Currently on loan at Ajax, Yaya Sanogo will be hoping to make his mark on Eredivisie over the course of the 2015/16 season before returning to Arsenal.
That, however, is far from likely if the staff at Ajax aren’t impressed enough to give him opportunities and Ronald de Boer, assistant of the youth academy of the Dutch giants, has had far from positive things to say about the Frenchman.
Ronald played for Ajax over the course of 11 seasons and won 67 caps for the Dutch national side, and his twin brother Frank is now the manager of the club that they both used to play for.
“I heard Frank say last week that this is one of the best squads with whom he has ever worked,” Ronald controversially wrote in Voetbal International. “However, when I see Sanogo, I still have my doubts.
“I have still found no qualities with which you can do something.”
Harsh words. Luckily for Yaya it is Frank who picks the team.
The French striker scored a hat-trick in a reserve game this week, so it’s an odd time to say the player has nothing to add to the team.
“I think that Ajax has too little depth,” Ronald de Boer continued. “The real speed is lacking, meaning that your opponent can never be surprised.
“An opponent of Ajax can therefore cope quite easily under pressure and that makes the team relatively easy to defend against.”
Well then, you have not done well to write Sanogo off. You may not quite be able to pinpoint what it the reason is but Arsenal almost always looked dangerous with Sanogo involved. Tight games like the FA Cup Final were opened up.
The 22 year-old is strong and good at bringing others into play, something Arkadiusz Milik – the alternative at Ajax – doesn’t exactly excel in.