Calm and composed, Thomas Partey was part of that triumphant Atlético Madrid last night in Liverpool. After a performance like that, on a stage like that, is it safe to say that he is one of the best defensive midfielders in the world?
Most definitely. I can’t remember the last time I saw a player bypass Liverpool’s aggressive press so frequently with so much ease. Initially thought of as a one-dimensional footballer, I think it’s time we open our eyes to how good Thomas Partey really is.
A top talent defensively, Partey averages almost four tackles per game in the Champions League. But he also averages 60+ passes and a 1.5 key passes per game; no one in the Champions League has this much duality. Supreme.
What’s more, WhoScored have his strengths labelled as: interceptions, dribbling, long shots, passing and tackling. He also put in an 8.03 rating. Talk about an all around game. This type of quality is rare, and there is a general consensus amongst footballing fans that Simeone does not get the best out of him, but Thomas Partey was at his best last night. He seems perfect for the Premier League…
Thomas Partey – Background
Now 26-years-old, Partey was born in Ghana and played for his local side, Odometah FC, before joining Atlético Madrid in 2012. However, it took almost three years before he became a regular in Diego Simeone’s first team. Loan spells at struggling sides Mallorca and then Almería certainly gave Partey increased responsibility going forward. Maybe a reason why he is so well rounded.
A Champions League runner up and Europa League winner, Partey is a boyhood fan of Arsenal. According to The Athletic, the Ghanian was desperate to join what was Unai Emery’s side last summer, but Arsenal were unwilling to fork out the £50m fee. The midfielder has also been linked to Manchester United in the past. Two clubs he could make such a difference at, for a reasonable fee in today’s market.
The price for Partey will definitely be higher now, but it’s still worth it. He’s entering the prime of his career, putting in huge performances in major competitions. A midfield dynamo with incredible strength and vision, Arsenal would be foolish not to make the most of Thomas Partey and his love for the club. It’s just whether they have the nerve to pay the big bucks. A top player that could be on the move in the summer. Corona virus permitted of course…
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