Wednesday, 13 February 2013


Who is he? Where does he play?

He's a 23 year old striker from Gabon who started his career in Italy with Milan, went on a few productive loan spells as a teenager and is now playing in Ligue 1 of France, inevitably meaning he is a rumoured transfer target for French enthusiasts Newcastle United.

Who does he play for then?

He plays in the luscious green of Saint-Etienne and has scored a total of 29 goals from 79 appearances since joining them back in 2010. His 9 goals this season has put him on the radar of many potential suitors, as well as annoying many football scribes who have to keep repeating his difficult, triple-barreled name in gossip columns around the country.

Oh dear... I can see that being a problem if he comes to England..

Indeed. Aubameyang has proven his ability in wide positions as well as through the middle and his versatility, allowing him to play right across the front three, will make him a very attractive proposition for a Premier League club. From first struggling with profilgacy, he has improved his finishing a lot and can now be deadly in front of goal, both with his head and his feet. His impressive pace also carries a threat on the counter attack and in direct running at defenders, where he likes to cut inside to get shots away, he can be extremely dangerous when in full flow.

Milan must regret getting rid of him?

Considering they did for a paltry 1.8 million euros you would think they are. He's also proved a vital asset for his country too, scoring 3 goals as Gabon made the quarter finals of last year's African Cup of Nations (he missed the decisive spot-kick as they crashed out). Not to have his confidence knocked however, he donned his outrageous £2,500 diamond-encrusted boots  and fired Saint Etienne to fourth in Ligue 1.

Fourth? It might be hard to buy him then?

Well yeah, it is reported that Newcastle have previously failed with an £8 million bid for the striker, rejected on the deadline day of January as Saint-Etienne's European hopes remain solid,  but they will go back in for him in the summer according to the Metro. Aubameyang has already announced his desire to leave the club in the summer, so that may make things easier for Mike Ashley, Derek Llambias and co. but they my face competition for his signing in the form of Aston Villa and Manchester City. 

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