You could forgive Wolverhampton Wanderers fans for forgetting all about Prince Oniangue.
The Congolese midfielder almost feels like a player from an entirely different era despite arriving at Molineux just two years ago in a £2million deal from Reims. Walter Zenga was in charge of Wolves back then and Oniangue was fighting for a place in central midfield with the likes of Jack Price and Lee Evans.
In the last year, however, Wolves have cruised to the Championship title, returned to the Premier League and, in truth, passed Oniangue by.
Despite some impressive performances in his early days in English football, the 29-year-old returned to France via a loan spell at Bastia in January 2017 after just 11 appearances in Wolves colours. And he spend the entirety of last season at Angers, making 14 starts in Ligue 1.
Now, the 35-cap international’s Wolves career is over for good. Oniangue has re-joined former club Caen on a four-year deal. And with the likes of Ruben Neves now in Nuno Espirito Santo’s midfield, it’s fair to say he probably won’t be missed.
Though his departure has been met with a tinge of sadness from some Wolves supporters who expected big things from their Prince in gold.
I actually liked look of him— Dave Johnson (@Davejohnson97) July 12, 2018
When you put it like that, why have we let him go? that’s a better strike rate than Neves.
— Matt Flavell (@matthewflavell) July 12, 2018
He wasn’t a bad player. Still a few clowns at the club who should have gone before Oniangue.— N a t h (@nathanstyles89) July 12, 2018
Not sure the face did not fit. Good player in my opinion.— Earl Knudsen (@Earlknudsen) July 12, 2018
Didn’t really get a chance— Nathan (@NSCross1992) July 12, 2018
We are very very short on midfielders now— Dom /\_/\ (@DomEllison) July 12, 2018
Looked good under Zenga, then disappeared from the squad— Neil Ford (@neilford87) July 12, 2018