How Ghanaian players fared in the EPL this weekend

Match-day one of the Premier League started with fireworks on Friday and ended in similar fashion on Sunday.

It is a known fact that many Ghanaians are supporters of the traditional heavyweights in the English topflight, but surely there is still an interest whenever a Ghanaian player stars in the Premiership.

But how did the Ghanaian players fare over the weekend?

Friday proved to be a terrible night for Daniel Amartey as his Leicester City side were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United.

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The Black Stars utility man was played as a right-back but he labored throughout the game and ended up with an unwanted glut of records.

Amartey handled the ball with his hand in the Leicester City penalty area after just three minutes, allowing Paul Pogba to convert to put Man United in the lead.

He also became the first player to be booked in the 2018-19 Premier League season, before being hauled off early in the second half.

Elsewhere, Christian Atsu started on the bench in Newcastle United’s 2-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The 25-year-old was, however, introduced in the 69th minute as replacement for Matt Ritchie, but there was nothing he could do to alter the score line.

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Atsu underwent surgery last season, but it looks like he will be afforded enough game time this season.

The most impactful Ghanaian player over the weekend was undoubtedly Jeffrey Schlupp, who played a huge role in Crystal Palace’s 2-0 win over Fulham.

The left-back was played in midfield and he opened the scoring in the 41st minute before Wilfred Zaha wrapped up the win for Roy Hodgson’s side.

Schlupp was, however, also booked in the 74th minutes for a reckless tackle.


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