My first experience with Quincy came back on October 11, 2010 when Real Madrid was playing Malaga CF. I watch as many Real games as I can. I marvel at the talent on that team. While Ronaldo is a once-in-a-lifetime type player, guys like Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil are really world-class players as well.
As I'm watching Real beat up on Malaga 4-1, I notice this guy on Malaga just outclassing the Real defenders. This was my introduction to Quincy Owusu-Abeyie.
Turns out, he was born and raised in the Netherlands but his parents are from Ghana whom he chose to represent at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
He was a member of the Ajax Youth Academy from age 7-16 when he was released for "attitude problems". Liam Brady, the head of Arsenal's youth development, spotted him and gave him a chance with Arsenal which ended up working out. In 2002-2003, he scored 17 goals in 20 games for the Under-17 side. He signed his first professional contract with Arsenal on his 18th birthday.
Like most talented young players who go to Arsenal, he had a difficult time regularly cracking the first team with the likes of Thierry Henry ahead of him. When Arsenal went on to acquire Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott during the January 2006 transfer window, he decided to move on to Sparktak Moskow for the remainder of the season.
The following season he joined Celta de Vigo in the Segunda Division of Spanish football. He missed several weeks of the season however on duty with Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations which ultimately hurt his role with the team. He then went on a 6 month loan to Birmingham City (initially expected to be a season long loan) which was not renewed in January (due to financial constraints).
He actually had a tryout with Spurs in January 2009 but ended up signing with Cardiff City. They didn't play him much and he ended up back with Moscow.
In January 2010, he signed with Portsmouth and made a strong impression in their FA Cup run. Spartak however paid half of the the loan fee to terminate the loan agreement with Portsmouth early and he signed a 3-year contract with the Qatari club Al-Saad. He then signed for Malaga on loan for all of this season.
This guy has massive ability, and for one reason or another has bounced around a bit. He's still only 24 and anyone who came up through Ajax has the talent, there's no question there. This video proves the point I think. I think he and Defoe would be fantastic up front. He's also a winger so he could fill in for Lennon and Bale on days when they need rest.
Ideally, I think we need to sign someone young, with upside. How often do you get a crack at a guy that came up with Ajax, and had a spell at Arsenal (who is known for identifying young talent)? His flexibility as both a forward to pair in the 4-4-2 with Defoe or out on the wing would be an asset as well.