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Ghanaian youngster Elisha Owusu draws inspiration from Depay & Mendy

Published on: 10 February 2020
Ghanaian youngster Elisha Owusu draws inspiration from Depay & Mendy
Elisha Owusu

French-born Ghanaian defender Elisha Owusu has shared a heart-warming story of his time at Olympique Lyon.

Owusu left French giants Olympique Lyon to join Belgian Jupilar Pro League side KAA Gent in a deal worth €1 million last summer.

The 21-year-old has quickly endeared himself to the club's faithful with his consistent performances, making 35 appearances in all competitions to help them to 2nd on the league standings.

The defensive midfielder has however not forgotten the formative years he spent at Lyon and is using Memphis Depay and Real Madrid left-back Ferland Mendy as inspiration in his bid to rise to the echelons of football.

"With Memphis Depay, we are very close. When he arrived at OL, he was nowhere and he worked everything from zero. It is an inspiration for me: things can change , you have to be patient. In training, he did crazy things, he made soccer easy as everything seemed natural. I like his style and his way of believing in him."

"Same thing for my other friend Ferland Mendy, he started from nothing, in Ligue 2 in Le Havre… and here he is at Real Madrid! Do not listen to people: just believe in yourself and put your faith in God. When I arrived at the OL Training Center, coming from my little club where I was the king, I was lost in the crowd ... and it was very hard, I had to survive! I discovered the jungle of the competition: we were told 'Out of 100, you will only be 2 or 3 to succeed! 'So I didn't look at the others, I looked at myself ... and I worked. And those who kick you , sooner or later, they pay for it. God watches ... and in the end, the pure heart always wins. That's what I'm trying to convey, I like to play the role of the big brother."

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