Premier League Uncut asked Brentford midfielder Frank Onyeka to create his ultimate squad based on the traits of African players who have played in the English Premier League in the past and present.
Onyeka’s team included Nigeria icons Obafemi Martins (ex-Newcastle United striker) and Jay-Jay Okocha (Bolton Wanderers hero), as well as African players who had played for Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
Onyeka chose Martins for quickness and former Manchester City player Yaya Toure over Algerian star Riyad Mahrez for passing.
“Mahrez can pass, Yaya Toure also can pass, I think I will go with Yaya, ” the Nigerian said.
“Yaya is fast, he is a box-to-box midfielder, can dribble and shoot, all-round midfielder. I want to add to that game as well.”
For dribbling, shooting, and physicality, he chose Okocha, Martins, and Chelsea great Didier Drogba, respectively.
Onyeka commented on Drogba. : “He scores so many goals, strong, defender’s nightmare.”
The Super Eagles midfielder joined the Bees for a then-club-record cost of 10 million euros last summer and made 20 Premier League games before his injury.
Leeds haven’t had a bad start to life in the English Premier League, and the Yorkshire club is certain to keep their top-flight status if they win two of their remaining six league games.
However, the Whites’ first season back in the top flight has not been a pleasant experience.
Asides having the poorest defense in the league, Leeds have a mediocre forward line that has only outscored seven other clubs in the division, with only Raphinha scoring in double figures.
When the transfer market opens, the club’s first objective will be to bolster the defense and attack, and transfer analyst Dean Jones feels Emmanuel Dennis is one player Leeds might sign to help them improve their production in the future.
The Nigerian international has had a good start in England, scoring 10 goals and providing five assists for the relegation-threatened Hornets.
Dennis can play everywhere in the offensive, he’s quick and deceptive, and was recently named the Premier League’s nutmeg king.
The Belgian league winner costs Watford just €4 million but he is already worth twice of that amount (Transfermarkt) following his brilliant showings.
Following a successful loan term with Spartak Moscow in 2020-2021, the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations winner ended a nine-year affiliation with Chelsea last summer by signing a permanent agreement with the Russian Premier League team.
Moses, who won the Premier League with Chelsea in 2017, also played for Wigan Athletic, Liverpool, Stoke City, and West Ham United, scoring 20 goals in 220 appearances.
Leon Balogun, Calvin Bassey & Joe Aribo (Rangers FC, Scotland)
The Super Eagles trio of Leon Balogun, Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey were all in action for Rangers during their 2-1 defeat against Red Star Belgrade.
Leon Balogun played all 90 mins, making one tackle and seven clearances. Calvin Bassey also played the entire duration of the game at left back, with the 22-year old making one tackle and completing an interception. Joe Aribo played 68 mins.
The Scottish champions won the tie 2-4 on aggregate however, and secured their place in the quarterfinals of this season’s UEFA Europa League.
Peter Olayinka & Yira Sor (SK Slavia Prague, Czech Republic)
Super Eagles forward, Peter Olayinka captained the Czech champions in their UEFA Europa Conference League Round of 16 second leg defeat vs LASK. The 26-year old opened the scoring on the night with an easy finish from inside the penalty area.
21-year old striker, Yira Sor was also in action. He scored one goal and assisted another as 9-man Slavia Prague advanced with a 5-7 aggregate victory.