By Patrick Akoto
Ghana midfielder Rabiu Mohammed is delighted with his debut performance in the French top-flight for Evian Thonon Gaillard.
The 22-year-old was rewarded with a five-year-deal after helping Evian gained promotion to the French Lique 1 last season.
He joined them on loan in 2010.
He has since gone ahead to feature in over 20 matches in all competitions this term for the side and Â has masterfully commanded the midfield for the European outfit.
Mohammed, regarded as a carbon copy of Chelsea ace Michael Essien says heâ€™s thrilled with his first season at the top-level in France.
â€œThis season has really been good for me as I have played more than 20 games for my club in all competitionsâ€ Mohamemd told Konongo -based Kings Radio.
â€œThe French game deals with lots of physique so one has to always be mentally and physically strong.
â€œBecause in a game you can meet not less than 5 strong Black players who might be stronger than you so you have to do extra work to match them squarelyâ€
The ex-Liberty Professionals attacker was member of the Black Satellites squad that won the World Youth Championship in Egypt in 2009.