Charles N'Zogbia

Charles N'Zogbia
Date of Birth:
5' 7" (171cm)
11st 0lbs (69.8kg)
Previous Clubs:
Wigan, Newcastle

Charles N'Zogbia completed the 2014/15 season as a first team regular - after Tim Sherwood switched formation.

N'Zogbia missed the entire previous campaign with an achilles injury picked up in pre-season.

But the Frenchman, who counts the likes of Newcastle and Wigan as his former clubs, returned with big ambitions after regaining full fitness.

He enjoyed game time in 17 of the first 24 matches under Paul Lambert before being absent for the next six matches.

The arrival of Sherwood sparked the 29-year-old and he became an integral part of the side that won the survival fight in the closing weeks of the season.

Sherwood ditched wingers and opted for two No.10s to cause havoc in the opposition backline - N'Zogbia joined Jack Grealish in taking up these roles.

He played in vital wins over West Brom, Sunderland, Tottenham, Everton and West Ham as well as the semi-final and final of the FA Cup.

N'Zogbia has firmly established himself in the Premier League since making his debut for Newcastle in September 2004.

The man from Harfleur, in the Normandy region of France, was spotted by the Magpies at the age of 17 whilst playing for Le Havre.

He amassed 118 appearances at Newcastle, operating primarily as a left winger as well as occasionally filling in at left-back.

N'Zogbia moved to Wigan on the last day of the January transfer window in 2009 and was a pivotal figure during his two-and-a-half-year spell with the Latics.

The winger played an integral part in helping Wigan avoid relegation last term with five goals from the final six top-flight games, including a superb strike against Villa in a 1-1 draw at Villa Park in April.

He also finished as the club's top goalscorer, finding the net 10 times in all competitions.

N'Zogbia, who gained two caps for France in 2010, joined Villa under Alex McLeish in July 2011.

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