Otto Addo’s protégé Mohammed Kudus is causing quite a stir at the World Cup. Even before the tournament, the attacking midfielder had been linked with a transfer to Borussia Dortmund and now Addo’s team are on course for the last 16 after Ghana defeated South Korea 3-2 with Kudus the match-winner with a brace.
The 22-year-old has been in outstanding form for months. He’s already scored 10 goals and provided two assists in 21 games for Ajax this season and has added two more goals for Ghana in Qatar against the Koreans. With that kind of performance in mind, it’s no surprise that Kudus has been a hot topic at BVB. According to Sky Germany, Dortmund sporting director Sebastian Kehl has already held talks with the player’s agent. Kudus’s success with Ajax has also resulted in interest from Everton and Newcastle but the presence of Addo could be a deciding factor that could secure Kudus’s signature for BVB.
In Addo’s interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the 47-year-old confirmed he will not be staying on as Ghana’s head coach after the World Cup and will be returning to his role in BVB coach Edin Terzic’s team at the Signal-Iduna-Park. The Dortmund assistant manager is a great admirer of the former Nordsjælland player, saying: “He’s a super guy and has a great character. He is definitely on the right path to becoming a great player.” Kudus also enjoys the support of his Ghana teammate Gideon Mensah: “He’s the engine of the Ghana team. He does everything for us. Everything you see on the pitch comes from him,” added the left-back.
Kudus has two years left on his contract and Ajax will reportedly be open to discussing offers of €15m which could increase considerably if Ghana’s pearl in midfield continues to put in outstanding performances in Qatar. Addo’s Ghana face Uruguay in their final Group H match on Friday. A draw should be enough for the Black Stars to advance to the round of 16, something they haven’t done since South Africa in 2010 where they were eliminated by Uruguay in the quarter-finals.
Ben McFadyean | GWFN