By John Kwesi Arthur
Football Writer, kick442.com-Ghana
We take the opportunity to familiarize ourselves with players from the African continent who are fighting against relegation in the premier league as the English topflight league bounces back on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Six bottom clubs are set to battle it out to avoid relegation. Though Norwich City is languishing at the bottom of the log, it has no African interest.
There’s considerable African interest at the other five teams.
Aston Villa at the 19th position with 25 points on the log have lost their past four league fixtures but they have a game in hand and hope that the likes of Mbwana Samatta of Tanzania, Marvelous Nakamba of Zimbabwe and the Egyptian midfielder Trezeguet can truly show what they can do to save them in the Premier League.
AFC Bournemouth, 18th with 27 points, also need more from their recent African recruits; they spent a combined £36 million signings Anglo-Nigerian duo Jordon Ibe, who will leave the club this summer, and Dominic Solanke from Liverpool, but their performances have not lived to expectation throughout their campaign.
Watford is on 17th position with 27 points with the hope of escaping relegation.
The Senegalese winger, Ismaila Sarr has gradually found his feet in the league and the fans are expected to see more as the league resumes.
West Ham United
West Ham United sit just above the danger zone, on 27 points.
The Hammers hope that their survival will be settled on Franco-Ivorian striker Sebastian Haller. He has scored seven goals since he arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt.
Brighton & Hove Albion
Brighton with 29 points after 29 games sits at the 15th position.
They exhibited poor performances before the suspension of the league due to Covid-19. They believe Malian midfielder Yves Bissouma who has made 13 league appearances this season can help turn things around.
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