Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang may lead the Bundesliga scoring charts, but the Borussia Dortmund striker is a goal poacher made, not born, his former coach at AS Saint-Etienne has told bundesliga.com.
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With 17 goals from 14 games, including a record streak of finding the net on eight successive Matchdays from the start of the season, the sight of Aubameyang's signature somersault celebration is seemingly as inevitable a part of the weekly Bundesliga experience as currywurst and beer.
Yet, the prolific, jet-heeled spectre of world-class central defenders' nightmares was not always the root cause of cold sweats and sleepless nights for opponents.
Aubameyang arrived at Saint-Etienne in January 2011 bearing the promise of an AC Milan youth academy pedigree and the burden of unsuccessful loan spells at Dijon, LOSC Lille and AS Monaco FC. A total of 33 Ligue 1 games had brought an underwhelming four goals, a pitifully paltry tally for a forward whose searing pace made him – potentially – a formidable asset as Saint-Etienne boss Christophe Galtier immediately recognised.