When Liverpool signed young French striker David Ngog from PSG in the summer of 2008, many Reds fans were optimistic about the transfer and believed he would be a star for the future. The Paris club are well known for their youth academy and Ngog was supposedly the latest on the line of impressive young talents.
He is a striker with great physical potential - six foot three and powerfully built, Ngog had all the raw attributes to be a success at Anfield. But after three underwhelming seasons in the red of Liverpool, which saw him score nine goals in 63 appearances, it's fair to say that the Frenchman left the club as a bit of a cult hero, remembered amongst the Liverpool faithful as a flop who was never able to realise his potential.
Since leaving Anfield Ngog went to Bolton Wanderers where he looked more at home in the Championship than the Premier League. His time at Bolton was followed by a brief spell at Swansea City where he failed to make his mark.
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Now finally back in France with Reims, Ngog has looked revitalised and may be starting to show why current Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez put so much faith in him when he was in the Liverpool dugout.
Reims have made a brilliant start to the Ligue 1 campaign with their Friday night win against Lille taking them to third in the table, leapfrogging French heavyweights Lyon. They have also drawn with runaway leaders PSG in recent weeks too.
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Under the Friday night lights, Ngog played a key role in the win as he scored his first goal of the new season, yet he also missed a penalty in the 19th minute. Overall Reims produced a very professional and organised performance as they shut down the dangerous Lille attack.
It was the former Liverpool reject Ngog, however, that has made the headlines as he finally looks settled. At 26, he still has a long career ahead of him and it will be interesting to see whether he, along with other Reims talents such as the tricky winger Nicolas de Preville, will be able to fire the Ligue 1 minnows to a shock European place this season.
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