To find a French striker who failed to establish himself in the Premier League in recent times demands going back to the days of Louis Saha – who managed to make a name for himself in one put of 6 EPL teams he played for, that being Fulham.
Just like Italians are known for their defensive ingenuity and Spain are widely recognized as the nation that redefined how midfielders control the game at the middle of the park, the striking capital of the world do not seem to belong to any other nation than France.
From the early days of Just Fontaine – whose 13-goal record in a World Cup tournament still stands to this day – through the time of the mad genius Eric Cantona till that of Thierry Henry’s at Arsenal, the French have hardly at any time in their history faced the crisis of shortage of quality striking options.
How else do you describe a squad that has Giroud, Benzema, Lacazette and Mbappe within their striking options as anything but blessed?
Four years ago when YayaSanogo moved from French side Auxerre to Arsenal, no one knew who he was. With the aid of Arsene Wenger’s assuring promise during his unveilingcombined with the media flames of hype, the Massy-born striker was able to make the rest of the league to just sit tight and be ready to be wowed.
Well, the footballing faithful did wait but the prodigy never showed up. Amidst a paltry 11 appearances webbing 3 different loan spellsinto a period of two years, the Gunners now feel releasing him is the only decision there is to make.
The young man came to England with hardly any identity and was determined to prove that at least the French striking magic ran in his bloodline. Sadly, he left in the same manner he came; Unknown.