How Jordan Opoku Proved There Is Still Life In The Old Dog Featured
28 Sep

How Jordan Opoku Proved There Is Still Life In The Old Dog

His return to the club was inimical. Jordan who? They ask. What has he got to offer now when he’s already entered his twilight?  
Why must we re-sign him when we want to build a formidable side mainly with the youth? The questions kept coming, challenging the decision of upper echelon of the club  to re-sign their former star.
Fortunately for Opoku, Kotoko’s Management and technical team never wavered in their conviction of him and went ahead to sign him on much to the dismay of their fans. 
Jordan Opoku it would be recalled first joined Kumasi Asante Kotoko in 2006 and spent five years with the Porcupine Warriors before seeking greener pastures in Albania when he joined Dinamo Tirana.
In order to win back the hearts of the fans as was the case during his spell with the club seasons ago, Opoku gave the fans of the club timely reminder of his qualities anytime he graced the pitch and gradually walked into Steve Pollack’s starting eleven after some consistent performances.
Felix Annan, Songne Yacouba and lately Richard Senanu may be receiving all the plaudits but Jordan Opoku’s performances eclipse his more lauded team-mates. 
At 31, Opoku has breathed life into this new look Kotoko side since his return. While he deserves immense credit for his work rate and performances, it is his overall approach that has been the real story.
Positive, calm and insightful, he has brought stability back to the club and nobody has benefited more than young players who joined in the second transfer window. 
No longer assigned a permanent role, he has been used solely as an out-and-out winger, free to swap flanks during games and constantly probe opposition defences for any weaknesses and also as an attacking midfielder where he prods, pokes and pinges passes over and through opposition lines with vision, and also dribbles excellently. 
Pollack and Fabin were unafraid to call him out when he makes mistakes or haul him off when he underperforms, but the 31-year-old knows that they only did so for the betterment of the team and the player himself.
 He has the unpredictability shared by so many beloved play-makers of yore and can score from range. He’s capable of using both feet, which makes him difficult to pin down. 
He loves cutting in from the wing, taking up pockets of space between defence and midfield where he can do most of the damage.
At first glance, he looks thin and awkward, but is graceful on the ball and always difficult to contend with in physical battles with stronger and youthful opponents. 
With 12 competitive league appearances, Opoku has a goal and 4 assists returning the confidence reposed in him by the Management and the Technical team.
He may be an elder statesman but is heavily endowed with talent, wits and poise. Those looking to stop him will require their star players to match the quality Jordan Opoku delivers for his side on a weekly basis, and this is no easy task.
Written by Godfred Budu Yeboah
Player Stats by Richard Berko
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