Date of birth1 July 1994
Baba Rahman is an attacking full-back who signed for Chelsea from German side Augsburg in August 2015. He has spent the past few years on loan in Europe.
In September 2019, it was announced he would spend the remainder of the season on loan at Real Mallorca in the Spanish top flight.
Productive debut campaign
Baba made his Chelsea debut in a 4-0 Champions League win over Maccabi Tel Aviv at Stamford Bridge and produced a confident, assured display, linking up well with our attacking players. His full league debut came in a home win over Aston Villa in October 2015 and his cross-field pass helped create our opener in an important win over Dynamo Kiev the following month.
In February 2016, with Chelsea missing defenders through injury, he enjoyed his period of greatest involvment yet and particularly impressed in a Champions League knockout stage away game against Paris Saint-Germain. He started every game in the April and by the end of his first season had made 23 appearances.
German return, injury and Greek loan
In August 2016, the defender moved to Schalke on a season-long loan where he reunited with his former Augsburg boss Markus Weinzierl.
Under him prior to joining Chelsea, Baba helped Augsburg qualify for the Europa League, making 31 league appearances. He made more successful tackles than any other player in the Bundesliga during 2014/15, as well as attempting the highest number of crosses from the left flank. Baba had previously spent two seasons with Greuther Furth in Germany, having been spotted as a youngster with Asante Kotoko in his homeland.
At Schalke, Baba made 15 appearances in the first half of 2016/17 before departing for the Africa Cup of Nations where he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in his knee, bringing an end to his season. Having remained at Chelsea for his rehabilitation, Baba returned to Schalke in January 2018 and made five appearances before a switch to Reims in France 12 months later, where he played 11 games.
Baba's loan to La Liga's Real Mallorca for the 2019/20 season coincided with the signing of a one-year extension to his Chelsea contract taking him to 2022. He made five appearances in Spain but injury struck again.
Having recovered, Baba appeared on occasions for Chelsea’s development squad the first half of the 2020/21 season but in January 2021 he moved on loan to Greece for first team football, joining PAOK. In that half-season he managed 17 goals and one goal, and won the Greek Cup.
In August 2021, he moved to Championship side Reading for his first domestic loan.
A Ghanaian international, Baba was a member of his country’s Africa Cup of Nations squad as they finished runners-up to Ivory Coast in the 2015 tournament. He was selected for the 2017 tournament in Gabon but in the opening game came off with a serious knee injury.
After a lengthy rehabilitation, the defender featured for the Black Stars in the 2019 edition as Ghana topped their group before losing on penalties to Tunisia in the last-16.