The Lions’ lack of playing time has long caused concern among the Senegalese. Some of Aliou Cissé’s men didn’t even have a minute of play in their legs. But since then the situation has changed. ”EnQuête” sifts through the minutes played by all 26 players selected by the national coach for the Qatar-2022 World Cup.

The 2022-2023 season started well for some Senegalese players who didn’t have to twirl their thumbs. At a time when a good number of African champions were concerned about their playing time at their respective clubs, others, such as Seyni Dieng, Sadio Mané or Ilimane Ndiaye, had plenty of it. These three players make up the Lions trio with the most minutes played at club level. The Queen Park Rangers (QPR) goalkeeper tops this table, with 1,980 minutes played in 22 games this season (22 appearances), including 21 in the league and 1 in the League Cup. He is followed by the Sheffield United forward, who played 1,681 league minutes in 21 games (9 goals) in 19 appearances. The last step of the podium is occupied by Sadio Mané. Bayern’s top rookie played 1,620 minutes this summer (11 goals scored) in 23 games played (21 as starter) of which 14 in the Bundesliga (6 goals), 6 in the Champions League (3 goals), 1 in the Super Cup Germany (1 goal) ) and 2 in the German Cup (1 goal).

For his part, Nicolas Jackson gained time playing at Villarreal. The former Casa Sports striker has already played 1,117 minutes in 21 games, of which 13 in the Spanish Liga (8 as a starter), 8 in the Europa League Conference. Last season he only played 8 league games for 112 minutes. Back from injury, Krépin Diatta continues his games with AS Monaco. The striker amassed 1,320 minutes in 21 games, including 13 in Ligue 1, 2 in Champions League qualifying and 6 in the Europa League. Formose Mendy, he played 1,215 minutes in 14 Ligue 2 games for Amiens. After joining Reading in the English league last summer, Mamadou Loum Ndiaye has quickly made his mark in his new club’s midfield. He has played 1,244 minutes in 18 games including 17 in the league and 1 FA Cup. As for Ismaïla Sarr, he has 1,365 minutes in his legs for Watford in 17 league games. At the start of the season, Sarr missed two league games and an FA Cup through injury in August.

Edouard Mendy, Koulibaly, Gana Guèye: the decline in diet

This season has not started auspiciously for some national coach managers. Édouard Mendy and his new teammate at Chelsea know something about it. The Lions goalkeeper, who paid the price for his mistakes at the start of the season, has seen his playing time drop in favor of Kepa. The former Rémois played just 944 minutes in 11 games, including 9 in the Premier League, 1 in the Champions League, 1 in the Coupe de la Ligue. The Lions captain, who discovers the Premier League, pays the price of changing the football culture. He recorded 1,168 minutes in 14 games: 9 Premier League games, 4 Champions League games, 1 League Cup game. Idrissa Gana Guèye also changed teams during the last transfer window. The former PSG resident has returned to his former club Everton. The midfielder made 742 appearances in 10 Premier League appearances, including 9 as a starter. His playing time this season has decreased because he has not played a single minute with Paris in the French league, which had already delivered his first five days. The player left the French capital on 1 September, at the same time as his compatriot Abdou Diallo who moved to the Bundesliga by signing with Leipzig. The former Parisian played 750 minutes in 11 games, including 5 in the league, 5 in the Champions League and 1 in the German Cup.

As for Pape Abdou Cissé, he has 1,163 minutes for 13 games, of which only 3 in the Greek Super League, 8 in the Europa League and 2 in the Champions League (eliminated in the second qualifying round by Maccabi Haifa, 1-1, 4 -0). Youssouf Sabaly, scored 677 minutes for Bétis Sevilla in 10 games, including 9 in La Liga and 1 in the Europa League. To start the season, Sabaly missed 4 games with illness, and in October he missed two.

Moustapha Name, who arrived in the Cypriot league where he signed with Pafos FC, from Paris FC (French Ligue 2) played 819 minutes in 14 games, including 8 in the Cypriot league, 1 in the Cyprus Cup and 5 in Ligue 2 with Paris FC before entering Pafos.

Cheikhou Kouyaté and Boulaye Dia are among the players who have changed sides. The Nottingham Forest midfielder played 776 minutes in 13 games, of which 12 in the Premier League (9 as a starter) and 1 in the FA Cup. The Salernitana striker, in the Italian Serie A, played 961 minutes in 14 A (10 appearances). Cissé’s new recruit, Pathé Ciss, has logged 638 minutes for Rayo Vallecano in 13 games (6 starts) in La Liga.

Alfred Gomis, Pape M. Sarr, Famara Diédhiou… the first in line

Finding play time is a Chinese puzzle for others. This is the case of Alfred Gomis and Pape Matar Sarr. The Stade Rennais goalkeeper, who was dismissed by his coach in favor of Mandanda, played just ten minutes this season, during a match for the National 2 reserve team at Racing club de France on 5 November where he was sent off. While Tottenham-bound Pape Matar Sarr is yet to make an appearance for the first team. He only played 111 minutes for Spurs reserve in 2 Premier League 2 games (English under 21 league). Famara Diédhiou is the third player who has played the fewest games in Aliou Cissé’s squad. Long sidelined by injury, the former Angers striker played just 112 minutes in 3 games, 2 in the Turkish Super Lig and 1 in the Turkish Cup.

As for Bamba Dieng, he is gradually finding his rhythm. The young striker, long ignored by Igor Tudor, has 139 in 6 Ligue 1 games for Olympique de Marseille. He registered his first term on October 29 against Strasbourg (2-2). He also opened the scoring for his first goal of the season. His teammate at OM, Pape Guèye, is also not spoiled by the Croatian coach. He only played 371 minutes in 12 games, of which 9 in Ligue 1 (3 as starter) and 2 in the Champions League. This is also the case for Nampalys Mendy, who with Leicester scored only 208 minutes in 7 games including 6 in the Premier League and 1 in the FA Cup. He made his first league appearance on 15 October against Crystal Palace (0-0 ). Blocked by Théo Hernandez on the left wing, Fodé Ballo-Touré struggled to win. With only 327 minutes for Milan in 7 games, of which 3 in Serie A (2 as owner) and 4 (1 as owner) in the Champions League, he spent most of his time on the bench.

The other newcomer, Ismaïl Jakobs, faces stiff competition in Monaco. His playing time is estimated at 511 minutes in 18 matches of which 12 in Ligue 1, 4 in Europa League and 1 in Champions League qualification (eliminated in 3rd qualifying round by PSV Eindhoven, 1-1, 2-3 ).

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