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08 Dec

What Mohammed Alhassan Will Bring To Hearts

With news of Hearts of Oak opening their wallets again, this time to sign towering WAFA centre-back, Mohammed Alhassan, it’s worth dwelling on what the player will bring to the Phobians.
 
For a start, Alhassan has an immense physical presence. He arrives as one of the tallest player in the team at 6’.2”, and therefore, Hearts’ Achilles heel, the high ball into the box, should be eradicated with Alhassan in situ. The Phobians have had central defenders in the past that have supposedly had the skillset to supplement their aerial quality, but have been found out quickly at the club. 
 
Having watched him display some wonderful performances for King Faisal against Kumasi Asante Kotoko in a league game some seasons ago, I tabbed him to be the next big thing to happen to Ghana football. At West Africa Football Academy (WAFA), he was deployed almost exclusively at the heart of defence, but prior to that, he alternated flanks and exposed Kotoko’s rearguard and almost scored on the day.
 
 With Ghana’s football landscape being fettered with vultures keen to make a quick buck form the country’s emerging talents, it wasn’t surprising to read a lot of potential suitors queuing to swoop for his signature after the season. In fact, there were even hush talks of him joining a club in Europe but unfortunately the deal couldn’t materialize hence his return to the country to join WAFA.
 
Seeing him in action for the academy lads, he holds the line perfectly to facilitate the offside trap; he reads the game instinctively and makes intelligent yet sensible passes that underline what a competent, accomplished and decisive man-marker he is, with good positional and tactical awareness to boot. He is, in short, everything Hearts’ current crop of central defenders are not.
 
At 26, Alhassan is strong, resilient and excellent at reading how the game would unfold. His aerial prowess is somewhat of a given but Mohammed Alhassan also plays with pace, accuracy in the tackle and positional awareness.
 
In 15 domestic appearances at centre-back for WAFA last term, the defender weighed in with a goal as well as averaging an impressive 1.9 tackles, 1.3 interceptions and 3.5 clearances, and demonstrates versatility in that he can also play in central midfield to minimise the beatings doled out to his teammates.
 
His impact and ability delighted Musah Nuhu, his former regular partner at the heart of WAFA’s defence. "Alhassan is a great player; Hearts fans will soon know," the FC St. Gallen defender told kickgh.com. 
 
"It was easy for me to get used to playing with him, and he can become one of the five best defenders in the country if he presses on.”
 
The new Hearts signing was himself effusive in his praise for his new employers and his readiness to become a mainstay in the club.  
 
“It’s pleasing, it’s the dream of every young Ghanaian footballer to play for a big club like Hearts,” the defender told kickgh.com after his unveiling. 
 
“I’ve got my feet on the ground, believe in professionalism and am focused only on improving every day; I’m pleased to wear the Rainbow shirt.” 
 
“Hearts is on a new project now, a project I believe in hence my resolve to join them. I am very satisfied with my choice to play here.” He quipped
 
Certainly, Hearts have seen something in him that they can work with and looking at his time at previous clubs King Faisal and WAFA, it’s easy to see why they’ve dipped into club funds again.
 
For a club that has birthed great centre-backs like Charles Addo Odamettey, Joetex Odoi, Emmanuel ‘Senegal’ Armah, Sani Wahab, Stephen Tetteh  just to mention but a few, there isn’t much to expect from Mohammed Alhassan than to see him walk the path set by the aforementioned players.
 
In all these respects, Mohammed Alhassan fits the bill. 
 
It’s worth making: Alhassan’s signing would be the same ideal way to propel Hearts of Oak to greater heights.
 
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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