Thomas Partey must be at Ghana's party

Other Sports of Monday, 5 September 2016

Source: Goal.com

2016-09-05

Thomas Partey TrainedGhanaian youth midfielder Thomas Partey

Avram Grant has been criticised for being slow to mix things up and unadventurous with his Ghana team selections and squad picks with the national side.

One the cards he delayed in playing in the disappointing 1-1 draw with Rwanda on Saturday was Atletico Madrid star Thomas Teye Partey, a player who featured in the Champions League final for Diego Simeone’s side only a few months ago.

When the 23-year-old did eventually enter the fray, he moved the ball with guile and created openings for the Stars’ attacking players.

It made you wonder what the outcome would have been had he started the game.

This was Partey’s second cap, but he is yet to start a game, a fact that highlights Grant’s conservative approach to introducing new faces.

The youngster’s style is such that he can possess the ball, zip past opponents and release his team mates through the channels, an essential attribute that was sorely missing in the game against Rwanda.

Admittedly, he is young and new to the team and all, and surely must be bedded in gradually, but then again how would we know if his contribution wouldn’t be greater from the get go, if he isn’t given an opportunity to start?

Ahead of the friendly against Russia, Grant must let his hair down for a change, and surely Partey must be at the party from the start!

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