Kwadwo Asamoah was in the Juventus side that was blown away by Cristiano Ronaldo on Tuesday night as the Portuguese superstar effectively sealed Real Madrid’s place in the Champions League semi-finals after the the first leg of the last eight tie.
The former Manchester United man netted after just three minutes to grab the crucial away goal and followed that up with a stunning overhead kick to make it 2-0.
Asamoah’s opposite number at left-back, Marcelo, made it three to ensure that the return leg will be something of a formality next week.
There was little the 29-year-old, valued at £11.5m by Transfermarkt, could do to stop the Ronaldo masterclass. Yet, there could well have been three Premier League teams keeping an eye on his performance in the quarter-final tie.
The Sun reported last week that Everton were interested in the adaptable ace, potentially with one eye on replacing aging left-back Leighton Baines, who has struggled with injury this season.
The report also claims that Tottenham and Chelsea hold an interest in doing a deal for Asamoah. Yet, while he would likely be a squad player with either of the London rivals, he would hope to start more regularly at Everton.
It was a solid, if unspectacular, night’s work for Asamoah. Two tackles and two interceptions show that he was capable of stopping Real’s frightening attack at times, and he also made a clearance.
95 per cent pass accuracy is very impressive in such a high pressure game – although it remains to be seen how that fits in with Sam Allardyce’s more basic style – so it might be the two crosses he got in during a game his side struggled in that impress more.
Allardyce should have seen enough to convince him that he needs to make sure he is ahead of the two London sides who will play in European football next season in the queue to sign Asamoah should he get the opportunity in the summer.