Baba Rahman: Why is Chelsea very interested in the Augsburg left-back?

One of the exciting talents that emerged in the Bundesliga recently has been left back Abdul Baba Rahman. The twenty-one year old Ghanaian plies his trade for first division side Augsburg. Baba Rahman is a product of the Dreams Football Academy in Accra. He joined Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko before sealing his first foreign deal at German second tier side Greuther Furth.


Quick Facts

Name: Abdul Baba Rahman
Age: 21
Place of Birth: Tamale
Position: Left back
Club: F.C Augsburg

Baba Rahman enjoyed a stellar debut season at Kotoko winning the Ghanaian Premier League which saw him seal a move to Germany. He played for the Ghana under-20 team that won bronze at the FIFA World Cup in Turkey.

He unfortunately missed the Black Stars team that played at the World Cup in Brazil, but was a leading member of the Stars team that won silver at the African Cup of Nations earlier this year.


Key Strengths

An energetic full back who runs up and down the field for the whole duration of the game. Rahman can pick a pass as well shield off attackers with his physical strength.

Baba’s key strengths are his crosses and ability to tackle his markers especially one-on-ones. At 1.79 meters, Baba adds additional height to the defence in set piece and aerial situations.



Abdul Baba Rahman made 29 starting appearances for Augsburg last season providing four assists. On the international scene, he played all 5 games for the Black Stars in the African Cup of Nations as well as their only qualifier for the 2017 edition of the Cup of Nations.


Interested Teams

Baba Rahman’s impressive performances have caught the eye of English champions Chelsea, who have parted ways with Brazilian full back Filipe Luis. The Blues, who are currently short of numbers in the fullback position, are interested in the services of Rahman who they perceive has enough quality to help them challenge for trophies on all fronts.

Baba has been so impressive, the president of his current club is unwilling to let him go. “We do not need the Baba millions. We have a good, solid team here,” he told Bild. “I am very optimistic that Baba will continue his great performances with us. He’s made a very good impression at our recent training camp. Why keep Baba? I am an Augsburg fan. To me, it’s more important that I spend the evening watching Augsburg win with a beer in my hand than when we have more money in the bank account.”


Written by Ridwan Asante

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