After netting just once for Liverpool, failing to deliver on his potential, Anthony Le Tallec has found his level back in France for Valenciennes.
It may come to the surprise of some Liverpool fans to discover that their former player Anthony Le Tallec is the current top scorer from Ligue 2 side Valenciennes this season.
On Friday night, the 30-year-old picked up his eighth league goal and tenth of the season as he lead the struggling side to a vital away point at third place Dijon. It capped off an excellent week for the relegation-threatened side as they won their second point in seven days against sides in the top three.
After the game, Le Tallec congratulated his team for the result against Dijon.
Félicitations à toute l equipe. 1 pt à Dijon c est top. 10 éme but de la saison pour moi. Je continue mon taff. Love haters sachez le
— Anthony Le Tallec (@toons19va) March 20, 2015
It takes them up to 16th place and there is now five points between them and Tours FC in 18th, with nine games left this season.
It was expected to be a very tough season for the northern club after they were nearly relegated to the third tier this summer after they had to stave off bankruptcy in order to keep their status in Ligue 2.
There were wholesale changes in the playing staff, but managing to keep veterans like Le Tallec has been key to their survival hopes this season.
Le Tallec signed for Liverpool back in 2002 after scoring six goals in 24 games for Ligue 2 side Le Havre as they won promotion to Ligue 1. He would spend another season on loan in France before arriving on Merseyside in 2003.
He would fail to score in any of his 13 league appearances – netting just once in the UEFA Cup – and would spend the next season on loan at Saint-Etienne. He would only ever make another four appearances for the Anfield club and it wasn’t until moving to Lens in 2007 that he would become a regular goal scorer.
This season for Valenciennes has equalled his best-ever season as a professional. Perhaps he could show Mario Balotelli a thing or two about putting the ball in the back of the net.