Why Norwich must sign Mame Biram Diouf to boost their promotion hopes
It is a massive surprise how quickly Norwich City have turned around their fortunes after a slow start to the 2018/19 Championship season.
One win in six games at the start of the season had put manager Daniel Farke under tremendous pressure but he kept faith in his players and trusted the system which has sensationally sparked a turnaround in fortunes for the Canaries. Norwich City now sit at the top of the table, two points clear of second-placed Middlesbrough after 17 games.
Farke’s side have been brilliant to watch going forward as the Canaries have netted 28 goals so far this season. And one man who deserves massive plaudits for making Norwich such a deadly attacking team is Teemu Pukki.
Since joining on a free transfer from Brondby, the Finnish forward has netted 10 times in 16 games, with nine of them coming in the Championship.
While the likes of Emi Buendia, Onel Hernandez and Marco Stiepermann have shown this term, Pukki has been Farke’s main marksman. But as we know, Championship football is highly unpredictable where a team can lose momentum instantly and a player can hit a bad patch at any point of time.
That includes Pukki too as the Finnish striker, who is enjoying a purple patch in front of the goal at the moment but can hit the rocks at any point in the second half of the season which could jeopardise Norwich’s hopes for promotion.
Keeping that in mind, Farke should sign a new forward in January to beef up his attacking options. He should test Stoke City’s resolve with an audacious bid for Senegalese striker Mame Biram Diouf.
The 30-year-old has played just seven games in the Championship for Stoke this season, with manager Gary Rowett preferring the likes of Peter Crouch, Benik Afobe, Saido Berahino and Bojan Krkic ahead of him. With Stoke 14th on the table and 11 points off the summit, Mame Biram Diouf might be tempted to move to Norwich in January.
In Diouf, Norwich would get a tenacious, powerful, hard-working and a lively forward. He also has that ability to draw the defenders out from their position, allowing his teammates to get into scoring positions.
The Senegalese may have not shown enough goal-scoring consistency in England but he could prove to be a solid option to have from the bench. And at times when Farke decides to give Pukki a rest, he can hand Diouf the chance to lead Norwich’s attack.
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Norwich currently sit on top of the pile and as things stand, Daniel Farke’s men are strong contenders for the Championship crown. That said, the Canaries must table a handsome bid for Diouf in January as buying him in midway through the season would certainly propel Farke’s team to greater heights.