BEST 10: Young Ghanaian footballers born in Europe

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Myron Boadu

The era of Anthony Baffoe, Otto Addo and other Ghanaian players who were born to Ghanaian parents in Europe has come and gone. Currently, a generation of such young players born in Europe whose parents are from Ghana is making waves in the beautiful game.

The Sports Desk of Dailymailgh.com presents the Best 10 of young players born in Europe whose parents (both) are full Ghanaians.

1. Myron Boadu (AZ Alkmaar)

Myron Boadu

The progress of the 18-year-old striker at AZ Alkmaar has been great. Boadu started from the Under-19 team of the AFAS Stadion outft where he banged in eight goals in 15 games before being promoted to the Under 21 where he netted six goals in 10 games. Currently, he is leading the attack of AZ Alkmaar senior team and has netted twice and provided five assists in five games so far this season. He is one of the players Dutch National team coach Ronald Koeman has earmarked for a call-up.

2. Charles Jesaja Hermann (VFB Wofsburg)

Son of former Ghana Black Stars skipper CK Akonnor, Jesaja is one of the highly-rated youngsters currently in German football. He plays for his father’s former team VFB Wolfsburg where he features predominantly for the Under-19 team. He was on the wanted list of Galatasary and Everton this summer but Wolfsburg decline to sell him. He has netted thrice in seven games in all competitions so far this campaign.

3. Brian Brobbey (Ajax Amsterdam)

In Ajax, he is referred to as “Brobeast” because of his strength, power and eye for goal. At Just 17, Brobbey is one of Ajax’s secret weapons coach Erik Ten Hag will unleash in the Eredivise this season. He hit 34 goals and provided six assists in 38 games for the Ajax Under-19 side last season. Football is certainly in his family as his three brothers Kevin Luckassen, Derrick Luckassen and Samuel Brobbey play at the professional level.

4. Claud Adjapong (Sassuolo)

The 21-year-old right-back is a real talent with enormous experience having made his Serie A debut for Sassuolo against Juventus on March 11, 2016. Adjapong who is regular for Sassuolo when fit has raked 36 Serie A appearances, scoring two goals and providing one assists.

5. Joselpho Barnes (Schalke 04)

Joselpho Barnes

The surname “Barnes” should definitely ring a bell. The 1.87 metres youngster is the son of former Ghana Black Starlets skipper Sebastian Barnes. Joselpho, 17, made a combined 41 appearances for both the Schalke Under-17 and 19 teams last season scoring two goals and providing seven assists. Barnes who was recently promoted to the Schalke Under-23 team by manager Gerald Asamoah can operate as a right back, right winger and as a deep lying playmaker.

6. Brian Safo Oddei (Sassuolo)

One of the emerging kids in Italian football, the 16-year-old striker plays for the youth team of Sassuolo at the Primavera level. Odei who was born to Ghanaian parents in Modena is a versatile attacker and can operate anywhere upfront though his main position is a centre forward. He netted nine goals and provided three assists for the Under-17 team of Sassuolo last season. He is currently being promoted to the Under-19.

7. Dereck Darkwa (FC Volendam)

Darkwa presently featured for FC Voledam in the Dutch second-tier after parting ways with FC Utrecht through mutual agreement. A member of the Dutch Under 19 team, Darkwa has drawn comparison with legend Patrick Kluivert because of his style of playing. He prefers to play as a centre forward but has been used in various attacking positions because of his versatility.

8. Pierre Dwomoh (KRC Genk)

Pierre Dwomoh

At just 15 years, Dwomoh trained with the senior side of his Belgian cub KRC Genk this summer. The gangling striker has already been tagged as the future of the Belgian champions. He joined Genk from Anderlecht as a 12-year-old in 2016 and has been the leading scorer in all the age groups he has played for. He is noted for his pace and his eye for the spectacular.

9. Derick Osei Yaw (Stade Brest)

The young midfielder who was born in Toulouse features for the Team B of French Ligue 1 outfit Stade Brest. A very skillful offensive midfielder, Osei is also capable of playing as a striker. He is one of the players tipped to take the French French topflight by storm this season. He previously featured for the Under 19 side of Toulouse.

10. Winfred Amoah (Sturm Graz)

Winfred Amoah

Winfred is the son of former Ghana Black Stars striker Charles Amoah. The 19-year-old offensive midfielder has been instrumental for the second team of Sturm Graz in the Austrian Premier League and featured in some games for the senior team last season. An offensive midfielder, Amoah is capable of playing as a number eight or just behind the striker in a 4:2:3:1 formation whilst he has also been used on the wings on countless occasions because of his pace.

By Edmund Okai Gyimah, Daily Mail GH

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