Aly Cissokho

Name:
Aly Cissokho
Nationality:
French
Date of Birth:
15/09/1987
Height:
5' 11" (181cm)
Weight:
11st 11lbs (75.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
FC Porto, Valencia, Liverpool (loan), Valencia, Lyon, AC Milan, FC Porto, Vitoria Setubal, Gueugnon
Position:
Defender


Aly Cissokho only played 48 minutes under Tim Sherwood in 2014-15 - a season that began with such promise.

Cissokho came on as a sub for left-back Kieran Richardson in Sherwood's first game in charge against Stoke.

But the defender was part of a "chronic" defensive injury list that hit the manager on his arrival in the B6 hotseat.

In fact, Cissokho's only other involvement under the former Tottenham boss was as an unused sub in the 3-2 away defeat to Man City.

Cissokho began the term as first choice left-back, with Richardson operating further up the field at that time.

The former Liverpool man produced a very impressive opening day display in the 1-0 away win over Stoke, a performance that earned him man of the match.

He came off in his home debut against Newcastle United with an ankle injury and then missed the Leyton Orient League Cup defeat.

He was back in the side for the 2-1 home win over Hull City and then played in the next 21 games before two matches on the bench against Bournemouth and Arsenal.

Cissokho started against Chelsea and Hull City - and then Paul Lambert departed.

He was in the side for Scott Marshall's only match in charge - the 2-1 win over Leicester in the FA Cup - before Sherwood took over.

Cissokho started his professional career for FC Gueugnon in Ligue 2 after being promoted from the youth ranks.

He made his debut in May 2007 and went on to play 25 times for the first team before he left following their relegation in 2008.

He moved to Portuguese Primeira Liga side Vitoria where he played 18 times before securing a move to Portuguese giants Porto in January 2009.

At Porto he played 23 times, including his first appearances in the Champions League and was part of the team that won the Portuguese title in 2009 after going unbeaten in the league during Cissokho's spell.

In July 2009 he moved to French side Lyon for €15m.

He spent three full seasons at the Stade de Gerland, playing 137 times in all and scoring twice, and was part of the team that won the Coupe de France in 2011-12.

In August 2012 Cissokho moved to Spain to play for Valencia.

He played 36 times in La Liga and scored twice in the 2012-13 season as Valencia finished fifth and qualified for the Europa League.

In August 2013 he moved to Liverpool on a season-long loan.

While at Anfield he played 19 times and helped the Reds finish second in the Premier League and qualify for the Champions League.

Cissokho has secured one cap for France to date in a friendly against Norway in August 2010.

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