Derby County are one of a number of clubs interested in snatching Siriki Dembele away from Peterborough United in January, per TeamTALK.
The 24-year-old has been in top form for Posh so far this season, notching five goals and four assists in just 12 games from the wing or as a striker alongside Jonson Clarke-Harris.
It’s believed that Scottish giants Celtic hold the highest chance of enticing Dembele away from his current club, mainly due to the fact that his 17-year-old brother Karamoko is in the Bhoys’ first team squad.
But with a takeover from Sheikh Khaled of the Abu Dhabi royal family set to be finalised in the near future, whoever becomes the new manager at the iPro Stadium could have a lot of money at their disposal.
And they could do worse than trying to bring in Dembele to a side that is currently struggling to score goals – let’s look at the qualities he possesses a bit closer.
As mentioned earlier, Dembele can play both as a winger or a striker, meaning he’s a valuable option for teams willing to sign him.
Naturally the 5ft 8in attacker is a wide player who likes to cut inside, however Darren Ferguson converted him into a centre forward at the start of 2020, and Dembele hasn’t looked back since.
County really lack depth at the top end of the pitch, with Martyn Waghorn struggling to score from open play and recent signing Colin Kazim-Richards has been a bit-part player so far.
Their depth out wide is of a similar quality. Tom Lawrence is proven at Championship level, Jordon Ibe is still yet to make an appearance for the Rams, and whilst Morgan Whittaker looks promising, Dembele would provide something different to all three.
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From this five-minute compilation alone, you can see that Dembele has speed that frightens his opposition.
Whether it’s breaking away into the final third with the ball at his feet, or playing off the shoulder of the centre back to latch on to a through ball, he can pretty much do it all.
Kamil Jozwiak offers something quite similar, but Dembele arguably looks more explosive – imagine them both in the same team Derby fans…
A quality dribbler
According to the stats via WhoScored, Dembele is the top dribbler in the whole of League One, completing 3.6 per game, well clear of the next-best which are Wigan’s Viv Soloman-Otabor and Lincoln’s Nottingham Forest loanee Brennan Johnson, both who rack up 2.1 successful dribbles on average.
He’s also the most fouled player in the division at 4.3 fouls per game, which is a clear indication that defenders are struggling to cope in League One.
There’s no guarantee that he would have as easy of a time in a level above where he’s playing now, however it’s a risk one club is going to end up taking.