Top 10 African Highest Goal Scorers In EPL – The English premier league has witnessed numerous Africans dazzle the league and the whole world. There have been many African players whose goals took the league like a storm. Prior to now, Didier Drogba had the highest goal scored in a season by an African player: 29 goals in 2019/2010 season. His goals were enough to secured the Premier League title for Chelsea under Carlo Ancelotti.
However, the outright award now belongs to Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Mo Salah became the highest goal scoring African in a premier league season when he notched 32 league goals for Liverpool last season 2017/2018. Not just did he become the highest scoring African, he trumped the 31-goal record a season held by Luis Suarez (Liverpool) and Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United).
Apart from these two African scoring greats, who else also made the Top 10 African Highest Goal Scorers In EPL? Emmanuel Adebayor, Yakubu Ayegbeni, Yaya Toure, Benny McCarthy etc featured. let’s look at them below.
Top 10 African Highest Goal Scorers In EPL
Here is the top 10 African Highest Goal Scorers In EPL
Demba Ba | 16 goals | 2011-12
African players had a very fruitful campaign in the 2011/12 season. One of them is Senegalese Demba Ba. The prolific forward notched 16 goals for the season for Newcastle. Newcastle United surpassed all expectations by finishing fifth, only four points outside of the top four, with Ba exceptional in the first half of the season, netting 15 league goals by January when he departed for the African Cup of Nations.
Emmanuel Adebayor | 17 goals | 2011-12
Emmanuel Adebayor’s first season for Tottenham was his most prolific as he scored 17 goals in the league. Spurs famously finished that season in fourth place but missed out on Champions League football after sixth-placed Chelsea took their spot by beating Bayern Munich to win the competition.
Yakubu | 17 goals | 2011-12
The Yak gulped 17 goals in the same 2011/12 season. He was so quite impressive for Blackburn. On Yakubu’s debut he was named man of the match as Blackburn beat Arsenal 4-3. Yakubu also scored a brace against Manchester United in a game that Blackburn won 3-2 on New Years’ Eve 2011.
Riyad Mahrez | 17 goals | 2015-16
Leicester City’s title triumph is already a legend. The story of Leicester had a lot of actors least of who is Riyad Mahrez. He’s the only African to win the PFA Player of the Year award. Mahrez scored 17 goals for the Foxes in the Premier League that season, including a hat-trick against Swansea City. His incredible form also earned him a Ballon D’or nomination where he finished seventh in the voting ahead of the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba.
Benni McCarthy | 18 goals | 2006-07
The South African striker was so sensational for Blackburn. He was the runner-up to Didier Drogba in the Golden Boot race in the 2007-08 season with 18 goals.
Didier Drogba | 20 goals | 2006-07
The 2006/07 season was the first time Drogba hit 20 goals in a Premier League season. Unfortunately, it was not enough to win the league title with the Blues. Though Drogba won the Golden Boot with his tally, Chelsea could only manage second place after finishing six points behind Manchester United.
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Yaya Toure | 20 goals | 2013-14
Yaya Toure’s 20-goal record is so very remarkable given he is the only midfielder on the list. Scoring 20 goals from midfield is one of the best individual performances in a Premier League season. Man City won the league that year after Liverpool’s late-season collapse, with four free-kicks and six penalties helped the Ivorian on his way to 20 goals.
Emmanuel Adebayor | 24 goals | 2007-08
This was Emmanuel Adebayor’s most impressive season. He snatched 24 league goals for Arsenal. But it wasn’t enough as the Gunners finished third, only four points off champions Manchester United. Six of Adebayor’s goals came against Derby County as he became the first striker to score hat-tricks against the same team twice in one season – a feat that has yet to be repeated in the Premier League.
Didier Drogba | 29 goals | 2009-10
Didier Drogba scored 29 goals in the 2009/10 season in the league as Chelsea stormed to the title. Drogba’s exploits that season were made even more extraordinary when you consider he missed almost all of January due to being on African Cup of Nations duty. He clinched the Golden Boot on the final day of the season with a hat-trick against Wigan Athletic.
Mohamed Salah | 32 goals | 2017-18
Salah’s debut season at Liverpool has been nothing short of sensational. The Egyptian forward notched 32 league goals for the Reds in his debut season. Not only did it make him the highest scoring African in the League per season, he is the most scoring player ever in a season in EPl with 32 goals. He toppled Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo who were pegged at 31 goals.
So, here you have the Top 10 African Highest Goal Scorers In EPL. What’s your comment? Can Salah go another step better this season to add more goals? Let’s hear from you below.