Toulouse boss Pascal Dupraz reckons that Yaya Sanogo can become of his generation’s best players.
Since signing for Toulouse in July, Sanogo has made just four Ligue 1 appearances, scoring zero. Despite this, Dupraz is convinced that the 24-year-old can become one of the best in his position… again.
“I am sure that Yaya Sanogo will become the player he was again,” said Dupraz.
“His body permitting, he is an excellent player.
“The president, Sadran, did a good job having the balls to bring him here because I am sure that he will become the player he once was again…
“One of the best attackers of his generation.”
Dupraz’s comments suggest that the reason Sanogo hasn’t been included in Toulouse’s squad on a regular basis is because he’s lacking fitness, which doesn’t exactly come as a surprise.
The striker officially spent 265 days sidelined at Arsenal alone. I say ‘officially’ because sometimes he’d just disappear without any word from Arsene Wenger; he’d then reappear weeks later in training.
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During his time in north London, Sanogo, who the Gunners signed on a free from Auxerre, made just 11 Premier League appearances. He failed to score during any of them.
Wenger sent him out on loan to Crystal Palace, Ajax and Charlton. He made a combined 24 appearances for all three, including three for Ajax’s youth squad, and scored just three goals. These goals were a hattrick he managed to net for Charlton.
Sanogo spent four years as an Arsenal player, technically.
Dupraz’s comments will most likely be for the sake of boosting the striker’s confidence more than anything else.