A graduate of the Liberty Professionals academy, he moved to Italy and signed for Udinese. They subsequently loaned him out to Serie B side Modena to gain experience.
When he returned to Udinese for the 2006-07 season he scored 10 league goals, prompting large transfer bids from Russian side’s, Locomotiv and Dynamo Moscow. His form dipped and in 2008 he moved to French side Stade Rennes, where he has just enjoyed a superb season, despite being plagued by niggling thigh injuries.
He enjoyed a stunning start to his international career, scoring against Somalia within five minutes of coming on for his debut in 2003 aged just 17. He scored four goals in seven matches en route to helping the Black Stars qualify for the 2006 World Cup. He scored against the Czech Republic in a 2-0 group stage win at the finals, but was sent off in their second-round match against Brazil.
He was Ghana’s top scorer at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations with three goals. This helped to banish the ghost of the 2008 tournament where a series of missed chances saw him roundly criticised by the press and fans.
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