Asamoah Gyan is calling time on service to Ghana's national team on condition that he would be handed the captain's armband for the upcoming AFCON but this is not a development Ghanaians should fear.
Ghana's highest national team goalscorer and captain of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan, submitted via his Twitter page on May 20, 2019 that he is retiring from the national team if certain conditions are not met.
YEN.com.gh is making the call that Ghana's captain Asamoah Gyan is not particularly eager to retire especially if he could be promised the captaincy at the AFCON in Egypt.
But should he recuse himself for selection and should the country go to Egypt without him, Ghanaians do not have to fear a dip in quality in the team.
This may be an unpopular argument to make but we stand by it for the following reasons.
1. His performances for the team have dipped; turnouts few
The records show that since 2017, Asamoah Gyan has played in less than half of the national team's outings. That is counting for both friendlies and qualifiers.
In the fewer than seven matches he has starred in since 2017, Gyan has been outscored by Thomas Partey, a bona fide central midfielder.
2. He has not been fully fit for about three years
One of the reasons for which Gyan has missed out on a lot of Ghana games since 2017 is because the Kayserispor striker has been nursing injuries.
This is what one has to compare with younger and fitter players whom Asamoah Gyan plays with for Ghana.
3. Ghana has a goalscoring problem for which Gyan is not the answer
Analysts of the Black Stars have noted in the last four years that the team cannot score goals. However, this is not down to wasteful forwards but inability to create decent chances.
The Ghana team does well to possess the ball but cannot create chances. This is not a department Gyan has some big reputation.
4. There are other players raring to go
Jordan Ayew is not a massive goalscorer. Same may be said for Richmond Boakye-Yiadom, Caleb Ekuban, Majeed Waris and Emmanuel Boateng.
The point however remains that a soon to be 34-year-old Asamoah Gyan is not overwhelmingly statistically better than these guys if the last few years are reviewed for both clubs and country.
And they are hungry to go for Ghana.
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