The Premier League will return this weekend with the first poster between Crystal Palace and Everton, but although Cheikhou Kouyaté has left the Eagles, the Lions will not be outdone this season.
Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly will be in the ranks of Chelsea while Pape Matar Sarr is still with Tottenham. Another African champion, the oldest in the championship, Nampalys Mendy will be in contention with Leicester City. We will also have as binationals Moussa Niakhate (Nottingham Forest), Sékou Mara (Southampton) and Ibrahima Diallo (Southampton) who are committed to this new 2022-2023 season.
Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea)
Leaving Naples for another club was not something that was necessarily expected of Kalidou Koulibaly for this summer. But the Lions captain eventually parted ways with the Azzuri to join Chelsea. At 32, the African champion is embarking on a new chapter in his career. This weekend, Koulibaly, ahead of Edouard Mendy, will officially start his season with the Blues. For this opening match against Everton, at Goodison Park, Kalidou Koulibaly should start. Already during the preparation matches, the Senegalese defender had received praise from his German coach, Thomas Tuchel for his first appearance.
Edouard Mendy (Chelsea)
Edouard Mendy is heading into his third season in the Premier League and is increasingly asserting himself as the number in the cages. After being European champion, African champion, and FIFA World’s Best Goalkeeper, the pressure will not be the slightest on the shoulders of the Senegalese goalkeeper. He should still have a much better season than the late one now that he has Kalidou Koulibaly ahead of him as in the national team. Will he be voted the Premier League’s best goalkeeper for the first time at the end of the season? He has all the potential necessary to pass in front of Alisson, Ederson or even De Gea.
Nampalys Mendy (Leicester City)
The Lions midfielder will undoubtedly be the oldest Senegalese this season in the Premier League. Indeed, Nampalys Mendy is embarking on his seventh campaign with the Foxes since his arrival in 2016 from Nice. The midfielder, often in difficulty with Rodgers, found playing time in the midfield of the residents of King Power Stadium. A few months before the start of the World Cup, Nampalys will have to impose itself more than in previous seasons, particularly with his playing time. The Lions will need a fit and competitive Nampalys Mendy.
Pope Matar Sarr (Tottenham)
Transferred to Tottenham since last summer but loaned back to FC Metz, Pape Matar Sarr will undoubtedly be the youngest Senegalese to play in the Premier League this season. The young Lions midfielder is still linked with a loan move to AC Milan, but Conte had promised that the best decision will be made for his immediate future. Will he convince Spurs leaders to keep him this season? Or would he prioritize playing time to return on loan to another club? Tottenham’s ample midfield doesn’t guarantee a starting spot for Pape Matar Sarr, but his precocious talent could argue for him to stay with the Hotspurs.
Ibrahima Diallo (Southampton)
Alongside our Senegalese internationals, there are dual nationals such as Ibrahima Diallo, the Southampton midfielder. Abdou Diallo’s little brother continues to grow under the colors of the Saints. After two seasons in the Premier League, Ibou has become a regular at the fervor and intensity of the English league. From the height of his 23 years, the former Brestois has become one of the hopes in the midfield of Southampton with his generous activity. Is he heading for the best season of his career with the Saints?
Moussa Niakhate (Nottingham Forest)
Former Bundesliga player Moussa Niakhate moved to Nottingham Forest this summer. The 26-year-old ex-mainz captain, the Franco-Senegalese who has not yet honored any national team, has decided to join the Premier League for his progress, as he has made it known. Promised to the Lions as the many information on his choice of country to represent suggest. All in all, it will be necessary to count and watch closely, Moussa Niakhate in PL this season. He signed a 3-year contract with an optional year.
Sekou Mara (Southampton)
Like Moussa Niakhate, Sékou Mara joined the Premier League this summer from the Girondins de Bordeaux. The 20-year-old striker has signed a 4-year contract with the Saints and intends to take up the challenge of the PL. If he is counted among the great hopes to watch this season, Sékou Mara will first have to acclimatize to the toughest championship in the world. For this 2022-2023 exercise, Mara will be the only Senegalese striker in the running and will find his compatriot Ibrahima Diallo in Ralph Hasenhüttl’s locker room.