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African Stars Who Should Join Salah In the Premier League

Mohamed Salah eventually achieved his undying wish of returning to the Premier League with Liverpool. Hence, which other African stars should aim to follow the track of the Egyptian winger?

Here are five.

1 - Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

The prospect of playing in the Premier League one day should certainly be on Aubameyang's mind. And what other time than now? Having had stints in France, Italy and Germany, we expect the English top flight to be the next bus stop for the Gabon skipper. Aubameyang's arrival will indeed be a massive boost to any club and the league in general. His brand seems to be catapulting every season since that ill-fated spell with AC Milan. After brief loan spells at Dijon, Lille and Monaco, Aubameyang settled incredibly well at Saint Etienne, notching 37 goals in 87 league games. But it is at Borussia Dortmund he has strived the most, having struck 120 strikes in four seasons. Liverpool, Arsenal, Manchester United and Manchester City are among the roll-call of clubs reportedly linked with the player.

2 - Henry Onyekuru

For Nigeria youngster, Henry Onyekuru, it has always been about the Premier League. Onyekuru finished as joint-top scorer in the Belgian league last season, with 22 goals. And despite only playing two seasons as a professional (the first in the second division), the 19-year-old feels he is ripe enough for the rigorous demands of the English top flight. "I have had fun in Belgium, but I have always dreamed of the Premier League," he said. "I know I’m ready – I’m sure of that". Arsenal has been in the forefront for his signature but it appears West Ham may likely topple them for the Eupen man.

3 - Naby Keita

If you believe N'Golo Kante and Idrissa Gueye have simply been too energetic, explosive and combative since joining from France, then wait till Naby Keita comes on board. Keita, the breakout star from RB Leipzig's incredible fairytale campaign, is a specimen of both combined. He breaks up play as effectively as the Chelsea midfielder while courageously launching himself into tackles like Gueye. But perhaps it is his remarkable goalscoring prowess that gives the Guinea international an edge over both. Last season he racked up eight goals and seven assists. Liverpool is allegedly chasing the 22-year-old and we hope the deal eventually goes through.

Naby Keita Bundesliga season by numbers for RB Leipzig:

1403 passes
83 take-ons completed
82 interceptions
53 tackles won
8 goals
7 assists pic.twitter.com/4HPv1cIAcw

— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 26, 2017

4 - Kalidou Koulibaly

The name Kalidou Koulibaly was a centrepiece of Chelsea’s 2016 summer transfer. Once again, that name has resurfaced despite the 26-year-old signing a five-year extension with Napoli in September. Big, quick and physically strong, Coulibaly possesses the requisite skills to become a success story in the Premier League. His aerial prowess, anticipation, passing ability and versatility will certainly strengthen any team. Coulibaly was pivotal as Napoli conceded 39 league goals, the third best last season in Italy.

5 - Keita Balde

Lazio's new kid on the block, Keita Balde, is one exciting prospect we hope can join Salah in England. If latest reports are anything to go by, then we expect both Africans to become teammates sooner rather later. Like Koulibaly, the 22-year-old is Senegalese but plays further up the pitch as an attacker. After a tumultuous youth career at Barcelona, Keita moved to Italy in 2011. However, he didn't manage to establish himself in Lazio first team until last season. In just 21 starts, Keita struck 16 times, including a five-minute hat-trick against Palermo.

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