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Robinson Makes Transfer Claim About Leeds United Chasing Ligue 1 Star: A Good Option For Bielsa?

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Jack O’Brien
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During an interview with MOT Leeds, Paul Robinson has claimed that Leeds United are chasing Metz forward Habib Diallo. Robinson told MOT Leeds, “Leeds are looking at another striker, Diallo at Metz. I know Chelsea have looked at him again and Metz are willing to sell. Before they moved for Augustin he wasn’t that well known, but Bielsa obviously recognised talent in him and saw a player he wanted to work with.”

Habib Diallo’s rapid rise to prominence

Diallo has become a household name in French football since returning to Metz, from his loan spell at Stade Brest in 2018. He notably helped his side gain promotion to Ligue 1 during the 2018/19 campaign, scoring 26 goals. In fact, he ended that corresponding season as the second most productive player in Ligue 2.

And the Senegalese international, it seems, has successfully managed to replicate his performances in the top division. Diallo has netted 12 goals this past season while registering three assists. His exploits in front of goal have been critical in helping Metz retain their top-flight status.

What can he add to the table?

A centre forward by trade, Diallo is primarily identified as a physically astute forward. He has an imposing 1.86m frame that makes it easier for him to dominate the air and hold his own in one-on-one duels. The 24-year-old has notably won 4.3 aerial duels per game this season.

Leeds United are chasing Metz forward Habib Diallo - Can he impress in the Premier League?
Metz’ Senegalese forward Habib Diallo celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Metz (FCM) and Monaco (ASM) at Saint Symphorien stadium in Longeville-Les-Metz, eastern France, on August 17, 2019. (Photo by JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN / AFP via Getty Images)

Aside from his physicality, Diallo loves to test the goalkeeper. He has averaged almost three shots on goal per game, meaning he is always on the lookout for goals and it is backed up by his excellent scoring tally.

Leeds United are chasing Metz forward Habib Diallo: A good option for Bielsa?

Leeds United will be in desperate need for attacking reinforcements this summer, especially if they are promoted to the Premier League. The Whites have already lacked the presence of a proper goalscoring forward, with Patrick Bamford not exactly scoring freely. And that’s where Diallo could turn out to be a smart investment.

The Senegalese international can provide the physical presence that will be necessary for Marcelo Bielsa’s men to thrive in top-flight football. Also, his lethal finishing, combined with his work-rate, mean Diallo would be an ideal alternative for Bamford in the number nine role.

Therefore, the Championship league leaders must do everything they can to get their hands on the Metz forward. His current contract in France expires in 2022, so Leeds will hopefully be able to strike a deal for a reasonable price this summer.

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