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

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Thomas Partey of Arsenal and Ghana.
GOAL reviews the continent's best performers around the world this weekend, and name a few who under-performed.

Africans players returned to action for their clubs after the international break and posted a mixed bag of results in the Premier League, Bundesliga and La Liga over the weekend.

Ghana international Thomas Partey led the way for those who had a good outing as he scored a beauty for Arsenal in the North London Derby against Tottenham Hotspur while Senegal international Sadio Mane ended his goal drought as Bayern Munich registered victory.

Meanwhile, Ghana's Jordan Ayew had a bad day in the office after his side Crystal Palace suffered a late defeat against Chelsea at Selhurst Park.

  1. Too Good: Sadio Mane

    Too Good: Sadio Mane

    The Lion of Teranga ended his poor run in front of goal as Bayern Munich hammered Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 at the Allianz Arena on Saturday.

    Leroy Sane grabbed the opener for the Bavarians before Jamal Musiala added the second. Mane, who moved to Bayern from Liverpool, then ended his run of six matches without a goal to notch the third before Thomas Muller rounded up the victory.

    The win ended Bayern's four match winless run in the top-flight and saw Mane score his fourth of the campaign from seven appearances, which ranks him joint fourth overall, while making him the second-top scorer for his side.

  2. Too Bad: Jordan Ayew

    Too Bad: Jordan Ayew

    The 31-year-old Black Star set up the opening goal for Crystal Palace but Chelsea scored late to deny his side a point from the Premier League fixture.

    Ayew pulled off a great assist as Odsonne Edouard put Patrick Vieira's side ahead with only seven minutes played but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put Chelsea level before Conor Gallagher came off the bench to score a stunner and break Palace's hearts.

    Ayew, who made 31 top-flight appearances last season, scored three goals and provided three assists, has one assist to his name this campaign.

  3. Too Good: Inaki Williams

    Too Good: Inaki Williams

    After making his debut for Ghana in friendly matches against Brazil and Nicaragua, the 28-year-old returned with a goal and assist as Athletic Bilbao thrashed UD Almeria 4-0 in a La Liga fixture on Saturday.

    Inaki opened the floodgates for Athletic after being set up by his brother Nico Williams, Oihan Sancet doubled their lead before Inaki turned the provider with a clever ball to Nico, who scored the third. Mikel Vesga then made it four with six minutes left to the final whistle.

    Inaki has scored three top-flight goals from seven appearances and his impressive form will be good news for Ghana coach Otto Addo ahead of the 2022 Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year

  4. Too Bad: Mohammed Kudus

    Too Bad: Mohammed Kudus

    After scoring in three straight Eredivisie matches, the Ghana star failed to extend the run as Ajax were held to a 1-1 draw by Go Ahead Eagles on Saturday.

    In the game at Johan Cruyff Arena, Kudus was given a bench role by manager Alfred Schreuder before he came on as a replacement for Ghana prospect Brian Brobbey with only seven minutes left on the clock and could not find the target.

    Prior to the fixture, he had scored against Cambuur in a 4-0 win, Heerenveen in the 5-0 victory and the 2-1 defeat against AZ Alkmaar. In between the league matches, he was on target against Rangers and Liverpool in the Champions League.

  5. Too Bad: Iddrisu Baba

    Too Bad: Iddrisu Baba

    The Black Star produced a great display but it was not enough to help Real Mallorca from going down 1-0 against Barcelona in a La Liga contest.

    Robert Lewandowski scored the only goal of the game but the performance of Baba, who had just arrived from international duty, caught the attention of many. He played for the entire 90 minutes, had 32 touches, with 24 of those being completed passes.

    He also registered four ball recoveries, won three fouls, and had two clearances but he ended on the losing side.

  6. Too Good: Ismaila Sarr

    Too Good: Ismaila Sarr

    The Senegal winger put up a good show to score and provide an assist as Watford hit Stoke City 4-0 in an EFL Championship fixture on Sunday.

    Sarr scored the opener at Bet365 Stadium for a 1-0 lead at the half-time break before Ken Sema doubled the score line and Sarr stepped up to set up Keinan Davis for the third.

    Ivory Coast international Vakoun Issouf Bayo wrapped up the emphatic victory in the 84th minute. Sarr has so far scored three goals for the Hornets from seven appearances in the league.

  7. Too Good: Thomas Partey

    Too Good: Thomas Partey

    After missing the Brazil and Nicaragua matches owing to injury, Partey returned to England and was handed a start by Mikel Arteta as Arsenal defeated Tottenham 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium.

    The 29-year-old gave the Gunners the lead in the North London derby as he curled in an effort from a distance past Hugo Lloris and into the top corner. Though Harry Kane levelled matters for Spurs, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka ensured Arsenal claimed the derby bragging rights.

    Arsenal have won every match Partey has featured in this season. His absence was felt as Arsenal suffered a 3-1 defeat against Manchester United.