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Ghanaian youngster Jefferey Sclupp

Ghanaian youngster Jefferey Sclupp

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana’s assistant coach Maxwell Konadu was in the stands to monitor the performance of Jeffery Schlupp in Leicester City’s 1-1 draw with Yeovil Town in the English Championship on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old who has been regular for the Foxes’ impressive campaign this term was voted the Man-of-the-Match on the day.

Leicester remain in pole position to win automatic promotion to the Premier League.

Black Stars assistant coach Maxwell Konadu who is in the UK with coach Kwesi Appiah to primarily hold interactions with colleagues at Liverpool FC was spotted in the stands at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, according to Kumasi-based radio station Metro FM.

Konadu therefore took the opportunity to assess at first hand the performance of the young Ghanaian attacker who has been talked off a lot in the English second tier.

Schlupp despite scoring one league goal in 22 appearances is being raved about a lot for his complete performance especially when playing as the lone man upfront.

The Black Stars technical team are still in the process of assembling their squad for June’s World Cup in Brazil.

Coack Kwesi Appiah is expected to name a provisional squad early next month before eventually pruning down the side to the required 23 for the tournament.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. spellBOUND says:

    its about time..

    • maka says:

      We have said this over and over again…n we hope that Konadu being in the stands mean they are listening. One thing coaches should know is that a person doesn’t need to have played football or been on the filed to understand the game; and thanks to the internet, most fans can monitor games worldwide.

      We have mentioned that Schlupp must be looked at again…cos he is the BEST LEFTBACK we can have at the moment. Strong, fast, versatile…watch him and no coach with a seriously minded winning team will ignore him.

      Its either Schlupp or Nana Akwasi Asare. Afful/Opare and Inkoom ahould fight for the right full back slot —in fact, even Essien can be slotted at that right full back slot!
      But for the left, it is Schlupp, Nana Asare or David Addy…and I will go for Schlupp and Nana Akwasi.

      The goalkeeping dept, it is Kwarasey for #1, Braimah #2 and the local goalkeeper number 3; if Dauda is included, then he should be number 3!

      So we actually have no problem..Ghana…its just that sometimes, our coaches are too nepotistic or just dumb to see the telling truth!

      SCHLUPP…SCHLUPP..SCHLUPP…! He must be at the world cup for real…and that’s our left back problem solved! And if push comes to shove…he can add size to the striking dept…cos we have midgets who use speed, but sometimes, size matters!

      Beats me!

  2. smokey says:

    He’s been playing left back all season

  3. Benito says:

    I don’t care what division a player plays in,if he is exceptional why not give him a chance to prove his worth by inviting him to b.stars

    • Ken says:

      Agogo played in a much lower division than Jeffrey. Schlupp is a versatile player every coach would be happy to include in his squad – a defender/striker?
      JEFFREY SCHLUPP IS GOING TO BRAZIL 2014.

  4. U are right Benito.we need help with our left back anyway.After I watch our last match with Zambia I think Opare doesnt deserve to be in the black stars right now.He needs time.

  5. jb says:

    I think he is the best left back we got at the moment

  6. Richard says:

    Pls pls this guy is very gd, av always said it give him a chance ooo tom tom

  7. selfmade says:

    We have to tone down and low expectations because I can bet my last dollar that should this guy get the call and flop, that ll be the end of his national team career!! We have precedent before whereby certain players were hyped and rushed into the national team but just one bad performance relegated them to the back burner!! Playing good and actively for club is different from playing for the national team!! There are so many great players who are doing great for their clubs but are a BIG FLOP for their countries and a typical eg is mess I!! Club football and national football are two different things!!! Appiah can call him but we need to tone down becasus those who knows don’t talk!!! Alex techie mensah, razak brimah, Mohammed Abu, Kim grant are the few Ghanaians who were over hyped by Ghanaians but when they had their call ups, flop like something! AM WATCHING!!

  8. selfmade says:

    Mohammed Abu was also a wonderful prospect who was coming up during the 2012 afcon but he was drifted in as a left full back during the tournament and though- he had a decent outings in that position for Ghana, Ghanaians still wasn’t satisfied with his performance and ever since has lost his place in the bs!! This is what am saying here!! People are making some ridiculous statement like he is going to be the solution to our left back position but remember that he is a striker and not a natural left back and he ll have a daunting task at the WC because he ll be in an unfamiliar territory due to the fact that it ll be his first time for the national team and I can see this guy having a lot of haters after the WC! Mark this space!!

