Mendy, Aribo & Mane: What did you miss this weekend?

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    Insightful details from the weekend

    In this feature, GOAL's Seye Omidiora picks out some of the under-the-radar stats you may have missed this week - and explains what they mean for Africa's biggest stars.

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    Jordan Ayew

    While his run without scoring for Crystal Palace has gone on for over a year, Ayew was impressive in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Everton.

    By setting up Conor Gallagher’s first of two strikes at Selhurst Park, the Ghanaian became only the third Palace player to register multiple assists for Patrick Vieira’s side this season, joining Gallagher and Michael Olise.

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    Edouard Mendy

    Chelsea were able to defeat a plucky Leeds United 3-2 at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, but the game represented something of an anomaly for Mendy.

    Having conceded two goals on the day, the Senegal goalkeeper has now let in two goals or higher in successive Premier League games for the first time in his Blues career.

    Without a doubt, the shot-stopper will hope to secure a clean sheet against Everton on Thursday.

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    Moses Simon

    Simon may be Nantes’ assist and creative king this term, but he has barely been able to find the back of the net with any regularity this term.

    Thus, it was a surprise when the wide attacker found the back of the net with almost the last kick of the game to complete a turnaround for the hosts, who had trailed 2-0.

    It was only Simon’s second Ligue 1 strike of the season — his first came in late September —and he will hope to score with more regularity going forward.

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    Joe Aribo

    Aribo netted his sixth Premiership goal of the season as Rangers defeated Hearts 2-0 on Sunday.

    Interestingly, that strike was the midfielder’s third in five games since Giovanni van Bronckhorst replaced Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager.

    Having scored three goals under Gerrard this term, the Nigerian is on pace to outdo his personal best return (seven goals) set last season.

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    Sadio Mane

    Mane fired blanks in Liverpool’s 1-0 success over Aston Villa, and the forward’s run without finding the back of the net now stands at four games.

    The Senegalese superstar has attempted 11 shots since scoring against Arsenal in November, accumulating 1.1 expected goals (xG) in that time.

    Jurgen Klopp will hope the reigning African Footballer of the Year returns to being decisive in the coming weeks