FEATURE: What Real Zaragoza moves means to Raphael Dwamena’s career
The 23-year-old completed a loan switch to Los Manos from La Liga outfit Real Zaragoza on Wednesday.
The 1.84m striker failed on his maiden season in the Spanish top-flight League and has dropped down to the second-tier league in the Iberian country.
Levante are counting their losses after paying Swiss side FC Zurich €5.58 million on a four-year deal.
Dwamena only managed 420 minutes (La Liga plus Copa Del Rey) out of the available 3, 420 minutes league minutes, scoring only 1 goal (in Copa Del Rey).
These numbers affected his position at international level as he failed to make the grades in Ghana’s squad for the 2019 AFCON with coach Kwasi Appiah leaving him out of his provisional squad for the tournament.
The Nkawkaw-born striker is quickly fading away from the memory of Ghana fans despite scoring a brace on his debut against Ethiopia June 2017 in the 2019 AFCON qualifiers.
Dwamena exploded through the roofs with his supreme form in Austria where he scored for fun for Austria Lustenau – bagging over 25 goals in a single season after switching from Red Bull Salzburg.
FC acquired him for €580K from Austria and he went on to score 21 league goals in 50 appearances in one and half seasons before moving to Levante after he failed medicals with English Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion.
Main point is, the striker enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last three seasons but the 2018/19 proved a tough one for the one-time promising striker.
Going down the pecking order in Spanish football rank should offer a new opportunity for the striker to recapture his lost form. The Spanish Segunda Division features clubs like Almeria, Deportivo La Coruna, Albecete, Malaga, Las Palmas, Sporting Gijon, Girona, Rayo Vallecano, Racing Santander, Numancia and Huesca.
These are seasoned clubs who have experienced the La Liga and are fighting strongly to return to the top flight.
This seasons more work, productivity and results should be seen from the striker. Anything less than 20 goals in the Segunda Division for Dwamena would mean a further drop in value of the striker and it means a further loss to Levante who signed him and would struggle to get a top division club in Europe.
By El Akyereko
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