Ex-Chelsea coach Avram Grant believes Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan’s decision to leave the Premier League hampered his progress.
After joining Premier League club Sunderland from french club Rennes, breaking the club’s transfer record and netting on ten occasions in thirty-four Premier League matches during two seasons.
Gyan in 2011 made a shocking move to Al Ain of the UAE Pro-League where he won three goal-king titles. He made 85 appearances and notched 95 goals.
However, Grant who once had the opportunity to work with Asamoah Gyan during his stint with the Black Stars between 2014 and 2017 believes the player could have reached greater heights had he stay in the Premier League with “The Black Cats’.
“I think his biggest mistake was not staying in the Premier League. He could have stayed because I think if he [did], he would have been considered as one of the best strikers,” Grant told 443gh
“I think it was a mistake moving from the Premier League but we all make mistakes when we are young.
The 65-year-old further questioned the move to the United Arab Emirates as he indicated that with the qualities Gyan possesses he should have stayed to rub shoulders with strikers in the League.
“He should have stayed in the Premier League. There are not many strikers with his qualities.”
The trainer has also revealed that ex-Cote d’Ivoire striker Didier Drogba is a huge fan of the Black Stars general captain.
“I spoke to Didier Drogba not long ago and he told me Asamoah Gyan is one of his favourites and he could have achieved more.