When Chelsea signed Mykhailo Mudryk, Arsenal were left fuming. The Gunners made up for it by signing Leandro Trossard from Brighton & Hove Albion. In this cyclic round of transfer, Brighton are left with a lot of cash and little time to find a replacement for Trossard. However, Brighton might not even have to spend a single penny as they have a player in their squad capable of replacing Trossard. Simon Adingra is on loan from Brighton to Belgian side Royale Union Saint Gilloise and has been sensational this season.
Adingra has been a revelation for the team, helping them climb to second place in the Belgian league. And he looks every bit as talented as Trossard and also shares the same journey. Trossard also went to Brighton after a successful spell in the Belgian league with Genk.
Integrating Adingra into the first team will also allow the club to invest in other areas. Brighton are currently in sixth in the Premier League table and will need continuous investment to be competitive. In a situation like this, having a player of Adingra’s quality for free will go a long way in ensuring Brighton’s long-term success.
So, who is Simon Adingra, and how good is he?
How good is Simon Adingra?
Born on the first day of 2002 in Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast, Adingra started his career in his native country. He played for various school clubs. However, his journey took a massive boost when he joined the ‘Right to Dream’ academy in Ghana. The academy was started in 1999 and is considered one of the best youth set-ups in the world.
Adingra rose quickly through the academy, putting in some impressive displays. It caught the eyes of Didi Dramani, the head of football at the academy. Adingra’s consistent performances were then rewarded with a move to Europe.
Back in 2015, Right to Dream was part of a consortium that brought the Danish club Nordsjælland. This allowed the youngsters in the academy to have a smooth transition with the same people handling the administration of both institutions.
He was integrated into Nordsjælland under-19 squad, where he played three games in the 2018-19 season. In the last of these matches, he scored his first goal. The…