Sports News of Thursday, 18 April 2013
Ex-Ghana striker Augustine Arhinful is urging Asamoah Gyan to make an immediate return to Europe in order to regain his best form.
The Black Stars captain is on the verge of winning his second UAE Pro-League title with Al Ain.
Gyan is also on track to winning his second successive top scorer’s award in the UAE top flight.
But many believe the 27-year-old’s form has suffered a downward hit with his move to the lucrative Arabian League.
Ex-Ghana international, Arhinful now says the former Sunderland hit man should return to Europe where the competition and level of football is streets ahead of that in the UAE in order to rediscover his best form.
“Enough is never enough when it comes to money that is how come we keep on working day in day out,” he told Takoradi-based Melody FM.
“But if you are talking from a football point of view, then it will be better for him (Asamoah Gyan) to move back to Europe proper.
“The attitude in mainland Europe in terms of soccer cannot be compared to anywhere in the world.
“I have been there (Arab league) before and I found their programs not so professional for my liking.
“You sit down the whole day and wait to train sometimes in the evening. And as you train, you break and wait for the others to go and pray and come back before you continue.
“This is never done in Europe. All these things affect the level of performance of a player so it will be better if he returns to Europe,” he added. Arhinful cited Didier Drogba’s move to Galatasaray with his poor showing at the 2013 Nations Cup as a perfect example.
“Look at Didier Drogba, he went to China for the money and we all saw his performance at the Africa Cup of Nations,” he adds.
“Even in their last qualifier, he was dropped and he has now moved to Galatasaray and we can see he is playing well again,” the former striker said.
Gyan stunned the whole world in the summer of 2011 with his shocking loan move to Al Ain who paid a record smashing £6m to Sunderland just to have the Ghana international on a season’s-long loan deal.
The team is believed to have paid a similar amount to the English club to sign Gyan on a permanent five-year deal after the loan spell expired in 2012.