With reports claiming a bid from Bolton Wanderers for David Ngog is imminent; it’s time to consider whether his departure would be best for both him and Liverpool.
The young Frenchman has looked sharp so far in pre-season, perhaps driven by the fact that he was offered to Sunderland as a makeweight for the Jordan Henderson deal. His performances this summer even led to a mention by Liverpool’s owner, John W. Henry, who publicly showed his appreciation for Ngog’s efficient finishing during the tour of Asia on his twitter account. The problem is though, that David Ngog has always looked fantastic in pre-season.
When facing opponents the calibre of Guangdong and a Malaysian XI, David Ngog can appear to look like a future star, but in seasons past, the Frenchman has failed to follow up his sizzling pre season form while playing in the Premier League. He’s been at the club since 2008 and is still relatively young, but the question is whether it’s finally time to give up on N’gog.
On paper, he seems to have some of the main attributes needed to be a top striker in world football; he’s tall, he’s quick, he’s athletic and he even has decent ball control. What he seems to lack, however, is some game intelligence and confidence. It’s true that when he’s high on confidence, it shows and he looks a real player, but on more occasions than most, he’s failed to make much of an impact on the matches he’s been selected for and may now benefit from being the main man at another Premiership club.