Yaya who? Unknown striker unveiled by Barton
Everton manager Joey Barton has today announced the loan signing of Montpellier striker Yaya Sanogo
, a virtual unknown in the footballing world.
Sanogo, 19, joined Montpellier from AJ Auxerre for 500k just last summer but the French U21 international, who is part Malian and has 1 U21 cap to his name, has grown disillusioned with his first-team opportunities at Stade de la Mosson and coupled with a reported row with Montpellier boss Christophe Galtier
, has been allowed to leave the club.
"I think this will prove to be a very good signing," Barton told reporters outside Goodison Park. "Yaya is very young but is already showing huge amounts of potential - he is here on loan to be in the first team, no doubt about that, he won't be rotting in the Reserves. We've actually got an option to purchase him for 2 million before the loan finishes and we will exercise that if his time here works out," the former Newcastle player revealed.
Everton fans are skeptical but is likely to trust boss Joey Barton, with him having already led Everton to a place in this season's Champions' League as well as their first trophy since 1995 in the form of the Capital One Cup.