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

12:35 GMT+3 19/10/2022
Africa Power Rankings - Premier League
Mohamed Salah ended a four-game league run without scoring at Anfield over the weekend but does it move the needle in our power rankings?

Thomas Partey and his Arsenal teammates endured a delayed start and wretched second half at Leeds United, but claimed a 1-0 win at Elland Road, nonetheless.

At Anfield, Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game as Liverpool beat Manchester City to end the league leader’s unbeaten Premier League start.

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

  • Zambia and Brighton striker Enock Mwepu.

    #35 Enock Mwepu

    Mwepu retired from professional football and the former Brighton & Hove Albion and ex-Zambia international will not feature again this season.

  • Boubacar Traore Wolves 2022-23

    #34 Boubacar Traore

    The midfielder got eight minutes off the bench in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest which does not move the needle for the Malian.

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

    #33 Willy Boly

    The Ivory Coast centre-back continues to make do with a place on the bench at Forest.Boly did not play against his old club Wolves, failing to appear off the bench at Molineux.

  •  Tariq Lamptey

    #32 Tariq Lamptey

    Lamptey did not get off the bench in Brighton & Hove Albion’s 2-0 loss at Brentford. The wide defender’s appearances in 2022-23 have all been substitute appearances.

  • Mohamed Elneny Arsenal

    #31 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

    #30 Edouard Mendy

    Another impressive Kepa Arrizabalaga performance at Aston Villa means Mendy is likely to continue on the bench in the weeks leading to the World Cup at least.

    Kepa’s heroics between the sticks kept Chelsea in the game in their 2-0 win at Villa Park, further strengthening his hold on the number one spot in West London.

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

    #29 Abdoulaye Doucoure

    The Malian returned to the bench at Tottenham Hotspur but did not feature even though Frank Lampard made only three substitutions in the 2-0 defeat at Spurs.

  • Serge Aurier Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    #28 Serge Aurier

    Neco Williams’ reinstatement at right-back meant the Ivorian did not start at Wolves. Surprisingly, Aurier was not on the bench either as Forest were beaten 1-0 at Molineux.

  • Hakim Ziyech Chelsea 2021-22

    #27 Hakim Ziyech

    The playmaker was a doubt heading into Chelsea’s game at Aston Villa, so it was not surprising that Ziyech did not make the match-day squad in Sunday’s 2-0 success.

  • Joel Matip

    #26 Joel Matip

    The injured Matip played no part in Liverpool’s outstanding 1-0 success over Manchester City, with Joe Gomez playing impressively along with Virgil van Dijk at centre-back.

    The Cameroonian may struggle to win back his place if the Englishman maintains anything close to the level from Sunday.

  • Maxwel Cornet-burnley-westham-transfer

    #25 Maxwel Cornet

    The injured Ivory Coast man has not played since going off injured in West Ham United’s 2-0 win over Wolves, missing the victory over Wolves and Sunday’s draw at Southampton.

    Cornet remains in situ our updated grading.

  • Wilfred Ndidi - Leicester City

    #24 Wilfred Ndidi

    Ndidi is still out injured and did not play in Leicester’s goalless encounter with Crystal Palace.

    The midfielder has had a mixed campaign and sits 24th.

  • Riyad Mahrez, Pep Guardiola

    #23 Riyad Mahrez

    Pep Guardiola’s decision to make only one substitution even though Manchester City chased the game at Anfield meant Mahrez saw no match action against Liverpool.

    Thus, the Algeria superstar falls from 20th place.

  • Moussa Djenepo Southampton 2022-23

    #22 Moussa Djenepo

    Djenepo did not play in Southampton’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, prompting his dip from 18th.

  • Cheikhou Kouyate Nottingham Forest 2022-23

    #21 Cheikhou Kouyate

    Kouyate recovered possession frequently at Molineux but was limited with the ball as Forest mostly struggled from open play against Wolves.

    The Senegal international was replaced with 20 minutes remaining and does not hang on to 21st this week.

  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Chelsea 2022-23

    #20 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    Aubameyang falls out of our top 10 after sitting out Chelsea’s win over Wolves and turning in an ineffectual performance in the West London club’s 2-0 success at Villa Park.

  • Yoane Wissa Brentford 2022-23

    #19 Yoane Wissa

    Wissa had a decent 70-minute appearance in Brentford’s 1-0 success over Brighton, completing all five attempted dribbles.

    Nonetheless, he slips from 17th this week owing to the chasing pack’s greater impact.

  • Jeffrey Schlupp Crystal Palace 2021-22

    #18 Jeffrey Schlupp

    Palace were poor in the 0-0 draw at Leicester with Patrick Vieira’s midfield struggling.

    Schlupp was part of the trio that often left Cheick Doucoure isolated in the middle of the park, giving James Maddison oceans of space.

    The Ghanaian slips this week.

  • Neeskens Kebano

    #17 Neeskens Kebano

    The DR Congo winger’s run of assists ended in Fulham’s 2-2 draw with Bournemouth, where he was taken off on the hour.

    Kebano slips from 11th place this week.

  • Daniel Amartey Leiceste City 2021-22

    #16 Daniel Amartey

    Amartey returned to the Leicester City XI to fill in at centre-back for the injured Jonny Evans against Crystal Palace and helped the Foxes to back-to-back Premier League clean sheets at the King Power Stadium for the first time since December 2021.

