Former Liverpool striker David N’Gog, now at Bolton, is eyeing a return to France.
The Bolton Wanderers forward and Liverpool reject is being tipped to sign for French club Bordeaux, which would provide him with the chance to revitalise his career in top flight European football next season.
Not a lot of Liverpool supporters would have been very unhappy when N’Gog originally left the club because his record at Anfield was appalling; nine goals in 63 games.
However, if he gets the chance to go back to France with Bordeaux then they will start next season as underdogs in terms of domestic title success but in Europe, something he wouldn’t benefit from if he was still at Liverpool.
“I have a contract until 2014 with Bolton. If there is an opportunity for them to cash in on me and for me to play at the top level again, it will be fantastic. To return to France in Ligue 1 could be fantastic for me and my career,” he said.
So what are his chances of actually succeeding in France and possibly breaking into the French senior side for the first time in his career?
Well his goalscoring record has never been overly prolific and that’s something which will work against him until he gets it right.
After that spell with Liverpool, he hasn’t really improved his tally at all with Bolton; just 11 goals in 64 appearances.
That suggests he’s a very particular type of striker, who can only be successful in a system which is based entirely around him.
That’s not something Bordeaux will probably consider as they are under big pressure from their own fans to try and break some of the dominance of PSG and other big sides at the top of French football.
However, he is used to pressure at the top level, even when he left Liverpool and decided to join Bolton. He may take inspiration from Jeremie Aliadiere, the former Arsenal starlet who flopped at various clubs in England, but at the age of 30 has finally come good, netting more than 20 goals for Lorient and earning a call-up to Les Bleus.
English football is unique in the respect that players in all leagues always face constant pressure, with crowds likely to get on their backs and voice their disapproval at mistakes or a bad run of form for a player or a side.
N'Gog also still a very young man at 24-years-old which means there is plenty of time for him to work hard, focus on the areas he needs to improve and importantly, improve his strike rate.
He may not get too many chances to go back to France so if there is anything in this then he needs to snap it up and not let the opportunity get away.
How do you think he’d get on at Bordeaux?
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