Youth football expert thinks Dusseldorf switch makes sense for Kwadwo Baah
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Watford’s Kwadwo Baah has joined Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan for the season and youth football expert Harry Hudson can see why he has made the switch.
The Hornets have yet to award the 19-year-old with his first appearance for the senior team at Vicarage Road after he excelled for Rochdale as a 16-year-old in the lower echelons of the Football League.
It wasn’t a smooth path to professional football for Baah though as he was released by Crystal Palace in 2017 and left without prospects of a career in the beautiful game until Hudson came along.
He runs the Kinetic Academy in South London which is designed to help those who have been dropped by other academies get a second chance to excel and it was in 2019, after two years with the foundation, that Baah was spotted by Dale and signed to their roster.
Baah had made one appearance for England’s Under-18s but has since pledged his commitment to Germany and featured for their Under-19s side before making the move to Dusseldorf, as announced on Watford’s official Twitter account.
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“He had quite a disrupted year last season with an ankle injury and he now needs to play and it would be great for him to play,” Hudson told The Football Wonderkids.
“He’s chosen to go to Germany internationally too, he’s got a German passport, so it makes sense for him to go there and it’s a great platform for him to go and play and express himself which is the most important thing.”
Dusseldorf will attempt to return to the Bundesliga with Baah on board in 2022-23 having dropped into the second tier.
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