Monday, 09 December 2019 09:48

BUDU’S CORNER: 5 High- Profile Free Agents Clubs Could Still Snap Up Featured

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The new Ghanaian football season is commencing in couple of weeks. Some clubs have already strengthened the depth of the playing body with the acquisition of players they deem meet and proper.

Others are still in the market scouring for talents to beef up their squads. There are still some immensely talented footballers (others of dubious quality) still searching for clubs and there is the possibility that they could get back to the top as was the case seasons ago.
 
There’s a whole host of high-profile names still unattached, five of which we check out below.
 
Baba Mahama
 
The talented, technically and yet humble midfield magician is up for grabs. Having joined Asante Kotoko after some sparkling performances with Techiman City, Mahama was released by his employers after falling out of favour following a dip in form and several injury problems.
 
Mahama plays a playmaking role and occasionally operates from the flanks comfortably. He has a deceptive gait and a lower centre of gravity that is the preserve of many number 10s. He has the unpredictability shared by so many beloved playmakers of yore and can score from range.
 
While not a prolific scorer, the broad-shouldered midfielder is an increasingly imposing physical figure capable of holding up the ball and bringing team-mates into play.
His development might have stagnated but his talent is never in doubt. Baba Mahama is worth taking a gamble on.
 
Jordan Opoku
 
The intelligent midfielder was recently released by Asante Kotoko. He gave the fans of the club timely reminder of his qualities anytime he graced the pitch and instantly walked into Steve Pollack’s starting eleven after some consistent performances.
 
He breathed life into that Asante Kotoko team and was given immense credit for his work rate and performances. In his last days at the club under Kjetil Zachariassen, he was used as an out-and-out winger, free to swap flanks during games and constantly probed defences for any weakness.
At first glance, he looks thin and awkward, but is graceful on the ball and always difficult to contend with in physical battles with stronger and youthful battles.
 
He may be an elder statesman but is heavily endowed with talent, wits and poise. At Kotoko, he proved that there is still life in the old dog. Club’s looking for the aforementioned qualities should just grab Jordan Opoku.
 
Augustine Sefa
 
Also, a former Asante Kotoko player. The right back is a delight to watch. He is an energetic presence and provides plenty of cut and thrust down the right flank, but he isn’t found wanting defensively. He forces turnovers high up the field before inching forwards into the opponent’s half. He likes to combine with his right winger, progressing down the line with his 1-2s and transitions, rather than looking to beat players with skill or pace. 
 
Perhaps his biggest strength is his game intelligence. Incredibly mature and composed as a leader, he has good communication and organizing skills which ensure that defensive lapses do not occur. He could be an ideal signing for any club.
 
Samudeen Ibrahim
 
Samudeen joined Hearts of Oak with so much promise. He returned the club’s confidence in him with some great performances that saw him gradually walking into Hearts team and finding a place in the hearts of many a Hearts fan.
 
Unfortunately, the former King Solomon FC midfielder could not sustain the pressure that comes along with playing for Hearts of Oak as his performances fizzled out hence losing his place and eventually finding himself out of the club.
 
So far there’s been much to admire about the chap. Due to his well-roundedness, he can play in various positions and roles but is mostly assigned a deep-lying or box-box midfield role. He is blessed with an ability to change direction with almost effortless ease, and his balance on the ball- combined with a great awareness of what’s around him- makes him a constant threat.
 
It could be well that Samudeen Ibrahim was a victim of circumstance at Hearts. As sometimes can happen with transfers, it seems to have been a case of being in the wrong place at the right time for him.
 
Gerald Arkson
 
He used to be Liberty Professionals’ crowning jewel. Arkson is a conductor. He makes his side tick and rarely gives the ball away- but doesn’t just pass sideways. The midfield metronome is capable of spraying lengthy passes, keeping the game simple, or executing the killer balls that really matter. Technically excellent and difficult for opposing midfielders to catch with or without the ball.
 
 Possessing an appreciable height and with an unusually neat technique for a player of his age. He is a good passer of the ball, loves shooting from long ranges and dribbles when necessary. With his driving runs, slick passes and discipline, Gerald Arkson is certainly one player clubs can snap up ahead of the new Ghanaian season.
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