Ghana’s Baba wants to emulate successful Africans at Chelsea

The Ghana international aims to become one of the best Stamford Bridge acquisitions to have come from the continent

New Chelsea signing Abdul Rahman Baba has revealed his desire to follow in the footsteps of illustrious Africans to have represented the club.

The 21-year-old, who joined the London-based side from Bundesliga outfit Augsburg for an undisclosed fee, becomes the fourth African currently at the club, joining Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore as well as Nigeria duo of Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi.

Even so, it is Mikel, alongside former Cote d’Ivoire captain Didier Drogba, his compatriot Salomon Kalou and Ghana’s Michael Essien, who are the Africans to have made the biggest impact yet at Chelsea, after helping the side win the 2011-2012 Uefa Champions League title.

Mark Stein, George Weah, GeremiNjitap and Samuel Eto’o are some other renowned Africans to have represented the club.

“Yes, of course, it’s a big inspiration for me,” Baba told the club’s official website.

“I’m really looking forward to trying to carry on the pattern of African players doing well for the club.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

The former Asante Kotoko and Greuther Furth defender also gave out the influence of Essien as well as Chelsea winger on loan at Bournemouth Christian Atsu in his decision to join the club.

“I spoke with both of them and they were very positive about Chelsea,” he disclosed.

“They told me it was a great club with very nice people, which was good to hear.

“I watched him [Essien] whenever I could [during his time at the club].

“In Ghana, they only showed the English Premier League at that time so I was always watching him. He was a great player for Chelsea.”

Baba arrived at Chelsea’s Cobham training centre on Tuesday, and was immediately put through his paces by fitness coach Chris Jones.

He could be available for selection when Chelsea travel to face West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Sunday.

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