Why Habib Diallo would be a fantastic signing for Chelsea
Diallo, 24, who is a Metz youth product, helped the French outfit get promoted to Ligue 1 with his scintillating performances last season. He scored 26 goals in the Ligue 2 campaign and provided 6 assists in 37 second-tier games for Les Grenats.
The Senegalese has been a regular for his side this season, having played in 19 Ligue 1 games, scoring 10 and assisting once. He has continued the form from last year and despite Metz having a tough time in the top-flight, Diallo has enjoyed another season at Stade Saint-Symphorien.
He is the joint-third top scorer in France this season and has also caught the attention of Leicester City and Tottenham due to his form. (Daily Mail) Therefore, Chelsea must push hard to convince Vincent Hognon, Metz’s manager, in letting the player leave at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard has led his side brilliantly so far despite the team mainly consisting of youngsters. Eden Hazard’s departure had left a void in the squad but the manager has covered that area with the budding talents in his squad.
The Blues are currently 4th in the league standings but have failed to show progress in recent weeks after an inconsistent performance towards the end of December. Apart from that, the youngsters have shown their full potential.
As Chelsea are in contention for various trophies this season, the manager has to make sure that he’s got depth in the squad. Another top-four finish in the league would prove to be a successful season for the Londoners and this can happen only if they add some reinforcements in some positions.
Now that the Blues are free to sign players this window, Lampard must prioritize signing a striker who can take the pressure off Tammy Abraham and be a tough competitor in the squad as well.
Back in December 2019, the Guardian claimed that Lampard has prioritized a new striker in the winter transfer window, with neither Olivier Giroud nor Michy Batshuayi living up to the expectations.
Therefore, the Blues must go all out to sign Habib Diallo, who has been consistent in the past few years for Metz since making it through the youth academy.
An out and out centre-forward, Diallo’s hunger for goals doesn’t seem to diminish and he is blessed with the ability to move quickly on the pitch, leaving defenders behind him with ease. He is turning out to be a lethal striker and is in the form of his life. The video below shows a glimpse of his scoring talent.
The 24-year-old is also capable of operating on the left flank and his versatility would be of immense help for the Blues, who can either play him alone up front or even alongside Abraham.
Diallo has registered 2.8 shots, 0.8 key passes and 0.8 dribbles per game in Ligue 1 this season, according to Whoscored. These numbers should make him a fantastic fit at Chelsea, where he can get better under the guidance of the former England midfielder.
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Given that Batshuayi hasn’t been convincing and Giroud has been frozen out this season, Lampard should bring in a striker and Diallo could succeed in the Premier League.