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Too Good, Too Bad: The Best & Worst of Africans Abroad

6:58 AM GMT 13/12/2021
Mohamed Salah Liverpool Tyrone Mings Aston Villa
GOAL takes a look at how players from the continent fared across different leagues in Europe over the weekend

A number of African stars represented their teams in their leagues over the weekend and some found themselves on the winning side, while others scored but their sides were defeated nonetheless.

  • Patson Daka of Zambia and Leicester City.

    Review of Africans in Europe

    Egypt captain and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, and Patson Daka of Zambia and Leicester City were among the African players, who performed well over the weekend in the Premier League. 

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool 2021-22

    Too Good - Mohamed Salah

    As Liverpool fought for a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, the Egyptian reached another career milestone as he has now scored each of his last 15 penalties taken in the Premier League.

    This is the second-longest ever run in the competition after Matt Le Tissier (23 penalties between 1994 and 2000). 

    Salah has also either scored or assisted a goal in 14 consecutive league appearances, just one-off Jamie Vardy’s record of 15 between August and December 2015.  

    The forward's top form comes at a time when he is expected to lead Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations finals in Cameroon next year.

  • Edouard Mendy

    Too Bad - Edouard Mendy

    The Senegal international was in action for Chelsea when they conceded twice, although they ended up securing a 3-2 victory against Leeds United at Stamford Bridge. 

    As the towering goalkeeper struggles to keep clean sheets, Chelsea have conceded eight goals in their last three games in all competitions, as many as in their previous 18. 

    Also, 36% of the Premier League goals Chelsea have conceded this season have come from the penalty spot (4/11), the highest such ratio in the division.

  • Samuel Chukwueze of Nigeria and Villarreal.

    Too Bad - Samuel Chukwueze

    Although Villarreal emerged 2-0 victors against Rayo Vallecano, Samuel Chukwueze did not start in that game.

    He came on in the second half for Yeremi Pino when they were already leading by two goals. His limited game time at Villarreal may end up denying him a chance to feature at the Afcon finals for Nigeria.

  • Patson Daka Leicester 2021

    Too Good - Patson Daka

    The Zambian striker scored against Newcastle United in the 57th minute as they eventually emerged 4-0 winners.

    He also assisted James Maddison to score the fourth goal in the 85th minute. No Leicester player has been directly involved in more goals (10 – level with Jamie Vardy and Maddison) than Daka in all competitions this season, with the African player either scoring (7) or assisting (3) every 83 minutes on average - the best such ratio for the Foxes in 2021-22 term.

  • Sebastien Haller Ajax 2021-22

    Too Good - Sebastien Haller

    Although it was a bad day for Ajax, who were beaten 2-1 by AZ Alkmaar on their own turf, the Ivorian marksman scored. 

    Haller - who is in a good goal-scoring form in the Champions League - equalised for the home side in the 73rd minute after they had gone down in the 50th minute.  

    Ajax, however, conceded again in the 83rd minute as they registered a loss in the Eredivisie.

  • Alex Iwobi

    Too Bad - Alex Iwobi

    As Everton went down to Wilfried Zaha's Crystal Palace by a 3-1 margin, Iwobi was not involved at all although he was featured in the matchday squad. 

    Just like his international teammate, Chukwueze, Iwobi faces a tough fight to secure his place in the Super Eagles' Afcon squad should his limited game time continue.

  • Mame Thiam of Kayserispor.

    Too Good - Mame Thiam

    The Senegalese attacker grabbed a brace for Kayserispor who were defeated 4-2 by Besiktas in a Turkish Super Lig game on Sunday. 

    Thiam broke the deadlock in the 38th minute before finding the back of the net again in the 71st minute.  

    His form is encouraging ahead of a potential place in Senegal's Afcon squad early next year.

  • 20210926_Paul Onuachu_Genk

    Too Bad - Paul Onuachu

    The Nigerian was yellow-carded in the 80th minute as Genk - who have been lately struggling - were defeated 1-0 by Gent. 

    Onuachu's Genk went down courtesy of a goal scored by Julien De Sart in the 29th minute.