Former Chelsea, Newcastle and Real Madrid star Geremi has given his verdict on the Africa Cup of Nations and outlined a number of players who could qualify for the Premier League.
The AFCON is heading for a successful close on Sunday when Egypt take on Senegal in Cameroon to decide who will lift this year’s trophy.
FIFA’s top-ranked African side Senegal are looking to claim their first-ever crown, against an Egyptian side who have scored just four goals in six matches.
On Thursday, Egypt beat top scorer Cameroon to advance to the final on penalties after 120 minutes without a goal.
Geremi, who used to play for the brilliantly named Indomitable Lions, has described a player in the current Cameroon squad who should be of interest to scouts in England.
“I saw a lot of young players who impressed me,” Geremi told gentingcasino.com. “Not just because I’m Cameroonian, but left-back Nouhou Tolo, who plays in the USA, was very impressive.
” He scored [Mohamed] Salah and it felt like he wasn’t on the pitch. He’s not in Europe so people don’t know him, but he has a lot of potential.
“Also, if you look at the performance of Karl Toko Ekambi, a very quick player who can score goals, he’s the type of player who would do well in the Premier League.
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“Vincent Aboubakar is also strong but he is coming to the end of his career.”
Geremi was also asked to put on his scout hat when it comes to former side Chelsea, who may struggle defensively at the end of the season.
Star centre-back Antonio Rudiger will become a free agent this summer, as will Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta, and Geremi believes the Blues should look to Madrid for reinforcements.
“As we know, three of Chelsea’s defenders – Rudiger, Azpilicueta and Christiensen – are out of contract this summer, so they will need to bring in new players in that area,” he explained.
“They will be strong enough until the end of the season to fight for the Champions League, but in the summer they will have to bring in new defensive players.
“I think someone like Eder Militao from Real Madrid could be a good addition because he’s very strong and solid – but I’m sure the Chelsea board and Thomas Tuchel will know who the right picks will be and get them. identified in advance.”
Although he expressed his disappointment with hosts Cameroon exiting the AFCON, Geremi is very excited for the final, which he says will crown the ‘King of Africa’ between two Liverpool stars .
“It’s a game the fans will love to see,” he said. “This is an opportunity to prove who is king.
“When you look at the debate among African fans, some are for Mane and some are for Salah.
“People always remember this type of game, so it will be exciting to see. It will be decisive to show who is the best and who is the king of Africa.
“This trophy will matter if they are both in contention for individual awards at the end of the year.”
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