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Premier League: African XI

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Yaya Toure makes the Premier League African XI. (©GettyImages)
Yaya Toure makes the Premier League African XI. (©GettyImages).

Premier League clubs proudly boast a number of African players who have been acknowledged as some of the best in the world. Here, I've put together an all-star team made up entirely of African players plying their trade in England's top tier.

The difficult aspect of gathering a team of this sort is the fact that of all the 35 current players, there are no goalkeepers from that part of the world. Thus, as a result, this team will not feature a goalkeeper.

Centre-back: Guy Demel | West Ham United

The former Ivory Coast international, who can also be utilised at right-back as he has for West Ham, is definitely a worthy candidate for this role.

The 31-year-old former Borussia Dortmund and Hamburg star had over 150 appearances in the Bundesliga, before helping the Hammers be promoted to England's top flight.

Centre-back: Kolo Toure | Manchester City

Playing on the right of the centre-halves is the former Arsenal man. Although he's been struggling to fit into Roberto Mancini's plans, the 32-year-old is still known to be a strong and experienced defender.

Linked with a move away from the club in the summer, Toure is still filling in important roles at the back due to injuries, but for the good of the team.

Centre-back: Christopher Samba | QPR

Playing previously at the wealthy Anzhi Makhachkala, the 6ft 4" monster of a defender arrived back in England with relegation threatened QPR. 

The French-born Congolese player caught the eye of many top clubs before his departure from Blackburn Rovers where he made 161 league appearances.

Centre-midfield: Yaya Toure | Manchester City

There is plenty of midfield talent to choose from Africa, but one player who stands out from the rest is the former Champions League winner with Barcelona, Yaya Toure.

The 29-year-old has dominated with Manchester City ever since is arrival three years ago. He was a major component that led them to winning their first trophy in over 30 years, as the Ivorian scored the winner in the 2011 FA Cup final.

Enjoying success in England after years of eminence at the Camp Nou, Toure is the most deserved to be in this squad.

Centre-midfield: Mohamed Diame | West Ham United

Beside Toure, Diame joins him in the middle of the park as a holding midfielder.

Receiving plenty of interest in the winter, the 25-year-old has been an impressive unit for his side after leaving Wigan Athletic last season.

After scoring his first goal for the club against Arsenal, managers such as Wenger were all impressed. But the French-born Senegal international decided to stay at the west London club.

Attacking-midfield: Adel Taarabt | QPR

Just ahead of the holding midfielders and behind the strikers is where the Moroccan star is able to flourish.

Utilising his dribbling and creativity in matches, the 23-year-old former Tottenham man is an exciting player who has the ability to alter a match with his skills.

Following a loan spell with QPR during their time in the Championship, he finally signed with the club on a permanent basis, playing a pivotal role as the Rs secured their return to the Premier League.

Honourable mentions: John Obi Mikel, Samba Diakite, Mahamadou Diarra, Stephane M'Bia, Karim El-Ahmadi and Stephane Sessegnon.

Right-wing: Gervinho | Arsenal

The former Ligue 1 winner with Lille arrived at the north London club two years ago to add to their wide creativity. It was after having two great seasons in France that he decided to leave for Arsene Wenger's side.

Left-wing: Victor Moses | Chelsea

Starting his career at Crystal Palace, the Nigerian moved to Chelsea after spending three seasons at Wigan. The club had accepted Chelsea's fifth bid for the 22-year-old which expressed the interest shown for the skilful winger.

Mainly used as a substitute, Moses has been an exciting player who has already had great performances this season, including a 'Man of the Match' performance in Chelsea's clash with Manchester United in the League Cup.

Honourable mentions: Steven Pienaar and Oussama Assaidi.

Striker: Demba Ba | Chelsea

Despite struggling to hit top form at Chelsea in the league, the Senegal international remains one of the best strikers in the country.

After enjoying plenty of goalscoring success at Newcastle, the 27-year-old made the move the west London to enjoy club success.

The highly-talented striker has and continues to score spectacular goals for his team. This obviously brought plenty of interest for the player as top clubs had offered for the former West Ham forward.

Striker: Papiss Demba Cisse | Newcastle

Making an immediate impact at Newcastle with 13 goals from 14 appearances after making the move from SC Freiburg, the 27-year-old has certainly dipped in form following his first season.

Honourable mentions: Emmanuel Adebayor, Arouna Kone and Peter Odemwingie.

 

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