[UPDATED]: From Obscurity To Stardom: Thomas Partey’s Meteoric Rise From The Streets Of Krobo-Odumase To England
A journey which begun in Krobo-Odumase through to Ashaiman and Tema with the hope of landing a lucrative deal in Europe has peaked as planned and now in London, England.
A young and passionate midfielder found himself in the good books of an agent who lodged in a hotel closer to where a group of young Ghanaian players trained.
Upon several conversations and observation, it came out that a rare opportunity would given to a young chap, Thomas Partey to make a trip to Spain for a trial in 2011.
Knowing that it was not a cast in stone opportunity, the young man from Krobo-Odumase made it count by impressing the handlers of Atlético Madrid’s C side and that has been it. The rest is history.
Partey has suceeded in making himself the first on Diego Simeone’s list by working his socks off.
The tough-tackling midfielder is the best choice to shield the defence at the Wanda Metropolitano.
This feat cannot escape the microscopic lense of Ghsportsnews.com in analysing the career of the 27 year old stalwart midfielder.
Hard training, easy battle is not just a slogan. Partey really trained and conquered whatever was put before him and continues to foil attacks on his team to the chagrin of his opponents whenever called upon to man the midfield of Atlético Madrid.
His records with Ghana’s national team is impeccable. He has bagged an impressive 10 goals in 29 games.
The 27- year-old completed his £45 million move from Atlético Madrid to Arsenal, becoming the most expensive Ghanaian in the league’s history, topping the prices fetched by Michael Essien when he joined in 2005 in a fee of £38 million and André Ayew, when he joined West Ham in a fee of £24.10 m.
He made 188 appearance in all competitions, scoring 16 goals creating 12 assists and picking up just one red card despite the role he plays in midfield.
His story serves as the measuring rod and motivation to young players in Ghana who are aspiring to strut their stuff in Europe and make a mark for themselves.