Power Ranking Africa's top players in the world today

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  1. Mohammed Salisu Southampton 2021-22
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    Mohammed Salisu

    Has grown significantly over the last year, and has looked the part in the Premier League so far this term.

    Will hopefully help Southampton overcome the loss of Jannik Vestergaard.

  2. Naby Keita Liverpool 2021-22
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    Naby Keita

    There’s still bubbling potential with Keita, even though he’s shown his qualities so rarely with Liverpool.

    There have been encouraging signs this term—he was commanding and lively in the victories over Norwich City and AC Milan, while his goal against Crystal Palace off the bench was one of the finest scored by African players so far this term.

    Can Keita now capitalise on the injury to Thiago Alcantara?

  3. Geoffrey Kondogbia Valencia 2020
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    Geoffrey Kondogbia

    Central midfielder who has something of a peripheral figure last term as Atletico Madrid won the Spanish title, but he’s started the season strongly this time around.

    He’s helped Atleti forget Thomas Partey, and has begun to show the kind of quality that was long expected of him as a youngster with the France national sides.

  4. Sofiane Boufal of Angers and Morocco.
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    Sofiane Boufal

    Is Boufal back to his best?

    He’s certainly enjoying life back in France, and has scored twice in six league outings for Angers so far this term.

  5. Emmanuel Dennis of Watford and Nigeria.
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    Emmanuel Dennis

    Has hit the ground running with Watford back in the Premier League, marking his debut against Aston Villa with a goal and an assist.

    He subsequently netted in the 3-1 victory at Norwich City, and will be boosted by his encouraging start to life in the Prem.

  6. Moses Simon - Nantes 2021/22
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    Moses Simon

    Five assists in six Ligue 1 outings so far this term for Simon, as his love-in with Nantes fans continues.

    No one has created more goals in the French top flight this season than Simon, who has been irrepressible down the Canaries’ left flank.

  7. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Arsenal Norwich Premier League 2021-22
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    Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Plummeting down the Power Rankings after a miserable spell, but there’s still hope that Aubameyang can return to his former levels.

    He netted the winner against Norwich City as Arsenal won their first league game, and also struck a hat-trick in the Carabao Cup victory over West Bromwich Albion.

  8. Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace.
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    Wilfried Zaha

    Zaha continues to deliver in fits and starts for Crystal Palace.

    He struggled during their opening fixtures under Patrick Vieira, but was excellent as Tottenham Hotspur were put to the sword as the new manager got his first victory.

    On his day, there aren’t too many Africa players who can hurt opponents quite like Zaha.

  9. Nicolas Pepe of Arsenal
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    Nicolas Pepe

    Now 26, and with several years at Arsenal under his belt, Pepe needs to start delivering on a consistent basis.

    To his credit, he’s excelled since a slow start to the season, with back-to-back assists—and a goal—against The Albion and then Norwich.

    If he can maintain this form, he will be climbing up the rankings.

  10. Abdoulaye Doucoure Everton 2021-22
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    Abdoulaye Doucoure

    Does Doucoure deserve to be considered among the continent’s top central midfielders today?

    Certainly on the basis of his recent form, as he’s maintained his defensive contributions while making a big impact at the other end of the pitch.

    After netting against Southampton, the Everton man registered three assists across fixtures with Leeds United and Burnley.

  11. Ismaila Sarr Norwich vs Watford 2021-22
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    Ismaila Sarr

    The second Watford player in our Power Ranking, Sarr is proving to be a major threat upon his return to the Premier League.

    His pace can genuinely hurt teams, and he already has three goals in five top flight outings—only two fewer than he managed in the entirety of the 2019-20 season.

  12. Idrissa Gueye of Senegal and PSG team.
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    Idrissa Gueye

    Early signs that Gana may be back to his best this season.

    His defensive work in the heart of the park for Paris Saint-Germain has been efficient, while he’s also weighed in with two goals in four league outings—as many as he managed in the entirety of last term.

  13. Sebastien Haller
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    Sebastien Haller

    Looking like a player revived at Ajax, Haller appears raring to go after having six months to bed into life in Amsterdam across the second half of last term.

    The 27-year-old has scored five in six Eredivisie outings so far this term, and equalled Marco van Basten’s record by scoring four goals in Ajax’s 5-1 Champions League demolition of Sporting Lisbon.

