Sebastien Haller (AFC Ajax- Netherlands) The 2021-22 UEFA Champions League group stage’s top scorer came into the Ivorian team with much fanfare after committing to the country of his mother and scoring on his 2020 debut against Madagascar. However, the 27-year-old has not quite translated his sizzling scoring form to the Elephants with only one goal in the 2021 AFCON. Much will be expected of Haller this summer in the form of goals.
Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal- England) Despite not living up to his lofty price tag for English club Arsenal, the enigmatic winger/forward scored twice at the 2021 AFCON and also delivered the lone goal in a recent 2-1 friendly defeat to France where the Elephants put in an inspired effort. Pépé and fellow English Premier League winger Wilfried Zaha will be hoping to deliver what is expected of them to make the Ivorian attack as fearless as it looks on paper.
Serge Aurier (Villarreal CF- Spain) The 29-year-old veteran right back and captain for his national team set a poor example by getting two yellow cards in the opening forty minutes as the Elephants slumped to a decisive 3-0 friendly defeat against England. Following his departure from Tottenham Hotspur, Aurier did well to earn playing time at Villarreal this past season and will look to be a steady influence in a defense that is considered Ivory Coast’s weakness.