Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sporting Trialing Former Ghana Captain

Reports are that Sporting KC is bringing in the former captain of the Ghanaian national team, John Mensah in on trial. The 32 year old center back last played with FC Nitra in the Slovakian league, but has spent time with the likes of Lyon, Rennes, Sunderland, and Chievo.  He's appeared 86 times for his country, including the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, captaining Ghana in the 2010 World Cup when they made the quarterfinals.

It's certainly an impressive resume, and would fill a need that KC has stated they'd like to fill, center back. And at this point in his career, he may not demand a huge contract. The question regarding Mensah is his lack of playing time lately. Since returning to Lyon from Sunderland after the 2010-2011 season, Mensah has played just 12 games with four different teams. Not exactly the type of playing stats you want to see from a player that you're likely expecting to be a contributor for the team.

Still it's hard to ignore the resume that Mensah is coming in with. But I do like that KC is just trialing him instead of signing him straight up. The team doesn't need a situation like Vuk Rasovic or Nikos Kounenakis where the guys come expected to contribute and bring little to nothing at all on the field.

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