Five ‘unknown’ Africans lighting up Europe
Middlesbrough’s Britt Assombalonga
Friday Sep 13, 2019. 18:00
AfricanFootball.com takes a look at five relatively unknown Africans who are currently lighting up Europe.
While names like Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang immediately jump to mind when one thinks of African stars in Europe, there are hundreds of professional footballers from the continent currently plying their trade in the top European leagues ‘quietly’ going about their ways.
FIVE ‘unknown’ Africans lighting up Europe:
The Democratic Republic of Congo international is well known in the lower leagues of England where he has been a constant scorer for Nottingham Forrest and Middlesbrough. The 26-year-old has scored three goals in six games this season, adding to the 14 he netted in the English Championship for Boro in the previous campaign.
The Tanzania international ended last season as one of Europe’s top scorers, having netted 32 goals in 51 games across all competitions for KRC Genk. Samatta has carried that momentum into the new season, netting five goals in his six games so far this season. If he continues in this fashion, top-tier clubs will come knocking at the end of the season.
The Dutch-born Morocco international scored 14 and assisted a further eight goals across all competitions for AZ Alkmaar last season. He has continued in that vain this season and has directly contributed to seven goals in 10 matches. His form earned him a call up to the Atlas Lions earlier this year.
The Nigeria U23 international scored 10 goals in Serie B last season, duly earning him a move to the Belgium Pro League with Club Brugge. He started his career in Bruges in terrific fashion netting four goals in five league games while helping the club qualify for the group stages of the Uefa Champions League.
The Algeria international assisted an incredible 17 goals across all competitions for Brentford last season. The winger has failed to carry that sort of form into the current campaign as he returns to full fitness following an ankle injury, but feeling is he is set to light up the field once more sooner rather than later.