Former Ghana international Nii Odartey Lamptey has opened up on his short stay playing in the English Premier League, admitting that it was tough for him.
The forward who joined Aston Villa in 1994 from Anderlecht following a good spell on loan at PSV Eindhoven failed to replicate that form featuring in just a handful of games at the Villa Park.
A year after, the 1991 U17 World cup best player moved to Coventry City before deciding to call it quits in the English premier league, joining Italian side AC Venezia in 1996/97 season.
Nii Odartey Lamptey told the Daily Graphic newspaper it was tough playing in England due to the physicality in the league.
“It was really too much for me, to me it was a wrong decision to move to England at that time”
“I went there because Anderlecht did not want to approve of my stay in Holland, which would have helped me much and I was also not willing to return to Belgium.
“It was not easy to fit into the Premier League in those days. Their style of play was too robust for my liking and besides, I met very tall players, so I struggled to cope.”
He further admitted that his physique did not exactly help him despite his skill on the ball.
“Their style of play never suited me at all. The players were not only tall but also they liked playing long balls and running for them.
“I was short and skilful at that time so it affected my performance so much,” the 45-year-old added.
Nii Odartey Lamptey was one of Ghana’s highly rated teens in the early 90’s after having picked a medal in the three different competitions for Ghana.
He was part of Ghana’s team that won gold at the 1991 U17 World Cup. He was also a member of the Bronze winning team in the 1992 Olympic Games and also picked silver in the 1993 U20 World Championships.
Before retiring in 2008, Odartey Lamptey has played for a number of clubs including Asante Kotoko in 2005.