Sky Sports understand that West Ham United and Newcastle United are both interested in Badou Ndiaye. According to his current club, Osmanlispor, a deal has been agreed to sell him to an English club, but the identity of said team has yet to be revealed. He has been impressive during his time with the Turkish side and he has received offers from across Europe, but it is thought that he wants to play in the Premier League. The report mentions that Crystal Palace and Everton have also scouted him.
Who is he?
The Senegalese midfielder won’t be well known to fans in this country, but he has had an interesting career. He started his career in Senegal and managed to impress a Scandinavian scout to earn himself a move to Europe. It may not have been to one of the glamorous leagues, but the midfielder made sure that he took advantage of the opportunity.
Ndiaye joined Bodo Glimt in the Norwegian second division and slowly adapted to European football. He was originally played in a defensive midfield role, but it wasn’t long before the coach realised that his attributes would be better utilised in an attacking role. After the change, he grew as a player and began to impact matches more regularly, which helped the side earn promotion to the top flight. In the Tippeligaen, he continued to do well and that earned him a move to Osmanlispor.
In his first season in Turkish football, he made an immediate impact and scored 11 goals for the team. This played a huge part in Osmanlispor qualifying for the Europa League. Although his goal tally for the most recent season was only six, he remained a consistent performer and it is no surprise that he is attracting interest from elsewhere.
What’s his style of play?
As stated above, he is a midfielder that prefers to play in the attacking half, as he possesses good energy and a turn of pace that often sees him burn past opposition players. As his goal return since signing for Osmanlispor shows, he is a reliable finisher and capable of taking a chance when one is presented to him. He doesn’t contribute many assists, but he does have a good eye for a pass and often controls the tempo for his team in the final third. Last season, he finished with a pass success rate of 81.2% and that is a part of his game that improved a lot over the last 12 months.
His current role doesn’t demand a lot of defensive work, but he is capable of pitching in and helping his team out. Last season, he averaged 2.6 tackles per game and he is an excellent presser of the ball. If he is utilised correctly, he can win possession high up the pitch and launch a counter-attack. One concern that any interested parties may have is his foul count, as his aggressive style can lead to silly free-kicks being given away.
Would he be a good addition for a Premier League side?
Given he has yet to play in a top five league, it would be a risk to sign him. However, the transfer window is crazy at the moment and it may be worthwhile for Premier League teams to send their scouts further afield. The smaller European leagues have a lot of talent and it could be a good strategy to target them, especially for the clubs with a lower budget.
Ndiaye has shown that he can adapt after making a move, as he has done twice before. The Premier League would be a significant step up in quality, but he has done enough to suggest that he may be able to do well in the division. His eight matches in the Europa League were an encouraging sign that he can do it at a higher level.