One of the surprise moves of Transfer Deadline day saw former Arsenal starlet Emmanuel Frimpong join obscure Russian outfit FC Ufa on a free transfer. He left Yorkshire side Barnsley this summer after jsut a few months at the club and was therefore a free agent, looking for a new direction.
He had a trial at Sturm Graz in Austria and was reportedly offered a contract by OFI Crete in Greece but decided on a move to Russia, and now he has explained why.
Talking to local press at his new club he stated that he had informed his agent of his desire to play abroad, and that as soon as a Russian club showed an interest he jumped at the opportunity:
"At the end of last season I told my agent that I wanted to try my luck in a new country. When there was one in Russia, I agreed immediately, because your league is one of the best in Europe. There are a lot of strong players. For me it is a challenge. A new country, a new language."
Frimpong gets a lot of stick because of his outspoken ways on Twitter and the like but he should be commended for his move. The Ghanaian international has decided to give something new a try, rather than do the expected thing, and join a Football League side.
After his struggle with knee injuries a move abroad might be just what he is after in order to kickstart a career that once seemed destined for great things.