Yaya Toure and Riyad Mahrez were among the top five African performers this past weekend, but it was a teammate of South Africa’s Bongani Zungu who stole the show, according to WhoScored.com.
Wilfried Ndidi [7.87]
The 20-year-old, who joined Leicester City from Genk in January, has not only excelled since his arrival, but his club now faces a real fight to keep hold of his services. While his defensive work has been outstanding, Ndidi has also shown a keen eye for goal recently. The Nigerian opened the scoring in the Foxes’ 3-0 win over Watford at the weekend with what was his second goal in Leicester’s past three home league matches.
Yaya Toure [8.05]
Since being called back from the cold in November, Yaya Toure has established himself as a key player for Pep Guardiola. Manchester City struggled for control in their shock 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough last weekend, a match the Ivorian did not feature in, but there were no such problems in their 5-0 hammering of Crystal Palace on Saturday. Toure completed 101 passes in a vintage display, while Palace, by contrast, only completed 189 as a team.
Faouzi Ghoulam [8.07]
The Algerian left back impressed in Napoli’s 3-1 win over Cagliari on Saturday, setting up two goals for his teammates. Ghoulam has now provided as many assists in Serie A this season as he managed in his first three league campaigns with Napoli combined (six).
Riyad Mahrez [8.2]
Last season’s PFA Player of the Year is one of several Leicester players who have struggled to rediscover the form they showed during the Foxes’ Premier League-winning campaign, but Mahrez’s performance this weekend was a reminder of last season’s accomplishments. The Algerian was a constant menace to Watford, scoring his sixth of the season to help lift Leicester into the top half of the table.
South Africa’s Bongani Zungu has hogged the headlines during Vitoria Guimaraes’ superb season, but it’s another African in their ranks, Konan, who excelled this weekend. The 21-year-old left back was excellent in Vitoria’s 1-0 win over Arouca on Sunday, finishing the weekend’s action as the top African performer in Europe’s top six leagues. The Ivorian managed three dribbles and completed three of the four crosses he attempted. All three of those created a goalscoring opportunity, while he also helped start attacks with four interceptions – a match high.