When I think of my ‘ideal’ footballer I think of a strong and powerful winger, equally as comfortable playing through the middle. They’ll have the raw physique to get them through, but they’ll have a splash of flair and trickery about them to. Crucially they would be a goal threat and always show an exemplary attitude and complete commitment to the cause. Dany N’Guessan was almost that footballer. Almost.
When Steve Evans said in the press he felt John Schofield had been an ‘armchair scout’ when signing Dany, I understood his point. We first witnessed the young Frenchman playing for Evans on loan from Rangers and I’m not sure John Deehan’s contacts extended as far as Auxerre or Glasgow. However, once we’d seen him we decided, like Lee Beevers before him, that he was going to be ours.
I was excited to see Dany play for Lincoln; I couldn’t understand what the catch was. He had it all, and as he settled in I was hoping that we’d see what he could do on a consistent basis. Unfortunately, with Dany that was where he lacked.
He struggled to settle at all in the first few months and didn’t show the sort of form that had made him popular at York Street. It soon appeared that when he was good, he was very good. When he was bad he may as well not have been there.
He had a stop start Lincoln career in terms of contribution. Throughout the transfer window of early 2009 he suddenly found form scoring 6 in 10 games right up until early March. Then like on so many occasions he went missing for the latter part of the season. Leicester City agreed with my view that there was a quality player in there, and at the end of the season he left.
From Leicester to Southampton, Scunthorpe, Charlton, Millwall, and Swindon before an 11-game stay at Vale Park. N’Guessan made a good living from threatening quality only to fail to deliver on a regular basis. It’s a crying shame that a player I firmly believe could have played Premiership football seemed unable to apply himself enough to showcase his talents. From Vale he went to AEL in Greece before troubling Doncaster for a few weeks. He was last seen leaving Norwegian side IK Start after a contract termination, a sad end to the career of an incredibly able footballer.