Why Aston Villa should plot a January swoop for Mbaye Diagne
Back in August, Turkish website FutbolArena (h/t the Birmingham Mail) claimed that Aston Villa were interested in signing Galatasaray striker Mbaye Diagne and his negotiator Şükrü Hanedar was in the UK to discuss the deal. However, a deal didn’t materialize and he joined Club Brugge on loan instead.
Mbaye Diagne, 28, top-scored in Turkey’s Super Lig last season with 30 goals from 29 games, both with Kasimpasa before his move to Galatasaray in January. Upon joining Club Brugge on loan, the Senegalese has netted four goals in six league games.
However, BBC claimed last week that the 28-year-old has been dropped and fined by Belgian side Club Brugge for missing a penalty as they lost 1-0 to Paris Saint-Germain in a European Champions League tie.
Diagne got up off the turf after being fouled by Thiago Silva in the 74th minute at the Parc des Princes and took the spot-kick himself, instead of designated penalty taker Hans Vanaken.
Club Brugge coach Philippe Clement later said that he is yet to decide whether Diagne would play for the club in the future (h/t The ESPN).
That being said, Aston Villa must start monitoring Diagne’s future and if things don’t change, they must revive their interest in him during the winter transfer window.
Aston Villa signed 12 players over the summer after winning promotion but the performances haven’t been up to the required standards. They currently lie 17th in the table, three points above the drop zone. And as per Express and Star, Dean Smith wants attacking reinforcements during the January transfer window.
That’s quite understandable, given the fact that Wesley Moraes lacks competition in the squad. Wesley has four goals in 12 games but he’s gone off the boil, affecting Villa’s productivity in front of the goal.
That’s why the Villans should sign another striker to share the burden of scoring goals from Wesley’s shoulders and Diagne could be a good fit at Villa Park.
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Diagne starred for both Kasimpasa and Galatasaray last season in the Super Lig. He amassed a mouthwatering 31 goals in 36 appearances.
The Senegal international has also enjoyed a good campaign with Brugge so far, further polishing his goalscoring credentials. In the video below, one can see the 28-year-old’s ability to score goals from both feet and head.
The former Kasimpasa man is talented enough in his own right to be worth buying. Having him available to line up alongside Wesley would be a dangerous combination if Villa looked to play both together.
Signing Diagne would be massive as he has the required qualities to make an instant impact at Villa.