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

18:35 GMT+4 12/10/2022
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Does Thomas Partey retain his spot atop our rankings, and how far would Mohamed Salah fall?

Another round of Premier League action saw Mohamed Salah’s wretched time this season continue when Liverpool lost at Arsenal.

How did the impressive Alex Iwobi fare for Everton when they welcomed Manchester United to Goodison Park, looking to secure another win over the Red Devils on Merseyside?

In GOAL’s latest power rankings for 2022-23, we assess the continent’s stars from the weekend that was.

  • Boubacar Traore Wolves 2022-23

    #35 Boubacar Traore

    The Malian did not make the squad in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 3-0 defeat by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    Traore has played 39 minutes across two Premier League cameos since signing from Metz in the summer.

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

    #34 Willy Boly

    Steve Cooper’s recent switch to a back four means Boly has found himself out of the Nottingham Forest side, with his only appearance coming in Forest’s 3-2 defeat by Fulham in mid-September.

    The Ivory Coast centre-back remains in situ this week.

  •  Tariq Lamptey

    #33 Tariq Lamptey

    Lamptey made his seventh appearance of the season in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 1-0 loss to Tottenham Hotspur but was only introduced for the final three minutes.

    The wide defender has disappointingly played 88 minutes in total this term.

  • Mohamed Elneny Arsenal

    #32 Mohamed Elneny

    The injured Arsenal midfielder is a beneficiary of the inactivity behind him as he retains his spot despite not featuring since August 27.

  • Edouard Mendy Chelsea 2022-23

    #31 Edouard Mendy

    The Senegal shot-stopper looks to be Graham Potter’s second-choice at Chelsea, as he was limited to a watching brief against Wolves, with Kepa Arrizabalaga trusted by the new Blues boss.

    Mendy drops this week.

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

    #30 Abdoulaye Doucoure

    Doucoure was surprisingly left out of Everton’s squad for the 2-1 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday.

    This came as a surprise as the Malian was spotted in training on Thursday.

  • Serge Aurier Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    #29 Serge Aurier

    The Ivory Coast right-back had an average game in his first Nottingham Forest start in the 1-1 draw against Aston Villa.

    Aurier lost five of his seven duels and was taken off before the hour having been booked in the 18th minute.

  • Hakim Ziyech Chelsea 2021-22

    #28 Hakim Ziyech

    Ziyech was introduced in Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Wolves but looked off the pace, notably failing to complete a through-ball to Armando Broja.

    The playmaker will be disappointed with his paltry match action under Graham Potter.

  • Joel Matip

    #27 Joel Matip

    Matip went off injured in Liverpool’s 3-2 loss at Arsenal but was still part of the backline that conceded in transition in the opening half.

    The Cameroonian falls from the 25th spot he occupied previously.

  • Daniel Amartey Leiceste City 2021-22

    #26 Daniel Amartey

    The Ghana international kept things tidy in an unfamiliar role after replacing Timothy Castagne for the final 23 minutes of Leicester City’s 2-1 loss at Bournemouth.

    It was Amartey’s first appearance in over a month.

  • Maxwel Cornet-burnley-westham-transfer

    #25 Maxwel Cornet

    The injured Ivorian did not feature in West Ham United’s controversial 3-1 win over Fulham.

    Thus, Cornet falls from the 21st spot.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    #24 Wilfred Ndidi

    The Nigerian did not play in Leicester City’s defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Consequently, the anchorman drops his position.

  • Zambia and Brighton striker Enock Mwepu.

    #23 Enock Mwepu

    The former Brighton & Hove Albion midfielder missed the game against Tottenham last Saturday and has since retired from professional football aged 24.

    Mwepu represented Zambia before retiring.

  • Yves Bissouma Tottenham 2022-23

    #22 Yves Bissouma

    Antonio Conte gave Bissouma his second start of the season at his old club Brighton & Hove Albion and the Mali midfielder gave a good account of himself.

    The Tottenham Hotspur midfielder made a plethora of recoveries at the Amex before his 70th-minute withdrawal and was instrumental to the North London side playing out from the back with more coherence.

    It remains to be seen if Conte utilises the 3-5-2 more often, but Saturday’s game sees Bissouma climb in our rankings.

  • Cheikhou Kouyate Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    #21 Cheikhou Kouyate

    Kouyate may have been replaced at half-time against Leicester but the midfielder was retained in the Forest XI for Aston Villa’s visit and played the entire game.

    Only Steve Cook made more recoveries for the Senegal man whose intelligent pressing on the day helped the Tricky Trees to regain possession.

    Kouyate supplants Ndidi and Mwepu.

  • Riyad Mahrez, Pep Guardiola

    #20 Riyad Mahrez

    The winger was intent on opening his Premier League account — taking more shots (four) than all but Phil Foden in just 70 minutes — and he was rewarded four minutes after half-time to make it 3-0 in Manchester City’s eventual 4-0 success over Southampton.

    Erling Haaland’s success this term has overshadowed Mahrez’s struggling start, but Algeria’s superstar will hope the goal turns the tide over the coming weeks.

  • West Ham United's Said Benrahma 2021-22

    #19 Said Benrahma

    The Algerian drops two spots after ending Sunday’s game with Fulham as an unused substitute.

    The West Ham playmaker falls four spots this week.

  • Moussa Djenepo Southampton 2022-23

    #18 Moussa Djenepo

    Despite playing just 25 minutes in Southampton’s trip to Manchester City, only Ibrahima Diallo and Armel Bella Kotchap (both 11) and Romain Perraud (seven) made more recoveries than Djenepo.

