The Top 10 best Africans 2021 (2/2)
The regular season ended in MLS. While the qualifiers are in full swing to determine who will win the Cup, Football365 Africa offers you its Top 10 of the best African players to have played in the Garber circuit in 2021. Discover the second part of the ranking today.
5. Lalas Abubakar (Colorado Rapids – Ghana)
If the Colorado Rapids finished to everyone’s surprise at the top of the Western Conference, it started with this center-back and former Superdraft pick from the Columbus Crew. Strong in the duels, he also proved that he has good qualities of recovery once in possession of the ball. And with a team that has been dominant in the set pieces, both in attack and defense, the Ghanaian was able to score two goals in 2021, which equaled his total since his debut in 2017.
4. Gadi Kinda (Sporting Kansas City – Ethiopia & Israel)
One of the African revelations of the year 2021 and one of the first Ethiopian players to win in MLS. While he only played a few short minutes in 2020 with Sporting Kansas City, he has exploded this season with five goals and six assists as an attacking midfielder. And in addition to displaying a talent for dribbling, holding the ball and delivering key passes, he showed character by providing judicious defensive folds to help his teammates, which was not lost on his trainer Peter. Verms. The latter no longer hesitated to trust him in important games. Binational, however, he chose the Israeli selection in 2021 to make his international debut last summer in friendly matches.
3. Rayan Raveloson (LA Galaxy – Madagascar)
Definitely the best newcomer among the African players newly recruited to evolve in MLS this year. Arrived with other players from the continent within the LA Galaxy, the Malagasy international helped stabilize the midfield, which the Californian club badly needed. Author of four goals, the 24-year-old torchbearer was just as comfortable with the ball at his foot (he can dribble, pass the ball and has a good shot from far) as in a duel with any opponent. to get him back (he can tackle and dominate in the air). The former Trojan has room to be even better next season.
2. Jamiro Monteiro (Philadelphia Union – Cape Verde)
Although he almost left the Pennsylvania club due to the Covid-19 pandemic and complications regarding his family’s arrival in the United States, the Cape Verdean international has again proved indispensable for his club. who had meanwhile lost two of his best players during the offseason. If his arrival with the Union, three years ago, helped to raise the quality of play of the club to a notch, his great versatility and his volume of play made him one of the best midfielders in MLS. . His two goals and six assists in 2021 are only the visible part of his contribution to the Philadelphia collective. Very complete player, able to defend, animate the attack, shoot free kicks, dribble, make key passes and play as well on the flanks as in the axis, we do not make many athlete and competitor like him.
1. Hany Mukhtar (Nashville SC – Germany & Sudan)
In his second season in MLS, the former German Under-21 international is already considered a strong contender for the title of 2021 best player of the year in MLS. It must be said that with his 16 goals and 10 assists, he has something to hold out on to the other candidates. In addition to excelling at shooting the balls on stopped phases, this hybrid player who oscillates between the attacker and the attacking midfielder is one of the most dangerous in the League as soon as the ball sticks to his foot because he is unpredictable on this. that he intends to do, in addition to causing the fault to the opponent wanting to steal it from him. Within a team more focused on defense and transition play, the German-Sudanese star player has helped give him a more attractive face on the offensive plan by his way of animating the show on the lawn.