Liverpool land ‘lightning-quick’ £1.5m French striker – one for now or the future?

Djibril Cisse was hit-and-miss for the Reds, although The Guardian reports that Rafael Benitez has taken a punt on another pacy French striker as he continues to build his Liverpool squad ahead of the new season. Will this guy strike up a formidable partnership with Torres or be used sparingly?

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David Ngog is only 19 years of age, yet Rafa has seen enough of the youngster to believe he can play a part for the Reds, albeit a cameo one for the next couple of seasons.

The Anfield club described the forward as “one of the brightest young talents in French football” and “lightning quick”, although Ngog, the cousin of former Newcastle defender Jean-Alain Boumsong, managed just one goal in 18 matches for PSG last season. The fee is reported to be £1.5m.

Ngog has played for the France U-16, U-17 and U-19 sides and scored twice against England U-19s last year. He is expected to challenge for a place in the Liverpool first team and will meet up with his team-mates after they return from a training camp in Switzerland.

Ngog clearly has a good pedigree, coming up through the ranks of the French youth teams, although it would be wrong to expect too much from the forward until he’s had time to bed in at Liverpool. Sounds like he could be a bit of a secret weapon next season, so secret he might hardly get a first-team chance!

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