Senegalese footballers are increasingly exported to the English Premier League. Kick and rush is part of the DNA of English football, a style that fits perfectly with Senegalese footballers, who are very physical and very athletic. From El Hadji Diouf to Kalidou Koulibaly, many great Senegalese have played in the elite of English football. Here is the ranking of the greatest Senegalese players in the Premier League.
9- Papis Demba Cisse
Papis Demba Cissé joined Newcastle in 2012, after three seasons in the Bundesliga with Freiburg. The Senegalese made a fantastic debut with the Magpies, where he scored 11 goals in 10 games. With his Senegalese compatriot Demba Ba at the front of the Newcastle attack, Papis Cissé will show the full extent of his talent with Newcastle. In a decisive match for a qualification in the Champions League, Cissé will score twice against Chelsea including a magnificent half-volley in the 94th. Papis Cissé will play between 2012 and 2016 131 matches for 44 goals in the Premier League.
8- Demba Ba
The former Senegalese international had three clubs in the Premier League between 2011 and 2014. But it is with Newcastle and Chelsea that the Senegalese striker will prove himself in the eyes of the world. From the height of his 1.89 m, Demba Ba shook several of his opponents’ nets. During his short stint at West-Ham in 2011, the Senegalese scored 7 goals in 13 games, he will be transferred that same year to Newcastle, where he will wreak havoc with the magpies. For 58 match Demba Ba, will score 29 goals with Newcastle. With Chelsea, it was above all his goal scored against Liverpool where he took advantage of a failed control from Gerrard to open the scoring. A goal that will cost Liverpool dearly for the title race in 2014. Demba Ba for 51 appearances, he scored 14 goals with Chelsea.
7- Idrissa Gana Gueye
African champion in 2021, the current PSG player also made his move to the Premier League with Everton, after great seasons with Lille. Gana Gueye won Ligue 1 with Lille and a Coupe de France, before achieving the feat with his current club. His time at Everton between 2016-2019 did not give anything on the prize list, but the player was one of the best in his position. He played 108 games with the Toofees for 4 achievements, before joining PSG.
6- Pope Bouba Diop
Winner of Senegal’s greatest triumph, against France at the 2002 World Cup, Diop scored the game’s only goal as the Teranga Lions secured an all-time historic win. The Wardrobe spent eight years in English football, playing the likes of Fulham, West Ham United and Birmingham City.
The highlight was Portsmouth’s 2008 FA Cup final, with Diop used as a late substitute in Harry Redknapp’s side. The midfielder died aged 42 in 2020 following a battle with ALS.
5- Edouard Mendy
World-class goalkeeper, Edu Mendy is no longer to be presented on the football scene. African champion with Senegal, the Chelsea goalkeeper left the Rennes stadium after one season to join the blues in 2020. For his first season, he won the Champions League, where he even broke the record for clean sheets kept during a first season in the competition.
4- Kalidou Koulibaly
Captain of the lions of Senegal, Kalidou Koulibaly is the last lions of the teranga to join the Premier League on this classification. Indisputable holder with his former club Napoli, Koulibaly left the south of Italy, after 8 years of good and loyal service. The Senegalese has not won anything with Napoli except an Italian Cup and a Super Cup. He took another step by joining Chelsea, which is a competitive team. Can he get his hands on more silverware at Chelsea?
3- Henry Camara
Second top scorer in the history of Senegal, Henry Camara is a legend of Senegalese football. A talented player of the 2002 generation, he made an impression with his double in the World Cup against Sweden in the round of 16. Henry Camara played in the Premier League, where he didn’t shine too well. From 2005 to 2010, Camara made 5 English clubs including Southampton, Wigan, West-Ham, without really showing the full extent of his talent.
2- El Hadji Diouf
Two-time African Footballer of the Year, no Senegalese player has ever won the award more often than the great Teranga Lions. He was the star of the Senegal team that made history at the 2002 World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals, although it was the highlight of his career. Diouf struggled at Liverpool after signing in ’02, although he went on to rebuild his reputation at Bolton Wanderers, Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers.
1- Sadio Mane
Top scorer in the history of Senegal with 35 goals, Sadio Mané left his mark on the Premier League. From Southampton to Liverpool, Mané shone during his time between these two clubs. The Bambali native, who left the Premier League for the Bundesliga this summer, has left a remarkable legacy in English football’s elite.
He is the second highest African goalscorer in the division’s history – eclipsing Didier Drogba and behind Mohamed Salah – while Mane was also influential (alongside the Egyptian) as Liverpool ended their three-decade wait for the title in 2020. Sadio Mané won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2019. In 2020, the Senegalese made the double League Cup and the FA Cup in 2020 and finished second last Manchester City with a point behind.
The 2019 African Footballer of the Year, Mané won the African Cup of Nations ahead of his former club teammate Mouhamed Salah at CAN 2021.