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Player Profile: Simon Diedhiou

After arguing with myself to say “NO! Do not talk about Teddy Chevalier cause you are desperate to mention him in every post” I decided that I shouldn’t talk about the recent prolific Frenchman who’s goals have turned defeats into draws and draws into wins for Kotrijk, and turned to the Royal Excel Mouscron striker who, to be honest, has been pretty dreadful since completing a loan move to the bottom side in the summer.

Old enough to be a leader in my opinion, but going to still make an impact as his venture to Europe is still very brief which is why his adaption hasn’t been to successful so far in all fairness. Signed by Gent in the 2016 January window from Norwegian side Haugesund, his having to find his feet in the Pro League with the bottom club. The club who’s points tally equates to under 1 point per match, 0.72 points per match if my maths is correct? And Simon Diedhiou has the prestigious honour to lead the line and be the front man in their fight for survival.

With a record of a goal in every five to six matches, that’s pretty poor, especially when 3 of those all came in one match, Diedhiou will know he will have to buck up his ideas. I feel bad because he is the one to blame in this team, Filip Markovic hasnt chipped in with enough goals along with other teammates. 

The reason though for why I chose the Mouscron front man is because it’s make or break. Teams around them like Westerlo and Beveren are picking up wins and their saving grace may just be Eupen’s terrible form. Mouscron’s run in isn’t gentle either, with a six pointer against Beveren coming up and matches against Standard Liege, Charleroi and Gent too after Oostende this weekend. A sound defence will be something to build from, but if chances come, Diedhiou will have to be clinical.

But to clarify, I believe Simon Diedhiou could make a valuable impact against Oostende on Saturday, and after losing 2-1 in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, the supportive yet small home crowd will have to push the players and hopefully Diedhiou and co may flourish. It’s not unlikely but it’s certainly not likely that this will happen.

Good luck Simon 

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