KingFut Foreign-Based Team of the Month – August 2017
KingFut launches a new feature series, Foreign-Based Team of the Month, which brings you the line-up of the best African players plying their trade abroad.
Here, we profile the continent’s foreign-based stars who impressed the KingFut team the most during the month of August.
Alfred Gomis: The Senegalese-Italian keeper played twice for newly promoted Serie A side SPAL. In his side’s first game against Italian giants Lazio, he was named Man of the Match as he kept a clean sheet in the 1-1 draw, stopping 10 shots. Gomis was also important in SPAL’s 3-2 win over Udinese. With his performances this month, the 23-year-old shot-stopper was crucial for his side, helping them to sit in 7th place in Serie A so far.
Eric Bailly: The Ivorian defender has been a key member of Manchester United’s defense, a defense that is yet to concede a goal in three games. Bailly even scored in United’s 4-0 thrashing of Swansea City. The 23-year-old has arguably been one of the best defenders in the European leagues so far this season with his four tackles, four interceptions, and 17 clearances.
Ahmed Hegazi: A leader of the West Brom backline, the Egyptian has been crucial in his side’s success in the Premier League. Scoring a goal on his debut to win the game, along with having two cleansheets makes him a definite starter in the team and we will likely see him in this side again if he keeps up the good performances.
Allan Nyom: Hegazi’s West Brom teammate finishes off the defense after his stellar performances at right back. The Cameroonian was important on offense as he assisted a goal and kick-started many performances. The 29-year-old also performed in defense as he had seven tackles, three interceptions, and ten clearances.
Thomas Partey: Despite only playing once for Atlético Madrid, the Ghanaian had a great performance in their 5-1 destruction of Las Palmas. Partey sprayed 42 passes from the midfield with an amazing 90 per cent passing accuracy, playing six long balls, winning four tackles, and scoring a goal.
Joel Obi: The Nigerian midfielder played twice for Torino and led them to the sixth place in Serie A. The 26-year-old has a goal and an assist in two games, and has an 86 per cent passing accuracy, and many tackles.
Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’: The Egypt international joins the midfield after a great start to his tenure at Turkish side Kasimpasa. In three games, Trezeguet scored twice and assisted a goal, earning two Man of the Match awards.
Nabil Bentaleb: The 22-year-old appeared twice for Schalke in August and assisted a goal. In addition to the assist, the Algerian has been crucial to the defense, as his side have only conceded once in two Bundesliga games.
Sadio Mane: The Senegalese winger is an obvious pick for this side as he has been one of the best forwards in the Premier League this season, scoring three goals in three games. He has been on top form this season, being a key member of Liverpool’s team that is currently in second place in the league with two wins and a draw.
Firmin Ndombe Mubele: The DR Congo striker goes into the striker position for this team, scoring three goals in four games for Ligue 1 side Rennes. He also has an assist this season. The 23-year-old is tied for third in the Ligue 1 Golden Boot race behind Cavani and Falcao.
Mohamed Salah: Mane’s Liverpool teammate is another obvious pick for the team. In the best form of his life, the Pharoah has scored twice and assisted a goal. Mane and Salah have definitely clicked with each other and the rest of the team, as their blistering pace have been a joy for fans to watch.
Mali keeper Mamadou Samassa makes the bench after conceding five goals and having 15 saves in four games for Ligue 1 team Troyes.
Faouzi Ghoulam played 90 minutes in both of Napoli’s wins this season so far. The 26-year-old Algerian scored a goal against Verona and has been crucial in Napoli’s defense that only averages one conceded goal a game.
DR Congo’s Chancel Mbemba played three times for Newcastle United this month, shining in their 3-0 win over West Ham in which he won the Man of the Match award for his 23 passes, four aerial duels won, and four tackles.
Jean Michael Seri makes the team after a great August with OGC Nice. The Ivorian midfielder assisted a goal and has a 91 per cent passing accuracy.
Bertrand Traore has had a great month with his new side Lyon, scoring a goal and being crucial in many attacks with his passing.
Benin striker Steve Mounie was another African who also rose onto the scene in the Premier League this season. While many predicted Huddersfield to get relegated this season, they are currently in third place and Mounie has been key to their success so far as the 22-year-old has scored two goals in three games.
Any suggestions for who should have made the team? Discuss in the comments below!
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