Sports News of Sunday, 10 January 2016
Spanish scout Jose Carnicero has shed light on the discovery of Atletico Madrid youngster Thomas Teye Partey during the player’s days of colt football in Ghana.
The 22-year-old Odumase Krobo-born has become an object of public interest following his match-winning strike that sent Atletico to the top of La Liga table last Saturday, three days after providing an assist for his side’s first goal in a 2-0 win over Rayo Vallecano.
Partey came from the bench each time in the two games, thus, slowly carving for himself the eminence of a ‘super sub’.
“Our partner spotted Thomas [playing for local side Odometah] and we started to monitor him like we do to others,” Carnicero was quoted as saying by Marca.
“Thomas stood out above the rest at a small club that his father was in charge of, and we decided to bring him to Spain. We convinced his dad and brought him over for a trial with Atletico’s Juvenil B side [under-18s].
“I remember that day perfectly. It was 12th October 2011 and we played a friendly against Getafe because we needed to run the rule over some midfielders. We didn’t even need the whole match to see that we had to keep Thomas.
“After 45 minutes, we were sold. He was good on the ball, could go past people, had a fine right foot, offered balance to the team and was a really humble lad.”
Partey has made five league appearances this season for the Red and Whites.