When Harry Kane bagged his second of the game to put England Under-21’s 2-0 up against their French counterparts – who inexplicably failed to qualify for the summer’s European Championships – it looked just like a normal day at the office for Gareth Southgate’s men.
Enter Arsenal striker and budding court jester Yaya Sanogo.
The man who is yet to score a Premier League goal is deemed of sufficient quality to not only lead the junior Bleus’ forward line, he’s their blooming skipper!
Leading by example, the 21-year-old notched a brace of his own to tie the scores up before Kingsley Coman slammed home a third, which proved to be the difference-maker.
At U21 level, England are quite a force – they hadn’t lost in 15 games and were eyeing a 12th successive win in Brest – which underlines how big a victory this was for France and Sanogoals’ leading of the vanguard offers Arsenal fans another glimpse of the obvious potential he has so far failed to realise during his club career.
An Emirates Cup hat-trick against European colossus Benfica prior to the start of this season was an eye-opening insight into his goal-getting acumen, while he also topped the scoring charts of the 2013 U20 World Cup, which France won.
Danny Welbeck’s Emirates arrival has hampered his first-team opportunities so far this season and, with countryman Olivier Giroud on his way back from a broken leg, his chances are sure to be restricted even further.
Yet this showing proves that, if given the chance, he’s capable of breaking his Premier League duck this campaign.
The bwin layers go 6/4 that the man from Massey notches five top-tier goals or more this term, while a great value 1/2 says he scores four or fewer.
Given that he’s yet to bulge a net in Arsenal colours almost 18 months into his tenure, it’s unreasonable to expect him striking five times between now and the end of the season, while the increased competition in the squad and his own injury record are certain to make achieving this total near impossible.
In total he has savoured just 210 minutes of Premier League action, but Arsene Wenger clearly has an enormous amount of faith in him that undoubtedly stems from fleeting moments such as his two-goal salvo against England.