Ask the man in the street to name Ghana’s leading players in Brazil and they’ll give you Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari or maybe Kevin-Prince Boateng at a push.
All are likely to be outshone by a 22-year-old whose playing CV includes spells at a Gloucestershire agricultural college and Forest Green Rovers reserves.
Adbul Majeed Waris is his name and of late his game has been banging in Ligue 1 goals for Valenciennes, 10 in 20 appearances to be precise.
It’s a haul that looks all the grander given he plundered it from an average of just 2.5 shots per game for a side that fell through the relegation trapdoor.
Carrying a thigh injury, Waris’ fitness is worth monitoring ahead of the Ghana’s first game against the USA, where he can be backed at 9/4 to find the net.
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Scoring against the Stars and Stripes, whom the Black Stars have beaten 2-1 in both their previous meetings, would amount to the up-and-comer’s fifth goal in ten games for his country.
It’s progress that has not gone unnoticed by Premier League talent spotters, with Newcastle, Everton, West Bromwich Albion and Hull City all reportedly linked with an interest in Waris, who is owned by Spartak Moscow.
A pacey and hard-working runner, the Spartak-owned striker appears at all points across the attacking three as willing outlet and revels in using excellent close control to craft the necessary space to shoot when running at defenders at pace.
Comfortable as a penalty-taker and adept in the air, Waris will enhance his reputation with World Cup goals for the Black Stars in Brazil, while his ability to create for others could see teammates Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew profit.