Bristol City striker Famara Diedhiou is in-demand this month, with multiple clubs taking an interest in the Senegal international.
According to a report from Bristol Live earlier in the month, the Robins’ Championship rivals Middlesbrough had taken a keen interest in Diedhiou and made an enquiry about his services, but no bid was placed.
City have made Diedhiou a ‘very large‘ offer to keep him at the club and it’s thought that they’re willing to let him leave on a free in the summer if necessary.
But new interest has shaped in the form of Egyptian side Pyramids FC, who are owned by an Emirati businessman, and they have entered the race for Diedhiou according to Sky Sports.
Pyramids can offer the 28-year-old a pre-contract agreement which further complicates matters for City. With the speculation rumbling on about his future, let’s look at two potential impacts on the club should they let him depart this week.
Play off push to be halted?
Whilst he’s only netted six times in the league this season, Diedhiou brings something more than goals to Dean Holden’s side.
His physical presence frightens the life out of Championship defenders and his hold-up play brings the attacking midfielders of City into play.
It could be argued that his team-mate Chris Martin plays that role just as well, but you have to remember the Scotland international is 32 years old and will only have a few more years left realistically as a solid second tier performer.
Diedhiou is just hitting his stride as well – four of his six league goals have come in the last five games and with City sitting just outside the play offs in eighth place, their push could be threatened massively if he departs.
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Nahki Wells given more freedom
Wells arrived at Ashton Gate last January off the back of a prolific loan spell with Queens Park Rangers, where he’d netted 13 goals at the London side.
It’s not quite panned out the same way at City for the Bermudan. He’s scored five in 25 league appearances this season but he’s spent a bit of time out on the wing in Holden’s system – a place where Wells can’t operate at his best.
The Robins’ manager has opted to use a 4-4-2 in recent weeks to good effect, and it’s helped Diedhiou get amongst the goals.
But if he leaves, then it will be up to Martin to do the holding up, which will leave Wells free to do what he does best – score goals.