Leeds must seal Bamba Dieng transfer

Leeds United have been one of the busiest clubs in the Premier League in terms of the business they have done during the summer transfer window.

In addition to bringing a plethora of New faces such as Tyler Adams, Marc Roca and Luis Sinisterra among others, the Yorkshire club have also seen great players move away from Elland Road such as Raphinha and Kalvin Phillips.

With a few weeks left until the transfer window closes, it would give the Whites the chance to strengthen any area of ​​the squad where it might be needed.

Taking into account how Andrea Radrizzani has recently spoke on the club’s aim to bring in a striker before the deadline, a man who has been related with a move to Elland Road and who might be just what the Whites need is Bamba Dieng.

Having done 42 senior appearances for Marseille, the 22-year-old – who is would have valued at €18m (£15m) – scored nine goals and provided three assists.

The majority of those appearances and goals came during the season 2021/22 with Les Olympiens, during which he also showed his versatility playing with almost equal regularity as a centre-forward and as a left winger.

To further underline his attacking talent, in his 25 Ligue 1 appearances last season, the Senegalese striker managed 37 shots on goal, including 18 on target, earning him the highest percentage of shots on target (48.6%) at the Velodrome Stadium.

Saluted as an “explosive player with great potential”, by his former manager Jorge Sampaoli, Dieng also finished the campaign with the fourth-highest rate of goal-creating actions per 90 minutes (0.55) in Marseille.

As for the type of player he is or could become in the future, the youngster has been assimilated to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba by El-Hadji Diouf for his goalscoring ability.

Knowing that the Ivorian scored 104 goals in 254 top-flight appearances for the Blues and earned himself a place in the Premier League Hall of Famethe prospect of Victor Orta unearthing what could be Leeds’ own version of Drogba would certainly be a tantalizing prospect for Los Blancos and their supporters.

With the transfer deadline approaching, securing a deal for the young striker could be just what Leeds need to cap off what has undeniably been a very busy transfer period for the club.

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Edward L. Robinett