FM 2011 player profile – Yaya Sanogo

FM 2011 Strikers

written by Darren Smith

Yaya Sanogo

Age: 17 years old

Position: striker

Club: Auxerre

Nationality: French

Value: £2.1 million

Price tag: £5 million (on latest patch 11.3)

Yaya Sanogo starting attributes

If you are still in season one on patch 11.3, this is the profile Sanogo will greet you with. He looks good, but not fall off your chair incredible. For me the key attributes are pace, acceleration, finishing, composure and dribbling. That is what I look for in a striker and Sanogo ticks almost all the boxes. One key attribute to this wonderkids development is his strength, as Sanogo becomes an absolute beast! Below is how Arsenal’s Cagigao rates the French forward.

To be honest I disagree with the above report. Sanogo has the potential to be better than RVP and certainly should warrant a 4 star potential rating. What gives me the right to disagree with such an amazing scout? Take a look at the screenshot below, but take a deep breath first as your about to see Sanogo’s future.

Yaya Sanogo in 2017 with Newcastle

Amazing isn’t he? His finishing is 20 and this shows in game as Sanogo has managed more than a goal every game for me during the last two seasons. The above screenshot is taken from my Newcastle save and for those who wonder how his dribbling has improved so much…well I trained him in this area from day one. I recommend doing this because dribbling is the only attribute that could stop Sanogo been the best poacher on FM 2011. I bought the striker late during 2012 and had to fork out £13 million, but he’s now worth £29 million at the age of 24. AC Milan have been tabling offers alongside Barcelona in excess of £59 million but I’m holding out for more!!

Yaya Sanogo in real life (taken from Wikipedia)

Sanogo plays his football for Auxerre in France, while he’s not started many games Yaya is touted as a real prospect. Sanogo has featured for the French U16’s, U17’s and U19’s on numerous occasions scoring a goal every game for the U16’s. Despite his tall and lanky frame, Sanogo is respected for been both a deadly finisher and possessing great technical ability.

OK you must want Sanogo now? If not I have prepared a short video that would change anybodies mind. Click the link below to see Yaya Sanogo’s best goals while playing for me at Newcastle. I have prepared the goals in order of quality from 5th place to 1st and it includes a little song I think sums the wonderkid up.

Yaya Sanogo’s top 5 goals – MUST SEE! (click here to watch)

My best buy rating – 11/10

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Hi Darren,

I know him really well. You know what, he is 24 and belongs to Arsenal in my game. His scoring rate is awesome and his physical attributes is too good to be true. All are almost 16 and above. He is a wonderful investment.

Darren Smith

Yeh, I too noticed him sign for the top teams on other games. He has been with Barcelona on Martins game too.


Great post Darren, Sanogo is the best striker in FM after a few years. Nice video too, the song was perfect ;-)

Darren Smith

Thanks Sears, glad you liked the video and I spent a little time considering the song ‘don’t stop me now’ is a perfect phrase for the striker.


Hey Darren
I knew when I saw the words Yaya Sanogo that it was written by you! He becomes so good in the game and is definitely a buy.

Darren Smith

lol, I do have a soft spot for Sanogo. He’s just the most well rounded player and scores for fun.


Hello Darren
Sanogo’s a great striker, though I think he starts with a broken leg on newer patches so can’t sign him straight away

Darren Smith

Good point CsAtlantis, that could hinder the signing and even increase his valuation later in the game. Still worth the cash no matter what though…I paid £13 mill and feel like he has already paid me back.


He sure is a brilliant striker Darren, an absolute beast! He is certainly the best young striker on FM this year, and it will be interesting to see if he develops the same in real life.

Darren Smith

He is a top class striker on FM, as always its interesting to see if FM’s predictions play out in RL.


Great post Darren.
He is basically a god of development!

Just a request, i would love to see Dedryck Boyata’s profile, to see if he is a good investment at the start of the season :)

Cheers Kieran.


Chciałbym wiedzieć jaki trening używasz {Darren Smith} bo u mnie tak dobrze Sanogo się nie rozwinął. Prosiłbym o jak najszybszą odpowiedź

Darren Smith

Sorry I don’t speak Polish, but think you’re asking about how to train Sanogo. I would recommend using this training schedule

Also, you must play Sanogo at least 20 times during the first few seasons bar maybe the first. After that he needs regular first team football. I’d also recommend training him individually on ‘dribbling’ as this helps Sanogo take on his man. Hope you can understand this. :)


finally another player profile
He is very well known and become beast and became perfect duo with Babacar
maybe next PP:Babacar?

Darren Smith

Hey Timmy, I actually think Sanogo improves beyond Babacars level in terms of deadly finishing and creating magic. He’s my fav on FM11 by far.

Vaibhav Chandrasekhar

I too play Sanogo as a poacher in my Leicester save, he scores a lot for me.


Could you share the training scheduale for yaya?