Date of Birth: 9.12.1995 (21 years old)
Team: FC Zurich
Value: 400.000 €
Contract Result: 30.06.2020
Height: 1,86 m
Raphael Dwamena was born on December 9, 1995 in Kwahu-Taho, Ghana. In 2011, he participated in “Red Bull Ghana Development Program”, where he began training and playing football. In an international tournament in Croix, France in 2013, Dwamena played a major role in winning RB Ghana U17 team’s silver medal and won the “Best Player of the Tournament” award.
After continuing his successful performance at the academy, he moved to Red Bull Salzburg U18 in January 2014. After he performed 9 goals in 11 games in the U18 league, in a tournament held in June 2014, he scored 7 goals in 4 matches and won the “Golden Boot” award.
Dwamena, who has drawn all the attention at that tournament, was signed a contract with the Austrian 2nd Division team FC Liefering on 1 July 2014. He made his first professional game on the 18th of July, 2014 with his team playing against Hartberg.
During the 2015-2016 season, Dwamena found more opportunities to play with Liefering and played in 25 games and he produced 6 goals and 4 assists.
On 1 July 2016, Austrian 2nd Division team SC Austria Lustenau completed Dwamena’s signing and he made his real successful performance here. With his team, he had 22 games in total and he made a huge impact with 21 goals, 5 assists.
On January 27, 2017, he moved to Zurich for €600,000. Ghanaian player, who is maintaining his outstanding form in his new team, has scored 6 goals and 6 assists so far in 12 games.
Dwamena showed a remarkably consistent performance throughout the 2016-2017 season. He has played 34 games until now and has never missed any matches. In addition, 32 of these games, he has played in the starting lineup.
The 21-year-old Ghanaian player has not yet had the chance to play in any national team category of his country. However, when we take into consideration his recent form, career growing and young age, we can say that Dwamena will be an important part of the Ghana National Team in the coming years.
Dwamena, in the last two years of his career, played usually forward in 4-4-2, and 4-2-3-1 formations. Dwamena is also extremely efficient on both systems. In addition, he has played as left-winger several times while in Austria Lustenau, but he does not have enough experience in this positon and he played only in the role of centre-forward in these season.
Strengths (Finishing, Shooting, Challenges, Speed, Dribbling, Work Rate)
Dwamena has played 34 games in the 16-17 season so far, contributing a total of 38 goals. His finishing ability is at the forefront of Dwamena’s this success. Despite being 21 years old, Dwamena has a good composure. So, when he finds a goal position, he is able to finish it very clearly with the help of his composure. Besides, he can shoot dangerous shots regardless of his angle with his effective left foot, and catches 55% of the average 3 shots per game.
Dwamena is a footballer who creates problem for the opponent defenders with his challenge power. When we look at his challenge stats, even if he is not a “target man”, he shows a performance that nearly same with target forwards in terms of challenge stats. As a matter of fact, just about 40% success in 20 challenge per game is not bad at all.
With 1.86 m length and about 82 kg weighs, Dwamena has a strong and agile physique. But Dwamena is a fast footballer compared to his physics. Dwamena can easily eliminate his opponent, especially in wide area, with his physical superiority and speed. So we can easily say that Dwamena is a good dribbler and he can successfully finish 45% of his 4 dribblings per game.
Raphael Dwamena is a footballer who especially benefits his team from his work-rate level. He often runs behind the defenders, creates space for his teammates with a vertical-diagonal fake runs, has an acceptable pressing effort and tries 4 dribblings per game; so he has a good work-rate.
Weaknesses (Ball Control, Experience)
We can estimate that, the 21-year-old young forward may reach very good levels at his career in future. Still, he needs to focus on some weaknesses he need to improve. First, we can talk about the drawbacks of Dwamena’s ball control, which is a major cause of his ball losses. Dwamena’s first touch is not perfect, so he can lose the ball before he totally controls it. His many of the unsuccessful dribbling attempts are due to the ball controll problem. In addition to these, he has to increase his pass rate of 66%. If he can improve his technical weaknesses, he will become a much more qualified player.
We can not say that Raphael Dwamena, who has played in his first official match in 2014 and has so far played in 72 official games, has enough experience. In particular, we have to mention that Dwamena played 34 of 72 games this season. Another point at this problem is that the 21-year-old player has only played in the 2nd league level so far. For this reason, if he moves to our Super League, it is not clear that how long he will adapt and how he will perform at this level.
Similar Players: Bafetimbi Gomis, Emmanuel Emenike
Dwamena shows similarities with French striker Bafetimbi Gomis due to his strong and agile physics, composure and success in finishing. In addition, in terms of dribbling success, speed and ball control, he reminds us Fenerbahçe’s Nigerian player Emmanuel Emenike.