This young Ghanaian poacher has already had an interesting career that has taken him around the world, and he is just 20 years old.
After he left the Ghanaian Premier League outfit, Berekum Chelsea FC, Acheampong went to Thailand to continue developing his game even further, considering how young he was at the time. He played three seasons over on the Asian continent, for Buriram United, where he made 40 appearances and scored on 12 times. His fine display over that time got him a deal that finally brought the winger to the Europe. Frank Acheampong signed for Belgian champions Anderlecht in April of last year. He made his first appearance, as a substitute, for his new club in a match against KSC Lokeren, which his side, unfortunately lost by 2-3. This season, Acheampong, has made 18 appearances in the league while having scored on three different occasions.
Frank Acheampong slices opposition’s defenses apart with his blistering runs from either the left flank or the right flank. Yes, he looked like a monster out there in the Thai league, but that is because he was arguably, one of the best players in the country even though he was only 18 years of age while he was there. When he moved to the Belgian league, it did take Acheampong a little while to get adjusted to the huge step up in ability than what he was used to over in Asia. But once he got used to the pace and technical ability of the other players around him, he has really taken off and is attracting attention from many of the top clubs from around the European continent.
Standing at just 169 centimeters, he will always be one of the smallest footballers on the pitch during any match, but that does not mean he backs down from any challenges. Although this Ghanaian will not win many headed duels, if he gets free inside of the box Acheampong does have a powerful head that he can whip past the goalkeeper and find its way into the back of the net. His technical ability is still improving each and every day. He is a real threat to any opposition with his quick diagonal runs slicing open the opponent’s back four, creating and finding space for his teammates to send him the ball. With this pace he gets open a lot inside of the 18 yard box and will have an easy one on one opportunity which he will finish more often than not.
It is hard to wrap around the fact that he is still just 20 years old and has much more room to grow and develop as a player. He is getting the great experience by playing against the top clubs in Europe and the world by playing in the Champions League with his Belgian club. If he continues his upward projector, Acheampong’s agent will no doubt be fielding some calls from the Premier League, Bundesliga, and definitely in Spain in the near future. I do not think he will be making a move this summer, but look out for him next summer if he continues this form into the rest of this season and into next season as well.
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