An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their pursuit of Bamba Dieng in the summer transfer window…
GOAL France journalist Mark Mechenoua has revealed that the Magpies are one of a number of teams still showing an interest in the attacker.
He Tweeted: “In addition to Nice, which is in talks with OM but has not sent any offers, Brighton, Newcastle and Freiburg are among the clubs still interested in Bamba Dieng. No concrete offer to date.”
It has been reported that a fee in the region of £15m would be enough to land him, although it remains to be seen how much PIF are willing to part ways with for his services.
In Dieng, the Magpies could find their own version of Bowen in the sense that he is a forward who can play anywhere across the front three and has the potential to step in and be the player who scores and create goals.
He is not the finished product, at the age of 22, but he is three years younger than the West Ham man and has time on his side to develop into a star for the Toon.
The forward, who was once dubbed “explosive“ by former boss Jorge Sampaoli, ranks in the 99th percentile in Europe’s top five leagues in his position for xG per 90 (0.71), whilst also ranking in the 92nd percentile for non-penalty goals per 90 at 0.43.
Bowen, meanwhile, ranks in the 89th and 85th percentile respectively in those statistics, which suggests that Dieng may offer more of a goal threat than the Englishman if he can adapt to English football. It shows that he regularly finds the back of the net from open play and that he gets himself into great positions as he takes high-quality shots leading to high xG.
This, along with his impressive big chances created return in Ligue 1 last season, suggests that he has the potential to develop into a top player if he can improve and add consistency to his game.
Therefore, he could end up becoming Howe’s own version of Bowen if the head coach can help him to take his game to the next level – turning him into the player to fire the Toon up into the European places.