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International Champions Cup: Five African players to watch

03:28 EAT 23/07/2019
Eddie Nketiah Arsenal
As the ICC resumes, Goal picks out five African players to keep tabs on in the tournament

  • Adel Taarabt of AC Milan

    Adel Taarabt

    Taarabt has had a bizarre spell at Benfica, only making his debut for the club in March 2019—nearly four years after first signing for them.

    Now 30, the playmaker will never truly realise the potential of his youth, although he still remains capable of turning on the class from time to time.

    He came off the bench to contribute a delicious assist for Haris Seferovic against Guadalajara, and may yet be able to make a long-awaited impact at Benfica.

  • Nketiah Arsenal 2019

    Eddie Nketiah

    Wonderkid Nketiah has been one of the stars of the competition so far, and is already the ICC’s top scorer with three goals.

    He scored the winner in the 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in Carson, and then netted twice to down Fiorentina in Charlotte in front of an Arsenal-mad public.

    Can the 20-year-old add to his tally on Tuesday, when Arsenal face Real Madrid in a blockbuster clash at FedExField?

    With some of Arsenal’s strikers having been linked to the exit door, Nketiah might have a big role to play for the Gunners this season.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal 2019-20

    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    One of the Arsenal stars linked with a move away from the club is Aubameyang, who’s had a relatively quiet summer so far following Gabon’s failure to qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations.

    He’s been tipped with a move to Manchester United, having scored 41 goals in 65 appearances for the North Londoners to date, while rumours of a move to China also abound.

    Will Auba recover from the knock he reportedly suffered ahead of the Bayern Munich game, and get to see some action during the ICC?

    A strong showing against Real Madrid on Tuesday could swell the transfer rumours once more…

  • Aaron Wan-Bissaka Manchester United 2019-20

    Aaron Wan-Bissaka

    Anglo-Congolese full-back Wan-Bissaka isn’t showing any signs of the pressure that comes with being a £50 million new boy at the world’s biggest club.

    He’s impressed fans and teammates alike early on in his Manchester United tenure, after leaving Crystal Palace, and weighed in with a few tasty tackles in the Red Devils’ opener against Internazionale.

    Can the right-back continue to impress in matches to come against Tottenham Hotspur and AC Milan?

  • Bryan Dabo Genoa Fiorentina Serie A

    Bryan Dabo

    Burkina Faso international didn’t set the world alight during his maiden 18 months with Fiorentina, having left Saint-Etienne to move to Serie A.

    He’s travelled with the squad as they contest the ICC, and came on as a substitute in their opening victory over Guadalajara.

    Dabo’s been linked with a move away from La Viola, with FC Nantes and Fenerbahce reportedly linked with the powerful defensive midfielder’s services.

    Could a strong performance against Benfica on Wednesday prompt a few more clubs to take a look at the powerhouse?