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Feature: Why Ghana prospect Emmanuel Frimpong was given the boot by Barnsley

Published on: 11 May 2014
Emmanuel Frimpong was released by Barnsley after just few months with the club

In many ways, it is difficult to believe that defensive-midfieder Emmanuel Frimpong is only 22-years-old, as he seems to have been in our collective consciousness so much longer.

But whilst he is popular amongst the tabloids for having a self-created comedy phrase-cum-clothing brand, it is worth remembering that he was once an exciting prospect amongst the Arsenal fans, as he offered something different to what players representing The Gunners normally do.

Described as “a winner” by Wenger initially despite being a quintessentially “un-Wenger” player, Frimpong this week was released from his contract at Championship club Barnsley, despite only lasting there for four months after being signed in January.

On the face of it, Frimpong certainly was not a bad signing for Barnsley. A player who had made several Premier League appearances in his career and even one appearance in the Champions League, and had never looked particularly out-of-his-depth, the prospect of an Emmanuel Frimpong who could stay on the straight and narrow was an exciting one – though this is something clearly more easily said than done.

A player willing to run around, put himself about and give his all for the team is something that certainly holds a lot of currency in the English lower leagues, so to criticise the signing in the first place is slightly naïve.

After rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament whilst on loan to then-Premier League side Wolves the previous year – for the second time in his career – the second half of the 2012-13 season was spent on-loan at Fulham, where he made just six appearances. Cumulating an average performance score of 56, he demonstrated a clear drop in his defensive performances, winning just 44% of his tackles, and committing over twice as many fouls as he suffered.

Whilst one can argue that this is just the nature of his game, such a poor tackle success rate for a play intended to break up play clearly is not a functional way of operating.

Frimpong Duel Success - Fulham PL 2012/13

Frimpong Duel Success – Fulham PL 2012/13

Having spent the first few months of this season in Arsenal’s store cupboard ready to be utilised if absolutely necessary, Frimpong eventually got a move to Barnsley in January, as he lit up the world with his comedy expression of disappointment as he held up the The Tykes shirt upon arriving at Oakwell.

Followed by a Georgi Hristov-esque comment complaining about his chances with the ladies up North, his mind was obviously still concerned with his off-the-field chances when he played against Sheffield Wednesday on his debut, as he racked up an undeniably impressive performance score of -37 in one game. Lasting 30 minutes before getting sent off for a second yellow card, this very much set the precedent for Frimpong, with the injury-prone midfielder not playing for Barnsley since the end of March

Frimpong's fouls committed against Sheffield Wednesday

Frimpong’s fouls committed against Sheffield Wednesday

The question really is “what now?” for Emmanuel Frimpong. Try again at another Championship club – perhaps one with better looking ladies? Go abroad and spread of the word of the “DENCH” brand? Or just return to the Arsenal training ground and beg Wenger for forgiveness? Whatever happens, I’m sure it will be entertaining.

Source: By Sam Crocker, Squakwa


This article has 13 comment(s), give your comment
  • mark hirst says:
    May 19, 2014 04:22 pm
    What a waste of time ..hes better off trying his luck at rapping or singing .. coz hes no good at football ..av a 16 year old daughter with more composure on the ball .. good redence to a bad over paid pre madonna
  • tbdarko says:
    May 12, 2014 11:20 am
    SpellBOUND: hahahahahaahaha dude u just made my day "Emmanuel Frimpong-Twitter F.C" hahahahahahaha
  • Pablo says:
    May 13, 2014 06:50 am
    Emmanuel Frimpong Twitter F.C, lol... This dude should go play golf, a waste of space. Hello friends halla me and let make some good business online, you don't buy and sell anything, just sit at home and make good cash. Whatsapp me on 0247212030.
  • cass says:
    May 13, 2014 01:44 am
    Frimpong wouldent get in my sons under 11 team,what a bloody waste of space.
  • Leeds Red says:
    May 12, 2014 09:42 pm
    As a Barnsley fan who has paid hard earned money to follow his team regular, I can give you an insight into the type of player/person Frimpong is (apologies for not talking in text speak, hope plain English isn't too confusing). Obviously, he felt he was far too big for the club from day one and as soon as he gave it the slapped arse face look for his first picture holding the club shirt - and the comments about the women, well yawn, we've heard it all before Manny, you’re stereotypical and not even funny at that. Those mis-demeanours could have been quickly forgiven by Reds fans had he showed us some steel, determination and hopefully not little skill on the pitch too. Sadly, his attitude off the pitch was equalled on it. A debut to forget saw the ex Gunner, sent off after 30 minutes. In that little time, he didn't show enough ability to trap a bag of cement, though was comparably as mobile. His occasional appearance since that game flirted between average and poor and sad to say, mainly the latter. Never mind though, he still managed to have a go on twitter at Barnsley fans just as he departed the club last week for not 'supporting him'. He also made himself look idiotic yet again with some childish and immature filming of the Barnsley dressing room…which surprise, surprise, found its way on twitter. This player typifies much of what’s wrong with the game today. Overpaid with an inflated ego but sadly not the ability to match his own hype. Best of luck Frimpong, because with your attitude mate, there’s only one way you’re going.
  • Gbenzeh says:
    May 12, 2014 06:15 am
    Frimpong is just not serious
  • sam says:
    May 12, 2014 06:01 am
  • spellBOUND says:
    May 12, 2014 01:23 am
    Emmanuel Frimpong - Twitter FC. lol
  • Lord Denning says:
    May 12, 2014 12:43 am
    Frimpong is a good player and must be given the chance
  • selfmade says:
    May 12, 2014 12:47 am
    People should face the truth and stop paddling lies!! How on earth did Wenger tried to destroyhis career? How? Wenger was the one who iinformed the English fa to cap this guy as he is such a talent!! Wenger told the English fa to cap this dude before Ghana snatch him and the question is, how did Wenger then turned around to destroy him?!! U see by their fruits we ll know them and frimpong has really lived up to this biblical MESSAGE! This dude is always on instagram, twitter and facebook and this should tell us how un-serious this guy is! Talent can only take u far but without hard work and dedication,U LL BE ANOTHER WASTED TALENT and this guy is definitely a wasted talent!! Did I hear someone saying the world cup ll showcase this guys talent? Delusions of GRANDEUR!! Ghanaians are not fools!! WC INDEED!!
  • big boss says:
    May 12, 2014 12:53 am
    @ Selfmade... I co-sign 1000000 % with u!! As I always say over here, I come to the comment section just to read your posts! U indeed academaically brilliant and u very smart and have this common sense too!! Lol!! U hit the nail right on the head!! Your analysis on gsn is fabulous and keep it up! U can criticize constructively and give praise where praise is due and when it comes to insults, no size ahahahhaaa!! Am appealing to gfa to employ SELFMADE becasus he is CLEVER!! Thumbs up!!
  • Assemblyman says:
    May 12, 2014 12:09 am
    he will be at kotoko next season as he himself had confirmed on his twitter account..what the f*ck.hahaha,# looser
  • Askantwi says:
    May 12, 2014 12:24 am
    He is no loser. Wenger tried to destroy his career but he'll fail. The world cup will bring his talent to the world when he helps ghana to cause sensation.