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

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Africa Power Rankings - Premier League
Discover our changed top three after Thomas Partey and Mohamed Salah were supplanted

Bryan Mbeumo and Yoane Wissa were outstanding for Brentford who beat West Ham United and Liverpool in a matter of days to climb to ninth in the Premier League. 

As for Mohamed Salah, firing blanks against Leicester City and the Bees could see him supplanted from his leading position.

In GOAL’s latest power rankings for 2022-23, we assess the continent’s stars that have played in England’s top-flight this term.

  1. Mohamed Elneny
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    #34 Mohamed Elneny

    The Egyptian remains in situ after getting just 16 minutes of action in Arsenal’s last two games against Brighton & Hove Albion and Newcastle United.

  2. Edouard Mendy
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    #33 Edouard Mendy

    Like Elneny, the Chelsea goalkeeper neither rises nor falls after failing to make an appearance for the Blues since the Premier League returned after the World Cup.

    The Senegal stopper has now fractured his finger in training and needed surgery, so he is expected to be out of the team in the long term.

  3. Maxwel Cornet
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    #32 Maxwel Cornet

    The West Ham United man slides from 29th having failed to feature for the Hammers since October 1.

  4. Abdoulaye Doucoure

    #31 Abdoulaye Doucoure

    Doucoure slips a place after coming on late in Everton’s creditable 1-1 draw at Manchester City before playing the final half-hour in the Toffees’ disastrous 4-1 defeat by Brighton. 

  5. Moussa Djenepo
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    #30 Moussa Djenepo

    The Malian was an unused substitute in Southampton’s 1-0 home defeat by Nottingham Forest, thus sliding from 28th.

  6. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    #29 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

    The Chelsea frontman falls from 27th after missing the Blues’ best chance to win at Forest and suffering the ignominy of a 68th-minute withdrawal after coming on for Raheem Sterling five minutes into the 1-0 defeat against Manchester City.

  7. Neeskens Kebano

    #28 Neeskens Kebano

    An Achilles rupture will keep the DR Congo forward sidelined for several months. Kebano missed Fulham’s wins over Southampton and Leicester, thus falling from 26th.

  8. Boubacar Traore

    #27 Boubacar Traore

    The Malian slides from 21st after failing to make an appearance for Wolverhampton Wanderers following Julen Lopetegui’s appointment.

    Traore did make the bench in Wolves’ 1-0 loss to Manchester United on New Year’s eve.

  9. Jordan Zemura

    #26 Jordan Zemura

    The Zimbabwean falls from 22nd place after enduring a tough afternoon in Bournemouth’s 2-0 loss against Crystal Palace. 

    He was substituted after 70 minutes against the Eagles and dropped for the Cherries’ visit to Manchester United, a 3-0 loss for the visitors.

  10. Tariq Lamptey
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    #25 Tariq Lamptey

    Despite losing the ball for Arsenal’s opening goal, the Brighton right-back recovered from that early error to turn in an acceptable performance even if the Seagulls were beaten 4-2.

    He moves from 32nd place this week after that showing was followed by a 19-minute cameo at Everton. 

  11. Hakim Ziyech

    #24 Hakim Ziyech

    The playmaker showed signs of life off the bench in a disappointing 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest and looked to play on the front foot against Manchester City, albeit with minimal success, before going off after the hour. 

    The Chelsea man rises from 31st. 

  12. Cheikhou Kouyate

    #23 Cheikhou Kouyate

    The Senegal international has not played in any capacity since getting injured at the World Cup, thus missing Forest’s mini resurgence. 

    Kouyate slides from his previous 19th-placed spot.  

  13. Joe Aribo

    #22 Joe Aribo

    Aribo lasted just 67 minutes in his first Southampton start under Nathan Jones and was introduced for the final half-hour against Nottingham Forest. 

    Twice failing to make a significant impact, the Nigerian slides from the 18th spot.

  14. Patson Daka

    #21 Patson Daka

    Daka missed Leicester’s loss against Fulham through injury but set up Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall for their only goal in the disappointing 2-1 defeat at Liverpool. 

    The Zambian, unfortunately, falls from 20th place. 

  15. Joel Matip

    #20 Joel Matip

    After playing reasonably well against Aston Villa on Boxing Day, a pair of average showings against Leicester and Brentford see Matip slide from 15th place. 

  16. Jeffrey Schlupp
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    #19 Jeffrey Schlupp

    The Ghanaian falls from 17th after ordinary showings for Crystal Palace in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth and the 4-0 thrashing by Tottenham Hotspur. 

  17. Daniel Amartey
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    #18 Daniel Amartey

    The Ghana international did not cover himself in glory in Fulham’s goal in midweek, with a poor pass to Ndidi leading to the Cottagers’ sole goal. 

    He slips from 12th this week. 

