For supporters of clubs, the sight of a new striker lining up for their team at the start of a new season is a tantalising prospect. New signings always get fans excited, but when there is a new No.9 in town, that sense of anticipation is heightened even more. Unlike with a defender or midfielder, everyone will instantly look at a striker’s goal tally and from that they will interpret whether he is a success or not. The new Ghanaian season has seen plenty of fresh forwards joining various clubs in the top-flight division.
Joseph Esso joined Dreams FC, Isaac Mensah swapped Nkoranza Warriors for Accra Hearts of Oak and, perhaps most intriguing Asamoah Gyan is leading the line for Bashir Hayford’s Legon Cities. Kotoko strengthened the depth of their team with the acquisition of Evans Adomako from lower tier side Phar Rangers.
The 23-year-old put in a mediocre shift against Legon Cities on Friday night and has since been the subject of criticism on social media, with some pointing to his lack of goal contributions as evidence of a difficult transition to life at Kotoko. I only have one word for these fans trolling and calumniating the young forward: patience.
In modern society, with everything just a click away, the need for patience is non-existent. We are all now used to everything being instantaneous. It is no different when it comes to football clubs and players. Players, even very good players, nearly always need time to settle when they join a new club. There are exceptions though. Some layers arrive in a new league in a new country and just freakishly switch it on. There are many more who take longer to adapt to new surroundings, on and off the pitch.
Plenty don’t manage it all and leave with the ‘flop’ tag firmly attached. Others will eventually come good in time, but it could take several months, or even a year or more. Habib Mohammed wasn’t an undeniable success until his second season at the club. Even Abdul Fatawu Safiu wasn’t a starter straight away at the club, afforded a bit of time before he became an integral member of the team.
So, given that it’s not exactly uncommon for players arriving at a big club to take time to reach the form or potential they were bought for, it probably shouldn’t be surprising that Habib Mohammed has now come good for Kotoko. He has become one of the most important players in Maxwell Konadu’s setup that is slowly beginning to find its long lost groove.
Evans Adomako was a remarkable talent for Phar Rangers, that’s true but Kotoko isn’t Phar Rangers with respect. A new club, new division, new teammates and new orientation. All will take time to get used to, and that’s a precious commodity where Adomako is concerned. For him to be giving his best at the club, he must be allowed some breathing space and not to be suffocated under the huge weight of expectation.
He needs to be eased into the system and allowed to develop a new set of skills. “The Kotoko way,” if you prefer. There’s an oft-repeated suggestion that the player is a perfect inclusion in the Kotoko setup and that he has the necessary attributes to succeed. Aside from his on-pitch exploits, he’ll also need incredible mental strength to get through the ordeal of his first season at one of the biggest clubs on the continent.
It’s entirely understandable that he’ll have a torrid start to his Kotoko career considering his background. He needs to feel his way into the team, finds his level, remains free of further concerns and explodes into life. There have been plenty of times where players far more established and far older have needed more time to adapt with a greater tactical palate to help them.
Fans are so quick to judge and make a story where sometimes there isn’t one. A little patience is required with Evans Adomako, a year to settle into his new life. The criticism he’s getting now from fans aghast that he might have a few bad games can make him stronger, but it could get worse before it gets better.
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah/Kickgh.com