Born: Bordeaux, France, 3 September 1980

Position: Midfielder

Signed: 10 October 2000 from Bordeaux (loan)

Fulham debut: Fulham 3-1 Portsmouth, 18 November 2000

Fulham appearances: 9

Fulham goals: 0

Honours: Division One champions (2000-01)

Sold: 10 May 2000 to Bordeaux (loan return)

French under-21 international Nicolas Sahnoun joined Fulham on loan from Bordeaux, where he had spent five seasons, in October 2000. He was a steadying influence in Jean Tigana’s midfield as the Whites stormed to the Division One title but struggled to establish himself as a regular in the first team – largely owing to the exceptional displays of Sean Davis and the understanding the Fulham academy product built with John Collins and Lee Clark. Sahunon made only nine first-team appearances before returning to Bordeaux at the end of the season. He won promotion from the French second tier on loan at Ajaccio a year later and repeated the feat with Montpelier. After retiring, Sahnoun went into coaching and was briefly caretaker manager at Toulouse. Highly regarded within the French game, he is now assistant manager with Valenciennes.