Youngster Kwadwo Baah is quickly making a name for himself in England as one of the most promising young players in European football.
Baah was born in Germany to Ghanaian parents which means, if he continues to develop, he could have a number of options when it comes to international football at senior level. One of which may be Ghana.
The 19-year-old is in his second season for Rochdale in League One where he has made 28 appearances for the club since 2019. The Dale winger was voted the Young Player of the Month in the league in January.
One of the highlights this season for Baah was his two goals which came in a 4-4 draw with Charlton at the Valley. The first of those was a superb strike from the edge of the box which flew into the back of the net.
Crystal Palace Academy
Baah began his football path at Crystal Palace where he was a part of their impressive academy. Unfortunately for him, he was forced to leave the Eagles when he was 14.
A couple of years later Baah signed a scholarship with Rochdale which is proving to be a good move, as he has really developed with the Greater Manchester club. The experience he will gain this season will be invaluable as Dale are fighting to secure League One football at the end of the campaign. They are now -500 in the football betting for relegation this year.
Up until now, Baah has yet to represent a country at any international level. Given he has a big future, he is sure to be monitored by those involved in the Ghana Football Association. He could be invited to feature for the under-21 or under 19 teams later this year.
Manchester City Opportunity
Baah has been linked with a move to Manchester City this summer. His contract at Rochdale is set to expire at the end of this season and it is expected he will move to Pep Guardiola’s side.
The chance to work with Guardiola and some of his world-class coaches could help Baah take the next step in his career. Competition will be high at Manchester City, as they have some of the best young players in the world; however, that’s a challenge he will need to take to progress further.
Another option Baah may have if he signs for Manchester City is the chance to go out on loan next season. He may even return to Rochdale where he feels very much at home. Their manager Brian Barry-Murphy is known for playing expansive and attacking football, something which will have been noted by the coaches at the Premier League club.
A switch to Manchester City should see Baah gather more interest from international associations. It may be a case of who makes the move first when it comes to who he represents.
The youngster is one to keep an eye on in the future as it is clear he is a player who has the potential to reach the very top in the sport.