Best African players from the 2016/2017 Premier League season

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Best African players from the 2016/2017 Premier League season.

The 2016/2017 Premier League season saw a lot of African players in action for various clubs in the top tier of English football. Some of the African players that played their parts significantly to help their clubs progress throughout the season had some laurels to show for their efforts while some others had decent positions for their sides on the table to show for their efforts. Some of the African players in the Premier League who were decent and consistent by their standards as well as the standards of their club have made our top 11 list of the best African players in the Premier League for the 2016/2017 season.

The list of the best African players from the 2016/2017 Premier League season is shown here:

JOEL MATIP: The Cameroonian Center Back played his part in Liverpool’s defense when called on as he contributed to his side’s qualification for the UEFA Champions League, although there is still the small case of a playoff navigation to get a slot in the actual competition.
• He made 29 appearances in the season with 27 starts in the League.
• 2456 minutes played with 1 goal to his name.

CHEIHKOU KOUYATE: The Senegalese midfielder was one of the most consistent players in the Slaven Bilic tutored side. He also maintained his place in the just concluded season although they struggled over the course of the season. He was a mainstay in the West Ham side.
• He made 31 appearances, all starts.
• He played 2728 minutes and had 1 goal to his name.

ERIC BAILLY: The Ivorian and Premier League debutant played his part nicely in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager of Manchester United. A very hard tackler of the ball and was the kind of aggressor a typical Mourinho side thrives on.
• 25 games played
• 24 starts with 1 sub appearance
• 2060 minutes played

IDRISSA GUEYE: The Senegalese dynamo in midfield for Ronald Koeman’s Everton. A very key player for the side as he played his part by contributing tackles and runs to thwart opposition attacks effectively. He was one of the few midfielders whose work rate could be compared to that of Chelsea’s N’golo Kante.
• 32 games played
• 31 starts and 1 sub appearance
• 2688 minutes played
• 1 goal and 1 assist to his name.
• 2 MOTM awards won

WILFRIED ZAHA: The Ivorian attacker and winger contributed immensely to Crystal Palace’s rescue from relegation waters. The season may be described as his most successful season yet in the Premier League.
• 35 games played
• 34 starts and 1 sub appearance (immense contribution!)
• 3025 minutes played
• 7 goals and 9 assists to his name
• 5 MOTM awards won

SADIO MANE: The Senegalese attacker was the finishing weapon in Klopp’s attack line before the injury that ruled him out of the season. He was immense for the red boys from Merseyside as he played his part effectively.
• 27 appearances
• 26 starts and 1 sub app
• 2248 minutes played
• 13 goals and 5 assists to his name
• 2 MOTM awards won

YAYA TOURE: The 34-year-old Ivorian star man and midfielder struggled to get game time under the Pep Guardiola regime at the start of the season but gradually eased his way into the starting line up with the much-needed performances to help City make the top 3. Performed creditably well going by his age
• 25 games played
• 1947 minutes played
• 22 starts and 3 sub appearances
• 5 goals scored
• 2 MOTM awards won

VICTOR WANYAMA: The Kenyan Midfielder was immense for Pochettino’s rampant Spurs side. He came up with the goods when called on and was a block in Spurs’ energetic midfield.
• 36 games played
• 35 starts and 1 sub app
• 3016 minute played
• 4 goals scored and 1 assist
• 2 MOTM awards won

VICTOR MOSES: The Nigerian attacker was deployed as a makeshift wing-back under Conte’s debut season at Chelsea and emerged as a key player, by contributing incisive attacking runs, as well as decent tackles and man marking for an attacker being saddled with more defensive responsibilities. He was one of the major reasons why Chelsea emerged as champions of the 2016/2017 Premier League season.
• 34 appearances
• 29 starts and 5 sub apps
• 2498 minutes played
• 3 goals and 2 assists to his name

ANDRE AYEW: The Ghanaian striker was one of the few African strikers to impress in an attack in the Premier League. Although injuries appeared to limit his impact, he contributed important goals to help Slaven Bilic’s men to salvage what was a poor season, going by the standards they set in the previous season.
• 25 appearances
• 16 starts and 9 sub apps
• 1442 minutes played
• 6 goals and 3 assists
• 1 MOTM award won

RIYAD MAHREZ: The Algerian attacker whose performance and impact with Leicester as one of the highlights of the previous season appeared to be subdued by what could be described as the recently emerging PL defending champions curse. Nevertheless, his inherent quality still shone when the going went well with the side and therefore deserves to be on our list.
• 36 games played
• 33 starts, 3 sub appearances
• 2837 minutes played
• 6 goals and 3 assists to his name
• 2 MOTM awards won

These are the best African players that make the 11. Other notable and impressive absentees may be Nigeria’s Wilfred Ndidi, a new signing in Leicester’ midfield and Allan Nyom, a Cameroonian full-back that was immense for Tony Pulis’ West Brom side.

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