Roy Keane doubts Thomas Partey has what it takes to lead Ghana

‘I’m not convinced he’s got those leadership skills’: Roy Keane throws doubt around Ghana star Thomas Partey – despite his superb season with Arsenal – and claims he has a ‘huge challenge’ to lift his team-mates at the World Cup

  • Roy Keane believes Thomas Partey’s leadership skills are not up to scratch 
  • The midfielder has been one of the keys to Arsenal’s brilliant start to the season
  • However, he struggled to make an impact in Ghana’s opening defeat to Portugal 
  • Keane said Partey would have a ‘huge challenge’ to inspire his team-mates 
  • Click here for the latest World Cup 2022 news, fixtures, live action and results

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane isn’t sure whether Arsenal midfielder Thomas Partey has the leadership qualities to take Ghana far in the World Cup.

Partey is the biggest name in the Ghana squad but struggled to make much of an impact in Thursday’s opener against Portugal.

Ghana made a decent showing of themselves but ultimately lost 3-2 as Cristiano Ronaldo became the first player to score at five separate World Cups.

Roy Keane isn’t convinced by the leadership qualities of Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey (R)

‘Well he’s (Partey) having a very good season,’ Keane told ITV Sport. ‘He’s settled down, he had a lot of injury problems when he first went to Arsenal.

‘He’s got a big role here because there are some inexperienced players around him. I’m still not convinced he’s got those leadership skills.

‘But a very good player and he’ll have a big part to play today because there’s a big responsibility, particularly in the middle of the park, of course a huge position on the pitch.

‘He’s had a good season, he should be confident, but it’s a big challenge for him in the middle of the park to help the players around him.’

Partey struggled to make an impact as his side lost their World Cup opener on Thursday

Graeme Souness also delivered his verdict on the Gunners star, adding to ITV: ‘I think he’s got better.

‘It took him a wee bit of time to adjust to our game. I think he’s got a bit of everything and I think you’re going to see him improve in his days at Arsenal.

‘He’s got all the attributes to be a very, very good player in our football. This is another stage for him, get out there and show you can do it on this stage as well.’

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