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Baby Jet Asamoah Gyan says he is focused on succeeding at Shanghai SIPG ahead of a possible debut on Thursday.

“Expectation is high because the news of my arrival shook the place. This is a big challenge for me but I am focused and people know what i can do. My success here depends on me going out there and doing what they signed me for.”

Though he arrived in Shanghai last week, Gyan was only able to join his team mates for a full training session on Wednesday and says it was a good feeling.

“Training went ok. The players were very good and the passing was good. It was good to train with my new team mates and even better to touch the ball.”

With the speed at which the deal was made,questions have been raised about the fitness level of the striker with his coach Sven Goran Erikkson also particularly interested.

“He [Eriksson] spoke to me about my fitness and I told him I am just back from a holiday . He understands where I am and I am working hard in the gym to get myself match ready” he told said.

Match ready could come very fast with reports the ex Al Ain striker could make his debut for Shanghai SIPG as a substitute in their league game against Tianjin Teda on Thursday night.

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10 times Micheal Essien made the headlines for the right reasons



Ghanaian midfielder Micheal Essien is one of the most famous footballers to ever come from the African continent.

Essien has been a journeyman in football and his name will go down as one of the finest midfielders to play the game.

The midfielder who last played for Indonesian side Persib Bandung has made global news for both wrong and right reasons in the past.

Seems his good side overrides any bad side of his illustrious career as he is one of the most decorated African Footballers.

Here are 10 times Micheal Essien made global headlines for the right reasons

1. Essien signs for Chelsea

Essien signed for English Premier League side Chelsea for a £24.4 million transfer fee and, at the time of his signing, was the most expensive African footballer in history.

2. Essien wins Chelsea Goal of the Season award

He won the Chelsea Goal of the Season award in the 2006–07 season after scoring a stunning late equaliser at home against Arsenal on 10 December 2006 in a Premier League game.

Essien is BBC African Best player of 2006

He won the 2006 BBC African footballer of the year award.

Essien excels in 2006 World Cup

  1. He played superbly for the Black Stars and helped Ghana become the only African team to reach the second round of the 2006 World Cup.

Essien nominated 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year

  1. On 10 October 2007, Essien was nominated for the prestigious 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Award for the third consecutive year and on 21 October 2007, he was also nominated for the 2007 Ballon d’Or Award for the third consecutive year.

He was voted 15th Best Player in the World at the 2007 FIFA World Player of the Year Awards.

Essien is Chelsea Fans’ best player for 2007

  1. On 15 May 2007, Chelsea fans voted Essien as Chelsea Player of the Year for his contributions in the 2006–07 season, becoming the first African to receive the honour.

Essien is nominated for 2007 CAF best player

  1. On 12 December 2007, he was nominated for the 2007 African Footballer of the Year, the third consecutive time he had been nominated. He was runner-up to that year’s winner, Frédéric Kanouté.

Essien scores stunning goal against Barcelona

  1. On 6 May 2009, Essien scored a stunning left-footed volley in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, a tie that Chelsea ultimately lost due to the away goal rule.

The goal was later voted as Chelsea’s Goal of the Season by the club’s fans.

Essien joins Real Madrid

  1. On 31 August 2012, Essien signed a season-long loan deal with Real Madrid, reuniting him with his former manager at Chelsea, José Mourinho.

At his introductory press conference with Real Madrid, Mourinho affectionally referred to Essien as “his son” while Essien referred to Mourinho as his “Daddy”.

Essien moves to Milan

  1. Essien signed for Italian club Milan on a one-and-a-half-year contract on 27 January 2014
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