We must support Thomas Partey and not criticize him – Asamoah Gyan

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We must support Thomas Partey and not criticize him - Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan, the former captain of the Black Stars, has urged restraint in judging the performances of Thomas Partey, considering the challenges the Arsenal midfielder faces in recovering from a series of injury setbacks.

Partey, a pivotal figure for both Arsenal and the Ghanaian national team, has encountered a season marked by injuries, resulting in a limited number of appearances for the Gunners, totaling fewer than 10 matches.

In an interview with Asempa FM, Gyan expressed empathy for Partey, acknowledging the unfortunate circumstances that have hindered the midfielder’s progress this season.

“It’s unfortunate that we’re without a player of Thomas Partey’s caliber,” remarked Gyan. “He possesses exceptional talent, but injuries have hampered him this year. It’s not his fault.”

Gyan emphasized that even upon his return, it will take time for Partey to regain his peak performance level. He cautioned against rushing to criticize a player who is still in the process of recovering from injury, noting that such criticism can be unjust.

Partey’s absence was keenly felt during the 2023 African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, where Ghana struggled without his influential presence on the field.

Despite making a brief cameo appearance for Arsenal in their recent clash with Manchester City, Partey’s return to full form remains a work in progress. Gyan highlighted the importance of patience and understanding as Partey continues his recovery journey.

With the Premier League season ongoing and Arsenal eyeing silverware, Gyan sees this as an opportunity for Partey to showcase his abilities and reaffirm his value both at the club and international levels.

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