Imps All-Time Foreign XI

RW: Dany N’Guessan – France


When Steve Evans said in the press that 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, like Lee Beevers before him, we decided he was going to be ours.

I was excited to see Dany play for Lincoln; I couldn’t understand the catch. He had it all, and as he settled in I was hoping that we’d see what he could do consistently. 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. At the height of his game he was unplayable, able to beat men at will, fire in shots from all angles and generally look a cut above anyone on the field. The other 80% of the time we essentially had ten men.

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. Few shed any tears.