Yaya Sanogo v David Ngog - Arsenal fans should be cautious over French youth records

France Football

Arsenal fans excited by Yaya Sanogo's prolific youth goal ratio for France may want to be cautious when considering the similar record of Liverpool flop David N'gog.

The career trajectory of a French wonderkid was not meant to see him playing at Championship side Bolton Wanderers at 24-years-old.

But that is exactly where David Ngog finds himself, after failing to fulfil the potential he showed as a teenager which earned him a move to England.

The latest exciting name to follow him across the channel is Yaya Sanogo, who is all but confirmed as an Arsenal signing.

Beyond the half a season he played at Auxerre in Ligue Two this season, netting 10 in 13 games, not much has been seen of the 20-year-old due to the injuries which have held back his progression.

The biggest standout on his footballing CV beforehand was his goal record at French youth level;

France under-16s, 18 goals in 18 games - France under-17s, 9 goals in 16 games - France under-18s, 2 goals in 9 games.

He also has two caps at under-21 level and will be in action for France's under-20 side at the World Cup which kicks off tomorrow.

While an indication of his goalscoring prowess, it is no more proof of whether he is ready to cut it in the Premier League than his record in Ligue Two this season.

For proof of just how misleading they can be, take a look at David Ngog's youth record for France;

France under-16s, 11 goals in 13 games - France under-17s ,2 goals in 6 games - France under-18s, 2 goals in 4 games - France under-19s, six goals in six games.

Ngog moved to Liverpool at 19-years-old from PSG, and it was after this time his career quickly went off track.

He did manage to score 19 goals for the Reds in all competitions across three seasons, but never made it as a first team regular at Anfield. While there his international record trailed off, only scoring three goals in 17 appearances at under-21 level.

Now Yaya Sanogo is not David Ngog, but the danger signs are clear - Has he moved over too soon? That question is clearly impractical to assess at this point, but the challenge of getting the best out of him will be the true test of Arsene Wenger's man management skills.

Are you confident Sanogo will be a hit?  

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