Arsenal new boy Yaya Sanogo has won the Under 20’s World Cup tournament with his national side of France. Impressing throughout, Sanogo was one of the key players in the entire set up and was France’s highest goal scorer on 4 goals over the course of the tournament.
Although not winning the best player award, which went to former Manchester United and current Juventus midfield maestro Paul Pogba, nor the top goal scorer award, which went to Ghana’s Ebenezer Assifuah, Sanogo’s efforts will not go unnoticed and he has been one of the many outstanding talents on show this summer.
Many fans were sceptical at his signing and I’ll be honest in saying that, although I was disappointed we were announcing the signature of a free agent from France, rather than the world class Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain, I still wasn’t overly disappointed about the purchase we had made.
The 20 year old’s injuries worried me and I originally thought we’d just end up with another injury prone player amongst our ranks, and this wasn’t helped by the fact he picked up an injury 5 days after he was officially announced as our first signing on the club website.
But watching him recover, play 90 minutes and score a goal, only a few days after he sustained the injury made me realise what a true talent we had signed. He won’t be our main striker that’s for sure and if in some ridiculous circumstances he turns out to be our main striker on a regular basis then something is either seriously wrong with the club and management mind-set or he is ridiculously talented to the highest level.
Dependent on any other strikers we will sign this summer, at the current moment Sanogo probably has a place on the bench nailed down, however I would expect him to only really feature in the FA Cup and Capital One Cup this season, as well as the odd Champions League and Premier League game, but it shouldn’t be anything more than that because let’s face it, we can’t be really resting all our laurels on this 20 year old unknown striker. What we do want to see is some rapid progress from Sanogo, and he is certainly at the right club for that.