Yaya Sanogo is still just a boy. He is 20-years old, and thus he has a vast number of playing years ahead of him. The striker is a regular in the French national team’s Under-21 side, and has a respectable number of appearances under his belt.
He is currently playing for French second division outfit Auxerre, where he has largely caught the scouts’ eyes. He has been finding the back of the net with relative ease of late, as he has scored 8 times in 7 appearances this season, with 4 of those goals coming as a substitute.
According to Metro, the reason behind his recent goal scoring blitzkrieg is down to his solid attributes. Not only is he a physically strong and well-built youngster, he has also been blessed with incredible pace for a man that big in size. This not only allows him to hold up play and involve his team-mates in the attack, but simultaneously he can also take on defenders on his own with his pace. Though it may be a bit too soon, but if nurtured well, he could be a very interesting mix of Olivier Giroud’s physicality, coupled with Thierry Henry’s pace.
Another advantage for Arsenal here is that they will get Sanogo for free, as his current contract ends at the end of the season.
Unfortunately there are some negatives as the youngster has already been through a horrific double fracture of his leg, and is more susceptible to muscle injuries, which could really hamper a pacy player’s growth. His meager 24 appearances in the last 4 seasons will surely give the Arsenal medical staff something to worry about.
There is no doubting Sanogo’s qualities and potential. All he needs is some good nurturing, and he could very well be one of the next big things in the English league. If Arsene Wenger and the medical staff use him sparingly and smartly along with keeping a close watch on his fitness, we might just see Arsenal’s next superstar in the coming years.