Below we look at three players the Phobians could target, if the worst comes to worse and they do lose Inusah Musah.
The Wa All Stars’ man is a leader, the kind of player others look up to and improve upon their game to impress. With him in the side, the technical team of his club knows the other teammates will perform because he wouldn’t have it otherwise. His reading of the game is so good that he can anticipate situations before they escalate but, if he does get into danger, he can always rely on his long stride to get him out of trouble.
Mensah is a mature performer and leadership comes naturally to him. He executes his defensive and other assigned duties efficiently and effectively. His playing style has won the most plaudits. He could be Ghana’s next Samuel Osei Kuffour given the way he approaches his defending: smooth, subtle and extremely stylish. Samuel Osei Kuffour is a legend in Ghana and the fact that the youngster has been compared to him is a huge compliment
Just like Musah, Mensah who is also a product of Tudu Mighty Jets will be a direct replacement for the former with his versatility, strength and passing range and an excellent one at that. Hearts fans could get excited with this signing if they end up losing their skipper.
The towering defender is another good player the Phobians could target and sign in the absence of Inusah Musah. Having a strong stature, a good vision, a self-confident personality, Yusif is a prototypical rock at the back whose general quality on the ball play is a striking feature when watching him play with the ability to comfortably play out from the back and complete long-range passes. And while he is astute on the ball, he remains more than capable off it in defensive situations. Yusif has found it very difficult to break into the Obuasi Ashgold team since arriving from Liberty Professionals, where he featured in every minute of the thirty games the Dansoman club played in the league the previous season. It could be well that Mubarik Yusif is a victim of circumstance at Ashgold, as the club has a far from stable platform for him to grow from. As sometimes can happen with transfers, it seems to have simply been a case of being in the wrong place at the right time for him. Perhaps a fresh start with the Phobians will be the right thing for this young player whose natural talent is not in doubt.
Unlike the aforementioned players, Gyawu plays in Ghana’s second tier league with Bekwai Youth Football Academy. Gyawu is incredibly gifted in possession and a key component in starting attacks from defence. He’s also shown the capability to play at full-back due to his speed, and also in defensive midfield given his ability on the ball. He excels well with the ball at his feet and also confident enough to play passes between the lines and is always looking to get the ball quickly. His composure is terrific- a perfect mix of Gerard Pique and Giorgio Chiellini. Being naturally two-footed is another great quality, which is rather rare among stoppers. But for failed negotiation, the youngster would have joined Ghana’s reigning champions, Aduana Stars at the start of the season. He may not have the hype and experience but his talent has never been in doubt.
The Phobians may be losing Inusah Musah but should they be able to get hold of any of the aforementioned players, the Phobians would be making a very good business and won’t greatly miss the absence of Inusah Musah.