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Top Six: Ranking the best Africans in La Liga 2018-19

12:32 AM SGT 17/5/19
Thomas Partey
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  • Sofiane Boufal Celta Vigo

    #6 Sofiane Boufal

    After an underwhelming spell at Southampton, Boufal has finally got his career back on track at Real Betis, who could have ended the season challenging for a European spot had it not been for a late slump in the campaign.

    The fantasy playmaker has even played himself back into international contention with Morocco after rediscovering his confidence in Andalusia, and served a reminder as to why he’s one of Africa’s most exciting players with the ball at his feet.

    With one more gameweek to go, Boufal has averaged 4.1 dribbles per match so far this term; it’s the best in the division, and 0.1 ahead of second-placed Lionel Messi!

  • Zouhair Feddal

    #5 Zou Feddal

    He may have drifted out of the picture at international level, but Feddal has been a commanding presence in the heart of Real Betis’s defence this term.

    At 29, he’s in his prime, and is a genuinely imposing presence in the air.

    His form has been particularly impressive considering he missed six months of action at the end of last season with an Achilles tendon injury.

  • Samuel Chukwueze - Villarreal

    #4 Samuel Chukwueze

    For a 19-year-old, in his first full campaign in a major European league, his five goals and two assists for Villarreal represent an admirable return as he’s pulled the Yellow Submarine clear of the dropzone.

    He only made his full league debut in November, the same month as he made his Super Eagles bow—against Uganda—and was named the Nigeria Football Federation’s Young Player of the Year in April.

    The wonderkid has been named in Gernot Rohr’s provisional squad for the 2019 Nations Cup, despite having been rumoured to be taking part in the U-20 World Cup.

  • Thomas Partey

    #3 Thomas Partey

    There’s been no genuine title challenge for Atletico Madrid this term, nor has there been a run to a continental final, but Partey has nonetheless excelled in the heart of the park.

    He’s been more creative this term than last, adding four assists to his three goals, while his passing accuracy stats and chances created per match are also slightly up.

    At 25, the central midfielder should have his best years still ahead of him—albeit at an Atleti side in transition—and expect him to be a key man for Ghana at this summer’s Nations Cup.    

  • Djene Dakonam of Getafe

    #2 Djene Dakonam

    Anyone keeping tabs on Getafe this season would understand why Togo centre-back Djene has been linked with a move to some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

    Both Arsenal and Barcelona have been linked with a move for the defender, who’s gone from strength to strength this term.

    His composure in possession and positional intelligence have been central to Getafe’s magnificent campaign, and they remain in contention for an unlikely Champions League berth with one more matchday to play.

  • Wissam Ben Yedder Sevilla 09202018

    #1 Wissam Ben Yedder

    Tunisia coach Alain Giresse has revealed that he remains hopeful the Sevilla forward could yet represent the Carthage Eagles at international level.

    He may have already represented France, but as he’s yet to take to the field in a competitive match for Les Bleus, he’s still eligible to feature for the land of his parents.

    Based on this season, it’s easy to see why Giresse would want him, and Ben Yedder has been comfortably the best African player in La Liga this season.

    He’s been directly responsible for 25 goals this term—17 of which he’s scored himself—placing him among the division’s most decisive operators.