First Impressions: Dany N'Guessan

Last updated : 17 January 2007 By Richard Brown

Name: Dany N'Guessan
D.o.B: August 11, 1987

Position: Striker

Previous clubs: Auxerre, Glasgow Rangers and Boston United (loan)

When news broke that the Imps were chasing a mystery ‘Scottish-based' striker, tongues were always going to wag.

And wag they certainly did, as whispers on internet messageboards spoke of moves for Gretna's Kenny Deuchar, and even an unlikely swoop for free-agent Neil Shipperley. Neither of which carried any real conviction, however.

The two John's, however, began looking much closer to home, as it was revealed today that they were looking to hijack Boston's ‘loan' striker Dany N'Guessan, who the Pilgrims are reportedly keen on keeping at York Street.

Here, LCM bring you an in-depth look at the career of the little-know Frenchman.

N'Guessan started his career at the much-famed academy of French side AJ Auxerre, a small-town club well-known for producing a who's who of international talent.

During a 40-year tenure there, former boss Guy Roux played a considerable role in nursing the likes of Djibril Cissé, Teemu Tainio, Philippe Mexés, Taribo West and Eric Cantona in the club's academy.

For a young talent, N'Guessan was, without doubt, in the best company possible.

Strangely, though, at the tender age of seventeen it was agreed his time with the French club was over, as the striker would leave without ever making his first team bow.

N'Guessan in rare Rangers action
Auxerre's unusual reluctance to give youth a chance sparked interest from right across Europe, as the young N'Guessan was courted by a whole host of top clubs, including Valencia, Marseille, Bordeaux and Manchester City.

The highly-rated N'Guessan instead opted for Scottish giants Rangers, penning a two-year deal at Ibrox with the ‘Gers considering N'Guessan every bit a part of their future plans.

Hindsight, however, has proven a not-so beautiful thing for the striker, as he has yet to – and, now, is unlikely ever to do so – pull on the coveted Rangers jersey during eighteen, quiet months in Scotland.

The summer of 2006 would, however, hand N'Guessan his chance in professional football as Boston manager Steve Evans dusted off his contact book to complete an incredible coup, with the 6"3 French giant signing for the cash-strapped Pilgrims in a specially-arranged loan arrangement.

His time at York Street, according to Boston fans, has been an undoubted success, with the striker boasting five goals for the cash-strapped outfit in thirteen starts.

Officials at the club have also been impressed with his talents, as they too were harbouring ambitions for an unlikely move for N'Guessan, with the only stumbling-block coming in the club's perilous financial state.

Manager Steve Evans is all but resigned to losing the 19-year old, who he says – money-permitting – he'd be keen to keep at York Street.

Cue the two Johns, complete with pen and contract for the highly-rated Frenchman.

Following the Lincolnshire Echo's piece this morning, N'Guessan will meet with officials of the Glasgow club to discover just where his future lies, with a move away from Ibrox looking every bit possible.

The outcome of the meeting – whichever way the decision swings – will, without doubt, be closely monitored by the Imps' management as they look to bolster their strike-force ahead of Saturday's trip to Bury.

With Mark Stallard suspended, and only youngsters left in reserve, the signing of the fleet-footed N'Guessan could well be the long-term solution to our attacking problems.

Such are the talents of N'Guessan, it'd be hard to see beyond his coup being the defining factor in securing Lincoln's promotion, as the French misfit – once contested by Europe's top clubs – is the centre of a tug-of-war between City and their local rivals.

His sorry fall from grace will, however, leave the youngster desperately looking to salvage a now flagging football career – something which, I'm sure, a certain Lincolnshire club would be only too willing to help resurrect.

European football's loss – make no mistake about it – is Lincolnshire's gain.

Happy with the fruits of City's labours? Or is the striker still too young for our needs?

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