In the wake of completing a £45m deal to Arsenal, the former Athletico Madrid player was very thrilled and emotional at the same time. His former coaches have all validated to the fact that, Thomas Party isn’t only a defensive midfielder but a real talent who will be an extraordinary asset for his new love Arsenal.
Partey substantiated himself very well at Madrid and the fact that, he has moved to Arsenal to continue with his career is a big plus for him and for the Arsenal fans. Arsenal are so upbeat the midfielder is presently a ‘Gunner’ and trusting he brings something new to the team.
Before leaving Athletico Madrid, Partey wrote an emotional letter to bid farewell to the fans and the team for their immense support given him.
The 20 year old joined Mallorca on loan from Atletico Madrid in the late spring of 2013 and from that point forward he has been amazing on the field. Partey showed up on the island as a profoundly rated but untested midfielder.
He left it a year later having made a significant stride on the road that would inevitably lead him to the top. From Mallorca, he went to Almeria, again on loan, before getting back to Atletico to become a key player under Diego Simeone.
For Arsenal, they will see at the very least, a superior play from the midfielder on the grounds that Partey’s accurate passing, delivery, positioning and tactical awareness is what will do the job for the ‘Gunners’.
At Atletico, Partey’s ability was apparent well before he was sent on loan. In fact, Javi Baños, a former youth coach, only needed to see him play once, in a friendly for their U-18s against Getafe, to be persuaded that his time for trials ought to be made permanent.
Up to that point, Partey had been playing for a side called Tema Youth in Ghana, where he caught the attention of an agent named Jose Jimenez, who offered to arrange a preliminary for him at Atletico. Partey, resolved to take advantage of the chance, would later recall packing his bags and leaving without telling his family. He did this with confidence and determination and this has paid off for him.
He excelled in their academy and it proceeded from that point. Partey was quickly elevated to Atletico’s Juvenil A (U19) side and soon enough Simeone and his assistant German Burgos got mindful of the youngster’s talent. Toward the end of his first year there, Partey even joined the senior team on a pre-season outing to Colombia.
As a respectful and disciplined person who consistently tuned in to advice in the dressing room, Partey cut out each mix-up and there was a coordinated exertion to build up physically as well.
According to the Atletico boss, Partey is good enough to play for any of the best teams in Europe.
“Thomas is the one who best understands his position. The transition from defence to attack, shooting, scoring, providing assists and playing passes between the lines.”
Partey’s transition to Arsenal isn’t only a successful one for Arsenal but also for his last club, Athletico Madrid as they earned such a huge money from the move. Then again, Ghana his country of origin will obviously not acquire any cash from the deal but will be advantageous to the national team – the Black Stars.
As the deputy captain of the side, Partey will hugy impact the national team particularly after his transition to Arsenal. The youthful chaps in the Black Stars team will be propelled and be inspired by him.