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Top African transfer success stories of 2020-21

16:46 EAT 23/06/2021
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  • Willam Troost-Ekong

    #6 William Troost-Ekong

    Returned to English football with Watford after being on Tottenham Hotspur’s books as a youngster, Troost-Ekong played a key figure as the Hornets returned to the big time.

    The Hertfordshire side returned to the top table as one of the two automatically promoted sides, with the Nigeria stopper featuring in 32 matches.

    He was influential as Watford registered the best defensive record in the division, conceding just 30 goals.

  • Nayef Aguerd Morocco CHAN 2018

    #5 Nayef Aguerd

    Swapped Dijon for Stade Rennais, and excelled at a higher level to help his new club register one of the best defensive records in Ligue 1.

    Rennes ended the year having shipped 40 goals—only champions LOSC Lille and Paris Saint-Germain—conceded more.

    Aguerd was also composed in possession, and also tasted life in the Champions League.

  • Felix Uduokhai - Wolfsburg

    #4 Felix Uduokhai

    Signed by FC Augsburg from Wolfsburg for a cool €9 million last summer, and has quickly emerged as one of the finest centre-backs in the Bundesliga.

    He earned a call-up to Joachim Low’s Germany squad—testament to his consistent excellence in the German top flight—but is yet to be capped, and remains eligible for Nigeria.

    An injury sustained late in the campaign curtailed his season, but expect Uduokhai to come back stronger next term.

  • Sebastien Haller West Ham 2020-21

    #3 Sebastien Haller

    Exited West Ham United halfway through the season, having struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, but rediscovered his scoring touch in the Eredivisie.

    The forward ended the year with 11 goals in 19 outings in the Dutch top flight, and also clinched a league winner’s medal to boot.

    Haller has also become an international player, making his debut for the Cote d’Ivoire after committing to Les Elephants.

  • Achraf Hakimi Inter 2020-21

    #2 Achraf Hakimi

    Built on his previous seasons of success with Borussia Dortmund by becoming an Italian champion with Internazionale, establishing himself as one of Serie A’s best right-backs in the process.

    Hakimi also played a key role in the run-in for Inter as they ended their decade-long wait for the title; he registered decisive assists in 1-0 victories over Hellas Verona and Cagliari, and netted the second as the title was wrapped up against Crotone.

    It remains to be seen whether he will remain at Inter for much longer, as the likes of Chelsea are reportedly circling.

  • Edouard Mendy Man City vs Chelsea Champions League final 2020-21

    #1 Edouard Mendy

    £22 million proved to be a small price to play for the record-breaking Mendy, who quickly settled Chelsea’s jittery backline and then set about proving himself to be one of the Premier League’s most outstanding shot stoppers.

    He matched Petr Cech’s record for keeping clean sheets in his first three league starts, conceded one in his first six starts in all competitions, and adapted well to life under Thomas Tuchel after Frank Lampard’s dismissal.

    Of course, he ended the year as a European champion—having played a key role in Chelsea’s run to the title—and equalled the record for clean sheets registered by a stopper in a Champions League campaign.