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Fulham: Silva can unearth the next Drogba with Bamba Dieng swoop

Fulham have brought in a number of players during this summer’s transfer window who have either come from abroad or from fellow English clubs.

With just under two weeks left before the window closes, this gives the Cottagers the opportunity to add some extra strength and depth to their attack.

One man who has been mentioned with a move to Craven Cottage who would not only add some cover at centre-forward, but also give Marco Silva the opportunity to unearth the next version of a former Premier League star who had west London as his stomping ground, is Marseille striker Bamba Dieng.

In 42 senior appearances for the French club, the 22-year-old has nine goals and three assists under his belt.

Having made 25 Ligue 1 appearances last season, the striker had 37 shots at goal in total, with 18 of those on target, giving him the highest percentage for shots on target (48.6%) at the club.

This highlights his clear eye for goal and shows why he would be a useful asset for the Cottagers. He is what they could have done with during their recent 0-0 draw against Wolves, when Silva’s team had just three shots on target.

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In terms of being the new version of a well-known Premier League star from the past, Dieng has been likened to former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba by El Hadji Diouf.

The former Senegal forward said of the young Marseille attacker: “He’s a striker, a Didier Drogba. All he can do is score goals. He is a young person with a future. All I have to say is keep his head on his shoulders, keep working. He is an attacker who ends up in the box.”

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Bearing in mind how the Ivorian scored 104 goals in 254 league appearances in England and earned himself a place in the Premier League Hall of Fame as a result, the prospect of seeing Fulham have their own version of the former Chelsea star – who scored four goals and provided five assists in 15 games against the Cottagers – would surely be a mouth-watering prospect for Silva.

Hailed as an “explosive” player by his former Marseille boss Jorge Sampaoli, Dieng has a reported price tag of €15m (£12.6m), which could be an investment worth making for Fulham for a player who not only could be a useful figure for them this season, but also become a long-term star for the club further down the line.