Former Ghana and Aston Villa midfielder Nii Odartey Lamptey is pleased with Jordan Ayew’s performance in the English Premier league.
Jordan Ayew this season has been sensational for Crystal Palace, he last week scored his 9th league goal of the season and surpassed Tony Yeboah (24) to become Ghana’s leading scorer in the Premier league (25).
Inspite of Jordan’s astounding performances that has earned him plaudits in the football circles, Odartey Lamptey believes the World is yet to see the best of Jordan.
“I said it six years ago that Jordan may be the next Tony Yeboah and step in Asamoah Gyan’s shoes. When he was going to England, Villa called me to ask me certain things about him and I told them his height his qualities”, he told Nathaniel Attoh on Joy FM.
“I was surprised that they didn’t take him permanently, but I am sure we are yet to see the best of Jordan. I saw him playing when he was a child and I know what he is capable of.”
A 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Stamford Bridge against Chelsea secured Liverpool their first English Premier League title since 1990 with seven matches to go.
Lamptey lauded the reds for their incredible feat, he noted that their meticulous planning for a number of years led them to this and hopes it does not stop there.
“I’m not surprised [about Liverpool’s title win]. After the coach took over about four years ago, things changed. The way they play football and don’t forget that two or three of the best African players play for Liverpool so personally I am very happy that they won this trophy. They waited for 30 years. I hope that it doesn’t stop from there,” he told Nathaniel Attoh.
“When I went there [to England during my football days], they had very good players like John Barnes and Ian Rush. At that time, Manchester United had taken over so it was a bit difficult for them. When a club takes over there is nothing you can do. They have invested a lot. When you do the right things, you get these results.”
Liverpool have currently won 19 Premier League trophies, one short of bitter rivals Manchester United. Lamptey when asked if Liverpool can match the record and possibly surpass it stated that it’ll be an Herculean task.
“It will be difficult [for Liverpool to match Manchester United in Premier League trophies]. Things change very quickly in football. It can change and if you are not careful, they may be rather playing for a top four spot next season.”
“I was chatting with a friend this morning and he was telling me that he would advise Klopp to resign now and go on a high. I think it will be very difficult [for them next season]. I mean look at Manchester City. They performed well in the past three years. Anything can happen in football”, he added.
Odartey Lanptey played in the English Premier League for Aston Villa and Coventry between 1994-1996.