What’s been the best signing of the summer thus far? Robbie Keane to Liverpool? Samir Nasri to Arsenal? Maybe even Luka Modric to Tottenham Hotspur? While the above trio are all talented players, it would be a bold claim to state that they are the best players for their respective national teams, although one of Sunderland’s latest acquisitions has gone that far when talking about himself recently. Call this player what you want but modest he is not!
El Hadji Diouf is a much better player than he was given credit for at Liverpool. It just didn’t work out for him on Merseyside, but at Bolton he became a key player in ensuring that the Trotters are still a Premier League team. Setanta reports why the Senegalese striker signed at the Stadium of Light rather than a club featuring in Europe next season, despite many suggesting it’s because very few clubs were interested in the controversial player.
“I was the best, I am the best and I will be the best,” Diouf told L’Observateur. “Senegal don’t have a second El-Hadji Diouf yet. Nobody did what I did in Senegal’s history.”
“I could have joined a Champions League club but we might have played just one or two rounds in the competition and that doesn’t make sense.
“I want to make history with Sunderland, as I did with Bolton. Napoli wasn’t famous when he [Diego Maradona] signed but thanks to involvement and work they become what everybody knows.
“It’s not about going somewhere for the sake of it, you have to go to make history and be part of the legend.”
Many might suggest that Sunderland are a bunch of rejects, having signed the likes of Chimbonda, Malbranque and Diouf in the summer, players who were all surplus to requirements at clubs also in the bottom half of the Premier League. However, the Black Cats have had their season of consolidation and now look to kick on with their Maradona-esque striker. Where will they finish next season?