Before signing for Birmingham City, Cheikh N’Doye was known as a goalscoring midfielder. His record backed it up, and the English club were likely at least a little attracted by that side of his game.
Unfortunately, despite his record elsewhere, N’Doye simply wasn’t able to find the back of the net for the Championship club. He tried, but things just weren’t going his way, and he’ll now try to rediscover that goalscoring touch whilst on loan at Ligue 1 side Angers.
Giving a lengthy interview to L’Equipe, the former Birmingham City player was obviously asked where all his goals went, and he believes the tactics deployed just didn’t suit that aspect of his game.
N’Doye told the French newspaper: “They misused me, I think. Each time, I could not get into the area, or so I arrived, but the ball was too long or did not arrive.”
The 32 year old clearly feels Birmingham didn’t play to that aspect of his game enough, and therefore he was left chasing balls which didn’t arrive.
N’Doye added: “I often had two players on me, because they know that I win all the duels. Sometimes I came to the first post, the ball went to the second. Sometimes I went to the second and the ball did not reach the first one, even when I was at the penalty spot. It’s like that.”
The Senegal international has so far played three matches for Angers. There’s no goals yet, he’ll surely hope to get one soon.