Friday Jul 30, 2021. 16:00
Ghanaian star Christian Atsu feels that it is impossible to get someone new like Asamoah Gyan in the Black Stars team.
The 35-year-old Gyan is widely considered to be one of the greatest Ghanaian players of all time, but he is now in the twilight of his career.
Atsu believes that Gyan, who is the all-time leading goalscorer of Ghana with 51 goals, is irreplaceable.
“You may talk about goalscoring, you know, it is very important but you will not have someone like Asamoah Gyan, impossible,” Atsu said on GhanaSoccernet.
“So we should just focus on what we have; the strikers we have now. We should focus on them and try to encourage them because they are young players. “But no one should compare the strikers we have now to Asamoah Gyan because this is wrong.”
With six goals, Gyan, who is on the books of Ghanaian Premier League side Legon Cities, is the top African goalscorer in the history of the FIFA World Cup.
Meanwhile, Atsu went on explain why he has not played for the Black Stars in two years having recently joined Saudi Arabian side Al Raed from English club Newcastle United.
“Coach [C.K Akonnor] came to my place at Newcastle United, I spoke with him, we made a decision and this is it,” the 29-year-old attacker added.
“So it is not like I told the national team I was not going to play again, there is nothing like that. It’s the journalists who are trying to bring up stories for Ghanaians to maybe be mad about someone or be crazy, but it doesn’t matter, what’s most important is family.
“Now, listen, we the footballers, right, it is a great honour for us to play for the national team. The way the journalist portrays the image of the Black Stars in the media is very bad and this is not good for the players and also the country,” he continued.
“So for me, I will be honoured. When I’m fit and I am playing and I deserve to be called into the Black Stars, I will be honoured to come and play.”
Atsu has played 65 international matches for Ghana and scored nine goals.