Remember when Christopher Samba would throw his massively epic torso toward one of Paul Robinson’s stereotypically Blackburn free kicks? Wasn’t there something about the terrifyingly tall centre back?
Whether it was his big smile whenever he scored a headed goal or his cheeky face when penalised for brushing a player and sending them 30 yards along the turf leaving them with a mouthful of soil and grass, who knows but don’t fear football fans because the latest player off the Willie Mckay conveyor belt has been compared to the Congolese centre back and is about to arrive on our shores. His name, Kader Mangane.
Mangane is relatively unheard of outside France but over there he falls into the same category as Ryan Shawcross and Martin Taylor do here. His tackle on Jonathan Lacourt in March 2009 left him with a double fracture on his tibia and fibula, he hasn’t played since.
Those of you with strong stomachs click here to view a horror tackle that would make Roy Keane wince. Mangane has been quoted as saying that he regrets the tackle every day of his life and the resulting red card was only his second in professional football so lets not focus on the negatives too much.
At 6ft 4in he is the same height as Samba and according to the Daily Mail five clubs in the Premiership are interested. With plenty of Ligue 1 experience and the fact he is not far from the prime age for a defender at 29 he could do well this side of the channel.
However, as previously mentioned, it is Doncaster Rovers fan’s most hated agent, Willie McKay, that is touting the player for big things. He was quoted in the Daily Mail saying:
“He is tailor-made for the Premier League. He is big, strong, physical and a very good defender. He will do well here.”
But surely the man that made a reported £2.5 million from Joey Barton’s FREE transfer to QPR wouldn’t have an ulterior motive, right?
The man who turned Doncaster Rovers from a football club to a shop window, which can be argued was a cause for there relegation, is a fine example of what’s wrong with the modern game but I digress.
Kandar Mangane seems to have the ability to make it in the Premiership and has been courted by previous suitors including Everton and Marseille. With one year left on his contract at Rennes he could go for around the region of £5 million but whenever McKay’s name is involved prepare to take what you are about to here with a large enough pinch of salt to keep an extra large Turkey cold until Christmas.
His career in France has been branded by a horror tackle that could potentially end a fellow processionals career and he still gets booed by fans to this day.
Maybe he could have a chance wipe the slate clean in the Premier League. Just don’t let him play against Arsenal, to be on the safe side.
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