Top 10 Ghanaian Players Who Are Making It In Abroad

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To clarify the methodology, weight was given to the length of a player’s success within the calendar year, but where things got close, we leaned more towards the second-half of last season and the first-half of this season. So if two guys were close, we would use their more recent play as a determining factor. Club and international play were weighed equally, and team success also factored in to consideration.

10. Latif Amadu – Teuta Durrës (Albania)

Former Berekum Chelsea and Asante Kotoko attacker, 24, is the only Ghanaian player who is leading a top-scorers chart in Europe in the ongoing season with 9 goals in 17 games for Teuta. He has dominated in front of goal in Albania and bagged 15 goals in 26 games in the calendar year. Amadu is easily the best goal scorer in the Albanian top-flight and is expected to jump the ship to mainland Europe soon. RATING: 5.9

9. Joseph Paintsil – KRC Genk (Belgium)

What an incredible year for the former Tema Youth youngster who has shown no signs of slowing down with his progress. From Ferencvaros in the Hungarian top-flight to UEFA Europa League football with Genk. At 20, the offensive midfielder is gearing up to enter his youthful prime. In his maiden season in the Europa League, he scored 2 goals in 8 games for the Jupiler League side. 8 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions for Genk. He has been influential for De Smurfen who have taken a commanding lead in the Jupiler League race. Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah has a rough idea about the talent of the youngster but has to narrow his spot on him to catch a feel of how greatly he has improved since he last saw him play in May 2017 against Benin in a Non-FIFA Friendly. Most improved Ghanaian player in 2018. RATING: 6

8. Patrick Razak – (Hearts of Oak/Horoya Club de Guinea)

When the spark in local club football appeared to have died down it was this ferocious winger who lighted the ignition once again. From leaving an indelible memory in the minds of over 2 million viewers of the 2017 WAFU tournament the 23-year-old translated his performance to Accra Hearts of Oak where he impressed on the local front against arch-rivals Asante Kotoko. The Porcupine Warriors started what could have been one of the biggest transfer sagas after the Charles Taylor saga by starting a media war of transfer speculations. The Phobians ultimately transferred him to Guinean club Horoya Club de Guinea for a reported fee of £65,000. RATING: 6.2

7. Caleb Ekuban – Trabzonspor (Turkey)

The rise has been meteoric for this young man who went from rejection by English Championship side Leeds United to fans hero at Turkish side Trabzonspor. The 24-year-old has used 2018 to turn his career around by warming himself into the season with impressive off-the-bench performances. Ekuban began his youth career in Italy with Chievo Verona and was named in their Serie A squad as a 17-year-old 6 years ago. He has gone through the mill playing at various lower-tier levels before arriving in Albania via Partizani Tirana. At the Stadiumi Selman Stërmasi Ekuban turned himself into a goal monster scoring 18 goals in 42 appearances. He is uncapped at international level but has already met Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah over his international future. RATING: 6.3

6. Frank Acheampong – Tianjin Teda (China)

Tianjin Teda escaped relegation from the Chinese Super League by the skin of their teeth and it was all down to the effort of the Ghanaian show-man. The 25-year-old ex-Anderlecht man netted 17 goals and Teda needed each of the goals and the battled to survival from relegation. With so much talent and such a high level of performance, you can expect to see him continue his flourishing performance in the Chinese top-flight. He is blessed with an incredible pace and covers unbelievable amount of grounds with his supreme work rate and output. He gave his side the results and proved that he is worth the cash spent to acquire him from Anderlecht. RATING: 6.4

5. Joseph Aidoo – KRC Genk (Belgium)

Strong and powerful anchor man for the Belgium Jupiler League leaders. What a year he has had in 2018! The 23-year-old is an outstanding performer for Genk in all competitions within the calendar year as he started 18 of their 19 league games since the start of the season, scoring in both league and Europa League games. With him in defence Genk are assured of conceding less goals and having the upper hand over opposing strikers who seek goals against his side. 3 goals in total in all competitions in the calendar year for Genk. Enough to classify him as a scoring defender? YES! RATING: 6.5

4. Kevin-Prince Boateng – Sassuolo Calcio (Italy)

Masterclass! Went to Eintracht Frankfurt and secured Europa League football for them with his experience and leadership in the Bundesliga. He switched to Serie A to perhaps catch part of the new aura carried by Cristiano Ronaldo and has been on form since joining the Black and Greens scoring 4 Serie A goals in 11 games. At age 31 he is still drawing attention from Ghana coach James Kwesi Appiah who has suggested he could still extend invitation to the former Las Palmas man if he openly apologizes for the 2014 World Cup incident. RATING: 7.1

3. Enoch Adu Kofi – AIK Solna (Sweden)

The former Ghana U-17 midfielder played a key role in AIK’s season, playing 27 games as wrapped up the league title on the final day. Adu Kofi won his third title in Sweden, having previously won the trophy on two occasions with Malmo FF. Enoch Adu Kofi joined AIK at the start of the season on a three year deal after previously playing for Malmo FF, Club Brugge and FC Nordsjælland. RATING: 7.2

2. Kasim Nuhu – TSG Hoffenheim (Germany)

Massive year in 2018 for the 23-year-old after winning the Swiss Super League with Young Boys within the calendar year and playing in the UEFA Champions League against Manchester City and Olympique Lyon in the group stages of the competition. He was the first Ghanaian player to win an European league title in 2018 as the former Real Mallorca man kept and maintain his focus. RATING: 7.5

1.Thomas Partey – Atletico de Madrid (Spain)

The 25-year-old got nominated for by the BBC for the BBC African Footballer of the Year Award as well as a nomination for the CAF Player of the Year Award. He lifted the UEFA Super Cup after helping Atletico Madrid to beat Real Madrid in the final. He also won the UEFA Europa League within the same calendar year. He is one of the most highly-rated midfielders in Spanish and European football and has been linked with Arsenal and PSG. RATING: 7.9

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