One young star in Europe currently making a name for himself is 19-year-old Ghanaian winger Kamaldeen Sulemana.
The youngster is currently plying his trade in Denmark with Nordsaelland, having joined them from Ghanaian football academy Right to Dream in 2020.
His performances since moving continents have catalysed plenty of chatter about his talents, with one coach even likening him to Brazilian super star Neymar.
So, here is the lowdown on the wonderkid, known as Kamaldeen.
What position does Kamaldeen Sulemana play in?
Kamaldeen usually plays as a forward either through the centre or on the left.
How good is Kamaldeen Sulemana?
Since moving to Nordsaelland in January of 2020, he has started 31 times for the Danish outfit, scoring 13 goals and recording three assists, which is certainly a good return for a young player not only changing countries but moving from another continent.
Even though Kamaldeen clearly has an eye for goal, his best attribute is undoubtedly his dribbling, which is where the comparisons to Neymar have come from.
Within the 2020/21 Superliga in Denmark, he averaged 4.4 completed dribbles per game which is by far the most of any player in the competition. The player second on the list has an average of 3.3 per game.
To put that into context, there are only two players in the Premier League with a better average – Allan Saint-Maximin and Adama Traore, while Neymar himself only completes slightly more at 4.7 per game.
“We are talking about a player with potential on a par with Neymar, and maybe even more than that, because he is even faster,” Nordsjaelland coach Flemming Pedersen previously said of Kamaldeen to TV3 Sport.
With his flashy dribbling style, however, has come some criticism that he can perhaps be too greedy at times on the pitch.
What clubs are interested in Kamaldeen Sulemana?
Due to his obvious talents, Kalamdeen is attracting the attention of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Manchester United, Lyon, and Leverkusen the teams who have made their interest known so far.
Interestingly, though, it is Ajax who have apparently made the first moves to actually acquire the player, with director Marc Overmars telling ESPN:
“Of course, [Kamaldeen] has been performing fantastically in recent months,” ex-Arsenal winger Overmars told ESPN .
“I did have some contact with the club, and now Ajax are being mentioned every week as an interested party.
“Every club tries to put their players in the shop window, [but] at the moment we already have some wingers of our own. We’ll see calmly what will happen before we make any big steps.”
When does Kamaldeen Sulemana’s contract expire?
Kamaldeen’s contract expires in 2025 so Nordsaelland are in the driving seat when it comes to negotiations. It is believed he could cost up to £10 million.
What is Kamaldeen Sulemana’s Instagram?
Kamaldeen’s Instagram account has 19k followers as of May 2021.
Who is Kamaldeen Sulemana’s girlfriend?
Kamaldeen is currently not dating anyone publicly.
By Martin Macdonald