Former Chelsea and Wigan star sees red for karate kick foul on full debut

Franco Di Santo really made an impact on his full debut, with the face of an opponent.

This summer Franco Di Santo turned down the opportunity to remain a Wigan Athletic player - and became one of a few key players to leave the DW Stadium on a free transfer.

Di Santo is many things as a striker. Hard working, an excellent hold up man and a good foil for a pacy strike partner - but a lethal goal-scorer he is not.

However his excellent attributes have seen him play three games for the Argentina national team and of course attracted Chelsea to sign from Audax Italiano of Chile in 2008.

Despite being dubbed the ‘next Hernan Crespo’ it never happened in London for the youngster. But the 24-year-old found his place at Wigan - which has proven the stepping stone to a big Bundesliga move to Werder Bremen.

Money is tight at the Weserstadion - so snapping up an Argentine international on a free transfer simply made sense to new manager Robin Dutt and sporting director Thomas Eichin.

So far however he has failed to make an impact. But he was given a chance to do so today, with his first start for the club against Eintracht Frankfurt at home.

But he lasted just 26 minutes before seeing red for a foul on left-back Bastian Oczipka - but not your everyday fold.

Di Santo looked like an extra from a Jet Li film as he flew in the air and fly-kicked the player in the face - with a red card the obvious consequence.

So no goals yet for Di Santo, but a red-card - maybe he should have stayed at Wigan.

image: © Dan Farrimond

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