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Former Millwall FC, Leicester City, Rangers FC and Lincoln City Winger Dany N’Guessan bagged his 5th League goal in 7 games for Swindon Town as the Robins stormed to 6th in the table. STMI suggested he could fly at the Robins under shrewd dude Cooper and so far La Fusee Rouge is blazing a trail across the sky.
Danny has put Leicester City and Millwall rejection behind him to prove that even if the Championship might be a step too far he certainly has what it takes to star at league 1 level. His 28th minute penalty secured a 2-0 result against Notts County, the third league win on the bounce. Danny scored in the previous 4-0 thumping of Rotherham and got the only goal against Tranmere. He also scored in the 1-2 defeat at Preston, so La Fusee Rouge (the red Flare) is on a hot-streak with 4 in 4 games.
Swindon’s Mark Cooper is certainly getting the best out of an immensely talented winger, who even as a 21 year old Imp, was unplayable on his day. Danny got 17 goals in 75 starts for the Imps and gave us some terrific memories as he made the 2008-9 League 2 team of the year. That is the way with wingers turned centre-forwards, luxury players who will win you games, but when a side fails to find them they effectively take you down to ten men. His early season criticism of Millwall’s long ball football during a winless start now looks a thing of the past with Dany perhaps finally set to will deliver and prove the potential Glasgow Rangers saw in him all those years ago.
For those who missed our N’Guessan’s No Fox Or Lion – Can He Fly As A Robin? and bio back on September 5th click HERE
Rangers FC, Leicester City and Millwall FC all failed but can Swindon Town get the best out of the immensely talented former Imp Dany N’Guessan christened La fusée rouge – The Red Flare – at Lincoln. Alas, thus far the potential has remained unfulfilled even if the career has certainly been paved with gold. So can Mark Cooper be the catalyst before a truly brilliant talent goes to waste?
Danny is one of those players who is unplayable on his day, but when his head is down he will disappear back into his shell. Rangers had signed him from Auxerre, then sent him on loan to Boston, where he joined Lincoln on a free going on to score 17 goals in 75 starts and 22 substitute appearances. When we were good Danny was brilliant, when we struggled he was never going to get us out of a hole. That said he was still in the League 2 team of the year during his final season with us and put in a decent display against Leicester in a friendly to get us a hefty fee. Well that and some terrific YouTube footage put up by his agent, keen to tout him around.
That is the way with wingers, luxury players who will win you games, but when a side fails to find them they effectively take you down to ten men. His criticism of Millwall’s long ball football during a winless start to the season, that sees the Lions sitting 23rd, is no surprise – a far cry from the “The manager has shown faith in me and I think I can do well here. I hope to do that and help Millwall up the table” when he signed a three year deal. He must have felt elated after a 6 month loan deal at the Lions had rescued him from Leicester who knew they had taken a bath. The Foxes ‘enjoyed’ 6 goals in 39 appearances, but despite three loan deals to Scunthorpe, Southampton and Millwall, he did little to live up to the hype or fee.
The thing with Dany is that he starts well. He did at Lincoln, Leicester and Millwall (36 aps 4 goals) with their final throw of the dice loan at Charlton even continuing the trend as he bagged 4 goals in 7 games. Dany scored on his Leicester and Millwall débuts which also bodes well for the Robins. Swindon fans have got a terrific player who will help their play-off aspirations if the wind is with them. But with the Robins currently 10th he could yet end up being a help or a hindrance unless unless Mark Cooper can get the best out of him. Mark is the son of Terry the former Leeds legend, Danny by comparison is the mirror of current one Jermaine Johnson aka JJ, on his day. Pace, power and a shot like a cannon that can turn a game in seconds and have the ground on its feet are the positives, a sullen shadow on the flank the negative.
There are no superlatives to describe La fusée rouge in full stride, but, whether Mark Cooper, a terrific coach and successful manager at Kettering and Darlington, has that in him, when so many others have failed, is anyone’s guess? At 26 Dany is entering his peak, therefore the other big question is: will he finally grasp yet another guilt edged opportunity or will inconsistency be his enemy once again?
Former Rangers star, Everton FC Reserve Team Coach and sixth most capped Scotland player, David Weir looks set for a tough management baptism at the Blades after turning down the chance to follow David Moyes to Manchester United. That said his contacts, coaching badges, experience and determined winning mentality make him the perfect man for the job.
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Despite the rumours doing the rounds, Sheffield United can go up next season. Yes there will have to be cuts and value for money after a £4.5 million pro-budget failed to deliver last year. Indeed Weir will have to move a few on as a huge amount of the budget is taken up by those offered generous long term contracts. He can certainly lead by example, even at 43, as a player manager after continuing to play for the Toffee’s reserves.
In all seriousness Mr Weir, a defensive colossus in his time, will hit the ground running and knows many of the players. David trained with Danny Wilson’s side before choosing to remain at Everton to complete his badges, after leaving Rangers last January. Mr Moyes respected his decision and will be bound to blood a few of the United youngsters with a man he trusted with his reserve team and player development.
Mr Weir’s additional relationship with Ally McCoist at Rangers and, those Everton connections, will provide a platform for loans. This is by far the most cost-effective way to get the Blades back into the Championship, providing quality and a spine around which to blend the youth and experience currently at the club. The youth set-up has an embarrassment of riches who just need a few leaders to back them in their bid to shine.
Weir only needs to get the momentum going at Sheffield United and some of the loyalist fans in football will do the rest. It will not take that much to bring back belief at Bramhall Lane. Optimism and a decent start could easily put 5,000 on the gate. That equates to £100,000 a game which would soon eat into the overdraft and build a warchest to spring board The Blades advance. For a side with so much potential it just needs the right man to take them from a division that has got beyond a joke.
The City of Sheffield deserves a Steel City derby next season at the very least and a Premiership club or two to represent one of football’s forgotten hotbeds.
|Full name||David Gillespie Weir
|Date of birth||10 May 1970 (age 43)|
|Place of birth||Falkirk,|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
||Evansville University (USA)|
|1996–1999||Heart of Midlothian||116||(12)|