Mohammed Kudus has been crowned Player of the Year in Ghana, with legendary compatriot Asamoah Gyan presenting the award on Sunday night, Voetbal International reports.
The 21-year-old Ajax player was voted Ghana’s best abroad for the second year running, despite his club’s difficult season. He beat off competition from RC Genk striker Joseph Paintsil and RC Lens midfielder Salid Abdul Samed to win the award.
Kudus had a successful year personally, scoring eighteen goals across all competitions. He was also important for Ghana, netting twice in the 2-3 win over South Korea at the World Cup in Qatar. With Premier League clubs reportedly interested in the left-footed attacker, there is a chance he could be on the move this summer.
The attacking midfielder is a wanted man with the Ajax player linked with a move to the Premier League with both Brighton & Hove Albion and Manchester United looking to bring the Ghanaian international. Roberto De Zerbi is thought to be an admirer of the young midfielder and representatives at the club – who will be in next season’s Europa League campaign – have held talks with respective parties.
Gyan, 37, was a major star for The Black Stars over the last decade, becoming a national hero thanks to his goals in several World Cup finals. Now, it is up to the new generation to take the mantle, and Kudus is the one with the greatest hope pinned on him.