Why Hearts, Kotoko, Legon Cities, Aduana Stars are All Chasing After Nkoranza Warriors' Midfield Jewel Emmanuel Sarkodie Featured
26 Mar

Why Hearts, Kotoko, Legon Cities, Aduana Stars are All Chasing After Nkoranza Warriors' Midfield Jewel Emmanuel Sarkodie

When we talk of a team’s game management, it’s only ever as good as the man they have in the middle of the park.
 
Thankfully for Nkoranza Warriors, they have Emmanuel Sarkodie and it allows them to control proceedings like they did in most of the club’s thirteen games played before the suspension of footballing activities.
 
His performances on match days corroborate all the fuss about him and have already attained a cult status among the fans of the club. 
 
The Nkoranza based club, surprisingly, sits comfortably in fifth position in the Zone Two of the Division One League, and the midfielder has played a key role in that feat. Sarkodie has won 8 MVPs within the stated period and has registered 1 goal and an assist for the club.
 
According to reports in the Ghanaian media, Nkoranza Warriors expect to lose the 23-year-old before Ghana’s second transfer window closes. Accra Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko SC and Legon Cities are all rumoured to be potential destinations for Sarkodie.
 
Reports from Kumasi claim Baba Yara is likely where he’ll play his football when the league resumes. However, Legon Cities are believed to have offered a bid that outweighs the bid offered by the two Ghanaian behemoths.
 
But why are so many clubs queuing up to sign a player who isn’t a household name yet and is playing in the country’s lower tier? It is rare to see top sides making moves for players without any topflight experience but it is happening a little more than it used to.
 
But who is Emmanuel Sarkodie?
 
He is a textbook example of an intelligent midfielder, as he is a versatile force who is adept in both defence and attack, and a keystone in his club’s dazzling squad. Whilst Nkoranza Warriors crush the opposition with their flowing attacking fleet, Sarkodie gives them the license to do so thriving in a deep-lying role which requires not only defensive discipline, but exceptional game management.
 
The youngster has a swagger to his play, gliding through the midfield with the elegance and grace associated with established names in the position, but also showcasing the ferocity and determination needed to succeed in an industrious Nkoranza Warriors team.
 
Sarkodie possesses good all-round qualities in the engine room and does his best work when given the license to buzz around the pitch in a box-to-box role. He is tough and tenacious in the tackle, and has demonstrated a much-improved passing ability in recent months. The fact that he is right-footed brings balance to the midfield
 
His strength and size make him incredibly tough to beat one-on-one and going forward he's not too shabby either. His ability to hold off opposition players and manipulate the ball in tight areas of the pitch is second to none.
 
Blessed with an imposing tackling ability and astute positional awareness, Sarkodie is a fine midfielder who can be great to watch with the ball at his feet due to the ease and elegance at which he drives past opponents - eerily similar to Paul Pogba.
 
His movement on and off the ball means he's perfect for kickstarting attacking transitions - a principle that his club have thrived off thus far - and out of possession, he loves to press and use his physicality to overwhelm opponents. He’s press-resistant, too.
 
While he doesn’t dribble his way out of situations, he shows great composure to find a team-mate when under pressure. It’s a valuable trait to have. He is also an elite reader of the game and has good ball recovery per 90 and possesses a superior aerial ability.
 
He ticks all boxes and is by no means a bargain for the clubs interested in having him join their club.
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