Ghana have been blessed with some top class midfielders in the past decades by the fearsome quartet of Appiah, Essien, Muntari and laryea Kingston in recent times.
The emergence of several other budding talents failed to fill the void left these iconic enforcers as many believed Ghana might never witness such class of players again.
The ability of the Appiah-led generation to combine passion with talent made them unique but the gulf in class shown by Edward Sarpong in the second tier of Portuguese football is promising to end the elusive search for such class of players.
Born on Janaury 8, 1997, the ambidextrous Sarpong rose through the ranks of Unistar Academy before heading to Spain for an adventure with Getafe Juvenile B and A at an infantile stage in his career as a promising defender.
The visible talent and top rated performances from Edward Sarpong caught the eyes of Atletico Madrid youth team as the teen star headed to the noisy Vicente calderone stadium. The 1.85 meter tall versatile defender feasted on his versatility on the pitch as he dropped to defensive role in the newly innovated 3-back system.
Sarpong left Madrid for another stint with AD Alcoron and Avile FC in the lower tiers of Spanish football as he continues his exponential growth in the game. Now a household name in the lower tiers of Spanish football, Sarpong traded Spain for Portugal and has since grown in leaps and bounds.
The former Unistar Academy versatile defender opted for Portimonense SC, where he played in every single game of the 2016 campaign with the B team. Weekly headlines in the lower tiers of Portuguese football saw Edward Sarpong elevated to the mainstream team of club where he has been an ever present fixture since.
With his rare features inbuilt in a defender, Edward Sarpong, has featured as a left back, centre back and a typical defensive midfielder in his young career so far.
Now 21 years old, Edward Sarpong look set for a bright international future with the Under 23 team about to embark on their Olympic qualifiers.