Official: Yeboah signs for Monchengladbach through 2017Posted: December 19, 2013
Former Brisbane attacker Kwame Yeboah has officially signed on the dotted line for German side Borussia Monchengladbach. The 19 year old attacker has signed a 3 and a half year deal with the club which runs through 2017. The Ghanaian born youngster has made 11 appearances for Brisbane, scoring twice and will get a farewell game away to Sydney FC next weekend.
There have be some reports floating around that Monchengladbach were willing to loan Kwame back to Brisbane for the remainder of the season, however that wont be the case as he will stay with the German side, initially in the u/23 set-up. That makes sense from there perspective in that they have a chance to assess his level alongside his new teammates, but it means for the vast majority of Brisbane fans –shy of those who make the trip to Sydney next week- have already seen him in person for the final time.
Yeboah, 19, earned a first team opportunity last season following some solidperformances in the youth league and made his debut late on against Wellington Phoenix. A finals appearance against Western Sydney was to follow before some solid pre-season form earned him a regular first team place this season. He took advantage of Berisha’s absence through injury and made a couple of starts before really making a name for himself with a last minute winner away to Central Coast. He then repeated the dose at home against the Wanderers a fortnight later with a stunning run and shot to seal the points. His final game in Brisbane against Perth was arguably his best with some solid link up play and chances created for others. His final game for Brisbane will come next week on Boxing Day against Sydney FC in the harbour city.
Kwame Yeboah on signing for Borussia Monchengladbach:
“This is a big step in my young career. In Australia the Bundesliga is shown on TV, so Borussia is a team I know of. I spoke to Thomas Broich –formerly of Monchengladbach- and he gave a positive impression of the club and German football”.
Brisbane Roar Football Director Ken Stead on the transfer:
“As a club, we will not stand in the way of opportunities like this for our young players. It’s a great achievement for Brisbane Roar to see so many former players excelling in top leagues overseas and as part of the Socceroos. This new environment will allow Kwame to continually improve his game and further his youth and senior national team ambitions in the future.”
Brisbane boss Mike Mulvey on Kwame Yeboah’s move to Borussia Monchengladbach, from Marco Monteverde/Courier Mail:
“The club in Germany has made the call and they want him there now. They wanted him for the final half of this season, and I’m not going to argue with them about what’s good for Kwame. They’ve been scouting him for a few weeks and they know a talent when they see one. Those who don’t think the German league is up there with the best in the world have rocks in their head.”
“We are glad that Kwame has chosen to sign for us, he has great potential and fits in with our search for talent. Kwame will start off in our u/23 side in order to give him the time he needs to get used to his new environment”
Monchengladbach currently sit 4th in the German Bundesliga after 16 games, 5 points behind leaders Bayern Munich, and complete the first half of their season this weekend with a home game against Wolfsburg. After that game the Bundesliga goes on a winter break with a couple of friendlies lined up before the 2nd half of the season kicks off in late January. A quick look at Monchengladbach’s website says that they’ve got a tour of Turkey lined up with games against Besiktas, Hertha Berlin, FC St. Gallen and Belek and that could be an opportunity for Kwame to see some first team action or at least be in the set-up on tour.
Just for the sake of clarity, as we pointed out yesterday, Kwame was not officially part of the first team roster at Brisbane Roar, instead he was a full-time National Youth League player. With that in mind Brisbane still have the minimum requirement of 20 contracted players –Kofi Danning makes up the 20- and as such no immediate roster move is necessary. Marco in his piece in today’s paper goes on to say however that an attacking signing will occur in January and they may look to use the clubs remaining visa slot to fill the void left by Yeboah. Currently Brisbane have Thomas Broich (marquee), Besart Berisha, Liam Miller and Henrique locked in on visa slots.