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Why Rochdale fans should get excited by 17yo forward

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Rochdale signed young prodigy Kwadwo Baah from Crystal Palace at the beginning of the 19/20 season.

He only featured five times for his new club, but plenty is to be said about his performance in training. Manager Brian Barry-Murphy has noted that Baah is exceptionally quick with his feet and dangerous on the attack.

Therefore, it is likely that we will see much more of the youngster in the 20/21 season. Rochdale fans should definitely be excited by this. With them only managing to score 39 goals last season when they finished 18th in the league.

After an underwhelming campaign, Rochdale fans will be pleased with the further introduction of a skilful and exciting youngster. Although he is yet to prove it on the pitch, there is nothing but praise being said about the young forward.

Baah is currently now the only player in English Football born in 2003 after 17-year-old Jude Bellingham left Birmingham City for Borussia Dortmund.

Ball boy heroics

He originally made a name for himself as a ball-boy at Selhurst Park for Crystal Palace. As he ran onto the pitch and placed the ball down for a West Ham goal kick, preventing the Hammers from time-wasting further. Unfortunately, he was punished for this act despite it going down well with Palace fans, due to a violation of rules.

He played the first half against Newcastle in the 19/20 FA Cup first-round. Naturally, he didn’t take the game by storm, but he certainly showed glimpses of skill and bravery against a much better opponent.

This sort of personality will only benefit Rochdale and the team. The youngster can grow with the club, as it looks to progress to the higher-end of the table and perhaps one-day promotion.

Baah is not going to transform the squad overnight, but he will bag a few goals next season. And will most certainly be one to watch for the future.

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