It was just reward for his incredible season at the Gothenburg based side that finished runners-up to Anders Svensson’s IF Elfsborg. It marks The Wasps highest ever finish in the top-flight of Swedish football and there is little doubt that the 23 goals in 29 games by the Ghanaian international were pivotal in their rise to a title scrap with Elfsborg, AIK and Malmo.
Not only did Waris finish at the top of the goalscoring charts he was only a little way back in the Assists column, finishing in joint fourth on nine. Considering he only turned 21 in September and you can begin to see that he is a very talented footballer.
He was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League as Norwich City, Chelsea and Aston Villa scouts all reportedly took a look at him at some point and some circles even reported that Chelsea were ready with a concrete bid.
His strength and electric pace would have suited the Premier League and he would have no problem gaining a work permit as he already has British citizenship. He held a valid visa after spending time at the highly regarded Hartpury College in Gloucestershire where they specialise in players of sporting excellence. During his time in the west-country he managed to score an incredible 36 goals in 21 appearances. He also excelled off the pitch, earning a distinction in a National Award for Sport.
However one of Europe’s leading marksmen had a doubly busy day on Tuesday as he also agreed terms on a move to Russian club Spartak Moscow, ending hopes of seeing him return to the UK and potentially bringing his raw ability to the Premier League.
The Swedish League is of course not the biggest force in European football. Ranked 23rd in Europe ahead of Scotland but behind Croatia no Swedish team has qualified for the Champions League proper since Helsingborg’s 2000-01.
Winning the Golden Boot in Sweden is not necessarily a beacon for success in England or the rest of Europe. While players such as Kennet Andersson, Martin Dahlin and Markus Rosenberg have all done well on the continent names such as Patrik Ingelsten, Razak Omotoyossi and Wanderson have never truly made it.
One thing for sure is that we should not forget the name to soon.
Here he is in action…
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