James Akwasi Appiah, head coach of the Black Stars has applauded UD Levante forward, Emmanuel Boateng.
The Ghana international hat-trick on the weekend ended the La Liga Champions 44-game unbeaten run in La Liga.
His hat-trick against Barcelona took his La Liga tally to six this season, with one of those coming against Real Madrid.
The former Al Khartoum manager is hopeful that such sparkling form will carry through to the friendlies against Japan and Iceland in June, and was impressed by the striker’s Big Match Temperament.
“I watched the game and was impressed with a lot of things. He times his runs into the box well, he has good pace and he feeds well on crosses,” Appiah told KweséESPN.
“I am also impressed by the profile of matches he scores in. It says something positive about a player that in a game against high profile opposition he finds his best form.”
The 22-year-old will join a long list of players attempting to stake a claim to Asamoah Gyan’s place as the lead striker for the Black Stars, and Appiah is thrilled by that depth.
Boateng, a former junior international at U-17 and U-20 level, will get the chance to impress Appiah at close range, having already been called up before his triple strike, thus justifying Appiah’s decision.