If you thought Asamoah Gyan couldn’t possibly end up at Chelsea — or even succeed if he somehow did ger there — well, think again
By: Sammie Frimpong
Ghanaians are still struggling to digest — even swallow — stories which surfaced last week about reported interest from freshly deposed English champions Chelsea in Shanghai SIPG forward and Black Stars’ skipper Asamoah Gyan. For some reasons, it does seem the details of said rumour don’t exactly add up but, as is explained below, they really should.
With speculation already rife that Gyan’s current owners are considering letting him go, Chelsea might be required to part with little — nothing, in fact, in terms of transfer fees — in their pursuit and acquisition of the Ghanaian. In the end, should it all go south, there would be few tears and even fewer broken hearts.
It’s a tad surprising that Gyan isn’t yet widely regarded the class act he is. For all he’s achieved — his particularly eye-catching record at the Fifa World Cup standing out — Gyan’s quality remains very much understated. He’s much more than a speedster who specialises in pouncing on long passes sent his way, and it’s those extra strings to Gyan’s bow that may just produce a memorable, though likely very brief, stay at Stamford Bridge.
Lower the expectations a notch or two, guys: Gyan’s coming to Chelsea, neither as the next Didier Drogba nor the man to right Fernando Torres’ wrongs, but with the same brief handed the likes of Radamel Falcao, Loic Remy and Alexandre Pato, namely, as a striker to fill a slot in the dressing room and, as the occasion demands, on the pitch. Really, what’s too hard about that?
The prospect of working with an Italian manager, though a relatively minor factor, could squeeze a lot of good from even a 30-year-old, injury-ravaged Gyan. The Ghanaian spent his teething years outside his homeland playing in the Serie A, remember, and proved a modest success. While at it, he got accustomed to a certain culture that new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte himself thrived in as player and coach. The pair may never have worked together in the past, but it’s hard not to see the appeal, however faint.
Gyan’s one full season in the Premier League, just 20 starts long, yielded 10 goals — not a bad return for a rookie in the world’s greatest championship. For what it’s worth, among the clubs he scored against were the Blues, doing so in a memorable 3-0 away win in November 2010 while with Sunderland. You really aren’t doubting him still, are you?