One of many loan deals unveiled in the 2015-6 campaign, Congolese forward Offrande Zanzala arrived at the Lamex in early 2016. Boro’ boss Teddy Sheringham needed new options as far as our attack went. And a highly-rated prospect we thought we’d got. Not unlike many other loanees in the years before him, however, the number of games that Zanzala played for us could be counted on half a hand. After one start and a sub outing, there were no more opportunities. You could probably put that down to the change in management at the start of 2016; Sheringham’s sacking affecting his first team chances.
Offrande Zanzala: Before Boro’
After leaving his native Republic of Congo, Derby County snapped him up. He went onto make a huge impression there. In March 2015, he was the second Under-18 player that season to sign professional terms. Not only that, but October 2015 saw him crowned as the Barclays U21 Player of the Month. It was a month in which he’d bagged four goals in three Under 21 Premier League Division 2 games for the Rams.
Offrande Zanzala: After Boro’
As he returned to Derby, there was a sense that we’d not seen the best of the youngster in his short time with us. Since then, he’s spent some time on loan at Chester. He even made a cameo in Accrington Stanley’s 2017-8 League Two title-winning campaign too. He joined Stanley on a permanent deal in August 2018 for an undisclosed fee.