Boro in “advanced talks” with Diedhiou

Caesium137

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I think the only question we need to really ask is..........

Out of the options from our other first team strikers (currently only Akpom), is Diedhiou a better fit for our style of play, and will he offer more to the team?

It's a resounding yes from me on both counts, on a free it's a no brainer as long as his salary isn't insane.

If we could get another free (Wyke?) or similar in to rotate/compete with him I think that would be very prudent business. Leaving Akpom as third choice or to be utilised out wide if we can't offload him.

We'd just need to sort out the supply for the two wide positions, I wouldn't be against any of the @Simply red League one suggestions or even signing Bolasie & NML up on frees. I know neither has been amazing but I feel with a full pre-season under their belts and a club contract, so they aren't risking unemployment through injury in a few months time will see them improve.

Central Strikers: Diedhiou, Wyke, Akpom

Support/Wide Forwards: Watmore, Bolasie, NML, Johnson plus a signing or two hopefully

Centre mid is in need of a refresh as well maybe Mowatt(he'll have a lot of offers I assume)?

Three from Tav, Mowatt, Morsy, McNair & Saville seems reasonable but could obviously be improved upon, if Paddy is to be rotated in midfield I'd like another big solid champo centre half to partner Fry. I think Howson is only going to decline this season and we should be looking at younger options.

That just leaves cover at left back, and two keepers if Stepanovic (sp?) isn't fancied by Warnock (as it currently seems).

Possible offloads: Wing, Spence, Coulson, Akpom and maybe another centre mid depending on incomings.

GK: Signing/Signing(probably)

LB: Bola/Signing

RB: Dijksteel/Fisher

CB: Fry/Hall/Signing (or McNair)/Wood

CM: Mowatt, Morsy, Tav, Saville, McNair, Howson

Support/Wide Forwards: Watmore, Bolasie, NML, Johnson, signing, signing

Central Strikers: Diedhiou, Wyke, Akpom

We can probably cover most of those positions with frees. The key for me is getting players in who Warnock wants and trusts to implement his instructions, and crucially players who actually meet our expectations and deliver the goods on the pitch.

We just need loads of drilling on set pieces and not wasting 90% of our throw ins and we could be on for a play-off push.........
 

Corcaigh_the_Cat

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We are clearly after a targetman.

Yet its a amusing that Bristol City fans say Diedhou's isn't good in the air and Sunderland fans say Wyke is woeful at holding the ball up.

Yet both have turned down new contracts. Funny that😉
So did Fletcher didn't he, do you hope we persuade him to stay?
 

Canyoudigit

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Apparently when we wanted him before he went to Derby,his agent asked for 30k a week so it didn't go any further,Derby then paid him it !
 

BoroMart

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For those turning their nose up at this signing,can you name a better and more importantly realistic free transfer
or even THREE better, because we need 3 CFs so if he isn't good enough to be even the third choice, who are the better 3?
 

Ironops

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Warnock recently made some comments about players still wanting stupidly high wages - sounded like it was a player he himself had been talking to or enquiring after - wonder if it was Diedhiou? His offer from Bristol was from last year so would have been similar or above what he's currently on.

Personally I dont think we will sign him simply because of wages
 

BoroMart

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Personally I dont think we will sign him simply because of wages
I reckon that once you get past the top couple of strikers, the wages will drop dramatically, players will need to realise that if they are out of contract they will be on the scrapheap pretty quickly
 

Ironops

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I reckon that once you get past the top couple of strikers, the wages will drop dramatically, players will need to realise that if they are out of contract they will be on the scrapheap pretty quickly
yes - the offers in the champo just wont be there so they will have to accept whats on offer of go abroad if they can

the problem is though that means players hanging out for the biggest wage until the deadline
 

Jonny Ingbar

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Warnock recently made some comments about players still wanting stupidly high wages - sounded like it was a player he himself had been talking to or enquiring after - wonder if it was Diedhiou? His offer from Bristol was from last year so would have been similar or above what he's currently on.

Personally I dont think we will sign him simply because of wages
If it happens it will be at the end of the window, assuming he doesn't get a better offer elsewhere.
 

BoroMart

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I think it's more a case of him having such a similar record as Britt - who was slated on here,and actually hated by some
Britt was slated not for his goalscoring, but for the fact that's all he had. He couldn't hold the ball up, couldn't create for himself or others, couldn't bully defenders, couldn't close down defenders. He offered absolutely nothing else but a 1 goal in 3 games. He came alive for 10 seconds every 270 mins.

Diedhiou is much more physical, much better at dribbling, much more of a bully. People know they've been in a game against him. Britt? some CBs are smoking a cigar and getting the deck chairs out against hi,, it's an easy afternoon.
 

Oooo

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Problem is we want a striker who scores lots of goals but doesnt cost much and they just dont exist!
 

BoroMart

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Problem is we want a striker who scores lots of goals but doesnt cost much and they just dont exist!
I'd accept a 12-15 goal striker, who bullied defenders and held the ball up, that would be a huge step up from where we are
 

TeessideCleveland

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Britt was slated not for his goalscoring, but for the fact that's all he had. He couldn't hold the ball up, couldn't create for himself or others, couldn't bully defenders, couldn't close down defenders. He offered absolutely nothing else but a 1 goal in 3 games. He came alive for 10 seconds every 270 mins.

Diedhiou is much more physical, much better at dribbling, much more of a bully. People know they've been in a game against him. Britt? some CBs are smoking a cigar and getting the deck chairs out against hi,, it's an easy afternoon.
I'm not disagreeing with that, though Britt was slated for his scoring - which was certainly justified for this season
I'm meaning - and you have mentioned this too - their very similar goals scored
They also did similar after the transfer deadline in running down their contracts
I've seen quite a few Bristol fans not liking him like Boro fans re Britt
 
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