A fantastic potential is how Ole Gunnar Solskjaer described Mame Biram Diouf and from what I’ve seen, it is very hard to argue with the United legend. Diouf has already followed a similar route to Solskjaer; both played for Molde in Norway, both have joined at a smilar age and both have scored on their Old Trafford debut.
Diouf’s goal scoring record was 45 goals in 86 appearances. A goal every other game, which any good striker will tell you is exceptional. Although his goals have come in a weaker league, his record for a young striker is nonetheless impressive.
Diouf’s potential evident from his reserve outings. He possesses pace, good spring and is a cool finisher. On seeing Diouf on his United debut against Birmingham I was unsure on what we had signed. His touch and passing looked poor but nerves obviously played a factor, which is understandable. Since then Diouf has scored a well taken home debut goal and has scored five goals with differing & well taken finishes in his last two reserve outings.
The arrival of Diouf may question the future of Michael Owen as a United player. If Diouf reaches the level his talent suggests, we could see Owen as fourth choice striker behind Berbatov and Diouf. This will no doubt hamper Owen’s World Cup aspirations. Owen may also want to play more regularly as he reaches the twighlight of his career.
Final verdict: Diouf has the potential to be a success at United. Time will tell if this potential is allowed to be fulfilled.