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Power ranking every single African player in the Premier League so far this season

20:10 SAST 2022/10/05
Nigeria and Alex Iwobi vs Everton.
Read our updated power rankings of the continent’s stars across the English top-flight

The Premier League returned after the international break with several rip-roaring games in the latest round of fixtures.

Liverpool and Brighton & Hove Albion played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Anfield while Manchester City blew Manchester United away in the derby the following day.

In GOAL’s latest power rankings for 2022-23, we assess the continent’s stars from the weekend that was…and there is a change at the top!

  • Boubacar Traore Wolves 2022-23

    #34 Boubacar Traore

    The Malian got another cameo off the bench in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 2-0 loss at West Ham United.

    The midfielder had made his Premier League debut — a 12-minute appearance — in Wolves’ home defeat by Manchester City before the hiatus.

  • Willy Boly, Aleksandar Mitrovic - Nottingham Forest, Fulham 2022-23

    #33 Willy Boly

    The Ivorian was cut from Steve Cooper’s XI following Nottingham Forest’s shift to a back four in their 4-0 defeat by Leicester City.

    Boly made his Forest bow at centre-back before the international break.

  • #32 Tariq Lamptey

    Lamptey made his sixth substitute appearance of the season at Liverpool, coming on for hat-trick hero Leandro Trossard in the 3-3 draw.

    The Ghanaian will hope for more starts under Roberto De Zerbi.

  • Mohamed Elneny Arsenal

    #31 Mohamed Elneny

    The midfielder is still out with injury and did not feature in Arsenal’s convincing North London derby success over Tottenham Hotspur.

  • Coutinho, Abdoulaye Doucoure, Everton vs Aston Villa 2021-22

    #30 Abdoulaye Doucoure

    A late cameo at Southampton sees the Mali international fall this week.

    Doucoure was introduced in second-half stoppage time as Everton came from behind to beat Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men 2-1.

  • Serge Aurier Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    #29 Serge Aurier

    Back in the Premier League, Aurier actually had a decent 45-minute appearance after his introduction in Forest’s loss at Leicester City on Monday.

    The Ivory Coast international won all but one of six duels at the King Power Stadium after replacing Neco Williams who walked a tightrope after his 18th-minute booking.

    Aurier immediately supplants Traore, Boly, Lamptey, Elneny and Doucoure owing to the quintet's minimal influence this season.

  • Hakim Ziyech Chelsea 2021-22

    #28 Hakim Ziyech

    The Morocco international was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s comeback 2-1 win at Crystal Palace.

    He somehow manages to keep his place.

  • Edouard Mendy Chelsea 2022-23

    #27 Edouard Mendy

    Mendy is supplanted in this week’s ranking as he was not risked at Selhurst Park.

    The Chelsea goalkeeper is back in training, so it will be interesting to see if he features in the forthcoming round of games.

  •  Kalidou Koulibaly of Chelsea and Senegal.

    #26 Kalidou Koulibaly

    Koulibaly falls this week, as he was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s win at Crystal Palace.

  • Joel Matip

    #25 Joel Matip

    Matip made his third appearance of the Premier League season in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.

    Despite the concession of three goals, the centre-back supplants Edouard Mendy and Koulibaly, who did not feature in Graham Potter’s managerial league debut for Chelsea.

  • Daniel Amartey Leiceste City 2021-22

    #24 Daniel Amartey

    The Ghana international falls owing to his non-appearance in Leicester’s 4-0 thrashing of Forest.

  • Yves Bissouma Tottenham 2022-23

    #23 Yves Bissouma

    Bissouma loses his spot after a 19-minute appearance in Tottenham’s defeat by Arsenal.

    Six of the Malian’s seven league games have been as a substitute.

  • Riyad Mahrez, Pep Guardiola

    #22 Riyad Mahrez

    Mahrez came on with 15 minutes to go in City’s 6-3 win over United but barely got involved.

    The wide attacker tumbles as a consequence.

  • Maxwel Cornet-burnley-westham-transfer

    #21 Maxwel Cornet

    Cornet’s first West Ham start was short-lived as the Ivorian had to be replaced after 34 minutes.

    The versatile wideman loses his spot this week.

  • Cheikhou Kouyate Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    #20 Cheikhou Kouyate

    Kouyate endured a tough night at the King Power Stadium as Forest conceded three first-half goals in the eventual 4-0 loss.

    The Senegalese was taken off at half-time.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    #19 Wilfred Ndidi

    Despite playing 45 minutes in Leicester’s 4-0 success over Nottingham Forest, Ndidi rises significantly owing to the minimal impact from those around him.

    The Super Eagle made striking interceptions before his half-time withdrawal.

  • Zambia and Brighton striker Enock Mwepu.

    #18 Enock Mwepu

    The Zambia international did not play in Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton bow at Liverpool, owing to an illness that hospitalized him during the two-week interlude.

  • Jeffrey Schlupp Crystal Palace 2021-22

    #17 Jeffrey Schlupp

    Schlupp came on for the final 16 minutes of Palace’s 2-1 home defeat by Chelsea.

