Ghana boasts a fair few well-established veterans and up-and-coming talents dotted around the top European leagues. From players battling away in the Premier League to those honing their skills in the Netherlands, there’s plenty of reason for Black Stars fans to follow the competitions to the north.
With several classy players signed on for top teams coming into the 2021/22 season, we’re looking to see who could be on the side that enjoys the most success by the end of the new campaign. After all, the experience of claiming silverware for your club certainly comes in handy when joining up with the national team.
Stars of the show
Right now, without a doubt, Ghana’s best player is Thomas Partey. Having left the defensively astute Atlético Madrid for £45 million in October 2020, the defensive midfielder finds himself a core piece of a rebuilding Arsenal side. While injuries plagued his campaign, the Black Star of 28 caps did tee-up three goals and play 36 games for his new club last season.
Perhaps the most exciting player in Ghana’s football sphere right now, however, is Mohammed Kudus. The 20-year-old from Accra enjoyed a strong first season for Ajax, claiming the Eredivisie title and the Dutch Cup. Again, injury hampered this go-to selection for the national team, but the central midfielder still managed to score four goals and assist a further three in just 22 appearances.
The first transfer window of 2020 was certainly busy for Ghanaians, with Mohammed Salisu also playing his first season for a new club in 2020/21. The centre-back, who continues to put off making his debut for the Black Stars, made just 15 appearances for Southampton due to – you guessed it – an injury problem. Still, in his time on the pitch, he proved himself more than worthy of Premier League minutes.
More through their club and what they could achieve should they break into the first-team ranks proper, Daniel Amartey and Kama Sowah will hope to play key roles for Leicester City next season. Amartey has been a backup piece for some years, but Sowah returns to the King Power Stadium on the back of a stellar loan spell to Oud-Heverlee Leuven of the Jupiler Pro League.
Who will reign supreme in 2021/22?
To gauge which of these Ghanaian stars will find the most success this season, we’ve turned to one of the highest-rated expert oddsmakers in the country, bet365 Ghana, which more than earns its reputation as a leading sportsbook, offering a perfectly sorted sports betting platform that offers an impressive selection of markets. As a result, even this far out of the new season, we can see the odds given by their experts.
So, starting in the Premier League, Arsenal and Partey have an uphill battle ahead of them, while the two Foxes could be in for yet another season of unprecedented success. The Gunners are out at odds of 2.38 to get into the top-six of the league, but at 6.50 to be the top London club. Still, though, Leicester City are expected to do better, sitting ahead at 2.10 for a top-six spot, and a wishful 50.0 to win the league again.
While undoubtedly a great European team, Ajax aren’t expected to throw down with the biggest clubs on the continent next season, even with Kudus having another year under his belt. They’re at 67.0 to win the Champions League, but in the recent past, they’ve found European success by dropping into the Europa League.
Despite their early run all the way to the top of the league last season, Southampton crumbled in the second half, finishing 15th in the league. This season, they’ll hope to have Salisu for the whole campaign, and yet, they’re at 3.75 odds to crack the top half of the Premier League in 2021/22.
Of them all, it’s the crafty Kudus who stands the best chance of claiming some silverware. Yet, in the ever-competitive Premier League, the other top Ghanaians will fancy their chances of a high-finish and perhaps one of the cups.