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Top 10 Senegalese players to play in the Premier League

Edouard Mendy is the latest Senegalese star to play in the Premier League
Edouard Mendy is the latest Senegalese star to play in the Premier League
Varun Nair
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Modified 13 Oct 2020, 17:15 IST
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The Premier League has been home to some of the greatest African players of all-time. The likes of Drogba, Salah, and the Toure brothers have made a name for themselves and turned into worldwide superstars while playing in this league.

Senegal has been one of the most represented African nations in the history of the Premier League. New Chelsea shot-stopper Edouard Mendy became the 38th Senegalese player to have represented a team in the league.

Let's take a look at the ten best Senegal players to grace the Premier League.


Ten Greatest Senegalese players to play in the Premier League

#10 Papa Bouba Diop

One of the tallest ever outfield players in the history of the league, Papa Diop.
One of the tallest ever outfield players in the history of the league, Papa Diop.

Diop is one of the best midfielders in the history of Senegal football. The 6'5 defensive midfielder joined Fulham after an impressive spell with RC Lens. Diop was a mainstay in the Fulham midfield during his time at the club. He spent three seasons at Craven Cottage before moving to Portsmouth in 2007.

A dream debut season saw Diop winning the FA Cup with the Pompey. But, the following seasons saw the Senegal international struggling with injuries. Diop left Pompey in 2010 following their relegation.

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The "man-mountain," as Chris Kamara famously described Diop, made 129 appearances and scored eight goals in eight seasons in the league.

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#9 Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye

One of the best Senegalese defenders to play in the Premier League.
One of the best Senegalese defenders to play in the Premier League.

Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye made his Premier League debut in 2005 with Bolton Wanderers, on loan from RC Lens. The big defender was so impressive that Bolton signed him permanently just five months into his loan deal. He was one of the star performers for the Trotters as they finished in the top half in his first two seasons at the club.

Faye moved to Newcastle United in 2007, rejoining former boss Sam Allardyce at St James' Park. The Senegalese defender never had the same impact and was sold to Stoke City just a season after signing him. The big Senegalese defender is arguably remembered for his time at Stoke. He won Stoke's fans and players player of the season awards in his debut season. After two impressive seasons, Faye left the club after struggling with injuries.

The defender moved to Hull City and went on to spend two seasons in the Championship before returning to the Premier League in 2013. After making just three appearances in his Premier League return, Faye ran down his contract in 2014.

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Abdoulaye Faye made 166 appearances in his Premier League career and is fifth in the list of Senegal's all-time Premier League appearance makers.

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Published 09 Oct 2020, 15:37 IST
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