Thomas Partey has been included on the shortlist for the 2023 CAF African Player of the Year award.
Our midfielder’s exploits for club and country have seen him nominated for African football’s most prestigious individual award, which has been handed out every year since 1992.
Performances between November 2022 and September 2023 were taken into consideration, which means Thomas’ displays during our Premier League title challenge and Ghana’s efforts in the 2022 World Cup saw him earn his place on the 30-man list.
Thomas played 40 times for us in all competitions last term, including in 33 of our 38 league matches, during which time he netted three goals - a career-high in England.
He also played every minute of his nation’s three games at the Qatar World Cup as they beat South Korea but lost to Portugal and Uruguay to be eliminated at the group stage.
Thomas is one of seven current Premier League players who made the list, including two-time winners Mohamed Salah, Yves Bissouma, Pape Sarr, Ibrahima Sangare and summer arrivals Sofyan Amrabat and Mohammed Kudus, while former Liverpool man Sadio Mane is the current holder and is again nominated.
The winner will be decided after deliberation from a voting panel consisting of the CAF Technical Committee, media professionals, head coaches and captains of CAF associations and clubs, and will be announced on December 11.
Full list of nominees:
Ramy Bensebaini (Algeria & Borussia Dortmund)
Riyad Mahrez (Algeria & Al Ahli)
Edmond Tapsoba (Burkina Faso & Bayer Leverkusen)
&re-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Cameroon & Napoli)
Vincent Aboubacar (Cameroon & Besiktas)
Ibrahima Sangare (Ivory Coast & Nottingham Forest)
Seko Fofana (Ivory Coast & Al Nassr)
Chancel Mbemba (DR Congo & Marseille)
Fiston Mayele (DR Congo & Pyramids)
Mahmoud Abdel Moneim (Egypt & Al Ahly)
Mohamed Abdelmonem (Egypt & Al Ahly)
Mohamed El Shenawy (Egypt & Al Ahly)
Mohamed Salah (Egypt & Liverpool)
Mohammed Kudus (Ghana & West Ham)
Thomas Partey (Ghana & Arsenal)
Serhou Guirassy (Guinea & Stuttgart)
Yves Bissouma (Mali & Tottenham)
Achraf Hakimi (Morocco & PSG)
Azzedine Ounahi (Morocco & Marseille)
Hakim Ziyech (Morocco & Galatasaray)
Sofyan Amrabat (Morocco & Man Utd)
Yahya Jabrane (Morocco & Wydad Athletic Club)
Yassine Bounou (Morocco & Al Hilal)
Youssef En-Nesyri (Morocco & Sevilla)
Peter Shalulile (Namibia & Mamelodi Sundowns)
Victor Osimhen (Nigeria & Napoli)
Sadio Mane (Senegal & Al Nassr)
Pape Sarr (Senegal & Tottenham)
Percy Tau (South Africa & Al Ahly)
Mohamed Ali Ben Romdhane (Tunisia & Ferencvaros)