Evans Timothy Fosu Fosu-Mensah popularly known as Timothy Fosu-Mensah is a Dutch professional footballer, born on 2nd January 1998 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Fosu-Mensah plays both as centre-back and right-back for Netherlands national football team and the club, Fulham, on loan from Manchester United.
Mensah is regarded as one of the future superstars in world football for his natural control over the ball, defensive ability, physical ability and his expertise in playing at various defensive positions.
Fosu-Mensah started his football career at the famous Dutch football youth team, AVV Zeeburgia in 2005 before joining Ajax youth academy a year later.
Playing for Ajax Under-17 side, Fosu-Mensah impressed Manchester United's scouts during Ajax's AEGON Future Cup tournament in April 2014 and joined the Red Devils Under-18 side in September. He appeared for the Under-18 team 18 times along with earning a place on the bench for the Under-21 team in his first season. In the next season, the talented youngster was promoted to the Under-21 side.
Fosu-Mensah represented the Netherlands at the Under-15 and Under-16 level before captaining Netherlands Under-17 side in the 2015 UEFA European Under-17 Championship.
The Dutchman gained his first professional contract when Manchester United penned a contract with him in August 2015. He was used as holding midfielder, defensive midfielder as well attacking midfielder. Tim also operated in traditional number 10 role. During the time, he played for the Dutch Under-19 side in the 2016 UEFA European Under-19 Championship qualifiers.
Fosu-Mensah came as a 55th-substitute in his senior team debut against Arsenal in February 2016 and had a decent game. He represented the national Under-21 side in 2016-17.
However, in order to give himself more exposure in the first XI, Mensah joined Crystal Palace on loan in August 2017.
Fosu-Mensah’s maiden international appearance finished in the worst possible way as France thrashed the Dutch by 4-0 in the Group A World Cup Qualification encounter in August 2017.
Operating at right-back, he played the full 90 minutes. His next two appearances came against Scotland and Portugal in international friendlies.
Rise to Glory
The Dutch international’s 79% tackle success helped Palace to stay just above the relegation zone. His stupendous performance in the last game of 2017 helped the Eagles to keep devastating Manchester City at bay and finish City’s 18-league games winning streak.
In October 2016, Fosu-Mensah penned a contract with the Red Devils extending his stay at Old Trafford till June 2020.
Fosu-Mensah appeared 21 times for Man Utd in all competitions. Since joining Crystal Palace in 2017, Mensah has been a prominent player at the back.