Since the signing and recent success of Danny Welbeck, no one has really mentioned the injury to Arsenal’s young French forward Yaya Sanogo. Welbeck’s success has seen the striker fall down the pecking order at Arsenal and this injury has also seen him drop off the international radar too.
During the last international break, Sanogo scored his first-ever goals for the French under-21 side. Two came against Kazakhstan in a 5-1 victory; he then scored the opener as France drew 1-1 with Iceland.
It was on international duty that he picked up his latest hamstring injury, and the 21-year-old hasn’t played another minute since.
His teammates now face a two-legged play-off against Sweden for a place in the UEFA 2015 under-21 Championships.
France crashed out at the same stage two years’ ago when they lost by a single goal against Norway, they don’t want the same thing to happen this year.
To stop that, Coach Pierre Mankowski named a star-studded attacking line-up, including: Paul-Georges Ntep of Rennes, Florian Thauvin of Marseille, Monaco’s Anthony Martial, PSG’s Jean-Christophe Bahebeck and young Juventus star Kingsley Coman.
If successful, it is hard to see any of that quintet miss out on a place in the European Championship squad. Especially if Sanogo isn’t playing key minutes for Arsenal ahead of next summer’s tournament.
Only Bahebeck and Coman aren’t regulars for their club, but are still likely to play more than Sanogo. The problem for the Arsenal man is that this could be his last chance to pull on the famous France jersey.
It would take a serious improvement for Sanogo to make it into the full national team, and you would wage more chance that someone like Ntep or Thauvin would make the jump up before Sanogo ever got his chance.
Sanogo was believed to be the next No.9 type striker to make the grade at international level. He led the line as France won the Under-20 World Cup, but modern football has moved away from that traditional need for a central striker.
With six caps and three goals, Sanogo’s international career could be over before it even begins.