Adama, Sarr, five Africans who could replace Mahrez at Man City

Fri, 20 Mar 2020 Source: goal.com

Riyad Mahrez

Despite enjoying a fine campaign at Manchester City, where he's won more silverware in the shape of the EFL Cup, Mahrez continues to be linked to the exit door at the Etihad Stadium.

Paris Saint-Germain are heavily linked with the Algeria international, and while Pep Guardiola may be unwilling to lose the 29-year-old, it may be a good opportunity for the Spaniard to consider options to replace the Africa Cup of Nations champion.

In this feature, Goal profile five African stars who could be short-term or long-term replacements for the former Leicester City superstar should he leave Manchester.

Adama Traore

The Wolverhampton Wanderers winger has taken his game to the next level this season, making him more than just a speedster with dribbling ability.

The 24-year-old has added the necessary end product, which has made him one of the fiercest attackers in the Premier League.

He’s got four goals and registered seven assists this season, which is his best return in the top flight.

Mahrez’s departure could open the door for Adama, and Pep has seen first-hand the devastation he can inflict in both fixtures against Wolves this term – the winger scored three times and assisted one as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men won both games against the Citizens 2-0 and 3-2.

Ismaila Sarr

While Watford bought the wideman from Stade Rennais only last summer, relegation to the Championship would mean the Senegal international could change clubs in the summer.

The 22-year-old‘s age, versatility and attainability could make him an option for a Manchester City side expected to miss out on Champions League football next season, due to their Uefa ban.

He's overcome a slow start under Javi Gracia and Qique Sanchez Flores to become a key player under Nigel Pearson.

Sarr's first season in the Premier League will probably be remembered for his glowing performance and two-goal showing against then-unbeaten leaders Liverpool, a game the Hornets won 3-0.

Adam Ounas

The OGC Nice right winger was in sensational form by the time Ligue 1 was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ounas had scored twice and set up three in four successive games, which had helped Nice climb to sixth in the table.

Even though he may not be the most prolific – the Algerian has netted twice and assisted four goals – his performances can hardly be faulted, while his technical ability is a joy to behold.

The Africa Cup of Nations winner may need to add goals to his game to be able to play consistently for Guardiola, and that’s not a lost cause given his age.

At 23, Ounas can still be shaped into a world beater by one of the best managers in the world, and could be a replacement for his countryman, Mahrez.

Wilfried Zaha

The Crystal Palace attacker hasn’t had a prolific campaign for the Eagles, but there are mitigating factors to his decline in performances this season.

Zaha was intent on leaving Selhurst Park last summer but a move never materialised, and it’s affected his output in the final third.

The Ivory Coast International has scored three and registered as many assists in 29 appearances with nine games to go. For a bit of context, it was 10 goals and five assists in 2018/19.

At 27, the former Manchester United player is ready for another big move after floundering at Old Trafford years ago, and Pep may opt for someone with Premier League experience if Mahrez does leave.

Samuel Chukwueze

He's still only 20, and would require a lot of improvement to play for the boss at the Etihad Stadium, but Chukwueze has loads of potential and could represent an excellent project for Guardiola.

The Nigeria international is a livewire with the ball at his feet, evidenced by his breakthrough year at Villarreal, which saw him linked with a host of clubs.

Chukwueze is still raw and will have to prove he isn’t just a trickster to ever play for Guardiola, one of the most demanding managers on the planet.

Source: goal.com
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