Yaya Sanogo managed to save Toulouse a point on Saturday after scoring an 87th-minute goal against Monaco.
Toulouse found themselves 3-1 behind with just 12 minutes of normal time left to play in their Ligue 1 clash against Monaco on Saturday. However, a 78th-minute penalty, converted by Andy Delort, and stunning equaliser from Sanogo in the 87th saved them a point.
It was Sanogo’s fourth goal since his move to Toulouse in July last year and while that doesn’t sound that impressive, the striker’s been in and out of the squad due to injury. The 25-year-old has only made nine starts across all competitions for the French side this season.
Yaya Sanogo with a lovely goal for Toulouse against Monaco and the celebration to match. pic.twitter.com/dUVn4EqBwf
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Plus, he’s quadrupled his Arsenal tally.
Toulouse are currently 16th in the Ligue 1 table and that point earned against last season’s champions keeps them out of the relegation zone.
Speaking with Toulouse’s official website recently, Sanogo revealed how he’s been working on his physicality, as well as other aspects of his game, since the move.
“It’s true, these are qualities (playing with back to goal) that I acquired over time and training,” he said. “They were not part of my palette when I started. I have grown a lot physically lately. When you have to work for the group, even if it’s back to the goal, I do it. The role of an attacker is not only to be up front, it is also to allow his team to evolve higher, to feed the wingmen.”
He added: “I try to always be in motion up front, to offer solutions to my teammates. As long as the ball is not out and remains accessible, you have to situate yourself correctly. It is one of the basics that you learn at the beginning.
“There can always be a breach, an error from an opponent. I have to be there, ready to emerge. In front of Amiens, I was present, I took advantage of a bad ball from the goalkeeper to open the score. The only problem was that I was offside.”
“When you look at the rankings of the duels won by an attacker or a defender in a match, they do not often take into account the score. Everything is played in a fraction of a second. If I anticipate a player before him, let me stand in front. I win my duel. I’m ahead and I’m in a good position to score.”
Last summer, Sanogo was released by Arsenal following loan spells at Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton.
Although the Frenchman was never quite good enough for Arsene Wenger’s first team, he wasn’t a terrible striker. It’s good to see him doing well. Long may it continue.