A trip to Munich inevitably brings back fond memories for Bamba Dieng. It was on the lawn of the Louis-II stadium that the 22-year-old striker scored for the first time in his Ligue 1 career. It was matchday five last season. For sixty-seven minutes, her recklessness and his speed had caused misery on the Monegasque defense. The young Senegalese had hit the posts twice and that evening he even offered himself a brace, in his first assignment in the league.
When the time comes to return to the Principality this Sunday (8.45pm) for Matchday 15 of Ligue 1, Dieng will inevitably have the memory of this evening in the back of his mind. It had allowed him to make himself credible in the eyes of his then coach Jorge Sampaoli, who until then had left him only crumbs. More than a year later, he certainly hopes the scenario will repeat itself. To finally start his season.
The last months of trial
Because the attacker barely sees the end of a long tunnel. Established for the first time this season two weeks ago on the Strasbourg lawn (2-2), Bamba Dieng has experienced the last four months particularly difficult. Sidelined without justification by new manager Igor Tudor when he arrived in July, the Senegalese had hardly ever postponed the Marseille shirt.
Identified as one of the leading market values of the Olympic workforce, he was unceremoniously pushed out of his management. Having initially rejected any approach, the 2022 African champion and his entourage inevitably realized the facts and decided to leave Marseille.
But again, nothing had gone as planned in the closing hours of the transfer window. Sent first to Leeds, before being redirected to Nice, then sent back due to a mysterious fault during the medical examination at the OGC Nice, Dieng was finally dropped off at square one.
Not easy to live with for a player who has only a year and a half of career behind him. Especially since Igor Tudor and the club didn’t give him gifts. Expelled from the list of qualified players for the Champions League, the Senegalese have not taken part in any match of the OM of the competition. Even in the league he had to wait until September 30 to be entitled to a few minutes of play at the end of the match against Angers (0-3).
Although his situation has improved slightly since then, Dieng has only played 123 minutes in Ligue 1 this season. A hungry budget. However, his recent mandate in Alsace seems to go in the direction of rehabilitation of the player in the world of work.
“Bamba is a player who is constantly improving, he has improved physically and mentally so I am very happy and he is too. I already said it last week, he will have more and more place in the team.he had also indicated Igor Tudor in mid-October before the trip to the Paris Saint-Germain lawn.
Now it’s up to him to take advantage of his every appearance, as he did by scoring against Strasbourg. Within an ineffective Marseille attack, the former bandit could soon become indispensable if he racked up the goals. From Munich? However, the timing would be dreamed of a few days before flying to Qatar where he will participate in his first World Cup with Senegal.
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The right time to demonstrate his strength of character and leave behind the months of difficulty forever. This would not displease his coach Aliou Cissé who expressed his high expectations of the promising striker in September. Bamba, if he is in Marseille it is because he has qualities, but he must understand that we will not give him any gifts and it is up to him to take charge, it is up to him to go on, to believe in himself and to work. “