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Top Five: African disappointments of 2018-19

19:23 GMT+3 04/06/2019
Kelechi Iheanacho
Which of the continent’s players in Europe’s major leagues failed to impress this season?

  • Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa - Fulham

    Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa

    £20 million man Zambo Anguissa, who was recruited from Olympique de Marseille, wholly failed to prove the midfield muscle Fulham so required this season.

    Admittedly, he faced ankle injuries, but the Cameroon international has been a major flop. He started just 16 matches for the Cottagers, and was on the winning side on just four occasions.

    He’ll get the opportunity to make amends for the Indomitable Lions at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, although it remains to be seen whether he stays in England. AS Roma have been linked to his signature.

  • Jean Michael Seri, Fulham v Celta Vigo - Pre-Season Friendly

    Jean Michael Seri

    We’ve stuck with Fulham for the second player on this list, with Seri making our ‘top’ five after being relegated to the Championship less than two years after being linked with a move to Barcelona.

    The playmaker showed moments of class, but it always looked like an ill fit for the midfielder to join a side who were likely to be near the bottom of the table and likely to be struggling for possession throughout the campaign.

    The 27-year-old managed just three decisive goal contributions this season, although he did manage a delicious goal against Burnley.

  • Afriyie Acquah, Empoli

    Afriyie Acquah

    The Ghana midfielder is somewhat lucky to retain his spot in the Black Stars’ Nations Cup squad, after a miserable season with Empoli in Serie A.

    The 27-year-old has lost the momentum he enjoyed earlier in his career during spells with the likes of Torino, and managed just two goals and zero assists all campaign.

    Despite a late rally, where Empoli took three wins in three in the final weeks of the season, Acquah couldn’t help his current employers avoid relegation to Serie B.

  • Victor Lindelof Eric Bailly Manchester United Kelechi Iheanacho Leicester City

    Kelechi Iheanacho

    These are exciting times at Leicester City, where Iheanacho should have exactly the kind of profile to be a leading figure in Brendan Rodgers’ plans.

    Instead, however, he finds himself facing an uncertain future, following an utterly dire season in the top flight this term.

    While Iheanacho was expected to kick on from last term, where he managed to score just three goals after signing for the Foxes, he actually deteriorated.

    The striker ended the campaign with just one top flight goal in 30 appearances, of which only nine were from the start, and even with Jamie Vardy out of action for spells, the Nigerian wasn’t able to establish himself as a key attacking threat for the East Midlanders.

  • Adama Diakhaby Monaco Nice Ligue 1 18012018

    Adama Diakhaby

    Former France U-21 international Diakhaby was recruited by Huddersfield Town on a three-year deal last summer, as David Wagner brought in one of several players who would begin to appear like major transfer-window miscalculations.

    As the Terriers struggled for goals, the wideman, who’s eligible for Senegal, failed to adapt to life in the Premier League.

    He ended season with just 12 appearances, of which only six were starts, and didn’t score or assist.