For several years, Ghanaian football has maintained a strong link with the La Liga. Between the birth of Thomas Partey at Atlético de Madrid and the conclusive passages of Joseph Aidoo, Lumor or Mubarak Wakaso in mid-table clubs, the marriage is interesting.
Salisu is a good example. Excellent with Real Valladolid, the young central defender has marked the season, but also the spirit of the biggest Spanish clubs.
With the status of promoted last season and little maintained in La Liga, Real Valladolid is not really better placed during the current year.
Fifteenth the Pucelanos are only four points ahead of Mallorca’s first relegation. A position far from reassuring even if the club whose president is Ronaldo can count on a solid defense.
Eighth best defender in the country with only two goals conceded more than FC Barcelona (33 against 31 in 27 games), the club from Madrid is a difficult rival to handle. Mohammed Salisu is no stranger to this solidity. At the height of his 21 years and his 91 meter, the Ghanaian has established himself as one of the best defenders in Liga.
A very rapid outbreak that our permanent correspondent in Madrid, Maxi Franco Sanchez did “It’s his first real season and he exploded really quickly. For a young defender, this is quite rare. Basically it was not announced particularly good. There was no hype. The progression is crazy, he won in insurance from match to match. On the second day against Real Madrid (final score 1-1 editor’s note), I was at the stadium and we saw that he was above the lot. “
“Sergio González, Real Valladolid’s coach, gave him the opportunity to play for the first team in the first Liga match this season. Salisu made good use of these minutes and quickly became a regular. Accompanied in defense by Kiko Olivas, he became for many fans and observers the revelation in Spain. He shows great talent and plays football very well despite being still very young,” explains Gonzalo Castro, journalist for ABC Castilla y Leon.
Far from the stereotypes of the rough defender on the man and good in duels, Mohammed Salisu is above all a complete player with beautiful provisions ball to the foot. Its main weakness is in concentration. Capable of absence, he still makes a few mistakes by overconfidence. Nevertheless, these sins of pride are immediately forgiven as he brings to his team.
“No one at Real Valladolid imagined that Salisu would have such a level with his age. We all knew he was very good and had great potential, but it all happened very quickly for him. He is only 21 years old. He still has a lot to learn. We will always remember in Valladolid that Salisu made its debut here. It will be in the history of the club,” said Gonzalo Castro.