Part of the side that reached the Champions League semi-final, the Nigeria wideman registered two goals during the Yellow Submarine’s unlikely run to the final four.
Domestically, things weren’t so straight forward, although the winger still had a hand in six goals during the course of the contest.
He struggled to cement a place for himself in Unai Emery’s starting XI, but did make the Spanish Team of the Week on three occasions.
Now in his prime at 27, Williams is coming off the end of his best campaign since the 2018-19 season as he scored eight goals and registered a further five assists, making him Athletic Bilbao’s top scorer.
His interplay with Iker Muniain was a point of strength for the Basque side as they ended the campaign in eighth.
The attacker is now being heavily linked with a switch to Ghana, having previously represented Spain, and his quality down the middle—or out wide—would be a massive asset for the Black Stars.
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Went under the radar when he swapped LOSC Lille for Atletico Madrid during the offseason, having impressed in the French top flight last term.
The aggressive Mozambique international proved to be an astute addition to Diego Simeone’s side, even if Atleti weren’t as resilient defensively as they have been in the past.
Reinildo clearly had the manager’s trust, and Atletico conceded just 14 goals in his 19 starts, versus 40 goals in the 32 matches when he didn’t feature according to Football Espana.
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One of the most effective tacklers in the division, Kondogbia played a key role in the heart of the park for Atletico Madrid, helping the Rojiblancos return to the Champions League.
The powerhouse, who swapped France for the Central African Republic, is finally getting the credit for which he once appeared destined earlier in his career.
There are rumours that he is being courted by Aston Villa, so may be Premier League-bound before too long.
Standing second behind Edouard Mendy among African goalkeepers in the world today, Bounou again enjoyed a consistent season between the sticks with Sevilla, helping them qualify for the Champions League.
Notably, the Nervionenses enjoyed the best defensive record in the division, conceding just 30 goals throughout the course of the campaign, with Bounou becoming the first Arab player to win the Zamora Trophy.
A player transformed after his midseason switch from Arsenal, Aubameyang rediscovered his top form after signing for Barcelona and helped revitalise the club under Xavi Hernandez.
Auba ended the year with 11 goals in 17 league outings, ranking him eleventh in the scoring charts, and it will be exciting to see what he can go on to achieve next term.