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Sam loves himself a bit of Diouf

Sam Allardyce has today singled out El Hadji Diouf for some praise and loves the attitude and challenge that the guy brings.

The Senegalese winger has always been a difficult character and will never be a neutrals favourite but there has always been one man whos knows how to get the best out of him - the current Rovers boss.

Now whilst Allardyce admits that Diouf is hardly a bed of roses he insists that the positive aspect and influence that he brings to the table far outweighs the drawbacks.

Diouf bagged his first Ewood goal last weekend and his overall performance was about as high as it has been at Rovers since he joined last season in January.

Allardyce speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph said - "I sometimes wonder what I`m doing when I bring in the likes of El-Hadji Diouf and Pascal Chimbonda.

"But at the end of the day, I like good players.

"I just find their personalities quite interesting if I`m honest. They bring a bit of spark and a bit of life to the day to day training here.

"They get on some people`s nerves, I understand that, because the pair of them never shut up!

"But they`re always bright and cheerful to have around.

"Yes, I do enjoy the challenge of managing them, and if they are playing well on the field, as a manager, you will cope with it.

"If you`ve got a player with the ability to turn a game, like I have with Diouf, then you are prepared to put up with that little bit of temperament.

"Sometimes if you want to have a good team, then you need characters, and Dioufy is certainly one of them."

I completely echo the sentiments of our manager here.

He is never going to be everyones choice and some will never forgive him for things he has done in the past and that is fair enough.

But all footballers have their problems and Diouf is no different. Characters have a negative aspect to their personality and Diouf is probably a pain the backside from time to time.

But would he get booed by away fans so much if he was a bad player? No I didnt think so either...




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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday September 16 2009

Time: 4:34PM

Your Comments

I like Diouf. More for his passion than his skill. As a skill player he's decent, but it's his temperment that makes him an asset. We've needed someone to fill this role since Robbie Savage left. That said, I'd like to see Emo start and Diouf come off the bench when BFS needs to kick us in the shorts and the other team in the teeth.
SoCal Rover
if he can control his wild ways he's an asset - love his tats as well!
merlin
Sam stays, Diouf plays and for Rovers its happy days!
retroflair31
I think it is weird that I used to dislike him when he was snarling and grunting his way round for Bolton but when he is doing it for your side then you love it! Similar to Savage, Bellamy etc...
Mikey D
Exactly Mr Mikey Dioufy is one of those players that you love to hate when he plays against you but you love him when he plays for you as you then know that everyone else hates him and (like you mention at the end) there's usually a reason for this, people fear him (as well as dislike him for what he's done in the past!!)
Walker
Great ability and work rate.....luv him!!!....never thought i'd say that after his dive at Ewood all those years ago!!!
mani13963
water under the bridge now me thinks... although that dive was shocking!!!
Mikey D
 

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