Ally McCoist says Liverpool target Mohammed Kudus is wasted in midfield
Ally McCoist told ITV (broadcast on 24/11; 17:30) that Liverpool target Mohammed Kudus was wasted in midfield after he provided an assist for Ghana in their World Cup opener with Portugal on Thursday.
Kudus is one player plenty of Premier League fans will be keeping an eye on during the World Cup.
Reports from Sports World Ghana claimed that Liverpool want the Ajax star in January. Meanwhile, Ghana Web reported earlier in the year that Tottenham believe that they could sign the 22-year-old.
McCoist says Kudus is wasted in midfield after Ghana loss
Kudus started in midfield for Ghana as they prepared to face Portugal. Unfortunately, it proved to be a disappointing night for the quarter-finalists of 2010. Portugal scored twice late on to make the score 3-1. Ghana were able to get a late consolation, but still lost 3-2.
The two decisive goals came just after both Kudus and Andre Ayew had been taken off – and after the same pair had linked up for Ghana’s equaliser.
Kudus made a brilliant run to get on the end of a through ball. And he did superbly to cut the ball back into the path of Ayew, who was able to tap the ball home.
Kudus had started in midfield for Ghana. And McCoist suggested that he was a little bit baffled by the decision given the problems that he can cause in attack.
Kudus had a couple of thunderous efforts from distance. And obviously, he set up the first Ghana goal. No player on either side completed more dribbles than the youngster either (via Whoscored).
And after his assist, McCoist suggested that he cannot understand why he is being used as a midfielder.
“Nothing worse than somebody saying I told you so,” he told ITV. “However, he’s just a different player further up the pitch. He really is. He’s wasted in midfield. He’s got so much to offer in forward areas. Great cut-back, low and hard.”
Certainly, he has spent the majority of this season playing as a striker for Ajax. And that has seen Kudus score 10 goals in 21 games for the Dutch giants. Of course, one of those strikes came from a brilliant finish at Liverpool in the Champions League.
Kudus is clearly a huge talent wherever he plays. But perhaps Liverpool will take note of the impact he made further up the pitch should they one day bring him to Anfield.
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