Following a poor start to football life with Ajax in the Netherlands’ Eredivise League, Arsenal on-loan player, Yaya Sanogo might be shipped off back to North London come January. The France youth international arrived at the Amsterdam Arena during Summer on a season-long loan, but his consistent poor form could see him spend just until January in Holland, as the Dutch giants have plans to cut the loan short and are already keeping tabs on other strikers who would come on as a replacement by the Winter transfers.
Ajax handler, Frank de Boer had showered praises on Sanogo when he first arrived, and he tipped him to help lead the club’s attack well. Sanogo was starting to prove him right following his hattrick in a Pre-season friendly, but that turned out to eventually be a flash-in-the-pan type of performance, with Ajax’s youth coach and twin to the main team’s coach, Ronald de Boer questioning Sanogo’s qualities and abilities. Ronald said of him in August,
“I heard Frank say last week that this is one of the best squads with whom he has ever worked. However, when I see Sanogo, I still have my doubts. I have still found no qualities with which you can do something.”
Sanogo hasn’t been impressive enough in training to convince Frank for a starting shirt or feature regularly, and has only been afforded 3 League appearances, failing to find the back of the net in all of it. He has been given until November to find his feet, and will have his contract terminated halfway into its expiration if he fails to impress.
The 22 year-old has always had a hard time impressing since he left France for Arsenal in 2013. He could only make 11 League appearances in 2 seasons for the Gunners before been loaned out to Crystal Palace where he scored once in 11 appearances. After having been a key player for France in all age-grade levels, his sudden drop in form has seen his progress on the international scene halted.