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Thursday, 10 November 2011

Louis Saha

Nickname: King Louie
Chant: Louis Saha, Louis Saha...

Louis Saha was a French striker who played for Everton. He had a bad injury record and that was partly why Everton managed to sign him, he was frustrating to watch at times but on his day he was world class.

Saha joined Everton for an undisclosed fee from Manchester United, signing a two-year 'pay-as-you-play' deal. Not match-fit at his time of signing, Saha offered to train without being paid whilst injured.

He made his Everton debut on 22 September coming on as a substitute in a league game away to Hull City, before scoring his first goal, against his former club Fulham, at Goodison Park on 1 November.

Saha came off the bench at half-time in that season's FA Cup quarter-final against Middlesbrough, scoring the winner and helping Everton reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1995.

In the FA Cup final, Saha scored the fastest goal in the final's history after 25 seconds, though opponents Chelsea came from behind to win 2–1. This broke Bob Chatt's record which was set 114 years earlier in the 1895 Final. It was also the fastest goal in any match at the new Wembley Stadium, beating the previous record by Gianpaolo Pazzini in March 2007 in an U-21 international for Italy.

Saha scored his first goal of the 2009–10 season, after coming on as a substitute, on the opening day of the season against Arsenal in a 6–1 defeat at Goodison. He went on to a run of seven goals in seven games in all competitions, ending the season with 13 Premier League goals. He signed a two-year contract extension with Everton in February 2010, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2011–12 season.

Saha scored his eighth goal in five starts against Chelsea on 29 January 2011, and continued his form in the next home game, against Blackpool on 5 February, when he netted four goals in a 5-3 victory.

It was his first hat-trick in English football. Saha scored again for Everton against Fulham on 19 March 2011 with a low right footed drive from a free kick, he was later stretchered off with an ankle injury and remained sidelined for the remainder of the season.

Saha made his return for the 2011–12 season on 30 July 2011 in a pre-season fixture against the recently relegated Birmingham City at St Andrews. He was substituted into the match in the second half and scored 3 minutes into his return from injury with a low right footed drive from outside the box.

Saha made his first start of the season for Everton in a home fixture against Liverpool. Everton lost the game 2-0. Saha scored his first goal of the season in a 3-1 victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage after coming on as a substitute. Saha continued his scoring in the following game on 26 October against Chelsea in a League Cup tie.

On 31 January 2012, Louis Saha completed a move to Tottenham Hotspur, signing a six-month contract with Steven Pienaar moving in the opposite direction on loan and was given the number 15 jersey last worn by Peter Crouch.

He made his debut on the 6th of February against Liverpool FC coming on as a substitute for Emanuel Adebayor.

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