    The Malian is replaced by Jeffrey Schlupp but he overtakes Said Benrahma who played no part in West Ham’s win over Fulham.

  • Yoane Wissa Brentford 2022-23

    #17 Yoane Wissa

    Wissa was introduced in Brentford’s ill-fated 5-1 thrashing by Newcastle United with a half-hour to play but did little to change the course of the game (it was 3-1 to Newcastle when the DRC forward came on).

    With morale low and the Bees error-strewn, Wissa was guilty of giving the ball away cheaply in his cameo.

    Inevitably, the 26-year-old loses his spot in this week’s updated grading.

  •  Kalidou Koulibaly of Chelsea and Senegal.

    #16 Kalidou Koulibaly

    After a series of poor-to-indifferent games, Koulibaly thrived in Chelsea’s win over managerless Wolves, winning all but one duel in the 3-0 victory.

    The centre-back rises significantly from 26th.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool Manchester United 2022-23

    #15 Mohamed Salah

    Another forgettable performance for Liverpool’s top marksman at the Emirates Stadium sees him overtaken.

    Salah was supplanted in the top 10 last week and is left behind again.

  • Bryan Mbeumo Brentford 2022-23

    #14 Bryan Mbeumo

    The Cameroon international’s dip after an impressive start has coincided with Brentford’s indifferent run of results.

    Mbeumo was withdrawn for Wissa just after the hour in Saturday’s 5-1 thrashing by Newcastle.

  • Jeffrey Schlupp Crystal Palace 2021-22

    #13 Jeffrey Schlupp

    The Ghanaian returned to Patrick Vieira’s XI in the comeback win over Leeds United and impressed with his intermittent inclination to pass vertically and carry the ball aggressively.

    Schlupp makes a climb from 17th spot.

  • Mohammed Salisu Southampton

    #12 Mohamed Salisu

    A tough afternoon at Manchester City saw Salisu drawn out of position and caught out as the Cityzens motored.

    Southampton have lost four Premier League games on the spin.

  • Neeskens Kebano

    #11 Neeskens Kebano

    The DR Congo man assisted Andreas Pereira’s goal to open the scoring in Fulham’s eventual 3-1 loss at West Ham.

    Kebano has now assisted in successive games, taking him to three assists in the 2022-23 season.

  • Jordan Zemura

    #10 Jordan Zemura

    The Zimbabwe left-back was dropped to the bench and was an unused substitute in Bournemouth’s 2-1 comeback victory over Leicester.

    Consequently, the left-back drops out of the top five.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    #9 Joe Aribo

    While Aribo struggled with tracking runners and pressing, there was some success when he did get it right.

    Nevertheless, the Nigerian falls this week, despite retaining his top-10 status.

  • Jordan Ayew

    #8 Jordan Ayew

    Ayew won the foul that began Crystal Palace’s comeback win against Leeds United and was blue-collar-like without the ball before going off just after the hour.

    The forward rises into the top 10.

  • Cheick Doucoure Crystal Palace 2022-23

    #7 Cheick Doucoure

    The Mali international had to be taken off in Palace’s 2-1 win over Leeds United, owing to walking a tightrope after an 18th-minute withdrawal.

    He did make a stunning 17 recoveries in 63 minutes (a game-high) and was involved in three moves preceding a shot at goal.

    Doucoure unsurprisingly climbs after a dip last time out.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Chelsea 2022-23

    #6 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Despite sitting out Chelsea’s convincing win vs Wolves, the striker remains in our top 10.

  • Zaha Crystal Palace 2022

    #5 Wilfried Zaha

    Was kept quiet for large periods but stayed switched on and executed efficiently for Eberechi Eze’s amazing winner.

    Zaha remains in situ in fifth.

  • Leicester City and Zambia forward Patson Daka.

    #4 Patson Daka

    Another Daka goal in Leicester’s 2-1 loss at Bournemouth means he is Brendan Rodgers’ current go-to as Jamie Vardy continues to struggle and Kelechi Iheanacho’s form and performances do not inspire confidence.

    The Zambian moves into the top five.

  • Idrissa Gueye Everton 2022-23

    #3 Idrissa Gueye

    A fatal error saw Gueye give up possession for Manchester United’s leveller through Anthony.

    The defensive midfielder still delivered a commendable showing, nonetheless, often putting out fires and recovering possession.

    The Senegal international loses second place this week.

  • Alex Iwobi of Nigeria and Everton versus Liverpool.

    #2 Alex Iwobi

    A bittersweet outing for Iwobi saw him open the scoring for Everton against Manchester United before he was dispossessed for the Red Devils’ winning goal.

    Regardless of that error, the Super Eagle played brilliantly, was strikingly involved in the Toffees’ best openings and was often first to many 50-50s in the 2-1 loss.

    The Nigerian supplants Gueye and moves into second.

  • Thomas Partey Arsenal 2022-23

    #1 Thomas Partey

    Partey committed a couple of needless fouls, but that should not distract from what was another outstanding showing against Liverpool.

    The midfielder was important to Arsenal’s build-up and his adventure in possession aided the team in attacking transitions or when they had good possession.

    No player on the home side’s team outdid Partey’s 12 recoveries, while only Virgil van Dijk (13) outranked the Ghana international.

    Iwobi has been in fine form this season but supplanting Partey will be a tough ask!