The Premier League has long had a reputation for showcasing the finest young African talent in the world. While players often begin their European careers in Belgium or Holland, the majority of history’s finest African-born stars have, at one time or another, plied their trade in England’s top flight.
The likes of Didier Drogba, Nwankwo Kanu and Rigobert Song have all passed through the Premier League and written enduring chapters into their storied careers.
Today the league is teeming with young African-born talent primed to develop their skills and blossom into bona fide stars in the heaving cauldron of the English top flight. Expect many of the men featured here to make a major impact in the narratives of their side’s seasons.
As noted in the title, this article considers only African-born stars, rather those born in Europe who have gone on to represent African sides, or those with African ancestry. Thus, the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Demba Ba and Mo Diamé were not considered.