ROUND-UP: Africans in the EPL – Week 14
Another great week for the African contingent in English Premier League with Yannick Bolasie grabbing the headlines.
Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo put in a man of the match performance against Aston Villa at Villa Park to take his tally to eight goals for the season putting him joint third highest scorer in the league so far he also racked in an assist to win the game 3-2 for his team. Ghana forward Jordan Ayew was on the scoresheet for Aston Villa, but it was to no avail as they remain bottom of the league.
Newcastle travelled to London to take on a Crystal Palace team looking to get back to winning ways, and they sure got back to winning ways in style. Senegal striker Pappis Cisse was the first to score in the game but it was to no avail, the Eagles came back to thump the Magpies 5-1 with DR Congo winger Yannick Bolasie running riot with two goals to his name.
We move onto the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City took on Southampton, who were travelling without a striker. The home side went on to win the game 3-1 with a Shane Long consolation assisted by Sadio Mane. Midfielder Yaya Toure seemed like his old self, bossing the midfield to help Manchester City move to the top of the table.
With Dimitri Payet still out, Diafra Sakho kept his place for West Ham with the Londoners looking to bounce back from the derby defeat inflicted by Spurs last week as they welcomed West Brom to Upton Park. The game ended a tame 1-1 with Diafra Sakho on hand to assist striker partner Mario Zarate.
Norwich welcomed an Arsenal side with a spring in their step after a great midweek win in the Champions League. Sebastian Bassong at the heart of the Norwich defence had a great game. Their defence was breached only once by a great Mesut Ozil shot. The game ended 1-1 which sees Arsenal remain in fourth place.
Leicester City took on Manchester United for a top of the table clash at the King Power Stadium. Jeffery Schlupp came on as a substitute in the 2nd half for Leicester City in a game which saw Jamie Vardy break Ruud Van Nistreloy’s long standing record of scoring in 11 consecutive games. Riyad Mahrez was not at his usual best as the game ended 1-1 with Bastian Schweinsteiger scoring his first goal for Manchester United.