Whatever happened to Henri Camara?

Six years on since his move, the name Henri Camara still carries a sour taste around the walls of Molineux. Since demanding a move as Wolves suffered relegation after just one season in the top flight, many fans were outraged of Camara’s treatment of the club which gave him his chance in England.

Camara only really impressed during the latter part of the season, with the majority of his time at Wolves spent firing shots all over the place…maybe it was those orange boots? Anyhow, his form attracted the interest of sides such as Bolton and Middlesborough, with the previous bidding for him early on in the transfer window.

Camara insisted on leaving the club and even refused to return for pre-season training after the summer break. He was quoted as saying he wanted to become African Footballer of the Year and go on to become one of the greats like Roger Miller, EL-Hadji Diouf, Kanu and George Weah…something he didn’t feel he could accomplish in the lower regions of English football.

With Kenny Miller, Vio Ganea, Carl Cort and Dean Sturridge, manager Dave Jones already had four established strikers and eventually gave up in his attempt to keep the Senegal striker. Despite offers from the Premier League, Camara chose to go on loan to Scottish giants Celtic.

18 games later, Camara found himself back in the Premier League with Southampton…where he suffered the same fate as the previous season, ending up getting relegated to the Football League. A brief return to training in Compton was the closest Camara got to playing in a Wolves shirt again, and was eventually sold for around £3 million to Wigan.

Wigan was a happier time for Camara, where he scored 20 goals in over 50 appearances. However, he again fell out of favour and had loan spells at West Ham and Stoke (failing to score for either) before his contract at the JJB stadium ran out.

At the start of the 2009/10 season, Camara eventually gave in and joined Championship side Sheffield United…at the same time that Wolves had just begun their Premier League campaign (funny how things work out isn’t it). Again, Camara struggled to make an impact, despite dropping down the leagues, and was released at the end of the season after managing just four goals.

But what about now? Where has the “superstar” striker ended up? Well, after a bit of digging, we have unearthed him plying his trade in the Greek Superleague side Atromitos, who currently lie 12th in the league. With one goal to his name this season, Camara has hardly troubled the goalscoring charts in Greece.

32-years-old and reaching the end of a “glittering” career, it seems Camara has had to settle for a life in the sun, instead of holding out for a new chance in England. Isn’t it nice how things turn out sometime eh?

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