Vitesse Arnhem forward Nouha Dicko has had trouble finding the back of the net in the last couple of months after making a hopeful start under former Hull City boss Leonid Slutsky.
Dicko’s story in English football is surprisingly long yet rather unimpressive, having arrived at Wigan Athletic in 2011, he failed to make an impact at the DW stadium.
Dicko was loaned out to numerous clubs, namely Blackpool and Rotherham United, in his three year spell in Lancashire.
Despite scoring five goals in as many matches for Rotherham United, Dicko joined Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2013, initially on loan before he made the permanent switch in 2014.
Dicko began his Championship career in some style, his raw pace and pressing from the front caused havoc for many Championship defences. The Malian striker finished the season with an impressive tally of 14 goals in 37 matches, however, a cruciate ligament rupture in August 2015 meant that Dicko faced a yearly spell on the sidelines.
Unfortunately, this injury caused Dicko’s development to halter and the striker only managed to register three goals in two seasons.
An influx of Portuguese talent arrived at Wolves in 2017 and this spelled the end of Dicko’s time in Wolverhampton.
He made the three million pound switch to Hull City after the East Yorkshire club were relegated from the Premier League.
Hull City’s main striker Abel Hernandez faced a yearly spell on the sidelines after he was stretchered off against Wolves.
This unfortunate blow for Hull provided Dicko with an opportunity to shine, but he didn’t really do enough to stake a claim for the starting spot up top. Dicko ended his first season at the KCOM stadium with a measly four goals in 29 Championship games.
A failure to grab the striking spot meant Dicko had to settle for substitute appearances throughout the 18/19 season where he only managed two goals in 16 games.
Having seen his future at Hull diminish, Dicko agreed to head out on loan to Vitesse Arnhem last summer, and he has since featured sparingly for Edward Sturing.
A run of three goals and two assists in his opening seven Eredivisie games represented a decent return for the Malian forward.
In these games, however, Dicko started as a central striker where he found success.
But a change to the 4-3-3 system meant that Dicko had to move out to the right wing, while Slovenian forward Tim Matavz lead the line.
Matavz has been a constant fixture in the Vitesse side scoring 10 goals in 22 appearances this season.
Dicko could count himself unfortunate after being cut a largely ineffective figure on the wing. The last time he managed to find the net was in mid-December, a resounding 3-0 win over FC Twente.
If Dicko is going to work his way back into Grant McCann’s plans at Hull City, he needs to grab every moment on the pitch with both hands, or he will be surplus to requirements next summer.