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Abdul Rahman Baba (born 2 July 1994), known as Baba Rahman, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a left-back for La Liga club RCD Mallorca, on loan from Chelsea and the Ghana national team.

Baba Rahman
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Rahman with Greuther Fürth in 2012
Personal information
Full name Abdul Rahman Baba[1]
Date of birth (1994-07-02) 2 July 1994 (age 25)[2]
Place of birth Tamale, Ghana[3]
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)[2]
Playing position Left-back
Club information
Current team
Mallorca (on loan from Chelsea)
Number 18
Youth career
2004–2010 Young Meteors Tamale
2010–2011 Dreams FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012Asante Kotoko (loan) 25 (0)
2012–2014 Greuther Fürth 44 (2)
2014–2015 FC Augsburg 31 (0)
2015– Chelsea 15 (0)
2016–2017Schalke 04 (loan) 13 (0)
2018–2019Schalke 04 (loan) 3 (0)
2019Reims (loan) 11 (1)
2019–Mallorca (loan) 2 (0)
National team
2013 Ghana U20[3] 7 (0)
2014– Ghana 28 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 20:01, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:58, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Beginning his career at Dreams FC, he played in the Ghanaian Premier League with Asante Kotoko. In 2012, he signed for Bundesliga club Greuther Fürth, where he spent two seasons. He then played for FC Augsburg before joining Chelsea in 2015 for a fee of £14 million, potentially rising to £22 million.

Rahman made his international debut in 2014 and was part of their squad which were runners-up at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club careerEdit

GhanaEdit

Rahman began his career at Dreams FC of the Ghana Division Two. After impressive performances, he was then transferred on loan to Asante Kotoko of the Ghanaian Premier League for one season.[4]

For the 2012 season, Rahman was a finalist for the league's Discovery of the Year Award, eventually losing to Joshua Oniku.[5] After becoming a sought after player during his time with the Kumasi-based club, serious enquiries were made about the player by Manchester City and Arsenal of the Premier League and Parma of Serie A.[6]

GermanyEdit

However, Rahman eventually signed with newly promoted Greuther Fürth in the Bundesliga on 12 June 2012. Rahman stated that his decision to join Fürth was because the club offered, "the best conditions in which to develop my career."[4] In the derby against 1. FC Nürnberg on 11 August 2014 he scored his first two goals for Fürth in a 5–1 home victory.[7] The next day he signed with FC Augsburg of the same division.[8]

In Rahman's 2014–15 season with Augsburg, he made 108 tackles, more than any other player in the Bundesliga that season. Using aspects of his strength and pace, he was able to win 90 of those tackles, coming out to an 83% successful tackle rate. That season, Rahman also had 83 interceptions and won 80 contested aerial balls.[9]

ChelseaEdit

2015–16 seasonEdit

On 16 August 2015, Rahman signed for Chelsea on a five-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be an initial £14 million, rising to a potential fee of almost £22 million.[10][11][12][13] He made his debut on 16 September in a UEFA Champions League tie, playing the full 90 minutes in a 4–0 win at home to Maccabi Tel Aviv.[14] He made his Premier League debut in a 2–0 win over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on 17 October.[15]

Rahman has played an important role at left-back in a couple of Chelsea's victories including their 2–1 Champions League win over Dynamo Kyiv; Sportsmail's Bob Treasure said that Rahman "was very lively at left back" and that he "showed excellent anticipation to make a handful of interceptions and start attacking moves."[16] Rahman also played the full 90 minutes against French side Paris Saint-Germain in Chelsea's 2–1 Champions League defeat on 16 February 2016. Rahman was presented with this opportunity following the injuries to centre-backs Kurt Zouma and John Terry. Although Chelsea failed to stop PSG from scoring twice, "Rahman looked like a class full back" according to Kristian Downer for Metro.co.uk.[17]

 
Baba Rahman playing for Chelsea in 2016

On 27 February, Rahman made an error which allowed Southampton's Shane Long to score in the 42nd minute; he was substituted for Kenedy at half time but Chelsea eventually won 2–1 at St. Mary's.[18]

Schalke 04 (loan)Edit

On 2 August 2016, FC Schalke 04 confirmed that Baba Rahman has moved on a season-long loan to the club after failing to impress the new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte during pre-season. Baba was given the number 14 jersey for the upcoming season. His return to Bundesliga links him back with former Augsburg manager, Markus Weinzierl.[19][20]

After the completion of this loan move, Rahman told the local paper Ruhr Nachrichten, Antonio Conte advised him to leave on loan because he was mainly focused on a defensive philosophy. With the defensive focus, Rahman was told his playing-time would be very limited due to his attacking-style.[21]

Rahman made his competitive debut for the Gelsenkirchen team on 20 August, as a winger instead of a defender in a 4–1 victory against FC 08 Villingen in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.[22] He made his league debut on 27 August, coming on for Sead Kolašinac in the 62nd minute of an eventual 1–0 loss at Eintracht Frankfurt on the first day of the season.[23] Rahman scored his first goal for Schalke on 15 September, the game's only in a Europa League victory at OGC Nice.[24]

Schalke 04 (second loan)Edit

In January 2018, Rahman joined Schalke 04 on loan for a second time agreeing an 18-month stay until summer 2019.[25][26]

Reims (loan)Edit

In January 2019, he returned early to Chelsea and was immediately loaned to Stade de Reims until the end of the season.[27]

Mallorca (loan)Edit

On 2 September 2019, the last day of transfer window, Baba Rahman was again loaned out in a season-long deal, this time to newly promoted La Liga side Mallorca.[28]

International careerEdit

Rahman played every minute of Ghana's campaign at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea, providing the cross from which André Ayew headed in the winner against South Africa to win Group C.[29] In the final against the Ivory Coast, Rahman scored in the penalty shootout in which his team lost 9–8.[30]

Personal lifeEdit

Rahman has "Baba" on the back of his jersey, the name of his Chelsea-supporting father.[31] Baba went to the prestigious Notre Dame Seminary Senior High School in Navrongo for his second cycle education. In May 2016, Baba married his longtime childhood girlfriend, Selma, in their hometown of Tamale in northern Ghana.[32]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of match played on 22 September 2019[33]
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Greuther Fürth 2012–13 Bundesliga 20 0 1 0 21 0
2013–14 2.Bundesliga 22 0 1 0 2[a] 0 25 0
2014–15 2.Bundesliga 2 2 0 0 2 2
Total 44 2 2 0 2 0 48 2
FC Augsburg 2014–15 Bundesliga 31 0 0 0 31 0
2015–16 Bundesliga 0 0 1 0 1 0
Total 31 0 1 0 32 0
Chelsea 2015–16 Premier League 15 0 2 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 23 0
Schalke 04 (loan) 2016–17 Bundesliga 13 0 2 0 6 1 21 1
2017–18 Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2018–19 Bundesliga 2 0 1 0 1 0 4 0
Total 16 0 3 0 7 1 26 1
Reims (loan) 2018–19 Ligue 1 11 1 0 0 0 0 11 1
Mallorca (loan) 2019–20 La Liga 2 0 0 0 2 0
Career total 119 3 8 0 2 0 11 1 2 0 142 4
  1. ^ Appearances in Bundesliga play-offs

InternationalEdit

As of 15 July 2019.[34]
Ghana national team
Year Apps Goals
2014 5 0
2015 11 0
2016 8 0
2017 1 0
2018 0 0
2019 3 0
Total 28 0

ReferencesEdit

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