David Ngog

Premier League Career: Liverpool FC (2008-2011), Bolton Wanderers (2011-2012), Swansea City (2014)

Still only 29, David Ngog has been much-travelled in recent times since his Premier League career ended in 2014. Ngog currently plays in Hungary for Budapest Honved having played in the French, Greek and Scottish top divisions since he left Swansea City in 2014. At Budapest, he wears one of the more unconventional squad numbers currently around in professional football – no.89.

Cousin of former Auxerre and Newcastle United defender Jean-Alain Boumsong, Ngog started his career in 2001 in the youth academy at French superpower, Paris Saint-Germain. He was promoted into the first-team ranks in 2006 and made 14 appearances across three years. In July 2008, he left the French capital and joined Liverpool FC as a backup striker. Rafa Benitez was delighted that his scouting network had discovered Ngog and he scored in just his second game for the club in a pre-season friendly against Rangers.

His first meaningful LFC goal arrived in the group stages of the UEFA Champions League in December 2008, sealing a 3-1 away victory against PSV Eindhoven. Ngog scored in home victories over Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers in 2008-2009 as he played a dutiful back-up role to Fernando Torres. He figured more prominently in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 Premier League campaigns, making 49 appearances but he scored just seven times and failed to live up to his undoubted early potential that had seen Benitez sign him.

Ngog did score against some top sides, including the second goal in a 2-0 home win over Manchester United in October 2009 and Liverpool’s first goal of the 2010-2011 Premier League season in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal. However with Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll, Craig Bellamy and Dirk Kuyt all seen as better options by Kenny Dalglish, Ngog was sold on transfer deadline day in August 2011 for £4 million to Bolton Wanderers.

He made 33 appearances in 2011-2012 but scored just three times and Bolton were relegated from the top-flight. Fulham showed an interest that summer to keep him in the Premier League but a bid was rejected by Bolton and Ngog actually stayed with the Trotters in the Championship, scoring 11 times in the second-tier of English football before moving to Swansea City in 2014.

His time in south Wales wasn’t anything to write home about. Three appearances, no goals and his six-year spell in the English leagues ended in September 2014 when he signed a two-year contract with Stade Reims. Since then, he has played for Panionios, Ross County and Budapest Honved where he scored seven minutes into his league debut for his current club in August 2018.

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