Roy Keane does not believe Arsenal midfielder is a” leader”

Roy Keane has cast doubt over Thomas Partey’s leadership skills after Ghana was beaten in their World Cup opener by Portugal yesterday.

The midfielder is one of the best players in the Ghanaian squad and he went to the World Cup in top form, having helped Arsenal stay top of the Premier League table.

He is expected to show his best for his nation as they attempt to make the next round of the competition.

The current Ghanaian team has so many new and inexperienced players who will look to him for leadership in their matches.

However, former Manchester United man, Keane, does not think the midfielder has what it takes to lead.

He said via The Daily Mail:

‘Well he’s (Partey) having a very good season.

‘He’s settled down, he had a lot of injury problems when he first went to Arsenal.

‘He’s got a big role here because there are some inexperienced players around him. I’m still not convinced he’s got those leadership skills.’

Just Arsenal Opinion

Partey is one of the finest midfielders in the world and does his job well on the field.

However, he is not the most inspirational figure on the pitch because he loves to lead by example.

But leadership is more than that and we can partly agree with Keane that Partey needs to work on his leadership skills. 

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  1. I prefer performers than leaders.
    This leader rubbish keeps being overplayed.

    Give me good performing players that give their all instead of this Leader this leader that.

    Partey has been performing amazingly this season. I have doubted him since he got here due to his stop start / injury history and hot and cold performances, but I can’t ask for more this season. He has been really good.

    He is leading by example and putting in solid performances. That’s all I care about..

    1. I think these days the leaders are the ones who give something extra when the rest of the team is not playing well or are down in a game. Not sure if I’d include partey in that to be honest (sometimes?). You can see it at times in xhaka, Ramsdale, martinelli, Gabriel, Tomi, Tierney, Saka and (I think) vieira. Not so much odegaard, but i think that is changing. Anyway, I don’t think we have a player who shows that consistently – Tierney and martinelli, perhaps?

  2. Not all players were born leaders or to be make into a leader.
    Sometimes you force leadership on a player and you end up losing a good player and still without a leader.

    Partey should be left to do what he does best, only KDB in the league can match him in his department.

  3. No one said that Thomas Partey is a great leader. We all know he lets his football do the talking.

    Xhaka is the obvious leader of our squad. Keane should have had Xhaka on his mind when thinking of Arsenal’s leadership qualities, also Arteta does a lot from the sideline thus almost making it a moot point

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