Morgan Sanson

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Morgan Sanson
U-19 EC-Qualifikation Austria vs. France 2013-06-10 (132).jpg
Sanson with France U19 in 2013
Personal information
Full name Morgan Stéphane Sanson[1]
Date of birth (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 28)[2]
Place of birth Saint-Doulchard, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[3]
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Aston Villa
Number 8
Youth career
2000–2005 Gazélec Bourges
2005–2009 Bourges
2009–2012 Le Mans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012 Le Mans II 10 (7)
2012–2013 Le Mans 27 (3)
2013–2017 Montpellier 98 (13)
2017–2021 Marseille 122 (22)
2021– Aston Villa 19 (0)
National team
2012–2013 France U19 7 (0)
2013–2016 France U21 11 (2)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 19:29, 4 April 2022 (UTC)

Morgan Stéphane Sanson (born 18 August 1994) is a French professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Premier League club Aston Villa.

Early life[edit]

Sanson was born in Saint-Doulchard, Cher.[4]

Club career[edit]

Le Mans[edit]

Ahead of the 2012–13 season, Sanson was promoted to the senior team by manager Denis Zanko and assigned the number 25 shirt. He made his professional debut on 3 August 2012 in a league match against Dijon, replacing Idrissa Sylla with only ten minutes to play.[5] He scored his first league goal on 22 December 2012 against Monaco in a 2–3 home loss.[citation needed]

Montpellier[edit]

On 12 June 2013, Sanson signed a four-year contract with Montpellier for a reported fee of €700,000.[6][7] He made his debut for the club on 14 September 2013, in a 0–0 draw against Stade de Reims.[8]

Marseille[edit]

Sanson playing for Marseille in 2018

On 17 January 2017, Sanson joined south coast rivals Marseille by signing a four-and-a-half-year contract, for an initial fee estimated to be €9 million, plus €3 million in bonuses.[9][10] On 5 March 2017, he scored a goal in the 56th minute in a 4–1 Ligue 1 away win against Lorient - his first Ligue 1 goal for Marseille.[11]

On 3 May 2018, he played in the Europa League semi-finals away to FC Red Bull Salzburg as Marseille played out a 1–2 away loss but a 3–2 aggregate win to secure a place in the 2018 UEFA Europa League Final[12] which was played at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais,[13] and saw his team lose to Atlético Madrid.[14]

Aston Villa[edit]

On 26 January 2021, Sanson signed for English Premier League side Aston Villa on a 4+12-year contract,[15] for a fee believed to be £14 million, with £1.5 million in add-ons.[16] On 3 February 2021, Sanson made his Aston Villa debut as a late substitute in a 3–1 defeat to West Ham at Villa Park.[17] On 4 April 2021, Sanson suffered a knee injury midway through the second half in a 3–1 victory over Fulham which ended his season prematurely.[18]

On 31 August 2021, Sanson made his return from injury as one of the permitted overage players for Aston Villa U21s, in a 3–1 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in the EFL Trophy.[19] On 22 September 2021, Sanson returned to the first team in an EFL Cup tie against Chelsea – but he was forced to leave the field before half time after a recurrence of his injury.[20] The arrival of Steven Gerrard as Aston Villa manager coincided with Sanson regaining fitness and he started in the Premier League for the first time in 8 months on 26 December 2021. Gerrard described how Sanson had been disappointed with the start to his English football career, but he had assured him that he was aware of his talent, despite Sanson's fleeting appearances up until that point.[21]

International career[edit]

Sanson is a France youth international having represented his nation at under-19 and under-21 level.[22]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 2 April 2022[23][24]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup[a] League Cup[b] Europe[c] Other[d] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Le Mans 2012–13 Ligue 2 27 3 1 0 1 0 29 3
Montpellier 2013–14 Ligue 1 32 1 3 0 1 0 36 1
2014–15 32 6 1 0 1 0 34 6
2015–16 14 3 1 0 0 0 15 3
2016–17 20 3 0 0 1 0 21 3
Total 98 13 5 0 3 0 106 13
Marseille 2016–17 Ligue 1 17 1 1 0 18 1
2017–18 33 9 2 1 1 0 17 2 53 12
2018–19 33 5 1 0 1 0 2 0 37 5
2019–20 27 5 2 0 1 0 30 5
2020–21 12 2 6 0 1 0 19 2
Total 122 22 6 1 3 0 25 2 1 0 157 25
Aston Villa 2020–21 Premier League 9 0 0 0 0 0 9 0
2021–22 10 0 0 0 1 0 11 0
Total 19 0 0 0 1 0 20 0
Career total 266 38 12 1 8 0 25 2 1 0 312 41

Honours[edit]

Marseille

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Updated squad lists for 2020/21 Premier League". Premier League. 5 February 2021. Retrieved 7 February 2021.
  2. ^ "Morgan Sanson: Overview". ESPN. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  3. ^ "Morgan Sanson: Overview". Premier League. Retrieved 9 August 2022.
  4. ^ "Morgan Sanson". L'Équipe (in French). Paris. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Le Mans v. Dijon Match Report". Ligue de Football Professionnel (in French). 3 August 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Morgan Sanson s'engage avec le MHSC" (in French). Montpellier HSC. 12 June 2013. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Marseille seal transfer of Montpellier midfielder Morgan Sanson". ESPN FC. 17 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Montpellier 0-0 Stade de Reims" (in French). 14 September 2013.
  9. ^ "Morgan Sanson to Marseille, done deal". Get French Football News. 17 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Morgan Sanson (Montpellier) signe à l'OM (Officiel)" (in French). L'Équipe. 17 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Marseille sweep past Lorient". www.ligue1.com. 5 March 2017.
  12. ^ "FC Red Bull Salzburg 2–1 Marseille". BBC Sport. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  13. ^ "Lyon to host 2018 UEFA Europa League Final". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Marseille 0-3 Atlético Madrid: 2018 Europa League final – as it happened". The Guardian. 16 May 2018. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Villa announce Sanson signing". Aston Villa. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  16. ^ "Aston Villa transfer news: Morgan Sanson joins from Marseille in £14m deal". Sky Sports News. 26 January 2021. Retrieved 26 January 2021.
  17. ^ Maher, Matt (3 February 2021). "Aston Villa 1 West Ham 3 - Report". Express & Star. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  18. ^ Cusack, Richard (18 May 2021). "Aston Villa player Morgan Sanson confirms season-ending injury". BirminghamLive. Retrieved 27 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Papa John's Trophy (Sky Sports)". Sky Sports. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  20. ^ Preece, Ashley (22 September 2021). "Aston Villa suffer major injury blow in Chelsea game". Birmingham Mail. Retrieved 23 September 2021.
  21. ^ Townley, John (1 January 2022). "Steven Gerrard hands Morgan Sanson 'fresh start' after heart-to-heart". BirminghamLive. Retrieved 1 January 2022.
  22. ^ "Les joueurs appelés en sélection". Le Mans FC (in French). 4 September 2012. Archived from the original on 13 February 2013. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  23. ^ "Morgan Sanson". Ligue 1. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  24. ^ Morgan Sanson at Soccerway
  25. ^ "Final: Marseille 0–3 Atlético: Overview". UEFA. Retrieved 31 December 2020.

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