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Review of Africans abroad
Youssef En-Nesyri has been in amazing form for Sevilla, but did he put Cadiz to the sword in a game Julen Lopetegui’s side were favourites to win?
In Serie A, how did Franck Kessie and Achraf Hakimi fare for AC Milan and Inter Milan respectively, with their sides looking to maintain run of wins in title hunt?
Too Good: Caleb Ekuban
Another win for Trabzonspor in the Super Lig saw them claim their ninth of the campaign, defeating Genclerbirligi 2-1 on Saturday.
Ekuban scored one and set up another to take his total goal contributions for the season to eight, second behind only Anthony Nwakaeme.
The Black Sea Storm have now picked up 13 points from their last five, seeing them edge ever closer to breaking into the top four in the top flight.
Too Bad: Franck Kessie
The Ivory Coast midfielder was overwhelmed by a rampant Atalanta side that thrashed the Serie A leaders 3-0 at the San Siro.
Stefano Pioli’s side have now lost two home games on their turf this year alone, giving challengers belief that chinks are starting to show in the Rossoneri armour.
They remain top of the log after Saturday’s hammering but need to re-find the consistency that hastened their ascent from top four hopefuls to title contenders.
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Too Good: Bertrand Traore
The Burkina Faso star scored the second in a 2-0 victory over Newcastle United to send the Villans ahead of Chelsea in the Premier League.
Traore has now netted four times in his last six PL appearances, contributing five goals in that time.
Dean Smith’s side have two games in hand and could leapfrog Liverpool in the table if they win their outstanding matches.
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Too Bad: Achraf Hakimi
After a deserved 2-0 win over Juventus last time out, Inter Milan failed to consolidate against Udinese on Saturday.
Hakimi had one of his less dominant displays against the hosts, failing to produce enough in the final third as it finished goalless.
It was disappointing for Antonio Conte’s team who couldn’t take advantage of Milan’s loss vs Atalanta, although the gap has been reduced to two points.
Too Good: Youssef En-Nesyri
Sevilla were expected to wipe the floor with Cadiz, and the in-form En-Nesyri made that happen.
The Morocco forward netted yet another hat-trick as Julen Lopetegui’s side defeated the newly-promoted side 3-0 at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium, their third straight win on the trot.
Up until that treble against Real Sociedad on January 9, En-Nesyri hadn’t netted three for Sevilla since joining from Leganes. He’s now hit hat-tricks in successive home games, giving the Spanish side even more incentive to keep him away from suitors like West Ham United looking his way.
12 goals in La Liga is nine more than Lopetegui’s next top scorers, Suso and Lucas Ocampos, which highlights the North African’s rich vein of form.