(born 5 September 1975) is a Dutch footballer
who plays as a midfielder
for Nottingham Forest
in The Championship
Born in Nkawkaw
, after playing 70 games for Dutch giants Feyenoord Rotterdam
, Boateng completed a £220,000 move to Coventry City
in 1998. Under the management of Gordon Strachan
he proved himself to be a solid defensive midfielder, helping the attacking Dublin
Coventry side of 1998 finish eleventh in the Premier League
and enjoy mid table stability. He is still fondly remembered by Sky Blues fans as being responsible for breaking one of Coventry's longstanding hoodoo's-victory at Villa Park
: Boateng scored twice in the 4–1 win over Aston Villa
at Villa Park on 27 February 1999, ending Coventry's 63 year long wait for a league win at the ground.
The next season Boateng transferred to Aston Villa for £4.5 million. He proceeded to play 131 matches for Villa, including an FA Cup
final defeat against Chelsea
in 2000. The tough-tackling central midfielder then fell out with manager Graham Taylor
in the 2001–02
season, and that summer he completed a £5 million move to Middlesbrough.
Boateng made his full debut on the first day of the 2002–03
season away to Southampton
in an uneventful game that finished 0–0. Occupying the defensive midfield position, he became the solid platform upon which Middlesbrough built their attack. He recovered from an ankle operation in the summer of 2003 to be fit for the start of the......