By Patrick Akoto
Ex-Ghana star Tony Baffoe does not want Michael Essien to be pressurized into deciding his club future at Chelsea.
The future of the 29-year-old has been a subject of intense speculation in the international media over the past few weeks after he fell out of favour under manager Roberto Di Mattheo.
The fact that the once-dominant midfielder has so drastically fallen out of the perking order illustrates the effect injuries have had on his career.
He has sat out in the club’s opening three English Premier League matches and that has amplified calls for him to reconsider his options at the European Champions.
But the 47-year Fifa co-ordinator is urging caution and believes Essien is matured enough to make his own decisions.
“He is a very experienced player. Played in the Uefa Champions League, played in few tournaments for Ghana and so he is very matured,” Baffoe said
“When I emphasize on the word experience, he knows best what good for him. The only he must know is that the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana is solidly behind him in any decision that he takes,”
“Let’s wait and see how it goes but I think he will know what to do. I am sure he wants to give himself sometime to decide his future,”
A series of long-term absence appear to have sapped the Ghanaian international of the dynamism that once characterised his game.
He has been linked with a host of clubs with Turkish giants Fenerbache the latest to show interest with a reported £10 million bid for his services subject to their qualification to the group phase of the Champions League.
The transfer window shut on midnight of Friday August 31.