- Name: Sir Ralph Owusu
- Date of Birth: January 1,1994
- Nationality: Dutch
- Position: Right back
- Club: Ajax (Youth team)
REMEMBER THE NAME
Dutch football has for quite some time now been blessed with developing some of the best talents in World football. Out of all the academies in the Netherlands, one of the most celebrated is Ajax’s academy, known as De Toekomst (the Future). The 30 time Eredivisie champions have produced most of the world stars of today and yesterday.
Graduates include Wesley Sneijder, Nigel de Jong, Rafael van der Vaart and Clarence Seedorf. Sir Ralph Owusu (popularly known as ‘Sir’ or ‘Siro’) is still an academy player (Under 19) and he is doing his possible best to emulate his predecessors. Now 17,’Siro’ has been at Ajax since 2010 and has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the youth system.He grew up with four brothers in Purmerend,the Netherlands; and one of his brothers called Leeroy Owusu (also a right back) is part of the Ajax youth team (Under 16).
Ralph’s parents come from Ghana. His passion for football stared when he was six but began active football when he was eleven years old. He begun playing in defence at his first football club called Purmersteijn where he played up to the D team (one of the age groups of the club). He was transformed into a striker when he moved to OSV.He scored a hattrick against Ajax E3 (Under-10 team).Ralph was then deployed as a midfielder when he initially joined FC Volendam and joined their youth teams (2006-2007 D1, 2007-2008 C2, 2008-2009 C1, 2009-2010 B1). The then coach of FC Volendam B1 later made him a right back because of his speed and his ability to initiate attacks. Ralph won the Junior FA Cup (Beker) the D1 and won the Eerste Divisie (First division) A with the B1 team.
His performances didn’t go unnoticed and he was called by the Ajax Youth Team where he has now become a key player for the A team. That’s how he got to Ajax. He has never looked back since.It seems strange to think he is still 17. The level of ability and maturity that he shows on the pitch gives the impression he is a veteran .
He is the first player on his manager’s team sheet.Possessing excellent vision,strength ,speed and the ability to initiate attacks Ralph is one of the best in his position. He is never afraid to move forward and he always reminds me of Manchester City’s Micah Richards when I watch him play.His chances in the Ajax team will increase if Gregory van der Wiel leaves the Amsterdammers.
STYLE OF PLAY
There is little doubt that scouts will have already been made aware of Siro’s abilities. Various scouts would have come and gone from de Toekomst, all writing glowing reports on this excellent and very talented defender.
He’s played in several positions but he prefers playing at right back.It’s his favourite position because of his speed and ability to start attacks.The kid was disappointed when he wasn’t selected by the Oranje Under 17 coach (Netherlands under 17 team) for the European Championship and disastrous World Cup campaign last year.He has not given up and his recent performances will earn him a national team call up very soon.
If not,Siro is still qualifies to play for Ghana since his parents were born there.Leicester City´s John Paintsil and Samuel Inkoom (Ghana’s main men at right back) should watch out if Siro decides to play for Ghana.He is one for the future.
Some football pundits have started calling him the new Daniel Alves. He’s Siro’s role model and the kid hopes to be like Dani one day.Siro is able to create space for himself and use his wonderful skills and abilities to find his teammates.The lad is a joy to watch on the football field. Graceful on the ball, intelligent without it,Ralph seems to be very relaxed on the field of play
WHAT OTHERS SAY
”The GFA always wants to wait for someone to be a star before they show interest in the person. We have to start from somewhere. I quite remember I invited an official from Ghana to watch my son play but he never turned up’‘.–Mr.Owusu Yeboah (dad)
I have a strong feeling Siro will be promoted to the Ajax senior side sooner than later. The team that he decides to move to will be crucial as to how his development continues. Looking at Ralph’s style of play, a move to England might make more sense. His dream is to play for Chelsea, Real Madrid or AC Milan.England’s top division is a very tough,competitive league and the kid will thrive in the best league of the world.
A vision of Siro playing for Madrid one day running around the Bernabeu pitch in a Los Blancos jersey will be the pinnacle of his career . Madrid is every player’s dream team.He’s even visited the Bernabeu on several occasions with his side.He will definitely reach the top, absolute top.
The sky is the limit for this kid.