’s drive toward glory. His pace, power and improved efficiency in the final third are devastating – little wonder he has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.


Premier League season stats:

Appearances (subs) 24 (2)

Minutes played 2085

Goals 14

Assists 7

Yellow cards 2

Red Cards 0

Pass completion 81%


Mohamed Salah – Egypt, Liverpool


The Egyptian forward has continued to be a brilliant player for Liverpool, even though this season he has arguably been overshadowed by teammate Sadio Mane when it comes to attacking plaudits. Nonetheless, after recently marking his 100th Premier League appearance with a 70th goal, there is no doubt that Salah remains a beacon of brilliance.


Premier League season stats:

Appearances (subs) 26 (0)

Minutes played 2250

Goals 16

Assists 6

Yellow cards 1

Red Cards 0

Pass completion 76.1%


Riyad Mahrez – Algeria, Manchester City


Riyad Mahrez’s second season at Manchester City has seen the Algerian become a more integral part of manager Pep Guardiola’s plans, and his contribution of seven goals and eight assists is an impressive one. This season won’t bring a third Premier League title for the Fennec Foxes star, but he can still be happy at having grown as a player.


Premier League season stats:

Appearances (subs) 15 (8)

Minutes played 1386

Goals 7

Assists 8

Yellow cards 0

Red Cards 0

Pass completion 89.4%


Wilfred Ndidi – Nigeria, Leicester City


Wilfred Ndid has chipped in with two goals and one assist in this Premier League season, but his value lies in his defensive abilities deep in midfield. In fact, look no further than the fact that his recent injury absence overlapped with the Foxes’ form falling off a cliff. Coincidence? No chance.


Premier League season stats:

Appearances (subs) 20 (3)

Minutes played 1892

Goals 2

Assists 1

Yellow cards 3

Red Cards 0

Pass completion 84.1%


Nicolas Pepe – Ivory Coast, Arsenal


After a big-money move from Lille at the start of the season, this Premier League campaign was always going to be about settling into a new club and new way of life for Ivorian Nicolas Pepe, who has nonetheless contributed a decent return of four goals and six assists. If he can build on his achievements thus far, then a bright future at the Emirates Stadium awaits.


Premier League season stats:

Appearances (subs) 17 (7)

Minutes played 1594

Goals 4

Assists 6

Yellow cards 3

Red Cards 0

Pass completion 80.7%






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