Newcastle Offered Striker Who Scored Twice Against United In Europe
Newcastle United are reported to have been offered the services of Cheick Diabate.
The striker currently plays for Bordeaux and has scored 12 goals in 25 Ligue 1 appearances this past season, a statistic that gets better when you take into account that Diabate only started in 17 of those games.
Interestingly, neither The Journal, or anybody else who has repeated their transfer story, have mentioned the fact that Diabate actually scored twice against Newcastle only 18 months ago.
The Bordeaux v Newcastle Europa League group match ended up as a dead rubber and both clubs effectively played a second eleven, with the French coming out victorious after Perch failed to cut out a cross and Diabate headed in, then the second killer goal as [intlink id=”21323″ type=”post”]described in our match report[/intlink] at the time as follows;
“The second goal came along in the seventy second minute as the lumbering Diabate easily outpaced Williamson and gave Elliot no chance.”
This is where the striker’s profile starts to fall down a bit, Diabate did score twice against United but at 6ft 4 he looked like Shola’s less agile taller brother.
Delving into his past, previous to the 12 goals he scored in the season just gone, the 26 year old Mali international forward had never reached double figures in a league season.
Also, his recent injury record is a cause for concern with the last 12 months seeing the striker pick up heel and ankle injuries, plus a knee injury that has plagued him a number of times.
Sadly, unless Mike Ashley is prepared to fund deals for strikers with a more encouraging background, then it seems certain that players coming in will have big question marks, whether they are recruited from the Spanish second division, or a 6ft 4 injury prone less mobile version of Shola.
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