Youssef back

  • by Matthew O'Greel
  • Monday, 11th October 2004

Hammers French striker Youssef Sofiane has returned to Upton Park following a month on loan with League Two outfit Notts County.

20-year-old Sofiane - who has made just one substitute appearance for the Hammers this season (during pre-season, as a second half substitute against Anderlecht) - played five times for County, scoring just the once against Wrexham in the LDV Vans Trophy.

The young striker - who arrived at Upton Park in the summer of 2002 - came to West Ham as a highly-rated prospect, who emerged from the hugely successful French production line.

At the time of his arrival, he had said:

"I didn't want to go to a massive club straight away, as I wanted to make a more gradual progression.

"West Ham is a club at a good level who will allow me to break through much more quickly than at, say, Arsenal or Manchester United.

"I have a much better chance of getting in the first team here."

However he soon fell out with original boss Glenn Roeder - and it has been downhill since then for Sofiane, whose future at West Ham looks bleak, to say the least - as do any hopes of a dream move to Arsenal or Manchester United.

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