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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00

Alex Nyarko

Midfielder

Alex Nyarko
  • Born: 15/10/1973
  • Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
  • Nationality: Ghanaian
  • Debut: 2000 (v Leeds at Elland Road)
  • Signed from Lens of the French First Division for a fee of £4.5m in the summer of 2002, Alex Nyarko arrived at Goodison eager to cement his reputation with goals and graft as well as strength and skill in the Premiership.

    Walter Smith likened Nyarko's playing style to Patrick Vieira and, suitably, it was the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who recommended Nyarko to Smith.

    Alex started with early performances that quickly endeared him to the Goodison Park faithful, including a wonderful display in a 5-0 pre-season win over Preston.

    However, later on in the season, things turned unpleasant for the Ghanaian.

    As the team and his personal form suffered during the 2000-01 season, he was subjected to abuse from a fan who walked on the pitch at Highbury as the Blues were being beaten 4-1 by Arsenal.

    After this incident, Nyarko vowed to retire from the game and failed to return to training with Everton.

    When his self-imposed exile was ended, Smith placed him on the transfer list and soon afterwards, Monaco took him on-loan for a season.

    A permanent deal with the French giants was not forthcoming and the troubled star soon made his way to PSG, on another loan, but quit the club as soon as he learned that they were not going to sign him on a full contract.

    Following a spell away from football, Nyarko returned to Bellefield in July 2003 and played 14 games during his last season at Goodison before leaving when his work permit expired.

    He went on to play for clubs in Norway and Switzerland before retiring in 2007.

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