  14. Victor Osimhen of Napoli
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    Victor Osimhen

    Everything appears set up for Osimhen to establish himself as Africa’s finest striker in the world today, although the season didn’t start perfectly as he was dismissed against Venezia.

    Now back in Napoli’s starting XI, he’s also among the goals in Serie A, having netted in their 4-0 thumping of Udinese at the weekend.

    The striker also bagged twice in the 2-2 Europa League draw with Leicester City.

  15. Yves Bissouma, Wilfred Ndidi
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    Wilfred Ndidi

    It’s not been an easy start to the season for Leicester City, although Ndidi continues to demonstrate his midfield qualities as the Foxes look to turn things around.

    He’s in the top three in the league for interceptions per match, and has also averaged three tackles per game for Brendan Rodgers’ team so far.

  16. Yves Bissouma of Brighton, Oghenekaro Etebo of Watford
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    Yves Bissouma

    The Mali man ultimately remained at Brighton & Hove Albion despite offseason reports linking him with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

    His commanding displays to start the season have demonstrated why he is one of Africa’s stars on the rise.

  17. Amine Gouiri Khephren Thuram Nice Marseille Ligue 1 20032021
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    Amine Gouiri

    Four goals and two assists in six league outings so far this term, as the OGC Nice wonderkid continues to reaffirm his quality in Ligue 1.

    The starlet’s performances have helped Les Aiglons up to seventh in the top flight table at the time of writing.

  18. Kalidou Koulibaly Napoli 2021-22
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    Kalidou Koulibaly

    Another African player who looks back to his best this season, centre-back Koulibaly has been one of the key figures in Napoli’s exceptional start to the season.

    The Partenopei have only conceded twice in their four Serie A games to date—no side has conceded fewer—while he’s also had a hand in three goals at the other end.

  19. Said Benrahma
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    Said Benrahma

    One of the star performers in West Ham United’s magnificent start to the season, Benrahma has averaged a goal contribution a game so far this term.

    He was particularly outstanding in the Hammers’ opening fixtures, as he kicked off with a goal and an assist in each of the Irons’ first two fixtures.

  20. Joel Matip Virgil van Dijk Liverpool Premier League 2021-22
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    Joel Matip

    Enjoying a terrific start to the season, where his partnership with Virgil van Dijk has quickly (re)-established itself as one of the best in the division.

    If he stays fit, he could cement himself as one of the league’s finest defenders once again.

  21. Achraf Hakimi PSG 2021-22
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    Achraf Hakimi

    The outstanding right-back in Ligue 1 so far this season, and one of the finest in his position in the world game, Hakimi has settled quickly at PSG.

    While his defensive game is impressive, he’s truly caught the eye with his contributions in the final third.

    To date, the wideman has had a hand in five goals in seven league outings.

  22. Riyad Mahrez Manchester City Norwich 2021-22
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    Riyad Mahrez

    Despite being tipped for a strong start to the season, Mahrez has had a relatively muted few weeks.

    He scored twice in Manchester City’s League Cup rout of Wycombe Wanderers, and while there were further goal contributions in the routs of Norwich City, Arsenal and RasenBallsport Leipzig, he was ineffective as Pep Guardiola’s side stuttered against Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton.

  23. Edouard Mendy
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    Edouard Mendy

    Comfortably the finest African goalkeeper in the world today, Mendy is one of several players appearing to be at the top of their game under Thomas Tuchel, who are helping Chelsea look like credible title challengers.

    He’s conceded just once in his five outings since the Super Cup victory.

  24. Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Senegal.
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    Sadio Mane

    Only just pipped to top spot by a familiar face, Mane has already scored three goals for Liverpool this campaign, and appears determined to help the Reds back to the pinnacle of the English game.

    He recently reached his century of goals for the Merseysiders.

  25. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool and Egypt.
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    Mohamed Salah

    Reached a century of Premier League goals with a strike against Leeds United, and is fast closing in on Didier Drogba’s African record of 104 goals in the top flight.

    Salah was exceptional last term as Liverpool forced their way into the Champions League, and has already weighed in with four goals and two assists so far during a magnificent start to the season.