Thomas Teye Partey joined Atletico Madrid as a youth player in 2012 and later went on loan to RCD Mallorca and UD Almeria. In 2017, Partey signed a new contract extension with Atletico Madrid. Since then, he has established himself as a member of Diego Simeone’s first team. This season, Thomas Partey has been a vital part of Diego Simeone’s plans, making 24 league appearances and eight in the Champions League. Partey has also contributed to Atletico Madrid’s incredible defensive record that has seen them concede just 21 goals throughout the league campaign. Partey was sensational over both legs against defending champions Liverpool in the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. The Spanish side has booked their spot in the last eight stages of the competition. Partey dictated the play and was imperative in quelling any attacks from Liverpool fabulous front three. He finished the game at Anfield with four tackles, four interceptions, four clearances, blocked two shots successfully, and completed two dribbles. He also ended the game with an average passing accuracy of 68%. The master class performance he put up in that game has caught the eyes of some premier league clubs with Arsenal leading the race to get his services this summer.
Would Partey be a perfect signing for Arsenal?
Arsenal is seriously considering a bid for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey when the summer transfer window opens. The player’s father has also confirmed that talks between Partey’s representatives and Arsenal have begun.
A midfielder is on the wish list of Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and what Partey would offer Arteta’s side is a world-class edge that cannot only compete defensively with the best but also strive forward and act on the offensive when needed. Partey’s primary and most important role would be to screen and protect his back four and also add some steel to the squad. Mikel Arteta also wants to add competition in midfield since he lacks an out and out midfielder who can compete at the very highest level. Partey’s quality and style of play are very similar to that of Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira. Arsenal has not had an influential midfielder and a dominant character in the middle of the pitch for a long while now.
Partey is massively efficient in breaking up play, halting counter attacks. He is also a dominant presence in front of the defense and can keep things ticking over in possession. He is also useful in terms of positioning and covering grounds on the pitch. Moreover, He possesses the ability to sniff out danger quickly from opposing teams. The potential signing of Partey would go a long way in solving a lot of deficiencies in the Arsenal midfield. Although Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, and Matteo Guendoudzi are decent players, Partey is an upgrade in comparison to them. Granit Xhaka, who has been a constant regular in Mikel Arteta’s midfield, doesn’t even come close to Partey. Xhaka averages just 1.8 tackles and 0.8 interceptions whiles Partey averages 2.8 tackles, 1.4 interceptions with an impressive passing average of 85% in all competitions so far this season. Partey also has other abilities in his tool kit that Xhaka doesn’t have.
What next for Partey?
Partey has three years left on his current deal at Atletico Madrid with his current side desperate to convince him to sign a new long term contract. Partey has established himself as one of most sought after midfielders in Europe and has enjoyed a stellar season becoming a key player and the bedrock under Diego Simeone. Partey has risen through the ranks at Atletico Madrid and can be identified with the club’s philosophy and also an academy product. Last summer, Partey expressed his desire to play in the Premier League in the future. He said the Premier League is outstanding, very competitive, and has some of the best players in the world. As such, this summer could be the time for Partey to move to the Premier League. However, the big question is where does Partey himself see his future, having spent the majority of his career at Atletico Madrid.
At the moment, it is unknown whether Partey would be keen on a new challenge or prefer to stay at the Wanda Metropolitano.