Scout Report – Badou N’Diaye
West Ham United’s exciting week of transfers is set to continue as reports from Sky Sports claim that the East Londoners are in talks to complete the signing of £4.25m rated midfielder, Badou N’Diaye from Turkish club Osmanlispor.
The 26-year old is also being watched by a host of clubs including the likes of Everton, Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Galatasaray, the report claims. However, it is the Hammers that are in advanced negotiations over the transfer of the Senegal international and a deal could be completed very shortly.
Last week was full of action for West Ham, as they sealed three major transfers – signing Joe Hart on loan from Manchester City, striker Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen and Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City. If things go smoothly, N’Diaye too will soon be a Hammers player. With him close to sealing a move to the Premier League, we take a look at the profile of the player and what he is likely to bring along with him.
Born in Dakar, Senegal, on 27 October 1990, Papa Alioune ‘Badou’ N’Diaye started off his footballing journey with Senegalese club Diambars FC in 2008. His career in Europe in began with Norwegian outfit FK Bodo/Glimt, who he joined on loan in 2012 and made 27 appearances, scoring 3 and setting up 6 goals.
He was signed by the club on a permanent basis in January 2013 and he shined brightly in his debut campaign as a permanent player, finishing with 15 goals and 2 assists in all competitions. Another strong season followed in 2014 with 9 goals and 8 assists in 32 outings. Having made another impressive start in 2015, he was signed by Osmanlispor in August 2015. He left FK Bodo/Glimt after making 114 appearances, scoring 31 times and setting up 19.
In his first season with the Turkish club, N’Diaye found the back of the net on 11 occasions and chalked up 4 assists in 33 Super Lig games, establishing himself as a key member of the team. He managed 7 goals and 3 assists last season, from 42 games in all competitions, with his performances in the UEFA Europa League particularly catching the eyes.
N’Diaye made his debut for the Senegalese national team back in 2014 and has made 8 appearances since then, scoring a solitary goal.
Style of Play
Having started off as a central midfielder, N’Diaye gained huge reputation due to his goal-scoring knack from midfield and has been used as an attacking midfielder in the recent years at Osmanlispor. He has been used in a No.6 role as well, where he has performed decently too.
A powerful midfielder with energy and strong physical attributes, the 26-year old possesses good dribbling abilities and has a fine range of distribution as well. His eye to needle through balls behind the defences has been particularly lauded.
As is seen from the number of goals he has scored throughout his career, he has that knack of getting forward and making himself a nuisance for the opposition defence. He possesses the technical ability to have a go at goal from long distances too. A tenacious tackler as well, he adds a bite to the midfield.
What Does The Future Hold?
It is no secret that he will be leaving Osmanlispor in the summer, with the club president admitting as such back in June. Considering his abilities and talents, there is no shortage of suitors either. However, as per reports, it is West Ham who are the best-placed team to sign him.
Slaven Bilic does have riches in midfield with the likes of Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang, Edimilson Fernandes and Mark Noble, but N’Diaye will still be a good addition to the squad and will take the overall quality of the squad a level higher.