Keita Baldo Diao has apparently drawn interest from many Premier League bigwigs and is the hot summer transfer topic at the moment. Apparently, Everton FC seems to be the latest addition to the list of potential suitors for the Senegalese International.
Koeman is looking to line-up probable replacements to cope with the departure of their talented striker Romelu Lukaku who is being highly linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
The Lazio forward has been impressive in the club’s run up to 5th position this season and looks to be a promising player in the coming years.
Tied to his present club till the summer of 2018, Lazio would try to bargain a high fee for their star player.
Let’s take a look at the stats of the player and evaluate.
The 22-year-old is versatile when it comes to playing upfront and has proven his mettle in all positions he had been deployed upfront, whether it be as a winger on both flanks or as a forward.
The ex-Barcelona youth has made 34 appearances in the Serie A with Lazio scoring 16 goals and 6 assists in the process. Not bad for a 22-year-old, the Senegalese has shown flair and flamboyance with his creativity and vision upfront.
Having good finishing ability and technical awareness in the box, the Serie A player has established himself as a key player in the team already.
Standing at 6 feet above the ground, the 22-year-old has the physicality and strength to hold up play and create chances up front, a quality that is loved and desired by Koeman.(Stats via Transfermarkt)
What’ll he offer the club?
With Lukaku’s departure being more and more imminent, Koeman needs some serious replacement and seeing the qualities of the Lazio man, it might be a good gamble that Koeman would not hesitate investing in.
Having the flair and flamboyance to score goals and also the vision to see and create chances up front, Keita would certainly be a value addition to the club.
Although he has a lot to go before proving himself in one of the toughest leagues in the world, one could only hope for the best under the guidance of the Dutchman. Currently recuperating from a knee injury, the Lazio forward has shown enough quality and skill to put faith on his shoulders.
Only time will tell what tricks Koeman has up his sleeve in the coming season!