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Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Asamoah Gyan

Captain Fantastic!

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Asamoah Gyan is known the world over as the man who missed the crucial penalty against Uruguay in 2010 World Cup quarter final in South Africa. He is also allegedly the man who needs 5 chances to score a goal and he is the man who briefly “retired” from international football. However He is the captain, the talisman and Ghana’s chief goal threat. Say what you want about him but his record speaks for itself. He is the man whose goals fired Ghana to the quarter final in the first place. He is also Ghana’s all time leading goal scorer (last scoring against Germany at 2014 World Cup) and the first African to score in three consecutive World Cups. Yes three!

Gyan is a dynamic powerful striker who some may argue has not yet fully reached his potential..

Having signed for Udinese in 2003 from Ghanaian club Liberty Professionals located in Accra, Gyan spent two years on loan at Serie B club Modena to gain match experience. Following some excellent displays during the 2006 World Cup, he attracted interest from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow. Gyan returned to Udinese at the start of 2006, but in February 2007, Udinese pulled out of a deal to sell him in the January transfer window. The striker was on the verge of signing a 3-year deal with Lokomotiv Moscow for US$10.5 million, which would have been the fourth largest transfer fee in Russian football.

In August 2007 Gyan signed an improved 5-year contract extension to stay at Udinese until 30 June 2012 as a reward for his fine form.He remained there for just over a year then in July 2008, Gyan was signed by French Ligue 1 Club Stade Rennais , Gyan played 48 times for Rennes, scoring 14 goals. By the end of his stay at Rennes, he became a well known goal scoring figure, scoring 13 league goals in the 2009–10 season. However, Gyan only played three games in Ligue 1 the following season, taking his total appearances to 53, before he departed for Sunderland

After the 2010 World Cup, Gyan signed for Premier League club Sunderland on a four-year deal for record £13 million.. He scored on his Sunderland debut against Wigan Athletic after coming on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck. He finished his first season in English football with 10 league goals. Gyan took the squad number 3 shirt for the 2011–12 season, the same squad number he wears for Ghana. However in September 2011  went on a season long loan at UAE club Al Ain . He later signed a permanent five-year contract with the club on 6 July 2012 worth over £6m per season. He was the top goalscorer in the UAE league in the 2013 season and helped his team retain the league title.

Gyan made his debut for Ghana at the tender age of just 17 scoring on his debut against Somalia in 2003. He was included in the 2006 World Cup Squad and scored the fastest goal of that tournament against the Czech Republic. Along with Sulley Muntari he is the only player to have been selected in all three World Cup squads. He has made 80 appearances for Ghana scoring 41 goals.

If Ghana are now to make it to the second round of the World Cup he will surely have a crucial role to play.

Asamoah Gyan, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

LetsGoalGhana!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Gyan V Bent: Who’s The Better Player?

 

                                                                                                              

                                                                              

Saturday saw Sunderland slump to yet another defeat in the premier league, this time losing away to Birmingham. This means Sunderland have now taken only one point from a possible 27 since January when they last won a game and are languishing ever closer to the relegation zone at the bottom half of the table.

This in stark contrast to the beginning of the season when they were riding high in the top half of the table due largely in part to the goals of Asamoah Gyan and Darren Bent.  Many commentators believe the sale of the latter to Aston villa for £24 million pounds in January is the main cause for Sunderland’s troubles at the moment.  Well since Bent was sold in January and Sunderland last league victory came in the same month they may actually have a point!

So it’s fairly obvious that Sunderland have missed Darren Bent and all this talk about Mr Bent and Sunderland’s current predicament got me thinking who is actually the better player. I mean since Bent left Sunderland, Gyan (who let’s not forget is Sunderland’s record signing at £13 million pounds) has become the teams main striker and there is more emphasis on him to get the goals.

Darren Bent clearly has the better club goal record with 174 career goals in 374 club games. Whilst Gyan has 64 goals in though he has played less games in his career with 160 appearances. Though I have to say Bents club career record is quite impressive it is quite different on the International stage. Gyan has netted 22 goals for the black stars in 45 games whilst Mr Bent has 3 goals in 14 games for England. You seeing a pattern here huh?

So it is fair to say that Mr Gyan flourishes on the international stage whilst Mr Bent racks up more goals at club level. Although Darren Bent overall has the better scoring record does that make him a better player? Many will argue it does as both are strikers and the aim of the striker is to score right?

However I am of the opinion that Gyan is the all round better player. He is certainly is the most skillfull and creative of the two and offers more in the way of assisting team mates. Bent is more your penalty box player and thrives off service from his teammates. Whilst Gyan is the opposite he is unpredictable and a player who can create something out of nothing, as England found out last month (still smiling!). Gyan tends to score the more spectacular goals whilst Bent scores goals primarily in the penalty box.

That being said if you’re looking for a go

‘After Suarez handball he’s the most hated man in Ghana’

The Brian Viner Interview: The African striker didn’t sleep for a week after he missed the penalty against Uruguay, but his Sunderland goals are easing the pain

Few men have ever, in a sporting context, felt the crushing burden of hope and expectation under which Asamoah Gyan, ultimately, stumbled and fell on a July evening in Johannesburg last year.

It wasn’t just his fellow Ghanaians willing him to score the penalty that would have dealt an appropriate punishment to Luis Suarez of Uruguay (and now Liverpool), who in the last moments of extra time in the quarter-final of the World Cup had used his hands to keep out a seemingly certain winning goal, but all of

Asamoah Gyan wanted by Spanish Giants Real Madrid!

Sensational news are out claiming that Spanish giants Real Madrid are interested in Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan.

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho is reportedly desperate to boost his attacking options in January and has been linked with a host of big names.

According to Cadena COPE, the Ghana World Cup star is now being discussed at board level inside the Santiago Bernabeu.

The 5ft 11in striker only moved to Sunderland from Rennes in the summer for €14 million.

If Asamoah Gyan goes, can he make an impact in the Spinish League, alongside players like Lionel Messi ???

Comment below with your opinions…

Source: Daily Mail

Asamoah Gyan on fire again, a bit like David Haye…

Asamoah Gyan scores again. Some people last week were saying how it was lucky. But 5 goals in 4 games… is Baby Jet really flying or is this just a good run of form. Twitter debates have suggested Gyan being the next Samuel Eto! What do you think!

Ps. Look out Dutch international Zenden doing Gyans Dance too. Soon the whole of the UK will embrace the Ghanaian Dance Culture…

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