Date: 8th February 2007 at 8:26pm
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Simon Partridge profiles young striker Dany N`Guessan, ahead of the game in which he could make his full Imps debut.

Dany N`Guessan was born on the 11th August 1987 in Irvy-sur-Seine, France, a Paris suburb. He joined the famous AJ Auxerre youth academy in 2003 when he was 15, and quickly gained a reputation as a quick forward.

The Auxerre youth team has produced players of international calibre, like Djibril Cissé of Marseille, Philipe Mexes of AS Roma and the legendary Manchester United forward Eric Cantona. Because of the litany of talent produced by the Auxerre academy, scouts from Europe`s top clubs often visited the small French town to view possible stars of the future.

N`Guessan caught the eye of several scouts from some of Europe`s biggest clubs including, Marseille, Valencia and Manchester City. But it was the then Rangers boss Alex McLeish that signed him after a successful trial period at Ibrox. McLeish then left the club, and Paul Le Guen took his place, but Dany did not fit into his countryman`s plans, and Steve Evans took him on loan to Boston United in August 2006.

N`Guessan made 22 appearances scoring 5 goals in the process, including a memorable finish against Walsall. It was these performances that impressed John Schofield and John Deehan, and he was promptly signed in the January transfer window from Rangers on the 23rd of January 2007. He made his debut 4 days later against Peterborough United, coming on as a sub in the 81st minute, replacing another ex-Auxerre player, Jamie Forrester.

He started his Lincoln career with an impressive 9 minutes of play; he ran the channels and narrowly missed scoring a debut goal, it passed the post by inches. He again came off the Bench in the 3-1 away defeat to Notts County, this time at half time. He injected much-needed creativity into a lacklustre performance; at one point he took the ball around four Notts defenders, only to miss by miles.

However, his first goal in an Imps shirt came in the reserves` 3-2 win over Blackburn Rovers Reserves, a game in which he impressed; his goal was a fine finish after beating the offside trap. This young Frenchman is certainly a prospect for the future, and the suspension of Jamie Forrester for the next three games could give him an opening into the starting line-up.

by Simon Partridge