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Despite suffering a head injury against Girondins de Bordeaux, Mendy was still the game’s outstanding individual as Stade de Reims won 1-0 away. He followed that up with another fine performance as Paris Saint-Germain were defeated 3-1, a win that ensured Reims ended the Ligue 1 season up in eighth.
It’s been another fine—if understated—season in France for Mexer, who juggled Ligue 1 commitments with a Europa League campaign for Stade Rennais. He ended the year with a strong performance in the 2-2 draw at home against AS Monaco, before proving to be a resolute defensive barrier in victories over Strasbourg and high-flying LOSC Lille.
Syam Ben Youssef
Now in his prime at 30, Ben Youssef has excelled in the Turkish top flight for Kasimpasa this term. He also found some goalscoring form in May, netting in the defeat at Kayserispor and the 1-1 draw against Konyaspor.
There aren’t too many players who will head to the Afcon in better form than Cornet, who should help Ivorian fans forget about overlooked Gervinho.
Nasser El Khayati
Utilised in a deeper central midfield role this season, the Dutch-Moroccan attacker has been a star performer for unfashionable ADO Den Haag. He ends the Eredivisie season with 29 decisive goals contributions in 33 outings, and ended the campaign strongly.
Ziyech and Ajax were unfortunate to miss out on the Champions League final, although he did excel during the tournament’s knockout stages and scored a sensational goal to cap off a fine display in that semi-final second leg defeat by Tottenham Hotspur. There was also an assist in the Dutch Cup final victory over Willem II, and Ziyech became a double winner as Ajax clinched the title.
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It hasn’t been an immaculate season for Zaha, although he nonetheless ended the campaign with 10 goals—his best ever in a Premier League season.
The Ivorian ended the campaign strongly, finding the net against Cardiff City before delivering an absolute masterclass—including two assists—as Bournemouth were defeated 5-3 in a thriller on the final day of the season.
Nwakaeme is also in form too, having contributed three assists in four outings at the end of the Super Lig season.
The forward was Trabzonspor’s outstanding player as they won 3-2 away at Rizespor on the final day of the campaign.
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The Italo-Nigerian striker, who remains eligible for the Super Eagles, ended his six-game goal drought with a double as Udinese downed Frosinone away on May 12, doubling his Serie A tally for the season.
He repeated the trick six days later, with a brace in a 3-2 victory at home against SPAL 2013, and Okaka surely won’t have wanted the season to have ended!
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Those strikes came amidst a flurry for the Gabon forward, who struck seven in five in May—both domestically and in Europe.