Goal Africa's Players to Watch in the 2019-20 season

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  1. Jean Michael Seri Fulham
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    Jean Michael Seri

    Two seasons ago, Seri was on the brink of a move to Barcelona, only for OGC Nice to pull the plug on the deal.

    He subsequently moved to Fulham, where he was relegated last term, and his stock is on the decline following a poor season and a miserable Africa Cup of Nations.

    A loan move to Galatasaray, a club were many African talents have thrived, represents an ideal opportunity for a fresh start for this exquisite playmaker.

    Can he once again prove that he's one of the finest in his position?

    Ed Dove, @EddyDove

  2. Naby Keita Liverpool

    Naby Keita

    I'm looking for Naby Keita to truly break through at Liverpool this season, as he showed signs toward the end of last term that he was finally settling down in England.

    Could this be his year at Anfield?

    Ignat Manjoo, @ignatfootball   

  3. Keagan Dolly Bafana Bafana v Libya, September 2018

    Keagan Dolly

    I've got big expectations for Keagan Dolly, who will be bouncing back after he missed the Africa Cup of Nations due to injury.

    I want to see him get regular game time in Ligue 1 with Montpellier, and become an important player alongside Percy Tau for Bafana Bafana.

    Zain Khan, @extratimehome

  4. Nicolas Pepe Lille 2018-19

    Nicolas Pepe

    The arrival of Nicolas Pepe at Arsenal from LOSCL Lille provides him with an ideal opportunity to make an immediate impact in the Premier League. 

    The 24-year-old, who signed a five-year contract, thrives when operating from either wing, though he usually plays from the right and has a superb speed to cut inside and finish on his left foot.

    Pepe managed 22 goals for Lille in Ligue 1 last season and was only behind Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain in combined assists and goals.

    Alongside the likes of Alexandre Lacazette, Mesut Ozil and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, the player is set to be part of a lethal forward line.

    Dennis Mabuka, @MabukaDennis

  5. Riyad Mahrez Man City 2018-19

    Riyad Mahrez

    With David Silva set to call it quits with Manchester City at the end of the campaign, Pep Guardiola will definitely look to plan ahead for life without the Spaniard.

    This should afford Riyad Mahrez more game time this season; can he make the most of it?

    Godwin Odiko 

  6. Wilfred Ndidi Leicester 2019
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    Wilfred Ndidi

    With Idrissa Gueye having departed for Paris Saint-Germain, Wilfred Ndidi is now arguably the Premier League's best defensive midfielder. No one apart from Gana could truly match him for tackling or overall defensive play in the top flight.

    The additions of Youri Tielemans and Dennis Praet to the Leicester City midfield, plus Brendan Rodgers' stewardship, Ndidi has the platform and the environment to take his game to another level this term.

    Thando Jacobs

  7. Victor Wanyama of Tottenham.

    Victor Wanyama


    Wanyama is undoubtedly one of the best players to emerge from East Africa; he's one of the most influential midfielders in the PL, but a spate of injuries have somewhat stifled his progress under Mauricio Pochettino.

    For now, he remains at White Hart Lane, but if he can secure a move away from the club, to foreign shores, over the coming weeks, then he can rediscover his form.

    Hopefully, he can revive his status as one of Africa's finest midfielders of his generation.

    Phumzile Ngcatshe

  8. Hakim Ziyech, Ajax

    Hakim Ziyech

    The Morocco international was sensational at Ajax last season, scoring 21 goals as the Dutch giants won the domestic double and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

    Star names Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong have since departed, but Ziyech remains, despite being linked with moves to a host of European clubs.

    Whether or not the 26-year-old will thrive or wilt under the pressure of being Ajax's main man this time around will make for interesting viewing.

    Barend Prins, @barendprins

  9. Serge Aurier Tottenham

    Serge Aurier

    As a Tottenham Hotspur fan, I was thrilled when the Ivorian right-back arrived from Paris Saint-Germain in 2017, but two injury-ravaged seasons later, we are yet to see Serge take his rightful place amongst the Best Right Backs In Football lists.

    This season, however, Spurs manager Maurico Pochettino has show his faith in the 26-year-old by selling his main rival for the position, Kieran Trippier, to Atletico Madrid.

    With a run in the starting line-up and his injury woes behind him, the way is clear for Serge to fulfil his potential and help Spurs to their first major trophy in more years than I care to remember.

    Steve Blues

  10. Riyad Mahrez Manchester City 2018-19

    Riyad Mahrez

    A true sensation when fully fit, could Mahrez's Afcon success inspire him to kick on and establish himself as a key man at Manchester City?

    Hopefully he can show more of the magic that he demonstrated in the final games of the season, and avoid being benched for as long as he was last term.

    Kiplagat Sang, @_Kiplagatsang

  11. Percy Tau, Club Brugge, August 2019

    Percy Tau

    Tau is South Africa's best player abroad right now, and having kick-started his career at Club Brugge with a bang, he certainly appears to have a bright future ahead of him in the Jupiler League.

    I expect him to continue his good form and reach the group stages of the Champions League with the Belgian side. 

    Ernest Makhaya, @ernestmakhaya

  12. Aston Villa wideman Trezeguet

    Trezeguet

    Trezeguet scored more than 21 league goals and contributed 15 assists during his two-year stay with Kasımpasa, and has consistently proven to be one of the best widemen in Turkey.

    His switch to the Premier League will give him the opportunity to further showcase his talent to a broader audience, and he has the quality to be one of the breakout stars of the new campaign.

    Gregory Oluwagbenga, @Gregoal001

  13. Nicolas Pepe Lille Amiens 09152018

    Nicolas Pepe

    I may not be an Arsenal fan, but I’m very excited to see Pepe in action this term.

    He is one of African football’s brightest prospects, and playing alongside top quality players should get the best out of him, even if the Gunners' attacking line could do some real damage to my beloved Manchester United. 

    Yusuf Variava, @yusuf_variava

  14. Joel Matip Liverpool 2019-20

    Joel Matip

    ​The Cameroon defender remains one of the best African centre-backs in the world, and he has rediscovered the form which saw him secure a move from Schalke 04 to Liverpool back in 2016.

    I would like to see him return to the Cameroon national team and help the Reds clinch their maiden Premier League title this season, both of which are realistic ambitions.

    Austin Ditlhobolo, @A_B_Ditlhobolo