Frank de Boer believes Ajax can help Yaya Sanogo fulfil his potential and revealed that Arsene Wenger still firmly believes the 21-year-old can be a top player.
The French striker will complete his season-long loan move to the Amsterdam Arena tomorrow after the Dutch giants pipped Lille to his signature.
Having scored only one goal in competitive football for the Gunners it’s fair to say Sanogo hasn’t set the world on fire since arriving from Auxerre two years ago.
However, speaking optimistically to local press about the attacker’s qualities, De Boer hinted that could be about to change.
“He’s obviously had a lot of competition at Arsenal and was very young when he arrived there.
“He showed a lot when he was 17 at Auxerre, albeit in the second tier, but he’s also come to the fore with Arsene Wenger. He stands to be a great talent, it’s just difficult to get there at Arsenal.
“I think we can give him the opportunity to once again show that he has talent. Wenger is also still fully behind the idea that he is a top class player. He just needs to make the next step now.”
For his part Sanogo says he’s aiming to emulate Highbury hero Nwankwo Kanu; a player who came to the fore at Ajax before making his way to Arsenal via Inter Milan.
Reflecting on his move to Holland, he told AT5: “I’m fit, I’ve been training for the last two weeks.
“The manager of Ajax called me last week and said ‘I want you to play for Ajax’.
“I’m very happy, I didn’t think a big club like Ajax wanted me. Now I want to work hard to play.
“I hope to score a lot of goals. I know of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Nwankwo Kanu, legends who played for Ajax. Kanu was a special player, a top player, very technical…and a good finisher.”
Good luck to Yaya at Ajax, it’ll be interesting to see if he can find the scoring form that turned Arsene’s head a couple of years ago.