Daniel Amartey

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Daniel Amartey
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Amartey playing for Ghana in 2015
Personal information
Full name Daniel Amartey[1]
Date of birth (1994-12-21) 21 December 1994 (age 26)[2]
Place of birth Accra, Ghana[2]
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[3]
Position(s) Defender / Midfielder[2]
Club information
Current team
Leicester City
Number 18
Youth career
2010–2012 International Allies
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 Djurgårdens IF 34 (0)
2014–2016 Copenhagen 44 (3)
2016– Leicester City 58 (2)
National team
2012–2014 Ghana U20 2 (0)
2015– Ghana 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:44, 11 April 2021 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:55, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

Daniel Amartey (born 21 December 1994) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a defender or midfielder for Premier League club Leicester City and the Ghana national team.

Club career[edit]

Djurgårdens IF[edit]

Amartey started out playing for second-tier club International Allies in Ghana where he was spotted as a sixteen-year-old by Magnus Pehrsson who was on a scouting trip in Africa during his preparation to take over as manager of Djurgårdens IF. When Pehrsson became manager he secured the transfer rights for Amartey from the day he turned 18.[4] To help prepare Amartey for his future permanent move to Sweden in 2013, the club brought him over for shorter periods of time in both 2011 and 2012 where he got to play for the club's U21 team.[5][6]

Amartey made his Svenska Cupen debut on 3 March 2013 against Umeå FC.[7] He then made his league debut in the 2013 Allsvenskan opening game away against Helsingborgs IF on 31 March.[8] Amartey was praised by the media for his strong start to the 2013 season, and foreign clubs like FC Schalke 04 and 1. FC Kaiserslautern started to scout him.[9][10] On 26 May he scored his first ever goal for the club when he headed home the 1–1 equalizer in the 2013 Svenska Cupen Final which Djurgården eventually lost against IFK Göteborg on penalties.[11] After his first season in the Swedish league as an eighteen-year-old Amartey was ranked as the 10th-best player in the league by newspaper Expressen and 18th best by Aftonbladet.[12][13] In November 2013 Amartey confirmed that he was in talks with Liverpool F.C. over a possible move to the English club.[14]

Copenhagen[edit]

In July 2014, Amartey moved to F.C. Copenhagen for a fee of €2.5 million plus add-ons, and made his Superliga-debut on 20 July in a match against Silkeborg IF.[15]

Leicester City[edit]

Amartey playing for Leicester City in October 2016

On 22 January 2016, Amartey joined Premier League side Leicester City on a four-and-a-half-year contract for a fee around the region of up to £6 million.[16] In his first season in his new country, Amartey featured five times as his team Leicester City won the Premier League title. He made his debut for the club on 27 February 2016, in 1–0 home league win over Norwich City.[17]

In the 2016–17 season, Amartey became a first team regular following the departure of N'Golo Kanté.[18] partnering teammate Danny Drinkwater in the central midfield role.[19] While his workrate roughly equalled Kanté's, he has been unable to match his tackles and interceptions.[20] On 14 September 2016, Amartey started in his Champions League debut for Leicester in a 3–0 away win over Club Brugge in the group stage.[21] Amartey scored his first goal for Leicester in an 88th-minute equaliser away at Stoke City on 17 December 2016, salvaging a 2–2 draw.[22] On 8 February 2017, just over 12 hours after returning to Leicester from international duty, Amartey played 120 minutes (including AET) in a 3–1 FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Derby County.[23]

In October 2018, Amartey broke his ankle in a game against West Ham United, ruling him out for the rest of the 2018–19 season.[24][25]

Out of action for nearly a year, the closest Amartey came to a first team return was making the bench for an EFL Cup match against Luton Town in September 2019.[26] He made his first team return almost two years after his injury in an EFL Cup match against Arsenal on 23 September 2020, which Leicester lost 2–0.[27] Four days later he made his Premier League return when he started away at Manchester City in a 5–2 win.[28] On 18 February 2021, Amartey started in his Europa League debut for Leicester in a 0–0 away draw against Slavia Prague in the first leg of the Europa League round of 32 tie.[29] On 6 March 2021, Amartey scored his first goal for the Foxes in over four years, heading in a late winner to seal a 2–1 away league win over Brighton & Hove Albion.[30]

International career[edit]

In May 2012 Amartey made his debut for the Ghana national under-20 football team in a game against Nigeria.[31] He was also selected to play in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup but Djurgården wanted to keep him in Sweden since the tournament clashed with the 2013 Allsvenskan season.[32] In January 2015, Amartey played in all the group matches for Ghana at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where the Black Stars finished as runners-up.

He played six times at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, lasting 90 minutes in every match to help Ghana finish fourth in the tournament.[33] His performances saw him named in the CAF Team of the tournament.[33]

Controversy[edit]

In May 2021, Amartey was alleged to have picked up a Chelsea pennant and threw it over his shoulder to the floor in a video that went viral.[34] He received criticisms and backlashes from social media users. Leicester City later issued an apology to Chelsea who accepted the apology.[35] He received abusive and racial messages on Twitter.[36]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 11 April 2021[37]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Djurgårdens IF 2013 Allsvenskan 23 0 6 1 29 1
2014 Allsvenskan 11 0 1 0 12 0
Total 34 0 7 1 41 1
Copenhagen 2014–15 Danish Superliga 29 3 5 0 9[c] 3 43 6
2015–16 Danish Superliga 15 0 2 0 3[d] 0 20 0
Total 44 3 7 0 12 3 63 6
Leicester City 2015–16 Premier League 5 0 5 0
2016–17 Premier League 24 1 2 0 1 0 8[e] 0 0 0 35 1
2017–18 Premier League 8 0 2 0 4 0 14 0
2018–19 Premier League 9 0 0 0 1 0 10 0
2019–20 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020–21 Premier League 12 1 2 0 1 0 2[d] 0 17 1
Total 58 2 6 0 7 0 10 0 81 2
Leicester City U23 2017–18 1[f] 0 1 0
2019–20 1[f] 0 1 0
Total 2 0 2 0
Career total 135 4 20 1 7 0 22 3 2 0 186 8
  1. ^ Includes Svenska Cupen, Danish Cup, FA Cup
  2. ^ Includes EFL Cup
  3. ^ Three appearances and one goal in UEFA Champions League, six appearances and two goals in UEFA Europa League
  4. ^ a b Appearances in UEFA Europa League
  5. ^ Appearances in UEFA Champions League
  6. ^ a b Appearance in EFL Trophy

International[edit]

As of match played 12 June 2021[38]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Ghana 2015 8 0
2016 5 0
2017 12 0
2018 1 0
2019 0 0
2020 0 0
2021 2 0
Total 28 0

Honours[edit]

Copenhagen

Leicester City

Ghana

Individual

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "MP om de nya ghananerna" (in Swedish). Djurgårdens IF. 26 August 2011. Archived from the original on 10 September 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
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