As 2015/16 quickly approaches, some of Ghana’s biggest names abroad may have begun saying their prayers
By: KickerGH Staff
With the holidaying mood being hurriedly shed, clubs are in a frenzy striving to get their squads in shape for what promises to be an exciting season all over Europe. The players themselves, too, have their own individual agenda, clinging to personal wishes which, if fulfilled, would help make their 2016/17 memorable.
For some of Ghana’s elite stars, those dreams include these:
KWADWO ASAMOAH: Good health
The midfielder appears to have finally emerged from a torrid two seasons during which he played very little part in the rich collection of silverware his club, Juventus, hauled in, courtesy a series of injuries and, to an extent, keen competition for places in Massimiliano Allegri’s set-up. The prevailing feeling, though, is that, given his quality, if Asamoah can resolve the former challenge with relative permanence — and thank goodness he’s fit now — the latter would be sufficiently dealt with.
JORDAN AYEW: Promotion
Topping Aston Villa’s league scoring charts in his very first season in England provided precious little consolation for Ayew, as he watched his side sink to a relegation which was barely resisted. Loyally, however, the 24-year-old has opted to stay at Villa Park and help Roberto Di Matteo’s cause to deliver quick re-entry into the top-flight and, indeed, he’d want nothing more.
KEVIN-PRINCE BOATENG: A club
Boateng desires the one thing no-one else on this list lacks at present: a club. The termination of his six-month loan spell at AC Milan at the end of June means the exiled Ghana international is currently unattached, raising the urgent need to find a club to keep his deflated career afloat before the window closes — and fast.
ABDUL BABA RAHMAN: More minutes
It wasn’t till quite late last season when playing opportunities presented themselves somewhat more frequently for Black Stars first-choice full-back Abdul Baba Rahman at Chelsea, following his big move from Germany’s Augsburg in summer of 2015. It’s a run that he’d pray continues under freshly appointed Blues’ boss Antonio Conte — already the third manager Baba has worked with at Stamford Bridge — if he impresses enough to claim a regular starting berth.
CHRISTIAN ATSU: Stability
Since the beginning of 2013/14 when he was purchased by Chelsea, Atsu has spent time temporarily at Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth and Malaga — with very little to show for it — punctuated by those brief, intermittent periods with his parent club in London that always seems to herald the next loan move. That painful lack of stability, more than anything else, is probably what’s hurting the rather brilliant winger and it’s hoped, at least among his countrymen, that the sooner he finds a home, the better he’d be for it. That certainly is a prayer Atsu shares.