Sports News of Monday, 9 December 2019
Dreams FC earned reputations across the country not for their quality football but by their professionalism both on and off the pitch. The Dawu based topflight campaigner have never shown signs of title contenders despite producing professional footballers for the European market on seasonal basis. The Believers, as they are known, always boast of a posterboy in each of their campaigns, both in division one and the premier league. The 2019/20 Ghana Premier League handed that leadership burden on the shoulders of Patrick Arthur, the team’s engine room.
Like any mordern day midfielder, Patrick Arthur combined attributes of ball winning and ball usage in one package. A never ending energy reservoir meant that Patrick Arthur only needs tactical orientation in order to improve his game. A look at his performance for Dreams FC in the off season shake ups and the NC Special Competition gave clues of the qualities embedded in one package. His colleagues call him ‘Adwuma wura’, literally translated as the job owner thanks to his visionary passing, awareness of when to hold the ball and ferocious strikes from deep midfield position.
A dreadful 2019 NC Special Competition for Dreams FC as a team dented the individual brilliance of any player in the team including Arthur. A damning 5-2 mauling at the hands of Elmina Sharks left the Believers doubting their own quality. Is it possible for a player to be individually good in a dreadful team collectively? If yes, then Patrick Arthur can be exonerated.
A true Litmus Test in the 2019/20 domestic football season is set to subject Patrick Arthur to all kind of experimental lenses, home and abroad. Many are those who will be watching closely to confirm the attributes used on this versatile midfield jewel. His statistical card doesn’t need goals to be enticing as his game contribution takes more defensive color.
Patrick Arthur is expected to tick boxes such as interceptions, takles won and lost, distribution rate, positional awareness, heat map demarcations, and aerial duels won in the game. Like any star player however, crucial goals during tough games are part of his package and he has no option that to polish his flying pile drivers and add few goals to his name.
One of Ghana’s most respected football commentators, Henry Asante Twum, hailed the attributes of Patrick Arthur heading into the most anticipated domestic season in recent times.
“Introducing to you Patrick Arthur, one of the best box to box midfielders in Ghana now. I call him ‘adwuma wura’ meaning the workaholic due to his infectious energy, work rate and tenacity in the the heart of the pitch. Patrick is one to watch this season. He plays for Dreams FC!”, Henry Asante Twum posted.
Head coach of Dreams FC, Winfred Dormon, is expected to polish Patrick Arthur into a summer jewel with foreign offers expected from the European scouts.
Arthur will be competing with the likes of Benjamin Afutu, James Akaminko, Emmanuel Mintah, Justice Blay And Emmanuel Keyekeh for midfield supremacy.