Black Stars head coach Avram Grant will meet Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid, Tim Fosu-Mensah of Manchester United and Inaki Williams of Athletic Bilbao this week part of his monitoring of players for the national team.
Grant was given permission by the Ghana Football Association last week to head back to Europe to have a look at players who could be added to the Black Stars team.
The meetings with Partey, Fosu-Mensah and Williams was confirmed by the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi, in an interview with Happy FM on Thursday.
The three players have performed well last week for their various clubs and the GFA says it is hoping that they will be convinced to feature for the Black Stars.
Williams was on target for Bilbao in their 1-0 win over Rayo Vallecano over the weekend, while Partey played 15 minutes for Atletico in their 2-0 win over Barcelona in Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League quarter final second leg at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
Fosu-Mensah put up a good showing for Manchester United in their surprising 2-1 victory over West Ham in the English FA Cup on Wednesday.
What are Grant’s chances of success?
It is difficult to say but trying to convince Thomas Partey is more straight forward than the other two. This is because Partey is a full Ghanaian and does not have issues of dual nationalities.
In addition, the prospect of getting a place in the Black Stars team would be attainable from his point of view and thus, he would be more open to the idea of playing for Ghana.
The challenge lies with Fosu-Mensah and Williams as they both featured for Holland and Spain at junior levels.
Fosu-Mensah has played 7 times for the Dutch U-19 team and Williams featured for Spain’s U-21 team in March 2015.
Of course, this does not rule out the chance to play for Ghana at senior team level for the two players but they might feel more integrated in their current national teams and so, might not fancy a change.
But the two certainly have Ghanaian links.
Fosu-Mensah has two Ghanaian parents and was born in Netherlands while Williams has a Ghanaian father and was born in Bilbao.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana