Dany N'Guessan

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Dany N'Guessan is a French midfielder who was born in Ivry-sur-Seine, France on 11th August 1987. N'Guessan began his career at Auxerre as a youngster. The Frenchman moved to Rangers when he was just 17 in 2005. The Glasgow giants reportedly beat off competition from the likes of Bordeaux and Valencia to bring the player to Ibrox. N'Guessan featured on the substitutes bench for Rangers on a number of occasions, but failed to make a single first team appearance.

N'Guessan moved to Boston United on loan for 6 months at the start of 2006/07. He made his debut for The Pilgrims in a 5-0 defeat at Shrewsbury on August 19th. He would enjoy a very successful spell at the club after that drubbing however. N'Guessan scored 5 times in 23 matches for Boston. His form impressed League 2 rivals Lincoln, who signed N'Guessan on a permanent basis on 23rd January 2007. He made his Lincoln debut four days later against Peterborough.

N'Guessan established himself as one of the best talents in League 2 during his spell at Sincil Bank. The Frenchman regularly caused defences problems with his trickery on the left wing. He also operated up front and on the right occasionally. N'Guessan scored 8 goals for The Imps during his first full season at the club and grabbed a further 9 in 2008/09.

N'Guessan attracted interest from a number of Championship clubs in the summer of 2009, including Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday, but eventually signed for Nigel Pearson's Leicester on 26th June. N'Guessan made the perfect start for The Foxes, with a goal on his debut against Swansea on August 8th 2009. That was followed up by another just four days later in a League Cup clash at Macclesfield. Dany appeared 32 times for The Foxes during 2009/10 and netted 6 times as Leicester missed out on Promotion in the play-offs. Opinion was split at The Walkers Stadium amongst Leicester fans over N'Guessan's first season at the club. While some felt he was brilliant, others viewed him as an unreliable player who often went missing.

N'Guessan featured mainly from the subs bench during the opening few months of 2010/11. Once manager Paulo Sousa was replaced by Sven Goran Eriksson, the French midfielder found his chances even more limited. He was farmed out to Ian Baraclough's Scunthorpe United in November for a four game spell which saw him score on his debut against Cardiff.

After returning to Leicester for a few weeks, N'Guessan joined Southampton on a six month loan deal on 26th January 2011. N'Guessan made his debut as a late sub against Manchester United in the FA Cup on 29th January. He put in a man of the match performance against Exeter in his first league start for Saints, crossing for Rickie Lambert's equaliser. N'Guessan had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside against Charlton on March 22nd. The strike came deep into stoppage time with the score level at 1-1 and would have almost certainly given the South Coast club all three points if the linesman had made the right call. He struggled for playing time after that, but did perform well after coming off the bench against Bristol Rovers on 16th April.

In August 2011 N'Guessan signed for Millwall on loan. He marked his debut with a goal in a 1-0 League Cup win over Plymouth.