20. Emmanuel Clottey (Esperance/Ghana) – The striker glittered the African Champions League for Berekum Chelsea with a plethora of icy-veined finishes which saw him record a peerless 12 goals, 6 more than his nearest challenger. A hat-trick against Egyptian giants Zamalek was a highlight, but his double to salvage a draw after Berekum Chelsea were 2-0 down in Lubumbashi versus TP Mazembe was his apogee; the equaliser a delightful left-footed curler into the far top corner. Such was his impact that the Blood and Gold of Esperance dished out $1.5m, a new Ghanaian transfer record fee, for his services. Continental excellence has deservedly seen him included in Ghana’s squad for the upcoming Afcon and with extra quality in his immediate vicinity, he may just give Ghana the lethality they have been longing for.
19. Arouna Kone (Wigan/Ivory Coast) – When Kone moved from Sevilla to Levante on loan after a five-year lull, very few believed he would come anywhere near close to triggering the clause that stated that if he scored 18 goals he would have to return to Seville. But by the end of the season Levante had to abstain from playing the Dennis Rodmaniac to avoid giving him back to Sevilla. Such form was long overdue for a player who had shown such promise at PSV in the mid 2000s. His summer move to Wigan has proved his previous season wasn’t a false reawakening. Direct with the ability to delicately link up play with those around him, he has been one of the signings of the season. His international hiatus has been broken and he has deservedly made the Ivory Coast squad for the upcoming Cup of Nations.