Charles N'Zogbia

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

Charles N'Zogbia was a vital squad member for Villa in 2012-13.

Whether he started or came off the bench, flying winger N'Zogbia always offered a forward threat.

His best performances came against Man City in a 4-2 Capital One Cup win, West Ham in a vital 2-1 top-flight victory and Fulham in a 1-1 draw - all three being matches he scored in.

N'Zogbia joined Villa in July 2011 from Wigan.

He made an instant impact, netting a well-executed finish into the bottom left hand corner on his debut in a pre-season friendly against Braga.

It wasn't long before the wing wizard brought the Villa faithful to their feet either, with his dazzling dancing feet and mesmerising solo runs tricking opposition defences.

N'Zogbia began his professional career at Newcastle in 2004, after successful periods at SC de Frileuse and Le Havre during his youth.

His Barclays Premier League debut came in a 3-0 win over Blackburn Rovers in September 2004 - and from then on, he would only flourish at the club.

He was also a part of the 2006 Intertoto Cup-winning team.

N'Zogbia made a name for himself in the scoring department, as six goals, including a superb solo effort against fierce rivals Sunderland, sent fans delirious at his skill.

The late Sir Bobby Robson described him as "one of the most naturally gifted players of that age I'd ever seen."

After injury and suspension, N'Zogbia fell out of favour with the Toon, and eventually moved to Wigan, penning a three-and-a-half year deal.

He scored his first goal for the club in a 2-1 away victory against Sunderland with a dynamic dribble from the half-way line.

N'Zogbia helped secure Wigan's 2009-10 top-flight status with a goal against Arsenal, marking a stunning comeback to secure a 3-2 victory at the DW.

He was then named Wigan Players' Player of the Year and Supporters' Player of the Year for the same season.

N'Zogbia would then be vital in Wigan's 2010-11 run-in, helping to keep them in the Premier League for a second consecutive season.

He was the club's top scorer with 10 goals, including five vital goals in the last six games of the season.

Most important of the tally was a stoppage-time winner against West Ham, securing their top-flight status in the process.


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