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Premiership Player Profile – George Boateng

First of all, apologies for the late player profile, this is just a one off and Premiership Player Profiles will return to Wednesday’s once again next week. The midweek’s Premiership Player Profile features Hull City’s George Boateng.

George Boateng is a midfielder currently attached to Premier League side Hull City.
Boateng has enjoyed a long spell in English football dating back to 1998, but it was in the Netherlands that the Ghana International first started his career.
It was at Dutch team Excelsior Rotterdam that Boateng began his footballing career, making nine appearances in his maiden season.
Once the season finished, Boateng transferred to one of Holland’s top teams, Feyenoord. Boateng established himself as a regular and went onto record 70 appearances for the club in the three years he spent at the Eredivisie club.
Boateng then caught the eye of Coventry City manager Gordon Strachan in 1998, who eventually signed the midfielder for £220,000. The midfielder totalled 46 appearanaces for the Sky Blues before transferring to West Midlands side Aston Villa.  He made 135 appearances for the Villans before moving to fellow Premier League side Middlesbrough. It was at the Teeside club that Boateng arguably enjoyed his best football of his career.

George Boateng (centre) in action against Man Utd.

Boateng was strong presence in the Middlesbrough side ever since transferring from Aston Villa in the 2002-2003 in a five million pound deal.
During his time at Boro, Boateng was put across as the ‘solid platform’ behind Boro’s success, particularly in the UEFA Cup, in which the club reached the final. He was also part of the 2004 Carling Cup winners under Steve McClaren.
Boateng also established himself as an ever present figure and fan favourite as the fans voted him their most missed player through injury.
The 34 year old made a total of 223 appearances for the Riverside outfit and notched up nine goals along the way. However, it was in January 2008 that all but signalled the end of Boateng’s Boro career. Then manager Gareth Southgate removed Boateng as the captain and stated his desire for Boateng to concentrate on his game more.
Six months later, Boateng agreed a contract offered by Hull City, and the move was completed on the 16th of July.

Boateng battles with Liverpool ace Fernando Torres.

The 34 year old’s first season with the Tigers started off perfectly as Hull recorded impressive wins in what was an astounding start in their first season of the Premier League.
With Boateng, Hull have a player that has bags of experience with features in the UEFA Cup Final against some of Europe’s Elites, and in domestic tournaments against the likes of the Premier League’s top four.
Boateng’s defensive midfield duties saw him as a fan favourite at Middlesbrough and Aston Villa, where he went on to play around 350 games for both clubs, and it looks like The Tigers regard him in the same light as as of date, Boateng has featured 41 times for the club.
With Hull currently sitting in the relegation zone, the Tigers will be counting on the experience of the 34 year old to help them through these tough times, and help keep the club in the Premier League.

Boateng captains the Tigers in a friendly against Beijing Guoan.

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