Ghana national team is eyeing for a switching side move for four European players in Premier League and La Liga. They are lured so as to be able to play in World Cup 2022.
Those four stars have been quite well-known. Three of them have been featuring for their clubs on a regular basis. They are Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Arsenal man Eddie Nketiah and the brothers in Athletic Bilbao, Inaki and Nico Williams.
Hudson-Odoi is the first to considering swapping nationality. The 20-year old versatile had such in mind after the racial abuse to the three failed executors on penalties in EURO 2021 final. They happened to be all the non-white players, Marcus Rashford, Bukayo Saka and Jadon Sancho. The Chelsea wing back was reported to be disappointed with the reality. He even rejected the call-up for England U21 last year as well in order to focus on improving his form in his club. Despite the fact that he has already earned three caps in England national team, none of which are in the major tournament. According to FIFA new rule in 2020, any players aged before 21 years old could switch allegiance so long as their caps are not more than three. He is definitely eligible for it since his last call-up in The Three Lions was in 2019. This year would be the perfect one to do so as it has been already three years from his last game with England, which is another rule for those who want to change his nation. What’s more, he would be a great addition for The Black Stars squad in Qatar 2022 due to his ability to play in various positions, from wing back on both sides as well as the attacking winger. In 2021/22 season, he had contributed two goals and four assists.
England is also likely to lose Arsenal frontman who had been in-form in the final stages of EPL last season, Eddie Nketiah. He had been able to register 10 goals and one assist in 26 games in all competitions this season. Unlike Hudson-Odoi, he has yet had any call-up from Gareth Southgate and been persuaded by Ghana football federation to play for his parents’ origin. Nketiah has been a prolific striker for England U21 team by scoring 16 goals in 17 appearances only. There has been no confirmation yet but considering the abundant options for Southgate on the front in his squad, the Arsenal forward is more likely to play for Ghana in the world cup later following Brighton youngster, Tariq Lamptey who has been processing his switch to The Black Stars.
Lastly, it is the two Williams in Athletic Bilbao, Inaki and Nico, have been reportedly lured by Ghana to switch side ahead of world cup 2022. Inaki, the older, has just made one appearance for Spain back in 2016, which was already six years ago. The 27-year old forward is still eligible to play for Ghana, should he accept the offer. Meanwhile, Nico might be easier to swap his country since he has never been playing for La Furia Roja. The 19-year old midfielder made his senior debut in 2021 for the Basque side. Last season, Inaki, who was involved in helping Bilbao win Supercopa de Espana 2021 plus become the runner-up in Copa del Rey twice consecutively in 2020 and 2021, has netted eight times and provided five assists whereas his brother is still struggling despite already making 34 appearances.