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Timothy Fosu-Mensah
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Timothy Fosu-Mensah (2016)
Personalia
Name Evans Timothy Fosu-Mensah
Birthday 2. January 1998
Birthplace Amsterdam, Netherlands
Size 185 cm
Position Outside defence (right)
Inside defence
Juniors
Years Station
2005–2006 AVV Zeeburgia
2006–2014 Ajax Amsterdam
2014–2015 Manchester United
Men
Years Station Games (goals)1
2015–2020 Manchester United U21/U23 15 (1)
2016–2021 Manchester United 16 (0)
2017–2018 → Crystal Palace (loan) 21 (0)
2018–2019 → Fulham FC (loan) 12 (0)
2021– Bayer 04 Leverkusen 6 (0)
National team
Years Selection Games (goals)2
2013 Netherlands U15 4 (0)
2013–2014 Netherlands U16 7 (0)
2014–2015 Netherlands U17 13 (1)
2015–2016 Netherlands U19 10 (0)
2016–2018 Netherlands U21 5 (0)
2017– Netherlands 3 (0)
1 Only league matches are shown.
Status: 28 February 2021

2 Status: November 9, 2018

Evans Timothy “Tim” Fosu-Mensah (born 2 January 1998 in Amsterdam, Netherlands) is a Dutch footballer of Ghanaian descent. He is versatile in defence, but mostly plays on the right wing. Fosu-Mensah is under contract in Germany with Bayer 04 Leverkusen and is a Dutch senior international.

Career

Associations

Fosu-Mensah started playing club football at Amsterdam district club AVV Zeeburgia.[1] After just one year, he transferred to Ajax Amsterdam’s youth academy as an eight-year-old. Fosu-Mensah was spotted by scouts from English club Manchester United while playing for the U17s in the Future Cup, a youth tournament organised by the club.[1] In parallel to his activities for the club’s own senior youth team, the Dutchman was also used in the Premier League 2 after receiving a professional contract in the summer of 2015[1] in the Premier League 2, followed by his first professional games under coach Louis van Gaal in February 2016. The latter credited his protégé with being a “multifunctional player” and recognised his strengths in above-average speed with and without the ball.[2] While Fosuh-Mensah played exclusively as a six in the U19s, he was already playing more in defence in the U21s/U23s, and in van Gaal’s first men’s team on the right defensive side due to his aforementioned attributes. With Manchester’s U23s, the defensive player was champion, while with the professional team he won the national cup

In his first full season for the first team, Fosu-Mensah played for the first time in the Europa League, which they eventually won, but was used very sporadically in the rest of the competitions. Van Gaal’s successor José Mourinho relied on a back four in defence, with Danny Blind, Marcos Rojo, Antonio Valencia, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian playing together in rotation, while Ander Herrera most often formed the six. The Dutchman spent the 2017/18 season on loan at league rivals Crystal Palace[2], where he regularly manned the defensive right-back position as a counterpart to compatriot Patrick van Aanholt on the left. The initiative for the signing came from coach Frank de Boer, who had previously managed Fosu-Mensah at Ajax.[2] Fosu-Mensah finished mid-table in the league in terms of both goals conceded and league position at the end of the season, but did not play against his parent club Man. United, however, he was not allowed to play. In the summer of 2018, the defensive player remained in London, this time on loan at promoted Fulham FC.[2] In a season under three different coaches, Fulham were already relegated six matchdays before the end, with 81 goals conceded, they finished last in the league in that category. However, Fosu-Mensah, alternating with Cyrus Christie and Denis Odoi, made just 12 league appearances at right-back and did little to help the club stay up.

Due to a cruciate ligament injury sustained while still in London, Fosu-Mensah missed most of the 2019/20 season and was only able to play six times for Manchester United. Ole Gunnar Solskjær, in the club’s employ since December 2018, also rarely relied on the player between the summer and winter of 2020. Then, in January 2021, German Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen finally signed the Dutchman. Fosu-Mensah signed a contract with a term until June 2024.[3] Bayer did so in response to injuries to right-backs Mitchell Weiser and Santiago Arias, as well as the situation of Lars Bender, who had already announced his career end for the summer of 2021 and was also struggling sporadically with minor injuries.[2] Two weeks later, the club readjusted on the right wing with Fosu-Mensah’s compatriot Jeremie Frimpong. Both sporting director Simon Rolfes and managing director Rudi Völler praised the versatile, resilient player and also made a transfer for the future with him.[4]

National team

Fosu-Mensah came through six KNVB youth national teams. On 31 August 2017, he made his senior debut in a 4-0 World Cup qualifier against France.

Successes

Manchester United

  • FA Cup Winner: 2016
  • FA Community Shield Winner: 2016
  • EFL Cup Winner: 2017
  • Europa League Winner: 2017

Web links

Commons: Timothy Fosu-Mensah– Image collection

Individual references

  1. a b c Timothy Fosu-Mensah, sportskeeda.com, retrieved 4 February 2021 (English)
  2. a b c d e Timothy Fosu-Mensah is the new defensive all-purpose weapon for Bayer 04 Leverkusen, bundesliga.com, retrieved 4 February 2021
  3. Bayer 04 sign Fosu-Mensah from Manchester United; bayer04.de, published and retrieved on 13 January 2021
  4. Timothy Fosu-Mensah signing, rheinische-anzeigenblaetter.de, retrieved on 4 February 2021