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OPINION: 6 players who could benefit from the upcoming AFCON tournament

While managers and supporters of English football continue to bemoan the scheduling of the 2019 African Cup of Nations, some periphery players will be praying for the tournament to begin as soon as possible.

Because their major competitors could be absent for up to six weeks on international duty, the competition will provide the ideal opportunity for some periphery players to secure a regular spot in their club's starting lineup.

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Six Premier League players that could profit from the upcoming African Cup of Nations tournament will be profiled in the following section.

1. Kepa Arrizabalaga

Kevin Arrizabalaga will emerge as the most significant champion of the 2017 African Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa.

Edouard Mendy, his major competition for a starting berth in Chelsea's starting lineup, will be representing Senegal in the tournament, which means he could take advantage of the opportunity to retake his starting position.

The work ahead of Kepa will be made considerably easier now that Mendy is experiencing a terrible run of form. If he continues to impress the coach while Mendy is away on international service, he might cement his place as Chelsea's starting striker on a permanent basis.

2. Callum Hudson-Odoi

In addition to Hudson-Odoi, the African Cup of Nations tournament has the potential to help other players.

It is possible that Hakim Ziyech, one of Odoi's key competitors for a position in the wing positions, will represent the Moroccan national team in the tournament.

Since the beginning of the season, Ziyech has been one of Chelsea's most productive players, and his performances have forced Hudson-Odoi to sit on the bench.

The African Cup of Nations provides Hudson-Odoi with an excellent opportunity to reclaim his position in Chelsea's starting lineup.

3. Gabriel Martinelli

The African Cup of Nations event has the potential to assist Gabriel Martinelli as well.

With the departure of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the Gabonese national team camp, the Brazilian attacker, who is 20 years old, will see an increase in his playing time.

4. Albert Sambi Lokonga

Lokonga is anticipated to see more action when his Arsenal teammates Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny depart for the African Cup of Nations event, where they will represent Ghana and Egypt, respectively, in the tournament.

5. Hamza Choudhury

Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey will be representing Nigeria and Ghana, respectively, at the African Cup of Nations tournament, which could result in Hamza Choudhury receiving more regular playing time in the coming months.

Hamza Choudhury, like Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey, is a defensive midfielder who plays for Manchester United.

6. Divock Origi

With Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah ready to represent their countries at the next African Cup of Nations event, Divock Origi is expected to see more action in the coming weeks.

Even though he has only played 393 minutes of first-team football this season, the 26-year-old Belgian striker has netted five goals in all competitions for Liverpool this campaign.

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