Fulham announced the signing of central midfielder Derek Boateng on Wednesday 22nd May on a free transfer following the cancellation of his contract with Ukrainian side Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk.
After a spell as a youth player in his native Ghana with Liberty Professionals, Boateng’s career took him to Europe, beginning in Greece when he signed for FC Kalamata at the age of 16, before he was snapped up by Super League side Panathinaikos.
Following a loan stint with OFI Crete, Boateng made a permanent transfer to Swedish outfit AIK – during which he helped the club to the second division title. More success arrived when he transferred to Beitar Jerusalem, as Boateng collected two championship winners medals and a State Cup medal during his time in Israel.
After half a season in Germany with FC Cologne, an opportunity to ply his trade in La Liga arose in the summer of 2009 and Boateng joined Getafe CF. In his first season in Spain he helped his side to an impressive sixth place finish, as well as a Semi Final place in the Copa del Rey.
Boateng played one more campaign with Getafe – during which they competed in the UEFA Europa League – before moving across Europe once again to join Dnipro, for whom he played against Fulham twice in qualifying matches for the 2011/12 Europa League campaign.
A powerful, ball-winning midfielder, Boateng has more than 45 caps for Ghana and was a member of their squad for both the 2006 and 2010 World Cups.
|Substitutions (On / Off)||1 / 3|
|Minutes per goal||-|
|Shooting Accuracy (On Target / Off Target)||0 / 1|
|Goals to shots ratio||0.0|
|Dribbles (Successful / Unsuccessful)||1 / 2|
|» Short (Successful / Unsuccessful)||50 / 8|
|» Long (Successful / Unsuccessful)||7 / 4|
|» Own Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||32 / 2|
|» Oppositions Half (Successful / Unsuccessful)||26 / 10|
|» Inside Box||4|
|Tackles (Won / Lost)||3 / 1|
|Duels (Won / Lost)||13 / 17|
|» Ground Duels (Won / Lost)||9 / 13|
|» Aerial Duels (Won / Lost)||4 / 4|
|Fouls (Committed / Suffered)||7 / 5|