Offrande Zanzala Player Profile
Debut: Barnet (H, 0-0), 23/01/2016
One of a number of one-month loan deals unveiled in the 2015-6 campaign, Congolese striker Offrande Zanzala arrived at the Lamex in early 2016; Boro’ boss Teddy Sheringham needing to replenish his options as far as attackers went. And a highly-rated prospect he had secured…
After leaving his native Republic of Congo, Derby County snapped him up and he went onto make a huge impression. In March 2015, he was the second Under-18 player that season to sign professional terms. Not only that, but October 2015 saw the striker 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.
Not unlike many other loanees in the years before him, the number of games that Zanzala played for Boro’ could be counted on half a hand. After one start and one sub appearance, there were no more opportunities forthcoming. You could say the change in management at the start of 2016 had an impact on his first team chances here.
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 and even made a cameo in Accrington Stanley’s 2017-8 League Two title-winning campaign too.