Star African football players to watch: Thomas Partey v Samuel Chukwueze

Viewers on DStv can look forward to seeing a head-to-head clash between two of the best African players in La Liga, as Thomas Partey and Samuel Chukwueze meet in the match between Atletico Madrid and Villarreal.

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Atletico Madrid midfielder Partey has been the subject of major transfer speculation throughout 2020, with the 27-year-old Ghanaian strongly linked with a move to the Premier League – in particular a resurgent Arsenal.

However, he has thus far remained with Atleti and looks set to be a key man for Diego Simeone’s side, as they look to challenge the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona for ascendancy in Spain’s top flight.

“A player like Thomas Partey stops things getting to the back four – he is that screen that sits there, like [Patrick] Vieira and Gilberto were – someone who protects the back four so they don’t even need to break a sweat,” said former Arsenal forward Kevin Campbell, who would love to see the Black Stars’ new vice-captain head to the red side of North London.

Yet Partey will have to put in a huge performance to take the spotlight off of Villarreal’s Nigerian winger Samuel Chukwueze, who has started the 2020-21 season in strong form for the ‘Yellow Submarine’ and looks set to continue his rise to superstardom.

The Super Eagles winger has pace and invention, making him one of Villarreal’s most important players when it comes to breaking down defences – and a resilient Atletico backline will offer him a worthy challenge in this clash.

“He [Chukwueze] has great attacking qualities and adds an important element to our team,” said Villarreal manager Unai Emery. “He and all of the attacking players must continue to improve as we go further into the season, but I have faith that this team can achieve great things.”

Partey’s Atletico got the better of Chukwueze’s Villarreal in the teams’ La Liga meetings last season, with the club from the capital city claiming four points thanks to a 0-0 draw at Estadio de la Ceramica in December 2019 and a 3-1 home win at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in February of this year.

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See Thomas Partey and Samuel Chukwueze in the following match live on SuperSport:

Saturday 3 October

16:00: Atletico Madrid v Villarreal – LIVE on SuperSport La Liga, SuperSport Maximo 2 and SuperSport GOtv La Liga

VILLAREAL, SPAIN – JULY 19: Samuel Chukwueze (R) of Villarreal is challenged by Papakouli Diop of Eibar during the Liga match between Villarreal CF and SD Eibar SAD at Estadio de la Ceramica on July 19, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

VILLAREAL, SPAIN – JULY 05: Samuel Chukwueze of Villarreal and Jordi Alba of Barcelona during the Liga match between Villarreal CF and FC Barcelona at Estadio de la Ceramica on July 05, 2020 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

epa08513185 Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey (L) in action against Alaves’ Oliver Burke (R) during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Deportivo Alaves in Madrid, Spain, 27 June 2020. EPA/MARISCAL

epa08654204 A handout photo made available by Spanish La Liga soccer club Atletico Madrid of Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey during his team’s training session in Madrid, Spain, 08 September 2020. EPA/ATLETICO MADRID HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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