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Transfer Flashback: Yaya Sanogo

Transfer Flashback: Yaya Sanogo

In the 2016 winter transfer window, Charlton were keen on bringing a new centre-forward to the Valley to add some more firepower to their squad.

As a result, the London club signed Yaya Sanogo on loan from Arsenal with the 25-year-old made available following his short and unsuccessful stint with Ajax earlier in the campaign.

However, while Charlton were desperate to see Sanogo arrive at their club, supporters were less than thrilled with this particular piece of transfer business.

Given his goal-scoring record, it was not hard to understand why fans reacted in such a manner. At the likes of Arsenal, Ajax and Crystal Palace among other clubs, Sanogo often struggled to find the back of the net, a theme he carried to the Valley.

And while Sanogo was able to score a hat-trick against Reading in a 4-3 Championship defeat, not much came after that with the Frenchman proving to be a poor signing overall.

All in all, it is difficult to fathom why Sanogo was brought in considering his lack of goals is not the only deficiency in his game.

When it comes to leading the line and trying to hold up the ball, the former Arsenal man has a clumsiness about him. Simply put, he was not Championship level, or at least at that time.

Sanogo has since returned to France where he is currently playing for Toulouse, putting his nightmare in English football behind him.

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