Adama Diakhaby adds depth to Huddersfield Town
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has been busy with signings at the club. The German-born-American boss has brought in nine players so far. The latest addition being AS Monaco's Adama Diakhaby. So who is he and what can he add to the Terriers squad?
At 22-years-old Diakhaby joined Monaco in 2017. He made 22 Ligue 1 appearances while scoring two times. Now with the Yorkshire club, the man from France is setting foot onto foreign territory. Joining Huddersfield Town the youngster is keen to show the Premier League of his capabilities. Born in Ajaccio, the former Stade Rennes forward only made his professional debut back in 2016. Between then and joining Huddersfield he made 47 appearances.
While players are being brought to England's elite league Diakhaby is another promising prospect. Standing just over six feet tall the winger will have to compete for a spot at his new club. As well as playing out wide, Adama can adapt to a striker's role if needed. Even if there is a doubt about his position in Huddersfield's squad his versatility would be in his favour.
All attacking players will be aware of his threat upon arrival, including Colin Quaner, Rajiv Van La Parra, Elias Kachunga, Laurent Depoitre and Steve Mounie. Recent signing Ramadan Sobhi is another threat Huddersfield now possess. Bought from Stoke City the Egyptian took part at the 2018 World Cup, he too is a high-calibre footballer.
Although French, Huddersfield's new youngster is of Senegalese descent. He is eligible to play for either country if given the call-up.
A three-year deal for £9million secured Diakhaby's signature, which will be seen as an extreme positive to Huddersfield's squad depth. Although an attacker, he likes to help out in defence. The ex-Monaco winger won't shirk a tackle, while enjoying the physical side of the game. He's quick, agile and enjoys carving out opportunities for his teammates. However, his offside awareness and crosses are considered to be his weak points.
Huddersfield's sixteenth-placed finish meant the club are on the up. They had survived relegation from their debut season in the English Premier League. The next step is to push for a mid-table finish. Even escaping relegation again would still be acceptable this season, though.
With Wagner being supremely active in the transfer market, there is a real intent there from everyone associated with Huddersfield. Currently, in pre-season training, the Terriers are competing in matches at home and in Germany. But their season starts at home against Chelsea on 11th August. Just a week later they face defending champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. So not an easy start to the campaign, they'll have to be on their A-game from the get-go.
Diakhaby will be settled into the squad now, with time to become familiar with his new teammates. If he gets the chance within the first few weeks to play he could certainly cause defenders problems. If Wagner can get the best out of the Senegalese-Frenchman, Huddersfield could have something really special. At just 22 the winger has the potential to become something great in the Premier League.