Former Arsenal prodigy dumped by club after just four months

Leon Britton Emmanuel Frimpong

Emmanuel Frimpong is now a free agent after being released by relegated Championship side Barnsley.

Arsene Wenger is a man many think of when it comes to identifying young footballing talent.

Over the years he has plucked relatively obscure names such as Nicolas Anelka, Patrick Vieira, Robin van Persie, Fredrik Ljungberg and Cesc Fabregas and turned them into some of the best players around. 

But even Wenger can get it wrong occasionally, and there have been few times he has talked up a player as much as Emmanuel Frimpong, only for the player to completely fail to justify such talk.

In 2010, when Frimpong was a young midfielder in demand by more than one country, the Arsenal boss advised the FA to move fast and select him for the full national team so that he wouldn't play elsewhere, saying: "Here you have a boy who can choose between England and Ghana."

"If I was in your [the FAs] place, I would have no hesitation and invite him to play very quickly for England."

Fast forward a few years and Frimpong, long since discarded by Wenger having failed to provide the talent or attitude necessary to make it as a top level footballer, has been axed again, this time by relegated Championship outfit Barnsley.

Since joining in January, Frimpong, who has opted to play for Ghana at international level, has featured just 9 times for the Tykes, after infamously seeing red on his debut.

He has sat out the last 7 games, despite the side struggling desperately at the foot of the table, and  now faces the ignominy of having been released for the second time this year.

Still just 22, the defensive midfielder's next move is absolutely essential if he is to salvage any hope of a career as a professional football player.

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