|Yakubu Ayegbeni remains the most successful Nigerian in front of goal in the premier league but what other African stars share the Haaland record? (Photo credit: Sky Sports)|
Erling Haaland is no doubt the darling of the media right now and you can’t fault that. The Norwegian has proven to be the best thing to happen to Manchester City and neutral fans of the premier league but a nightmare to everyone else.
Three consecutive home hattricks and tons of league goals already in only eight appearances but bringing it home, who are the African artists in the English Premier League that have delivered hattricks more than once?
The likes of Nwankwo Kanu, Peter Osaze Odemwingie, and Bennie McCarthy have scored three times in games before but how many of them have done it more than once? Kanu’s heroics against Chelsea in 1999 would easily come to mind but he doesn’t make our top five.
Tony Yeboah scored lots of magnificent goals in his time at Leeds United and ranks among the most successful African players that ever took to the pitch in England. The Ghanaian made his name with memorable goals and his name will forever be etched in the fabric of premier league stories.
Emmanuel Adebayor was a hit for Arsenal and also hit it big in his own way, within his personal limits at Manchester City and Tottenham. His goals helped kickstart the resurrection of the Cityzens and he also wrote a fine story about the White side of North London.
Didier Drogba scored three hattricks in his time in the premier league but that doesn’t tell the entire story of the big Ivorian. Drogba was a menace, scored for fun, and won the golden boot once. Haaland may be the darling now but Drogba’s reign was a memorable one.
Mohammed Salah may have grown cold in the league much to the dismay of the millions of FPL managers that trusted him early on but his records are there for everyone to see. The Egyptian remains the record holder in a 38-game league season with 32 goals but four hattricks? Respect the man.
Yakubu Ayegbeni doesn’t get the credits he deserves and you can’t blame the fans, especially Nigerians; his role in Nigeria’s elimination at the 2010 World Cup is well documented but his record in the premier league stands at an astonishing level.