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2022 FIFA World Cup: 5 Players Expected to have a Major Impact for Otto Addo's Ghana Squad Featured

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Otto Addo revealed the 26 players heading to Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup as part of his Ghana squad, and a number of names have been dropped, including Baba Iddrisu, Richard Ofori and Jojo Wollacott, who dropped out with injury. Cremonese forward Afena Gyan painfully missed out on the final squad.

But from those who made the squad, four key players could have a huge say in how Ghana's tournament shapes up. Addo's side have been pitched against Portugal, South Korea, and Uruguay.

Here are the players to look out for in Ghana's squad for the World Cup. 

Thomas Partey

The Arsenal midfielder is the beating heart of the Ghana national team, and as such his biting tackles, battling spirit, and aggressive leadership style will be crucial should the Black Stars excel in Qatar.

The spritely midfielder is a joy to watch when he's in full flow, gliding past opponents as if they weren't there on a regular basis. He also has an eye for a pass and will likely be Ghana's leading creative light in Cameroon.

Partey is the perfect blend of flair and a workhorse - exactly the kind of player Addo needs in his team.

Mohammed Kudus

It is hard to overstate just how incredible Kudus is at football. If you have not boarded the hype train yet, do it now. The Ajax midfielder is a dynamite dribbler whose intelligence off the ball is also impressive. 

Blessed with effortless ability on the ball and the kind of technical brilliance that can make him decisive in front of goal or when creating, Kudus is surely among the four Black Stars players Ghanaians can rely on. 

Mohammed Salisu

He may have slightly lucked his way into become a fixture of the Black Stars team, but the Southampton centre-back rightly deserves a place in Addo's starting XI.

Salisu is an elite ball winner that leverages his incredible athletic profile into being a nuisance off the ball.

He is fast, agile and robust in the challenge as well – the perfect profile to be the most aggressive defender in Ghana's defence that will step out of the defensive line and pressure the ball carrier. Salisu is a massive roadblock for opposition teams trying to progress the ball.

Inaki Williams

Inaki Williams is a brute of a human being. He has the physical build and attacking skillset reminiscent of a young Zlatan Ibrahimović.He utilises his body to good effect to pin and disrupt defenders when rumbling around the attacking third. He has a good burst and above-average speed but he is not especially quick; he is more steady and functional.

As a striker, he is a dynamic threat. He can win the ball in the air exceptionally well, heading for goal or trying to hold up play to get others involved. But he can also play off the last man’s shoulder and look for avenues in-behind the defence, or swing wide into the channels to open up space for others.

Kamaldeen Sulemana

Kamaldeen Sulemana is a flighty, explosive left-sided winger with a penchant for a looping cross towards the back post after cutting back onto his right foot.

 He excels in one-on-one situations when going inside onto his favoured foot, but can be restricted by being shown down the line. However, with his sharp drops of the shoulder, low centre of gravity, and excellent acceleration, it is difficult to stop him wherever he intends to go.

Dribbling is one of Sulemana's standout traits, capable of carrying the ball long distances, which would make him an asset certainly in attacking transitions. His shooting is to a good standard, often hitting the target, even from range, although his shot locations can be questionable at times.

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