At the tender age of 27, Samuel Inkoom is already a bit of a journeyman. The Ghanaian international has played in Switzerland, Ukraine, France, Greece, the USA, Portugal, Turkey and now Bulgaria.
When he burst on to the scene at Basel in 2009 many thought the young rearguard had the making of a potential superstar and his move to Dnipro in 2011 seemed like the start of something special.
But we all know how tough it is to crack the starting 11 at a new team in a new country, especially when you have not really adapted to the condition there. In February 2013 Inkoom moved to Bastia for the rest of the 2013/14 season.
After impressing for Asante Kotoko in the Ghanaian topflight as well as the CAF Champions League, he made his European quantum leap with Swiss side Basel, joining the Bebbi on a four year deal in 2009.
That mega move from Asante Kotoko to Basel is so far considered as the most productive. His spell over there was a success as he played in the UEFA Champions League, scored on countless occasions and delivered couple of assists for the Swiss team.
His speed, agility and technique worked wonders there. In 2014 Inkoom again moved on six-month loan, this time to Greek side Platanias in January 2014. Then was the time for him to get a taste of the Major League Soccer. He signed for DC United where he only managed a handful of starts. He wasn’t anymore interested in playing in the MLS, as he decline to sign for Houston Dynamo on December 8, 2014 in exchange of Andrew Driver and a fourth-round 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick.
In June, 2015 he joined Boavista of the Portuguese Primeira Liga on a three-year-deal. He made his debut in the Portuguese side’s 1-1 preseason friendly draw with Leixoes. His misfortune in the States and his subsequent inactivity saw him lose his place in the national team.
Inkoom is still a young player with a lot promise and he just needs a bit of stability to find his groove.
Despite some difficult seasons, Inkoom has done his bit for the Black Stars (46 caps) and the national U-20 side, going ahead to win the U-20 FIFA World Cup trophy in Egypt.
However, if he can avoid injuries at his new club in the Bulgarian topflight, there’s no doubt he can improve on those numbers and, who knows, come back to the Black Stars and also get a bumper deal in a topnotch European side next summer.