Sadio Mane leaves the Premier League after eight years. Senegalese star signed for Southampton for £11.8 million in 2014. After impressing at Southampton, he joined Liverpool for £34m in 2016. He helped Liverpool win the 2019/20 Premier League and was chosen to the PFA Team of the Year four times. Mane is one of the best African players in England’s top division. Mane is a must-have for any Premier League African XI. ? We’ve chosen the best African XI to play in England’s top flight since 1992.
GK: Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Since joining Chelsea in 2020, Mendy has been outstanding. In 65 games with the Blues, he has recorded 30 clean sheets. In 2021, he was honored as the Best FIFA Men’s Goalkeeper.
LB: Celestine Babayaro (Chelsea, Newcastle
Throughout his 11 years in the Premier League, Babayaro made 179 appearances. He was an integral part of Chelsea’s four-peat, which included the FA Cup victory in 2000.
CB: Kolo Toure (Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool)
Toure was instrumental in Arsenal’s 2003–2004 undefeated season. After joining Man City, he helped them win the Premier League in 2011–12. He played in 353 games for the Premier League, scoring 12 times.
CB: Lucas Radebe (Leeds United)
Radebe played with Leeds for a decade, all of it in the Premier League. The West Yorkshire club benefited from the South African’s 57 shutouts in 197 league games.
RB: Lauren (Arsenal, Portsmouth)
Lauren played 32 games for Arsenal during their “Invincible” season and won two Premier League championships with the team.
CDM: Michael Essien (Chelsea)
For a while during his tenure at Chelsea, Essien was considered one of the top midfielders in the world. During his time there, the club won nine trophies thanks to his efforts, including two Premier League championships and the 2012 Champions League.
CM: Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton Wanderers)
They thought highly enough of him to give him two names. The most skilled player in Premier League history. During his four years with Bolton, he was a delight to see on the field.
CM: Yaya Toure (Manchester City)
In discussions about the best midfielders in Premier League history, Toure is often mentioned. He has a lot of brains. During the 2013–14 season, he had a great season, scoring 20 goals for his club in the Premier League.
LW: Sadio Mane (Southampton, Liverpool)
Mane’s exit has been detrimental to the Premier League. Amazing as a player.
RW: Mohamed Salah (Chelsea, Liverpool)
Salah failed miserably at Chelsea but has been a sensation for Liverpool. In just five seasons with the Reds, he has 118 goals in the Premier League. Three times he has been named Golden Boot winner, and twice (2017/18 and 2021/22) he has been named PFA Players’ Player of the Year.
ST: Didier Drogba (Chelsea)
The majority of Drogba’s career in the Premier League was spent on the verge of being unplayable. In the Premier League, he amassed 104 goals and four championships.
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