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Essien impressed with Greenwood’s penalty heroics in Getafe win

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Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has lauded Getafe forward Mason Greenwood for his stellar performance in the team’s recent victory against Sevilla in the ongoing 2023/24 Spanish La Liga.

Greenwood, who is currently on loan from Manchester United, caught the attention of fans when he confidently took a penalty kick with his weaker foot – the right. Despite Borja Mayoral initially putting Getafe in the lead, Greenwood played a crucial role in doubling the tally with a precise pass to Jaime Mata, who finished the chance brilliantly.

In a remarkable moment, Greenwood stepped up to take another penalty kick with his right foot, scoring impressively. The unconventional move left former Black Stars midfielder Michael Essien visibly impressed.

“I am quite impressed seeing @masongreenwood, a left-footed player, taking a penalty kick with his right foot and scoring. ⚽️🏃🏽♂️👏🏽” Essien expressed on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Greenwood, at 22 years old, has showcased his versatility and skill, tallying three goals and four assists in 13 league games for Getafe.

The English forward has faced challenges in recent years, including legal battles related to alleged abuse of his girlfriend, leading to a suspension by Manchester United. However, after being cleared and the case dropped, internal investigations by the club prompted suggestions for Greenwood to depart for the best interests of both parties.

Despite the off-field challenges, Greenwood’s performance in La Liga has been noteworthy, and Essien’s praise adds to the acknowledgment of the young forward’s abilities on the pitch.

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