Diouf still has to show he can cut it at the top level, but he possesses pace, an eye for goal and infectious enthusiasm that will help him along the way.

Appearances: League 0(5), 1 goal; FA Cup 0; Carling Cup 0(1); Champions League 0; Total 0(6), 1 goal.

Season soundbite: "We’ve been looking at Diouf for two years. We didn't intend on signing him when we did, but other clubs started to make bids, so we had to act." - Sir Alex

In a word: Promise.

11/06/2010 07:00

Player review: Diouf

Story of the season: The Senegalese striker was limited to few chances to impress in the latter half of the season - but scored on his home debut nonetheless. Signed from Molde in Norway for an undisclosed fee last summer, he linked up with the Reds in January and had his first outing as a late substitute in the away draw at Birmingham City. A week later against Burnley he stepped off the bench to head home in front of the Stretford End. He celebrated with a cartwheel and the broadest grin inside Old Trafford. "He's done brilliantly so far," said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Finest moment: Scoring on your Old Trafford debut is a memorable moment for anybody. Diouf's long-range header past Burnley goalkeeper Brian Jensen to complete a 3-0 win.

What's in store? Some way to go before he can possibly emulate the other player to make the move from Molde to Manchester, but he's given us a hint of what he's capable of. He looked clinical in the Reserves at times, and the challenge next season will be to translate that to the big time.


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