SNAPSHOT: Ghana’s left-back situation
The use of Kwadwo Asamoah at left-back annoyed many fans this summer, yet boss Kwesi Appiah cited ‘modern trends’ as a reason for the Juventus man starting in the position. However, is it time for a change?
Whether this simply means going forward to support play or something else is unclear, but Ghana now have two players who should be able to operate in the position. Jeffrey Schlupp of Leicester City has started this season on the left of midfield although he was utilized at left-back frequently last season.
Augsburg’s Abdul Baba Rahman managed to rack up two assists in his last game against Borussia Dortmund. Rahman plays behind Tobias Werner for Augsburg, a midfielder who mostly looked to play narrow and help build play as well as make runs in behind defences in that match, leaving Rahman to supply most of the width on the left side of the pitch.
If he is deemed good enough to start against Dortmund he should be good enough to kick-off against Uganda.
We’ve seen Kwadwo Asamoah, and right-footers Harrison Afful, Samuel Inkoom and Daniel Opare all play at left-back for the Black Stars, but with Schlupp and Rahman present that is inexcusable. If Appiah can switch either Rahman or Schlupp to left-back, then Asamah can move into the midfield where he can begin to have more influence on matches.