Ronaldo.com Scout Report: Moussa Diaby

Now at Bayer Leverkusen, Moussa Diaby is a graduate of the PSG academy and is definitely going to become a huge star in the future.

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Age: 20

Main Position: Left Winger

Secondary Position: Right Winger

Foot: Left

Current Club: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

2018/19 stats

French Ligue 1: 25 games, 2 goals, 6 assists

Coupe de France: 6 games, 1 goal, 1 assist

Coupe de la Ligue: 2 games, 1 goal

Champions League: 1 game

Total: 34 games, 4 goals, 7 assists

Crucial stats from Ligue 1

Pass success percentage: 83.3%

Dribbles per game: 6.12

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Shots per game: 0.9

Key passes per game: 0.8

Dispossessed per game: 1

Fouls received per game: 0.2

The aforementioned clearly showcase that Moussa Diaby is definitely a raw talent and has a lot of room to grow. However, one cannot rule out the fact that he didn’t end up playing a lot of matches at PSG last season. This was the main reason why he chose to join Leverkusen where he would be able to get a lot of game time.

And although he has been billed as a winger, Moussa Diaby could eventually turn into an attacking midfielder.

Positional evolution in the future

When it comes to crossing and defensive contribution down the flank, Diaby has struggled for consistency. However, he makes up all that due to his ability to seek out key passes. Moreover, Diaby has shown himself to be a player who could possibly play as an attacking midfielder down the centre.

While he was mostly give game time from the bench and made immediate impact, consistent game time is really going to make a difference.

Playing as a proper left-sided winger, Moussa Diaby loves to dribble and engage opponents. And a unique ability to leave the defenders biting his dust, the young Frenchman has the natural ability to arrive inside the chance-creating zones.

WUPPERTAL, GERMANY – JULY 06: Moussa Diaby of Leverkusen runs with the ball 3during the pre-season friendly match between Wuppertaler SV and Bayer 04 Leverkusen at Stadion am Zoo on July 06, 2019 in Wuppertal, Germany. The match between Wuppertal and Leverkusen ended 0-4. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images,)

While there’s consistency lacking in delivering the ball in the danger area, Diaby has shown that he has the ability to whip in dangerous balls.

Spatial awareness is perhaps going to be Diaby’s greatest asset as he looks set to play in the Bundesliga. The youngster is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and knows exactly where his teammates are.

This is definitely going to help him once he starts playing with the likes of Kai Havertz on a more regular basis.

Drawing away defenders is also an ability that automatically creates space for teammates. And this is where Moussa Diaby excels. Combine this with spatial awareness and Diaby is going to provide assists on a regular basis.

Leverkusen players are famous for their off the ball movement so Diaby would definitely be able to gel in with his new teammates.

Conclusion

Given his versatility and explosive pace, Moussa Diaby is going to be a huge hit in Germany. With Bayer Leverkusen playing the sort of football that benefits him, the young Frenchman could potentially become an instant hit.

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