    Leicester had control of the game but lacked the clinical edge in the attacking third, thus failing to claim successive home victories.

    The Ghana international rises from 26th this week.

  •  Kalidou Koulibaly of Chelsea and Senegal.

    #15 Kalidou Koulibaly

    Koulibaly helped to offer stability to a Chelsea backline that was under the cosh in the opening 45 minutes at Aston Villa in Sunday’s 2-0 success.

    He got a customary booking on the hour, 15 minutes after his introduction at Villa Park.

    Koulibaly moves to 15th after a decent outing in the Midlands.

  • Jordan Zemura

    #14 Jordan Zemura

    The Zimbabwe left-back slips from the top 10 this week following a 10-minute cameo in Bournemouth’s draw at Fulham.

  • Jordan Ayew

    #13 Jordan Ayew

    Crystal Palace’s hopeless display at Leicester sees Ayew fall from eighth spot, although through no fault of his but strong performances from the chasing pack.

    The Ghanaian did not touch the ball in the Foxes’ penalty area.

  • West Ham United's Said Benrahma 2021-22

    #12 Said Benrahma

    David Moyes did away with a back three by bringing on Said Benrahma, forcing Southampton back as West Ham seized control at St. Mary’s.

    The Algerian was positive in possession, often carrying the ball forward with purpose after coming on for the final half-hour.

    He set up Declan Rice for the Englishman’s stunning equaliser five minutes after his introduction, thus precipitating this week’s climb from 19th.

  • Joe Aribo Southampton 2022-23

    #11 Joe Aribo

    Aribo put in a defensive shift in Southampton’s 1-1 draw with West Ham but also intermittently contributed to the backend of moves.

    Aribo loses his spot in the top 10.

  • Cheick Doucoure Crystal Palace 2022-23

    #10 Cheick Doucoure

    Isolated for large periods at Leicester, Doucoure turned in an acceptable performance in the midfield, although he received yet another booking and was replaced after 55 minutes.

    Still, the Mali international recovered possession more times (12) than any teammate at the King Power Stadium and keeps his spot in the top 10.

  • Mohammed Salisu Southampton

    #9 Mohamed Salisu

    Despite Southampton’s 1-1 draw with West Ham, Salisu gave a good account of himself at the back, winning most of his duels and clearing the ball from harm’s way.

    The Ghana international rises from 12th spot.

  • Zaha Crystal Palace 2022

    #8 Wilfried Zaha

    While Zaha endured a frustrating afternoon at Leicester, he was involved in the Eagles’ key offensive actions.

    The Ivory Coast attacker falls from fifth but retains a top 10 spot.

  • Leicester City and Zambia forward Patson Daka.

    #7 Patson Daka

    The Zambian’s movement against Crystal Palace was questionable at times and was likely disappointed to not score despite getting the nod ahead of Jamie Vardy.

    Like Zaha, Daka remains in the top 10 despite slipping from fourth.

  • Idrissa Gueye Everton 2022-23

    #6 Idrissa Gueye

    Gueye accumulated more recoveries in 80 minutes than any teammate did throughout 90 minutes in the defeat at Spurs but that is not enough for the defensive midfielder to hold on to a top-three place.

  • Bryan Mbeumo Brentford 2022-23

    #5 Bryan Mbeumo

    After a couple of indifferent performances, the Cameroon international performed commendably in Brentford’s 2-0 win over Brighton.

    Mbeumo was involved in Ivan Toney’s first and would have netted his third league goal of the season but was denied by the woodwork.

    The forward moves from 14th to fifth after an encouraging showing.

  • Alex Iwobi of Nigeria and Everton versus Liverpool.

    #4 Alex Iwobi

    Lampard’s overly defensive approach at Spurs manacled the Nigeria international who loses second spot this week.

  • Yves Bissouma Tottenham 2022-23

    #3 Yves Bissouma

    It was another substitute appearance for Bissouma against Everton but his introduction aided Spurs’ wider domination in the second half, as Antonio Conte switched to a 3-5-2.

    The North Londoners netted twice in the final half-hour to defeat Frank Lampard’s men who could have gone ahead through Amadou Onana or Demarai Gray.

    Spurs had seven shots in the 20 minutes after the Malian’s introduction, with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Rodrigo Bentancur pushing forward on either side.

    Despite only coming on shortly after half-time, Bissouma was involved in four shot-creating actions, outdone by only Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.

    Undoubtedly, the Mali international rises, moving into the top three from 22nd.

  • Mohamed Salah Liverpool Manchester United 2022-23

    #2 Mohamed Salah

    Salah went into Liverpool’s meeting with Manchester City on a four-game Premier League run at Anfield and could have set a new record if he fired blanks.

    The Egypt superstar came up trumps to claim the Reds’ 1-0 success, ending the Cityzens’ unbeaten start to the season in the process.

    Salah moves into the top three after falling to 15th last time out.

  • Thomas Partey Arsenal 2022-23

    #1 Thomas Partey

    Partey hangs on to top spot despite Arsenal getting fortunate in the 1-0 victory at Leeds United.

    The Gunners midfielder largely kept his composure under pressure from the home side, playing the most passes under pressure (11) of any Arsenal player, pressing the opposition intelligently and making the second-highest recoveries (12) at Elland Road.

    Partey remains at the summit…just.