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N'Guessan joins on loan

Posted on: Mon 19 Mar 2012

Gary Haines reports

Charlton have swooped to sign French striker Dany N'Guessan on loan until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old moves from Millwall, and goes straight into the Addicks' squad for Tuesday's League One match against Yeovil Town (7.45pm). He will wear squad number 39.

A product of the esteemed Auxerre youth academy in his homeland, N'Guessan is a former teammate of fellow Frenchman Yann Kermorgant at Leicester City.

And he also played alongside Michael Morrison, not to mention Addicks boss Chris Powell, during his time at the East Midlands.


A striker, who is also able to play on either wing, N'Guessan has featured 19 times for Millwall after signing from Leicester in August.

He netted on his debut for the Lions against Plymouth Argyle in the Carling Cup, and has also netted one goal apiece in the Championship and FA Cup this term.

His league strike came in the 1-0 win against Portsmouth on Boxing Day, and his propensity for scoring against south-coast clubs continued when he netted in the 3-2 FA Cup win at Southampton on February 7th.

That would be his penultimate match in Millwall colours, his last coming in the 2-1 home defeat by Reading on March 3rd.

Powerful and quick, N'Guessan also netted on his Leicester debut in August 2009 and played 40 times for the Foxes, of which 24 were starts. He netted six times.

Dany N'Guessan and Scott Wagstaff at The Valley last season

He first came to the UK in July 2005 when he joined Scottish side Rangers, but after a handful of unused substitute outings, he netted five goals during a loan spell at Boston United before signing a permanent deal at Lincoln City in January 2007.

N'Guessan netted eight times for the Imps in 2008/09, and added nine more the following campaign before Leicester beat off Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich to sign him in summer 2009.

After emerging from the bench for his debut against Swansea City, he grabbed the winning goal in a 2-1 win, and then netted again on his full debut against Macclesfield Town in the Carling Cup.

In that first season in the East Midlands, he scored six times in 32 appearances and helped Leicester to the Championship play-offs, playing in the first leg of the semi-final against Cardiff City, but missing the heart-breaking return match when the Foxes would eventually lose on penalties.

After falling down the pecking order the following season, N'Guessan headed out for two loan spells, at Scunthorpe United and Southampton.

Dany N'Guessan and Bradley Wright-Phillips at The Valley last season

He landed a debut strike for the Iron against Cardiff on November 13th, 2010 and played three times for Scunthorpe before switching to St Mary's.

His Southampton debut came in the FA Cup fourth-round clash with mighty Manchester United, and on his League One debut for the club, he set up Rickie Lambert's winner in a 2-1 success at Exeter City.

N'Guessan also featured at The Valley, coming on as a 37th-minute substitute for Adam Lallana as the Saints drew 1-1 against Charlton, and made seven appearances in the club's final push towards promotion.

Millwall took the attacker on loan, initially on a six-month deal, but after he netted on debut at Home Park, he put pen to paper on a permanent deal across South London.

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