Thomas Partey has joined the English Premier League after years with Spanish giant Atletico Madrid. Arsenal, yesterday, announced the signing of the Ghanaian midfielder after years of chasing.
This piece of news has been received not only with gladness by Arsenal fans but also Ghanaians all over the world who follow football. Many have started comparing the footballing prowess and value of Partey to Chelsea’s Michael Essien.
Partey is expected to become the fulcrum of the Arsenal defence with his agility, aerial ability and ball-controlling prowess brought to bear. After being signed for £45 million with a weekly wage between €200,000 and €260,000, he is expected to be the Midas touch to the Europa League side.
However, there are these facts about the new darling boy which you probably have not heard of.
- Thomas Partey was born on June 3, 1993, in Krobo Odumase in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
- Thomas’ full name is Thomas Teye Partey
- He began his youth career in Somanya and played for Odometah between 2011 and 2012 and later moved to Tema Youths Football Club.
- In 2012, he joined the youth side of Atletico Madrid after being scouted but remained on the reserve side.
- In 2013, he was called up to the main squad for the match against Real Sociedad. However, he remained unused in the eventual 0–1 home defeat.
- On 12 July, Thomas was loaned to RCD Mallorca, freshly relegated to the second level. On 18 August, he made his professional debut, in a 0–4 away defeat against CE Sabadell FC.
- Thomas scored his first professional goal on 15 September, netting his side’s second of a 2–2 draw at Hércules CF.
- On 27 July 2014, Thomas joined La Liga side UD Almería also in a temporary deal. He made his debut in the competition on 23 August, starting in a 1–1 home draw against RCD Espanyol.
- Thomas scored his first goals in the main category of Spanish football on 11 April 2015, netting a brace in a 3–0 home win against Granada CF.
- He made his first-team debut for Atletico Madrid on 28 November 2015, replacing Luciano Vietto in a 1–0 home win against Espanyol.
- On 2 January of the following year, he scored his first league goal for the club, netting the only goal in a home success over Levante UD. On 28 May,
- Thomas played in the UEFA Champions League Final against Real Madrid, replacing Koke in the 116th minute as his side lost on penalties.
- On 31 October he scored his first European goal with a long-range strike to equalise at home to FK Qarabag in a 1–1 draw in the Champions League group game
- He became the first African to score in the competition for Atlético. Following his impressive performances for the club, he was rewarded with another contract on 1 March 2018, this time until 2023.
- That 16 May, he came on for the final two minutes in a 3–0 win over Olympique de Marseille in the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final.
- On 1 September 2019, Thomas came on as a late substitute and netted the match’s winner in the last minute of the game, as Atlético came back from 2–0 down to win the game by 3–2 against Eibar.
- Four weeks later, he marked his 100th La Liga appearance for Los Rojiblancos with a man-of-the-match performance in a 0–0 draw against Real Madrid in Madrid Derby.
- In May 2016, Thomas was called up for the first time to the Ghana national team by manager Avram Grant, ahead of a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Mauritius.
- He made his debut on 5 June, replacing Frank Acheampong for the final 11 minutes of a 2–0 away win that booked the Black Stars’ position in the finals.
- On 5 September 2017, Thomas scored his first international hat-trick in a 5–1 win against Congo in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualification.
- Thomas won the Ghana Player of the Year award in 2018 and 2019.
- Thomas played in the 2016 UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid where they lost. However, he helped Atletico win the UEFA Europa League and Super Cup in 2018.
- In 2020, he was signed by Arsenal for £45 million.
- This Arsenal move makes him the most expensive Ghanaian player after Michael Essien who was bought by Chelsea in 2005 at £25 million.
- Thomas has played 27 matches for Black Stars and netted 10 goals. He has had 188 club appearances with 25 goals.