  9. Adebayo says:

    Players can flop in a match because a coach didn’t give them clear instructions! Jeff Schlupp is without doubt, the strongest and fastest left back Ghana has, and the fact that he is versatile is a bonus for any coach! H e will be first on the team sheet of most coaches!

  10. keith from germany says:

    Even if jeffrey gets the chance and flop u u say i think taking one game wouldnt been enough to test a player.
    Jeffrey schlupp played his first international game for ghana two years ago in france when ghana played gabon by beating gabon 2-1 before the afcon 2012 in equitorial guinea and gabon.
    Schlupp has been fantastic for leceister city and they are on the verge of getting premier league promtion next season.
    Our problem is the left back and since AA took over the team he hasnt found any solution to this problem.
    Playing afful there wont help because afful is better of playing at the right side of defence.
    Afful aint bad but the question is,is he ready for the big stage?
    Baba rahman and schlupp can fill in the gap.
    All AA gotta do is to call them and try them and i know they wont surprise.
    AA will only succeed by doing the right.
    AA did a very big mistake by ignoring warris at the afcon 2013 and he rather took emmanuel clottey who we all know that he is not a blackstars material.

  11. keith from germany says:

    Selfmade at the afcon 2012 mohammed abu wasnt a left back but rather masahudu alhassan currently on loan to latina from udinese calcio He played all the matches at left back.
    The only game he was benched was against zambia in the semi when lee addy currently with croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb Replaced.
    Mohammed abu played only one game at the afcon against botswana.
    Come again my beloved brother.

  12. keith from germany says:

    I know they will suprise(schlupp and baba rahman.

  13. selfmade says:

    @ Keith… Mohammed Abu played against Botswana in the first match and then player against Mali as a left back in the group stage!! Go and watch the video again

  14. selfmade says:

    Against Botswana, Mohammed Abu was the makeshift left back as we didn’t have any natural left foot is player for that position!! He also played against Mali in the third- fourth match as a midfielder!! Go and watch the video again!!

  15. selfmade says:

    @ Keith… We don’t even have any problematic left back!! We have problematic central defensive pair!! Have u seen how many players that we have tried at that position with no success!! Modern day lateral defenders initiates attack from the back and THEY NEED GOOD DEFENSIVE COVERS when they moved to attack and that’s what Ghana don’t get!! There is no lateral full backs that can intiates attack from the back and then recover on time to defend!! There is no such players and even the likes of dunga and Carlos weren’t like that!!! The main duties of a modern day full backs is to attack from the back and the DUTIES OF THE CENTRAL BACKS IS TO DEFEND FOR THEM when they make the move!! Ghana has modern day full backs who can attack but we llack proper central defensive pairs to cover them!!! Period!!! We ll try and try and try different players for the same positions and we going to have the same old results until we solve our CENTRAL DEFENSIVE PROBLEMS!!

  16. selfmade says:

    Baba rahman was poor defensively in the under 20 tournament in turkey!! I want anyone to prove me wrong!! He was exposed on so many occasions even in the under 20 WC and how much more the WC!! He was decent when making the run from the back but was so slow in recovery and that’s what am saying all along!! Ghana conceded a lot if goals in the under 20s becasus we had a poor defensive pair to cover for nketiah and rahman when they attack!! This is the same problem we have at the bs!!! Am telling forumites that unless we have a GOOD DEFENSIVE PAIRS who can cover for our lateral full backs when they are on the move, WE LL CONTINUE TO HAVE THIS TRY AND ERROR!! I want anybody to challenge me on this!!

  17. selfmade says:

    Schlupp ll be GREAT when attacking but ll be EXPOSED when defending and I want people to mark THIS DAY!!! It ll be the same old problem with schlupp like with the other players BECASUE OF WEAK CENTRAL DEFENSIVE PAIR!!

  18. keith from germany says:

    Self made the player who played left back against botswana was masawhudu alhassan.
    Against mali in the grouo stage it was also masahudu alhassan who played at left back.
    When asamoah gyan scored that freekick goal and they were celebrating mohammed abu was wearing the reserve bieb.
    I repeat mohammed abu dindt start the game against malu in the group stage but rather masahudu alhassan.
    During that time he was with fc Genoain the italuan serie a.
    Pls check it out

  19. selfmade says:

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  20. keith from germany says:

    Bro selfmade i know that abu is a midfielder but i cant bet my last euro that he never played at the tournament as left back.
    Ur are mistaken the names.it was masahudu alhassan who played left back but not mohammed abu who then was playing with norwegian side strömgodset.
    Check your facts with all due respect.

  21. selfmade says:

    @ Keith… I have posted u the link about Mohammed Abu!! Goal.com!! He played in the last game against Mali as a midfielder!!

