Didier Drogba’s match-winning effort against Stoke meant the Chelsea target man became the first African player to score 100 Premier League goals.
Drogba may not have much longer left to add to his tally – rumours suggest he is set to join former team-mate Nicolas Anelka in China come the end of the season – but the 34-year-old has certainly marked himself out as one of the best ever African players to ply their trade in the Premier League.
Can he stake a claim to being the best ever though? GMF runs the rule over the finest African players to grace the Premier League.
5 - Jay Jay Okocha
So good they named him twice, Jay Jay Okocha proved that Sam Allardyce’s team wasn’t all about muscle and long balls, with the Nigerian on hand to add some much needed flair for the Trotters.
Elusive, full of tricks and a constant source of pleasure for the watching Bolton fans, Okocha arrived at the club seemingly at the tail-end of his career but rolled back the years to helm Allardyce’s side to their first cup final in nine years and into Europe for the first time in their history.
4 - Yaya Toure
Although he has only recently arrived in the Premier League, Yaya Toure has already established himself as one of the best in the business.
Having joined Manchester City from Barcelona over the summer, Toure has helped drive his new side to the top of the Premier League, and while they were recently knocked off he will be central to their title challenge in the coming months.
Roberto Mancini described the Ivorian as ‘irreplaceable’ when he left to join up with his countrymen at the Africa Cup of Nations, showing just how important he has become to a team that can boast some of the most expensive players in the world.
3 - Michael Essien
In many ways the ultimate Premier League midfield dynamo, if Didier Drogba provided the cutting edge during Chelsea’s glory days in the mid-2000’s, Essien was the engine as he drove the Blues on to success under Jose Mourinho.
Blessed with a powerful shot and an ability to run and run, Essien added steel and determination to Chelsea’s midfield once Claude Makelele had departed, but added a new dimension to the midfield anchor role with his dynamism in getting from box to box.
“The Bison” was briefly the most expensive African player of all time before he was replaced by Emmanuel Adebayor following his switch to Manchester City.
2 - Emmanuel Adebayor
Emmanuel Adebayor may have proved on more than one occasion he can be temperamental, but there is no doubting the Togolese striker’s ability.
Scored plenty of goals while playing for three of the Premier League biggest club’s – Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham – and his physicality and technique has caused sleepless nights for plenty of Premier League defenders.
Has 72 Premier League goals to date and should soon join Drogba on 100 goals if he continues to find the net at will with Spurs.
1 - Didier Drogba
Spearhead of Chelsea’s charge to their first league crown in 50 years back in 2004/05, Didier Drogba has come to symbolise all that has been good about the Blues for much of the last decade.
Strong, quick and with a deadly eye for goal, there is little Drogba cannot do as a lone striker.
Add into that his impressive haul of three Premier League titles, three F.A Cups, two league cups and a whole host of individual honours and the former Marseille man can stake a pretty convincing claim to being the best African player to play in the Premier League of all time.
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