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As Yannick Sagbo returns to Hull City from an unsuccessful loan at Wolves, Sam Lambeth looks at what the striker provided at his time at Molineux.
Kenny Jackett’s use of the loan market has been commendable since he came in as Wolves manager, but this season he hasn’t delved into it enough. When he has, his only acquisition has been Hull target man Yannick Sagbo. Bought in to add pace, power and penetration to an unproven Wolves attack, the big Malian will, regrettably, fall into the ‘failed loans’ that Wolves sometimes suffer. Still, we managed to combine a few of Yannick’s best moments in his time with the club.
1. His ballooned strike against Huddersfield
Sagbo went straight into the squad for Wolves’ midweek fixture against Huddersfield, and fans were ready to add his name to the terrace anthems that greet Bakary Sako and Nouha Dicko. They kept their tongues sheathed, however, during Sagbo’s first game, where his introduction to the Molineux was a leathered shot that went straight into Asda’s car park.
2. His miscontrol of the ball against Huddersfield
By the second half of his first game, Wolves fans were starting to get frustrated with the huff & puff Sagbo was bringing. Alas, his touch was as poor as his shooting – he miscontrolled a pass that almost went out for a throw-in. But! Just before it went over, Sagbo got his foot to it. The groans reduced, until he miscontrolled it again…seeing it out for a throw-in.
3. He swallowed a bee
It wasn’t a debut to remember for Sagbo, who also allegedly swallowed a bee during the game, which was reportedly buzzing around the pitch. Whether that was the reason Sagbo’s shooting had no sting remains to be seen.
4. Coming on as a substitute against Wigan
It wasn’t all bad! During Wolves 2-2 draw with Wigan, which although was a disappointing result, Wolves put in a battling, spirited performance, and Sagbo played a part in that, coming on as a substitute late in the second half and performing to an acceptable level.
For Jackett and Wolves fans alike, there was expectancy that Sagbo would arrive fit and firing, with a Premiership pedigree that could compliment a miserly defence. Instead, Sagbo was unfit and unproven, and will now fade into Wolves fans’ memories like Jermaine Pennant and Kaspars Gorkss.