Partey has established himself as one of Arsenal’s most important players this season, starting 11 of their 14 league matches and helping Mikel Arteta’s side to the top of the Premier League.
The 29-year-old became the most expensive Ghanaian player ever when he completed a £45m transfer from Atletico Madrid in 2020.
Partey hopes exotic Ghana can cause some upset at the World Cup in Qatar, but it won’t stop the team from suffering a thrilling 3-2 defeat by Portugal in the tournament’s opening game on Thursday.
Before the match, former Manchester United captain Kane praised Partey’s development at Arsenal but questioned his “leadership skills”.
“Well, he’s having a very good season,” Kane said. ITV Sport. He’s settled in, and he had a lot of injury problems when he first went to Arsenal.
He’s got a big role here because there are some inexperienced players around him. I’m still not convinced he has those leadership skills.
“But he’s a very good player and he’s going to have a big role to play today because there’s a lot of responsibility, especially in the middle of the park, of course a huge position on the pitch.
“He’s had a good season, he has to be confident, but it’s a big challenge for him in the middle of the field to help the players around him.”
Graeme Souness also delivered his verdict on the Gunners star, adding to ITV: ‘I think it’s an improvement.
“It took him a little bit of time to adapt to our game. I think he’s got a little bit of everything and I think you’ll see him improve in his days at Arsenal.
“He’s got all the attributes to be a very good player in our football. This is another stage for him, get out there and show you can do that on this stage as well.
Cristiano Ronaldo set another record during Portugal’s victory over Ghana, becoming the first player to score in five World Cups.
The 37-year-old won and scored a penalty in the second half but Ghana equalized soon after through Andre Ayew.
Portugal seemed to miss the game as Joao Felix and Rafael Leao scored back-to-back goals but Ghana struck back through Ousmane Bockarie.
Ghana could have scored a dramatic goal in stoppage time when Inaki Williams chased down goalkeeper Diogo Costa and raced to intercept the ball, but the forward pulled back at the crucial moment and his effort was cleared.
Portugal’s win means they top Group H after Uruguay and South Korea drew 0-0 earlier in the day.
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