Atlético Madrid star Thomas Partey has seen his status elevated by Ghana coach CK Akonnor after naming him the 1st assistant captain of the national team.

The midfielder is now deputy to Andre Ayew in the new leadership role of the Black Stars which was announced on Sunday.

As the saying goes, “to whom much is given, much is expected”, and Partey will be looking to shoulder a new level of responsibility in his career.

There is no doubt that the Ghanaian international has established himself as one of the top midfielders in La Liga over the years but is still a little under-appreciated by Atlético Madrid.

There is some suggestion by commentators that the Black Stars captaincy could propel him to rethink his club future. Why not?

At 27 year old, he is already in his prime and should be a key protagonist in his team not an outlier.

English giants Arsenal have been long-term admirers and Partey might just be the final piece to complete coach Mikel Arteta’s exciting new project.

The versatile midfielder is a boyhood Gunners fan and has spoken publicly about his desire to play in England one day.

But Money, as you’d expect, is the major sticking point in getting a transfer over the line.

And one rather large obstacle remains: the Gunners still need to agree a fee with Atlético Madrid, who are holding out for the full payment of his €50m release clause.

As things stand, the north Londoners are looking to offload players to bring in cash – with Atleti so far rejecting other bids from them, including a player-plus-cash offer including Matteo Guendouzi.

The potential £30m sale of Hector Bellerin to Paris Saint-Germain would help and that deal is looking increasingly likely.

Should it go through, Arsenal could start a more serious move for Partey.

From then, it’s all up to the player to take control of his future and do what he thinks is best for his career.