Newcastle have reportedly had scouts watch FC Metz striker Habib Diallo a couple of weeks ago when they faced Nantes in a Ligue 1 match. The Twitter account Scouts In Attendance is the source of this information, and they also were the ones to report of Newcastle’s supposed interest in Czech Republic midfielder Alex Kral this past week.
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) November 2, 2019
The 24-year-old Diallo has done well in Metz’s return to the top-flight scoring 7 goals in 11 matches this season. Diallo is a product of the Metz Academy, where he joined in 2013.
Last season in Ligue 2, the twice-capped Senegalese international scored 26 goals in 37 appearances as Metz gained automatic promotion to bounce straight back into Ligue 1. His form also largely kept former-Newcastle striker Emmanuel Riviere on the bench. Of course, Riviere has never been much of a prolific scorer as Newcastle fans well know.
Riviere managed only 4 starts for Metz last season after starting 23 in Ligue 1 the season before. Diallo returned from a loan spell at Stade Brest last year to unseat the former-Magpie as the main striker. Riviere was released this past summer and has linked up with Achraf Lazaar at Serie B club Cosenza.
Diallo extended his contract to 2022 this summer and has been one of the top scorers in Ligue 1 this season. His 7 goals equal another Newcastle target, Victor Osimhen of Lille, and is second only to Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder’s 9 goals.
Here is a video of the goal that Diallo scored in the game Newcastle reportedly had scouts attending.