CouldÂ ArsenalÂ managerÂ Arsene Wenger targetÂ Hoffenheim central midfielderÂ Afriyie Acquah?
To cover that scenario, here is a scouting report on the 22-year-old Ghanaian international.
Acquah is a 5'11", 154-pound footballer, who featured predominantly as a central midfielder in a 4-3-3 or as an emergency right wing-back on loan atParmaÂ last season.
Acquah has noticeableÂ first-step speed, which was evident when he burst past severalÂ TorinoÂ players and drew a penalty fromÂ Torino centre-backÂ Kamil Glik.
AgainstÂ AC Milan, Acquah explosively raced down the right wing, cut to theÂ byline and hit a low cross toÂ Parma deep-lying forwardÂ Antonio Cassano.
Acquah's speed was on show again when he charged downÂ Sampdoria's right flank and crossed the ball to Parma left-backÂ Cristian Molinaro.
Against Roma,Â Acquah displayed strength, nimbleness and technique when he controlled the ball with his chest, swivelled and placed it past Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.
Blessed withÂ tremendousÂ athleticism,Â Acquah would transition smoothly to the Premier League.
On the ball,Â Acquah is decisive, and heÂ briskly recycles the ball with accuracy.
- 61/66 passes (92.4 pass completion percent) vs.Â Livorno,Squawka.com.
- 56/58 passes (96.6 pass completion percent) vs. Torino,Â Squawka.com.
- 39/40 passes (97.5 pass completion percent) vs.Â Chievo Verona, perSquawka.com
Acquah is still developing his passing game, so he is limited to passing the ball backwards and sideways.Â He generally only passes forward if it is clear cut, like againstÂ NapoliÂ to a wide-openÂ Cassano.
Acquah'sÂ efficient approach to retaining possession last season resulted in a career-best 87.1 pass completion percentage, which is 9.7 percent higher than his 2011-12 output forÂ PalermoÂ (77.4).
Acquah was given his first taste of European football by the Glentoran Community Trust in Northern Ireland.
"We brought how he cried himself to sleep one night [as] he was so grateful for all the help we have given him."
Acquah is raw, his defensive positional sense is sub-par and his marking isÂ inattentive.
His defending is unrestrained, hence why his tackles resulted in free kicks (56) more times than he won the ball (45) last season.
- Seven missed tackles vs.Â Bologna, perÂ Squawka.com.
- Five missed tackles vs. Livorno, perÂ Squawka.com.
- Five missed tackles vs. Sampdoria, perÂ Squawka.com.
Acquah's tackling efficiency is at an unacceptable 36 percent, perÂ Squawka.com.
What's more, AcquahÂ has accumulated more fouls per game than tackles per game in three of his four seasons inÂ Serie A.
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Acquah needs to expand his passing range, given he only averaged one long pass per game last season.
There is a vast gap when you compare and contrast his short-mediumÂ passes to his long passes.
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