It was a familiar face who suggested FC Edmonton Head Coach and Director of Soccer Operations Jeff Paulus take a close look at Oumar Diouck.
“He came highly recommended by Papé (Diakite), and that’s important,” chuckled Paulus. “We had a lot of success with Papé, so hopefully we’ll have the same with him.”
Diouck considers the former FC Edmonton defender “a very close friend”, and says Diakite told him nothing but good things about the club.
“I see this as a great chance to make a difference,” said Diouck. “There’s a lot of ambition in the club, and they want to set up a great team.”
“I don’t know a lot about Edmonton, as I’ve never been there before, but I’m looking forward to getting to know the city better. I’ve heard it’s a nice city with lovely people.”
Diouck was born in Senegal, but moved to Belgium at the age of nine. He represented the European nation internationally at the Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 levels, and signed his first professional contract with Germinal Beerschot, a Belgian first division club. Diouck has spent the majority of his career in Belgium, with a brief stint in the neighbouring Netherlands.
“I can play as an attacking player and a winger,” explained Diouck “I’m a right-footed player who can score goals and make the team play better. I’m going to do everything that I can to make our ambitions a reality.”
“We’ve watched a lot of video on this player, and I see a powerful, quick striker who can play anywhere along the front line, and this gives us flexibility,” Paulus described.
Diouck says he and Paulus have chatted about how the FC Edmonton gaffer wants the team to play, and the forward is fully behind Paulus’ system and style.
“He wants us to attack as a team, to keep the ball and put pressure on the opponent, and I like that,” Diouck said. “I’m ready to give this team everything I’ve got.”
“We want to be a quick, attacking team,” Paulus acknowledged. “He’s going to bring some pace and power to the front line for us, and he’s going to bring a high level of technical experience.”
Still only 24 years old, Paulus believes Diouck’s best years are in front of him and a new experience in the Canadian Premier League will be the beginning of bigger and better things.
“He’s still young and has a lot of time to improve, and hopefully we can be a launch pad for him,” Paulus said
“I’m very excited to play for FC Edmonton and start a new chapter in my life, said Diouck. “I want to win games to make our fans and my family in Belgium happy.”
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