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David N'Gog signs for Ross County

Wednesday 24th January 2018

David N'Gog is best remembered as an attacking player who played for Liverpool and Bolton Wanderers. The Frenchman recently put pen to paper at Scottish Premiership side Ross County.

What did N'Gog get up to after leaving England? More importantly, what can Ross County fans expect from their new striker?

Somewhat surprisingly, N'Gog is only 28-years-old. It seems an age ago since he played for Liverpool.

The 6"3' striker began his career at Paris Saint-Germain in 2006. During two seasons with the French giants, he failed to make an impression, scoring just one goal. He then switched to Anfield in 2008. He became a regular at Liverpool, making 63 league appearances and scoring nine goals.   

N'Gog moved to Bolton in 2011. He represented the Trotters 81 times during spells in the Premier League and Championship. Scoring 14 goals in that period meant he'd surpassed his best goal tally at each previous club.   

N'Gog signed for Swansea City in 2013, but he only participated in three league matches.

The Frenchman had to wait another year before becoming a first-team regular again. His new club was situated in his homeland. Stade de Reims, a team in Ligue 1. Over two seasons, he made 43 League appearances, scoring 10 times.

In 2016, N'Gog traded France for Greece. But after appearing only 13 times for Panionios, he departed the club.

Without a club for this season's first half, N'Gog was hoping to be snapped up. On 23 January, Ross County obliged. Owen Coyle played a big part in getting the transfer over the line. The Staggies boss is aware of N'Gog's talent due to their time together at Bolton Wanderers. The chemistry the pair possess could give the squad a much-needed boost. 

Currently propping up the Scottish Premiership, Ross County need help desperately. N'Gog will hope to provide a lifeline. As will other new arrivals in this transfer window, including Greg Tansey, on loan from Aberdeen, and Inih Effiong from Woking. The Staggies are without a win in nine games. The new signings have much work to do.

Despite playing for France at Youth level, N'Gog has never represented the French senior side. He is eligible to link up with Cameroon owing to his father's heritage. Cameroon has offered the frontman the chance to switch allegiance.

The next step in N'Gog's career is crucial as he aims to make an immediate impact in Scottish football. He has experience in different countries but this chapter presents a new, perhaps more difficult, challenge. Especially considering Ross County's current situation.

David N'Gog must demonstrate his quality if he wants to gain respect and recognition in Scotland. 

Jamie Kynaston

For my sins, I'm a season ticket holder at Stoke City, I have been proud to watch them for over 20 years. I follow most of the UK leagues and the major European ones too, and I've been told that I talk way too much about football.

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