Five Premier League destinations for Arsenal attacker Yaya Sanogo
Following the news that Arsenal’s French forward Yaya Sanogo will be sent out on loan in the January transfer window, Coral’s football experts got thinking about which Premier League clubs could snap him up.
We came up with five top-flight teams that could be willing to take him temporarily and give Sanogo some first-team exposure.
Paul Lambert’s lads are 11/2 chances to be relegated and, given their ambitious plans to be regular European challengers within three years, Villa could do with attacking reinforcements. Heavily reliant on Christian Benteke, the West Midlands outfit may benefit from a pacy alternative. Sanogo’s in-behind ability fits the bill perfectly.
Leonardo Ulloa’s goal drought of just one strike in 11 Premier League outings is real cause for concern. The Foxes have won none of those matches and, as a result, have dropped to the foot of the table. Coral make Nigel Pearson’s team odds-on 4/7 second-favourites to be relegated, and a change of tack in attack might be one way of reviving their survival hopes.
Black Cats boss Gus Poyet’s recent criticism of the recruitment policy at the Stadium of Light makes this the perfect opportunity to strengthen his forward options. Sunderland, 7/2 chances to be relegated, are understood to be keen to reviving a permanent transfer for Liverpool misfit Borini, but why not bolster their striker cadre further with a loan swoop for Sanogo?
When Swans top scorer Wilfried Bony goes to the Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast in January, Garry Monk will be short up front. Bafetimbi Gomis could be joined by his compatriot Sanogo, and teach the rangy striker a thing or two about hold-up play. Swansea are 12/1 chances to finish in the top six.
Much like the above team, the Hammers will lose one of their leading lights in attack to the continental competition taking place in Equatorial Guinea. Although Sam Allardyce will still have target men Andy Carroll and Carlton Cole, plus Ecuador international Enner Valencia at his disposal, star man Diafra Sakho shall be missing. Sanogo’s pace, running onto Carroll knockdowns could prove a tactical masterstroke for West Ham, 3/1 shots for a top six finish.