Exclusive Interview Michael Gyasi
In this exclusive interview Michael Gyasi talks about what it was like joining Chelsea as an 11-year-old wonderkid before having to start again at non-league Bedford Town.
Where did you start your career?
I started my career with Northampton Town at seven years old playing with their Under-9’s following a successful trial. My brother was also with them at the time and he got me the trial.
What was it like moving to Chelsea at such a young age?
It was difficult to move away from my friends and family but I thought it was something I had to do to progress in my football and when a team like Chelsea comes knocking on the door you can’t say no.
My parents wanted me to go and mainly I wanted to go but my academy manager at the time didn’t want me to go, but I told him I wanted to try my luck at the highest level and after talks he agreed to let me go.
Form Chelsea you moved to Leicester, before dropping down to Non-League with Nuneaton, why did you make that decision?
I moved down to non-league because I thought it would be good to get experience at first team level and play against older and stronger players to see how I would cope. I was fortunate enough to make a few appearances in the first team at Nuneaton in the Conference North.
How did you end up at Bedford Town?
After talks with the Bedford manager (Jon Taylor), we spoke and he told me if I come in and I get my head down I will get opportunities and play as many games as possible. He told me he would put his trust in young players and put me on the pitch and I don’t think I’ve let him down.
He told me he would give me all the help he can to get me back up the ladder, he said he knows I have the ability but I have to keep showing it week in week out.
I went to Bedford because the gaffer put his trust in me, he said that he knows I will not be there long and if I get my head down and work something will happen and he will help me all he can.
It’s hard to play in non-league sometime because players have lots of experience but the gaffer showed trust in me by playing me since the day I signed so I’m grateful for that.
What position do you play?
My position is up front or on the wings but I can also operate as a number 10.
What your style of play?
I would say my style of play is very direct and very skillful.
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
My strengths are beating player one v one and I think finishing is one of my biggest strengths.
I would say my weaknesses are heading the ball but I still fight for the ball in the air even though I’ve small but I think I could improve on that side of my game.
Who are your role models?
Player such at Thierry Henry and Ronaldinho, I always loved to watch them as a young player and still watch their highlights. I love what they did on and off the pitch so that’s why they are my role models.
What motivates you to be a footballer?
I’m very self motivated but my family motivate me as they have always been there for me but the main thing that motivates me is myself because I love being a footballer, I have loved the game from a young age.
Do you still want to be a professional player?
Of course I still want to be a professional as it’s always been a dream from a young age and I know my parents would love to see me play on the TV and I would love to see myself play on the TV in front of thousands of fans.
I always say to myself I will never give up regardless of the setbacks I have I will always keep going.
You can see Michael play for Bedford Town in their next match on Saturday 6th January away Hartley FC in Southern League 1 – 3pm kick off.
Check their twitter @BedfordTown
You can also view his Football-Wonderkids profile – Michael Gyasi
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