Ghana Premier League: The most valuable XI this season
In the Ghana Premier League (GPL) this season, a plethora of players have made their marks with brilliant performances on a consistent basis.
Some of those players have experienced a boost in their respective market values whilst others have seen a decline.
Despite his huge price tag, Asamoah Gyan misses out on the list due to his inactivity since joining Legon Cities.
As the first round of the league concludes, Joy Sports takes a look at the most valuable XI in the league this season.
In attaining the values of players in the GPL, Joy Sports looked at values provided by Transfermarkt. The website uses a number of factors like age, form and others to determine values.
The 4-2-3-1 formation was deemed the best fit for the XI considering the large number of talented midfielders this season.
This system requires a goalkeeper, two centre-backs, two full-backs, a defensive midfielder, an attacking midfielder, two wingers and a centre forward.
Some positions were easily filled with players of the highest value whilst others had multiple candidates. In such cases, the use of basic statistics and how those numbers help their team served as the tiebreaker.
It is interesting to note that no player in the competition was valued higher than €125,000 (GHS 862,682.85) by Transfermarkt.
Gyan was a popular figure who was left out of the list. The former Sunderland man has experienced a huge dip in value since joining the Royals before the start of the season.
At 35 years, Gyan has had little game time due to fitness issues, causing a drop in his value to €100,000 (GHS 690,328.85). That figure is below the centre forward pick who is valued at €125,000 (GHS 862,682.85).
Joseph Esso, Yahaya Mohammed, Hans Kwofie, Diawisie Taylor and Kwame Peprah have been impressive this season but fall short of the mark.
Esso, Mohammed, Kwofie and Taylor are valued at €75,000 (GHS 517,705.30), €75,000 (GHS 517,705.30), €50,000 (GHS 345,136.87) and €100,000 (GHS 690,328.85) respectively; lower than the pick for the most valuable striker.
Kwame Peprah ticks the box in value. However, he narrowly misses out. Despite scoring eight goals, his team, King Faisal, are one place above bottom side Inter Allies.
Prince Adu Kwabena also makes the cut in value but has experienced little success in front of goal. He has netted once this campaign, a huge fall in his output compared to last season.
Yaw Annor, a right-winger for AshantiGold, has been an exciting prospect this season. However, his value of €100,000 (GHS 690,328.85) is lower than the chosen option for his position.
On the defensive end, Hearts of Oak duo Richard Attah and Raddy Ovouka missed out due to fewer goal contributions and clean sheets. Medeama goalkeeper, Eric Ofori Antwi, also had lower clean sheets than Joy Sports’ pick.
The Chosen Ones
Razak Abalora has been Kotoko’s main man between the sticks and the pick for starting goalkeeper. The former Azam FC shot-stopper has conceded just three goals in 10 matches this campaign. He has also recorded more clean sheets (7) than Attah (4) and Ofori Antwi (6).