African players flying under the radar in Europe

Some African stars have gone under the radar in European leagues in the current campaign.

Most leagues have been suspended due to the ongoing global pandemic of coronavirus disease.

We take a look at players you should keep an eye on once the suspended leagues resume.


Jeremie Boga - Sassuolo

Matches: 24
Goals: 8
Assists: 2

The Ivory Coast international has been a revelation in the Italian Serie A, having netted eight goals from midfield, including a stunning strike against Juventus.

Boga, who joined Sassuolo from English giants Chelsea in 2018, is key to the Black and Greens' hopes of retaining their status in the Serie A this season.

The attacking midfielder has compared himself with world-class players such as Lionel Messi and Eden Hazard.

“(Eden) Hazard is definitely stronger than me (right now), but not in my head, because I know my talent and I know that over time I can reach that level,” Boga told Goal.

“I watch many videos of (Lionel) Messi, (Hatem) Ben Arfa and Hazard. Dribbling and playing one against one, it has always been like that since I was a child.”

Youssef El Arabi in action for Olympiacos

Youssef El Arabi - Olympiacos Piraeus

Matches: 25
Goals: 17
Assists: 6

The Moroccan hitman has been unstoppable in the Greek Super League this season, as he is sitting at the top of the competition's goalscoring charts with 17 goals.

El Arabi is also one of the most creative players in the competition having grabbed six assists and he is looking to inspire Olympiacos to their 45th Super League title.

Dieumerci Mbokani - Antwerp

Matches: 28
Goals: 18
Assists: 6

The DR Congolese marksman has been lethal in front of goal for Antwerp in the current Belgian First Division A campaign, having netted 18 goals - making him joint top goalscorer.

Mbokani has been involved in 24 goals, including six assists, and his performances will be important as Antwerp target a top-two finish in the league.

Jean Pierre Nsame in action for Young Boys

Jean Pierre Nsame - Young Boys

Matches: 21
Goals: 18
Assists: 2

The Cameroonian forward has established himself as the best striker in the Swiss Super League, having netted the most goals (18) - nine ahead of his closest rival.

Nsame is expected to add to his tally once the Super League resumes and he is key to Young Boys' hopes of clinching their third successive league title.

Oussama Idrissi - AZ Alkmaar

Matches: 25
Goals: 13
Assists: 3

The Morocco international is enjoying his best season in the Dutch Eredivisie having netted 13 goals - three behind the league's top goalscorer.

Idrissi has also been creative having created three goals and he is one of the key players as Alkmaar look to secure their third Eredivisie title.


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Published: 03/23/2020