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

09:43 EAT 10/10/2022
 Mohamed Salah of Liverpool vs Arsenal.
GOAL reviews the continent's best performers around the world this weekend, and names a few who under-performed

African players were in action for their respective clubs in Europe and posted a mixed bag of results in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 over the weekend.

Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez opened his season account for Manchester City in the demolition of Southampton while Ghana international Thomas Partey put in a great shift as Arsenal picked up a victory against Liverpool to move top of the table.

Meanwhile, Egypt international Mohamed Salah's Premier League goal drought extended against Arsenal. Senegal star Sadio Mane failed to hit the back of the net for Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund.

  • Erling Haaland Riyad Mahrez Bernardo Silva Man City 2022-23

    Too Good: Riyad Mahrez

    The Algerian scored his first goal of the league campaign as Manchester City defeated Southampton 4-0 on Saturday.

    In the game at the Etihad Stadium, Joao Cancelo and Phil Foden gave the Citizens a 2-0 lead at the half-time break, before the 31-year-old Mahrez added the third and in-form Erling Haaland completed the rout.

    Mahrez, who was withdrawn in the 70th minute for Cole Palmer, has appeared in eight top-flight matches and accumulated 308 minutes of playing time. Last season, he made 28 league appearances, scored 11 goals and provided five assists.

  • tomiyasu-salah

    Too Bad: Mohamed Salah

    Salah's Premier League goal drought continued after he failed to score in Liverpool's 3-2 defeat against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

    Heading into the fixture, Salah was looking to end a run of four matches without a goal in the league, but the Gunners carried the day with goals from Gabriel Martinelli, and Bukayo Saka, who scored a brace while Darwin Nunez and Roberto Firmino scored for Liverpool.

    Salah's last goal in the top-flight came in the 2-1 defeat against Manchester United at Old Trafford on August 22 and he has since failed to score against Bournemouth, Newcastle United, Everton in the derby, Brighton & Hove Albion and now Arsenal.

  • Thomas Partey Arsenal 2022-23

    Too Good: Thomas Partey

    The Black Star was once again instrumental for Arsenal as they secured a 3-2 Premier League win against Liverpool to move top of the table.

    Though the 29-year-old did not score or assist, he controlled the midfield with zeal and determination, managing 58 complete passes with a 91 percent pass accuracy, completed seven long balls, made five clearances, five recoveries and two interceptions.

    Since the start of the season, Arsenal are yet to lose a game Partey has featured in. The Gunners' only defeat came when he was out injured - 3-1 against Manchester United.

  • Patson Daka of Zambia and Leicester City.

    Too Bad: Patson Daka

    The Zambia international scored for Leicester City but it was not enough to stop his side from suffering a 2-1 Premier League defeat against Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Daka found the back of the net with only 10 minutes played before Bournemouth scored two second-half goals in a space of three minutes courtesy of Philip Billing and Ryan Christie to emerge winners and hand the Foxes their seventh defeat of the season at Vitality Stadium.

    He has so far scored three league goals from eight appearances but Leicester, who featured Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho and Ghana star Daniel Amartey, are languishing second from bottom of the 20-team table with four points.

  • Daniel Kofi-Kyereh of Freiburg and Ghana.

    Too Good: Daniel-Kofi Kyereh

    The Black Star scored his third consecutive goal in all competitions as Freiburg battled to a 2-2 draw against Hertha Berlin in a Bundesliga fixture on Sunday.

    Kyereh opened the score at Olympiastadion Berlin before Dodi Lukebakio converted from the penalty spot to make it 1-1. Suat Serdar regained Hertha the lead but Kevin Schade responded for Freiburg with a well-taken effort to secure the draw.

    His first league goal of the season came in the 2-1 victory against Mainz and he followed it up with another goal as Freiburg defeated Nantes 2-0 in a Group G fixture of the Europa League.

  • Sadio Mane Bayern Munich 2022-23

    Too Bad: Sadio Mane

    The Lion of Teranga played in his first Der Klassiker but was not able to inspire Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund in a 2-2 draw on Saturday.

    Leon Goretzka and Leroy Sane scored for the Bavarians at Signal Iduna Park with Cameroon prospect Youssoufa Moukoko and Anthony Modeste finding the back of the net for Dortmund.

    Mane's display was unconvincing as he missed an open goal with a diving header. He was withdrawn in the 82nd minute. Mane has netted four Bundesliga goals from nine matches since sealing his transfer switch from Liverpool.

  • Brian Brobbey.

    Too Good: Brian Brobbey

    The Ghana prospect was among the goals as Ajax returned to winning ways with a convincing 4-2 Eredivisie victory against FC Volendam on Saturday.

    Having suffered their first defeat of the season against AZ Alkmaar in the last assignment, the Sons of the Gods went into the fixture at Kras Stadion seeking to bounce back and they did exactly that following goals from Dusan Tadic, Nigeria defender Calvin Bassey, Brobbey and Davy Klaassen.

    The 20-year-old has so far scored four top-flight goals from nine appearances and is ranked joint sixth in the league's top scorers chart. Brobbey has provided two assists as well - the joint second most for the team.