West Bromwich Albion are reportedly showing an interest in Famara Diedhiou, who left Bristol City as a free agent this summer.
The 28-year-old scored 51 goals across four seasons at Ashton Gate but could not agree a new deal with City, meaning he is now searching for a new club.
In a Q&A for the Bristol Post, Gregor MacGregor has revealed that the Baggies have shown interest in the striker.
We’ve taken a deep dive into the potential move to assess whether it makes sense, how involved he’ll be, and what he can offer…
Is it a good potential move?
Yes, this could turn out to be a shrewd bit of business from Albion.
With Charlie Austin, Hal Robson-Kanu, and Mbaye Diagne no longer at the club the Baggies do need to bolster their striking unit and Diedhiou could prove a strong option.
His attributes could mean he is well suited to Ismael’s high-tempo and direct style of football, while he knows the Championship and could provide something different to Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson.
You’d question whether both Kenneth Zohore and Diedhiou are needed in the squad but the former Robins striker is an upgrade on the 27-year-old, in my eyes.
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Would he start?
You feel there’s a good chance he could start for the Baggies, assuming Ismael is going to utilise a similar formation as he did at Oakwell.
The 45-year-old coach usually favoured a 3-4-2-1, a 3-4-3, or a 3-4-1-2 – all formations that accommodate multiple forwards.
Given how well suited Diedhiou’s attributes appear to be to Ismael’s style of play, you’d imagine he should be in contention to start.
That said, his minutes could depend on how impressed by the likes of Grant, Zohore, Matt Phillips, and Grady Diangana the new manager is.
What does he offer?
On his day, Diedhiou can be near-impossible to handle and unplayable for opposition defences.
Unfortunately, that day doesn’t come often enough and he’s not proven himself a truly consistent goalscorer in the Championship – having never scored more than 13 league goals in a season at City.
However, what he lacks in lethal finishing ability he does make up for with his aerial prowess, power, defensive contribution, and ability to pull off the spectacular or produce in big moments.
Those sort of characteristics could see him thrive in the high-tempo and direct style of football that Ismael likes to play.
There are certainly similarities to be drawn between the stature and style of Diedhiou and Daryl Dike, who had great success at Barnsley last term.