Manchester United’s Mame Biram Diouf has impressed so far, even though it is very early in his loan spell.
He made his debut in the opener against Everton and, although the United man failed to score in a tight game, he showed glimpses of his qualities – mainly his lightning pace – and may have scored late on but was ruled offside.
In the defeat at Birmingham he was brought on too late to make an impact, but he really impressed in the League Cup win over Norwich City. Rovers won 3-1, with a hat trick from Diuof who continued to show his blistering pace, while combining it with a real ability to get into vital goal scoring positions and actually finish them off. When you see the goals, they are far from spectacular, but he knew exactly where he needed to be to maximise his goal scoring potential and didn’t disappoint.
The big test was last weekend against Arsenal at Ewood. It was always going to be tough against one of the ‘Big Four’, and Allardyce chose to play him further back, in midfield, with Nikola Kalinic up front on his own. However, it was Diouf who looked most likely to score throughout, and he scored our only goal after combining with his namesake El Hadji to tap in from close range – again, having worked hard to ensure he was in the perfect position to score Rovers’ equaliser. All the fans were disappointed to see him substituted in the second half in a tactical move that didn’t pay off. If we were to score a second equaliser against Arsenal, it would surely have come from him.
All in all, he seems a great player with bags of potential. Fingers crossed he stays injury free!
Contribution by Dan Clough, author of The Rovers Return blog.
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