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Rating the best Ghanaian Players in the English Premier League

Published on: 02 October 2017
Rating the best Ghanaian Players in the English Premier League
Daniel Amartey of Leicester City

Although the English Premier League already comprises a significant number of players from Ghana, there is a good chance that it will consist of even more Ghanaian players in the future.

Going by the latest English Premier League African player acquisitions, it is apparent that the top clubs within the league are scrambling to bring in Ghanaian players in the hope of finding the next best thing.

Here is my list of the most illustrious Ghanaian stars in the EPL.

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  1. Jeffrey "Jeff" Schlupp

 

Jeffrey Schlupp is a Ghanaian professional footballer who is currently signed up with Crystal Palace as a winger or left back. He was born to Ghanaian parents in Hamburg, Germany 23 years ago, and raised in England for the better part of his childhood. He went to Oakgrove School in Milton Keynes along with Max Crocombe who is the Carlisle United goalkeeper.

 

His fans know him for his extreme pace and athleticism, which enable him to play anywhere on the left wing and be a versatile option. The alumni of Leicester Youth Academy plays with the power and speed we rarely see from other players.

 

  1. Abdul 'Baba' Rahman

 

Abdul "Baba" Rahman is a Ghanaian football star who plays as a left back for Chelsea and for his country’s national team. The 23 year old attacking left-back began his career at Dreams FC, where he played in the Ghanaian Premier League for a few years.

 

In 2012, he was acquired by a Bundesliga club called Greuther Fürth, where he played for two seasons. He then signed up for FC Augsburg before joining Chelsea in 2015 for a fee of £14 million, which later increased to £22 million.

 

  1. Daniel Amartey

 

Amartey is a Ghanaian professional footballer who is signed up with Leicester City and the Ghanian national football team .Ever since joining the EPL, The 22 year old midfielder cum defender has participated in many games and played a critical role in thwarting opposition attacks.

 

With remarkable skills and tactics, he has been an important component of his team’s recent league contests. This has earned him so much adoration from hundreds of thousands of Leicester City fans from all over the world.

 

  1. Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew is a footballer of Ghanaian origin with impeccable forward football skills. He plays as a forward for West Ham United and for his native country’s national team.

The 27 year old West Ham United forward made his international debut when he joined his father’s former club Marseille at the age of 18. Before this, he had spent two seasons in the club’s youth academy where he performed quite remarkably.

In 2011,the son of the three-time African Footballer of the Year and FIFA 100 member Abedi "Pele" Ayew was named the BBC African Footballer of the Year as well as Ghanaian Footballer of the Year, thereby carrying on his father’s legacy.

5. Christian Atsu

Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Premier League club Newcastle United, and the Ghanaian national team. He primarily plays as a winger, although he has also been deployed as an attacking midfielder.

He began his career with Porto, also spending a season on loan at Rio Ave. In 2013, he was signed by Chelsea for £3.5 million, who subsequently loaned him to Vitesse Arnhem, Everton, Bournemouth and Málaga. After spending the 2016-2017 season on loan at Newcastle United, he completed a permanent transfer to the club in May 2017.

A full international with over 30 caps since his debut in 2012, Atsu has represented Ghana at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments. He helped the team finish as runners-up at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, in which he also won Player of the Tournament and Goal of the Tournament.

6. Jordan Ayew

Jordan Pierre Ayew was born 11 September 1991) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a forward for Premier League club Swansea City and the Ghana national team.

Ayew joined Marseille as a trainee in 2006. He signed a three-year professional contract with Marseille in 2009.

Jordan Ayew made his debut for the senior team on 16 December 2009 in a league match, scoring the equaliser against Lorient.

Marseille went on to win the match 2–1. Ayew scored his second goal against Nice at the Stade Vélodrome on 27 April 2011 in a match which saw his elder brother André Ayew score a hat-trick.

On 1 November 2011, Jordan and André both started a UEFA Champions League match for the first time against Premier League outfit Arsenal.

On 6 January 2014, he joined Ligue 1 rivals Sochaux on a loan deal until the end of the 2013–14 season.

Conclusion

Ghana is one of the few African countries that are considered to be hotbeds of talented football stars.

The English Premier League has long remained a great arena for the best footballers from the tiny West African country to exercise their football talent and showcase their skills to the world.

A number of other top Ghanaian footballers are currently playing in what is considered to be the top football league in Europe.

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