    The Ghana international’s run of successive starts this season is over and he loses his spot to teammate Jordan Ayew.

  • Moussa Djenepo Southampton 2022-23

    #16 Moussa Djenepo

    The Mali international falls several spots this week after being left on the bench by Ralf Hasenhuttl in Southampton’s 2-1 defeat by Everton.

    Djenepo failed to play for the first time this season.

  • West Ham United's Said Benrahma 2021-22

    #15 Said Benrahma

    The Algerian drops after his non-appearance in West Ham’s defeat of Wolves.

    Benrahma had played in every league game hitherto Saturday.

  • Neeskens Kebano

    #14 Neeskens Kebano

    Despite Fulham’s hammering at the hands of Newcastle United, the DR Congo attacker is rewarded for his pin-point cross that provided Bobby Decordova-Reid’s consolation in the 4-1 defeat.

  • Jordan Ayew

    #13 Jordan Ayew

    Ayew gets stick for his dearth of goal contributions but the Ghana forward’s assist for Odsonne Edouard’s strike against Chelsea was commendable.

    It was the Palace forward’s first goal involvement in 2022-23 and it contributes to his ascent.

  • Yoane Wissa Brentford 2022-23

    #12 Yoane Wissa

    The DR Congo attacker replaced Bryan Mbeumo with 30 minutes remaining but barely got involved for the Bees.

    Unsurprisingly, Wissa falls several places after an ineffectual outing at Bournemouth.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool Manchester United 2022-23

    #11 Mohamed Salah

    A thoroughly disappointing performance for the Liverpool superstar in the 3-3 draw with Brighton sees him fall out of the top 10.

    Salah missed a couple of clear-cut chances and he has now gone four Premier League matches without scoring at Anfield.

  • Bryan Mbeumo Brentford 2022-23

    #10 Bryan Mbeumo

    The Cameroon forward simply could not get into the game against Bournemouth and was hooked by Thomas Frank just after the hour.

    Mbeumo falls due to the ineffective showing.

  • Mohammed Salisu Southampton

    #9 Mohamed Salisu

    The Ghana centre-back was an unused substitute in Southampton’s 2-1 loss against Everton, precipitating this week’s dip.

  • Cheick Doucoure Crystal Palace 2022-23

    #8 Cheick Doucoure

    Doucoure had a run-of-the-mill performance in Palace’s 2-1 defeat by Chelsea, as Patrick Vieira went with an ostensibly risky 4-3-3 in which the Mali international was flanked by Michael Olise and Eberechi Eze.

    The midfielder is overtaken in our gradings.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    #7 Joe Aribo

    The Nigerian made the most of Hasenhuttl deploying him as one of the number 10s behind Che Adams and Sekou Mara by scoring his second Premier League goal in 2022-23.

    Aribo climbs again after last week’s dip.

  • Leicester City and Zambia forward Patson Daka.

    #6 Patson Daka

    The Zambia international netted Leicester’s fourth in their smashing 4-0 success over Nottingham Forest, seeing him continue a run of commendable displays for the Foxes.

    Daka moves up in our updated rankings.

  • Zaha Crystal Palace 2022

    #5 Wilfried Zaha

    Zaha put in a shift against Chelsea but could not make a final-third impact.

    The Ivory Coast international was shackled by Reece James who defended well against the wide attacker for large periods.

    Zaha somehow managed to hang on to fifth spot this week.

  • Jordan Zemura

    #4 Jordan Zemura

    Zemura loses second spot due to the top performances around him and not because he underwhelmed against Brentford.

    The Zimbabwean was intermittently positive in possession and was first to several loose balls from time to time as Bournemouth extended their unbeaten run to four games.

  • Alex Iwobi of Nigeria and Everton versus Liverpool.

    #3 Alex Iwobi

    Like Zemura, Iwobi’s drop to third is an upshot of the outstanding showings from our top three.

    The Nigerian set up Dwight McNeil’s winner in the 2-1 win at Southampton, a result that saw Everton win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

    Iwobi was positive in possession and tenacious without the ball.

  • Idrissa Gueye Everton 2022-23

    #2 Idrissa Gueye

    Gueye keeps producing top performances since returning to Goodison Park, and another impressive display on the South Coast was unmistakable.

    The Senegal midfielder made more recoveries, won more tackles and intercepted the ball more than everyone on the pitch in the 2-1 success.

    He rises from eighth to second.

  • Thomas Partey Arsenal 2022-23

    #1 Thomas Partey

    Partey ascends to the top after scoring impressively in Arsenal’s 3-1 success over Spurs in the derby and showing the tactical awareness and ability in possession to produce a strong midfield display.

    Only Bukayo Saka (eight) was involved in more Shot-Creating Actions than the Ghana superstar (seven), while the midfield man outdid his teammates for progressive passes (eight) and progressive carries (16).

    He also made more interceptions than his colleagues but was outranked for recoveries by William Saliba (14-11).

    A truly impressive Partey masterclass sees him deservedly take first spot.