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Too Good, Too Bad: The Best and Worst of Africans Abroad

13:09 WAT 05/09/2022
Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2022
GOAL reviews the continent's best performers around the world this weekend, and names a few who under-performed

It was another frustrating weekend for Mohamed Salah, who could not score as Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by Everton.

Salah’s struggle mirrors Liverpool’s situation, whose tally of nine points from their first six league games this season is their lowest at this stage under Jurgen Klopp.

Elsewhere, Mohamed Kudus of Ghana and Senegal’s Nicolas Jackson played key roles as Ajax and Villarreal recorded huge wins.

  • Edouard Mendy Chelsea 2022-23

    Review of Africans Abroad

    It was a bad day for Patson Daka as Leicester City’s struggle was made worse by a 5-2 defeat at the hands of Brighton, although the Zambian scored.

    While Salah and his Liverpool teammates endured a frustrating outing against their Merseyside rivals, Everton.

  • Mohamed Salah Everton Liverpool 2022-23

    Too Bad: Mohamed Salah

    Salah’s goal drought continued after Liverpool were held to a 0-0 draw by Everton at Goodison Park.

    The Egyptian played throughout the game and largely posed no major threat. He registered three shots, one shot on target, made three key passes, with a passing accuracy of just 65.4%.

    He also failed to break Michael Owen’s Premier League record for Liverpool against the Toffees. Three of the Egyptian’s four league goals for the Reds against Everton have come at Goodison Park. Only Owen - with four - has scored more away goals for the Reds against the Toffees in the competition.

  • Chelsea’s head coach Thomas Tuchel (L) congratulates Chelsea's goalkeeper Edouard Mendy

    Too Bad: Edouard Mendy

    With his form coming under more criticism, Mendy failed to keep another clean sheet, although Chelsea managed a 2-1 win over West Ham United.

    A VAR decision that cancelled the Hammers’ second goal –  scored by Maxwel Cornet - saved Mendy from more criticism. Despite the disappointing performance, the Senegal star has continued to receive support from his manager, Thomas Tuchel.

  • Mohamed Kudus of Ghana and Ajax.

    Too Good: Mohamed Kudus

    The Ghanaian came on for Brian Brobbey and scored one of Ajax’s goals in a 4-0 win over Cambuur.

    After replacing the Ghanaian prospect, Kudus found the back of the net in the 64th minute with an assist from Calvin Bassey.

  • Patson Daka

    Too Good: Patson Daka

    The Zambian was on target, although his Leicester City side were defeated 5-2 by Brighton.

    After he had assisted Kelechi Iheanacho to break the deadlock within one minute, Daka scored the second goal for the struggling Foxes in the 33rd minute.

    He managed 13 successful passes and his accuracy was rated at 69.2% and was tangibly involved in the defensive work as he blocked one shot, made one interception, and his total tackles were two.

  • Yeremi Pino Nico Jakcson Villarreal

    Too Good: Nicolas Jackson

    The Senegal international provided an assist as Villarreal put four past Elche in a Laliga match.

    Jackson’s assist for Giovani Lo Celso gave Villarreal their second goal in the first half.

    The attacking midfielder amassed one shot on target, one key pass, 20 touches, one dribble, seven passes and a passing accuracy of 85.7% as Villarreal maintained their unbeaten run in the league so far.