Asamoah sees his stock rise
I remember when Kwadwo Asamoah burst into the Ghanaian first team squad in 2010. I went round telling anybody who would listen what an exceptional talent he is. Two years on and he is realising his potential and attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe. Initially thrust into the first team as a replacement for an injured Michael Essien at the 2010 African Cup of Nations, his performances as playmaker in midfield soon caught the eye. A combative midfielder with a great passing range and a wand of a left foot, he soon became a firm favourite with fans and players alike.
Asamoah started his professional career in 2006 with Liberty Professionals in Ghana until he joined Torino in Italy. He was subsequently loaned to Udinese in 2008, where he made such an impression there that they decided to make the move permanent a year later. This later earned him a call up to Ghana national team in the same year. He has had three successful seasons since at Udinese helping them to qualify for the Champions League twice. Gradually he has become one of Udinese’s star players along with international striker Antonio Di Natale.
On the international stage as mentioned 2010 was his breakthrough year. Having being tasked with the job of replacing Michael Essien at the beginning of the year he obliged by helping the Black Stars reach the final of CAN 2010 where they lost a close game to Egypt 1-0. Later in the year Essien was hardly missed as Ghana reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time. Although players such as Asamoah Gyan got most of the plaudits, Kwadwo Asamoah was influential in the heart of Ghana’s midfield alongside Anthony Annan.
Since the World Cup he has established himself as one of the Black Stars most trusted players. He played every game of CAN 2012 in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea in what turned out to be a disappointing campaign as Ghana failed to reach the final.
Now with reported interest from Manchester United, Inter Milan and Juventus this summer, it seems Asamoah is in line for big money with newly crowned champions the favourite to land him. At 23, his best years are still ahead of him and is ready to take his career to the next level. Thus playing at the highest level will only serve to make him a better player which is not only good for him but good for Ghana’s chances of qualifying for the next World Cup in Brazil.
Ben JK Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)