  18. Kalidou Koulibaly

    #17 Kalidou Koulibaly

    An uncomfortable evening at Nottingham Forest was followed by a decent showing in Chelsea’s 1-0 loss against Manchester City. Koulibaly thus slips from 16th place.

  19. Yves Bissouma

    #16 Yves Bissouma

    Bissouma missed Spurs’ 4-0 win at Palace but the Malian was one of Antonio Conte’s better performers in that forgettable 2-0 home loss at the hands of Aston Villa. Thus, he loses 14th spot.

  20. Alex Iwobi

    #15 Alex Iwobi

    The Nigerian received criticism after Everton’s 4-1 thrashing by Brighton but he was one of Lampard’s better performers in that defeat.

    That said, Iwobi loses 13th place after failing to outperform the chasing pack. 

    Since then, he was injured in Everton's FA Cup 3-1 defeat against Manchester United on Friday. A scan is expected to determine for how long he will be out of action.

  21. Wilfred Ndidi
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    #14 Wilfred Ndidi

    Even though he carelessly gave away possession for Fulham’s lone goal, Ndidi gave an acceptable showing in Leicester’s 1-0 loss to the Cottagers. He rises from 25th place.

  22. Wilfried Zaha

    #13 Wilfried Zaha

    Zaha’s failure to dominate the 2-0 win over Bournemouth or impress in the 4-0 loss against Spurs see the wide attacker fall out of the top 10. 

  23. Said Benrahma

    #12 Said Benrahma

    Despite scoring at Arsenal on Boxing Day, Benrahma underwhelmed against Brentford and was dropped from David Moyes’ XI vs Leeds. 

    The Algeria international drops from fifth place this week. 

  24. Mohamed Salisu

    #11 Mohamed Salisu

    The Southampton centre-back has not pulled up trees of late, thus falling from seventh after ordinary showings against Fulham and Forest. 

  25. Idrissa Gueye

    #10 Idrissa Gueye

    A costly Gueye error against Brighton contributed to Everton’s 4-1 loss at Goodison Park, bringing about his slide from third spot. 

  26. Riyad Mahrez

    #9 Riyad Mahrez

    The Algerian has been decisive in all competitions since the hiatus and netted an important goal against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to reduce the gap on Arsenal to five points. Mahrez rises from 24th.

  27. Jordan Ayew

    #8 Jordan Ayew

    Ayew retains his spot in the top 10 after impressive showings versus Bournemouth and Spurs, despite a 4-0 loss for Palace in the latter. 

    The forward did score in the 2-0 win over the Cherries, buying him time in the top 10. 

  28. Mohamed Salah
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    #7 Mohamed Salah

    A dominant performance in Liverpool’s Boxing Day win over Aston Villa has been followed by Salah firing blanks against Leicester and Brentford. He did score against Wolves on Saturday night but that was in the FA Cup 2-2 draw.

    The forward loses first place this week as a consequence.

  29. Yoane Wissa

    #6 Yoane Wissa

    After having a couple of goals ruled out against Liverpool, Wissa kept plugging away and deserved his fourth goal of the Premier League campaign. 

    The DR Congo man remains in the top 10 as a consequence. 

  30. Thomas Partey
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    #5 Thomas Partey

    While Partey has not been poor in Arsenal’s last two games, his performances do not merit keeping a top-three spot. 

    The Ghana star slips from second place. 

  31. Bryan Mbeumo

    #4 Bryan Mbeumo

    An outstanding night for Mbuemo, who played up front in tandem with Wissa against Liverpool, sees the Cameroon international rise to fourth spot. 

    The Brentford attacker netted the Bees’ third to take the game beyond the away side’s reach and seal another huge win for Thomas Frank’s crew. 

  32. Cheick Doucoure

    #3 Cheick Doucoure

    Regardless of Palace’s 4-0 loss against Spurs, Doucoure gave a good account of himself and played brilliantly in the 2-0 win over Bournemouth few days before. 

    The Malian moves into the top three for the first time this season. 

  33. Willy Boly

    #2 Willy Boly

    Boly rose from 34th last week and moves from 23rd this time around, with strong showings against Chelsea and Southampton bringing about his ascent. 

    The Ivorian set up Serge Aurier’s equaliser versus the Blues and was instrumental as the Tricky Trees won away from home for the first time in 2022-23 at Saints. 

  34. Serge Aurier
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    #1 Serge Aurier

    A pair of top performances against Chelsea and Southampton sees Aurier rise from 11th to the summit. 

    The right-back levelled against the Blues, scoring his first Forest goal, and was outstanding versus Saints — making five interceptions, winning every ground duel (four) and being successful in nine of 12 aerial tussles. 

    Perhaps unforeseen when the Premier League resumed, Aurier’s surge is deserved for his recent showings for the Tricky Trees.