  22. selfmade says:

    Again watch the videos of Ghana under 20 in turkey and see how baba rahman was slow in RECOVERING or defending esp when he lose possession!! This was the under 20s and how much more the WC! The WC is not a joke fellas!! I don’t even blame him because that’s what happens when u have a weak central defensive pairs!!! Affuls, opares etc don’t have any problems as full backs but they lack proper support from the central pair when they initiates attack and I can bet anyone that schlupp or baba rahman ll be exposed big time just as afful or opare at the WC!! Mark this space!!

  23. keith from germany says:

    I kno he played in the first game against botswana and the last game against mali but he never played as a left full back as u claimed.it was masahudu alhassan.
    Bro just admitt ur mistake for no one is perfect.
    U said he played as a left back which is not true.against botswana he came as a subtituite.
    It was masahudu alhassan who played left back.

  24. selfmade says:

    @ Keith…. Masahudu alhassan was on the bench against Botswana!! Pantsil and Samuel inkoom were our lateral full backs!! Masahudu alhassan only started the group stage match against Mali where Ghana won 2 goals to nil thru gyan free kick and Dede maze goal!!

  25. keith from germany says:

    You cant take this under 20 team to judge a player because this was the worst under-20 team i have seen in recenr years.
    Players like baba mensah,lawrence lartey,amartey,ebenezer ofori,seidu salifu,richmond nketiah these are all average players that made the team looked ordinary.
    Bro selfmade here in germany i have a lot of coaches friends i disscuss soccer with.
    It is very wrong of u to say the central defenders must cover baba rahman or a right full back/left full back when he overlapps.
    Tactically that would be suicidal.
    When the defender overlaps the winger playing at the same wing must
    Calculate the situation and fall back when necessary.other than that the central midfielders must cover up.
    That is the main duty of a central midfielder.
    First to deliver the tailor measured pass as well as cover up for the wing backs whenever they are overlapping.
    The central defenders can cover up too but they also have the opponents strikers to take care of.
    At his german team Greuther fürth,baba rahman overlaps and come back with ease because the midfielders always are at bay.
    U cant take this under-20 team to judge him.
    He will be a plus for the team and there is no doubt about it.

  26. selfmade says:

    Masahudu alhassan and Mohammed Abu all came in the second half from the bench so why u telling me that Mohammed Abu only played only one match? In the Botswana match, john MENSAH had a red card and so masawudu and Abu were brought in to alternate so where is the mistake bro! Masawudu didn’t start as a left full back for Ghana against Botswana as inkoom was there!! Masawudu alhassan was on the bench!!! Both he and Abu came in the second half and they alternated because of john red card!! I HAVE MADE NO MISTAKE MATE!!

  27. keith from germany says:

    Selfmade you corrected me .it was inkoom who started against botswana.
    But u got it wrong with mohammed abu starting both games bostwana and mali in the group stage.
    Thats why i said no one is perfect.
    U corrected me and i corrected you and at the end of the day we move on as brothers.
    Just for the love of the game.
    Case closed.

  28. selfmade says:

    @keith… U wrong mate! If the main lateral full backs cannot defend how much more the wingers? Wingers falling back to defend is rather suicidal becasus it ll destroy the team shape!!! The only players to cover for the lateral defenders is the CENTRAL DEFENDERS!! When the full backs attacks, the central defenders cover up and police their areas for them!

  29. selfmade says:

    @ Keith.. No problem bro!! We have an awesome understanding of the game!! Keep it up!

  30. selfmade says:

    @ Keith… In 3-5-2 formation, there are no typical lateral defenders but rather the three backline defends and at the same time serves a masked lateral full backs which means that central defenders are the ones to cover a full backs but not wingers!! Again defensive midfielders police the centra midfield by either been a box to box or enforcers and hence COVERING FOR FULL BACKS means neglecting their central midfield roles creating a big space in the center of the field!! We all know what happens when opposition seize the midfield of its opponents!! The only players to cover full backs are 4 & 5 Period!! They move less and have time to police the defensive third!

  31. real sabacious says:

    I’m happy that a step is been taken to draft schlupp in the team to Brazil, I have been following him all season and he is doing a good .His confidence level has been high after his trials with Manchester United. I keep saying that Afful, inkoom and opare will struggle to command a regular place with any of the top teams in the championship. It was the same Leicester paintsil was struggling to even make it to the bench 2 season ago. Schlupp is young and strong, He’s among the next generation of the stars. Give the dude a chance to justify himself. No Somalia stature in Brazil, we need men to do the job 1