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Players to Watch: Mouctar Diakhaby

Name: Mouctar Diakhaby      Age:  19 years old (December 19, 1996)  

Club: Olympique Lyon – B/U19s      League: Ligue 1       

Nationality: French/Guinea   Height: 187 cm,  6’2     Position: CB/CDM

Contract until:  30/06/2019


Mouctar Diakhaby is one of the French club Olympique Lyon’s most exciting prospects. A player who has been quietly making his presence known in the youth tournaments and now looks to be on the verge of doing the same for the senior team. He is a 6’2 powerhouse of a defender and quite mobile as well. A player not scared to boss people around at the back and not afraid to take charge when needed. 

As a defender, he loves to be on the front foot. And, his best attributes are easily his physical strength and ability to win aeriel duels. When the ball is in the air and there to be won chances are Diakhaby will be the one to get on the end of it. He dominates headers and is great at getting physical with the opposing players. But, he is more than just a powerful defender, he is also good on the ball as well. Very good with the short passing game however his passing range is very limited. He is not the best at playing long cross field passes and could be an area needing improvement.

However, with all these attributes, its not a stretch to expect that he will have some impact on the first team this year. And, will most likely get a few 90 minute games under his belt. Just looking at his progress over the past few years, its easy to see why he could one day be one of Ligue 1’s top defenders and who knows where that could lead to in the future as well.


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This entry was posted on August 12, 2016 by in World-class Prospects: Defenders.
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