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Player Focus: Chiekh Ndoye

Player Focus: Chiekh Ndoye

Chiekh Ndoye has been heavily criticised since his move from Angers to Birmingham City in the summer.

The 31 year-old was signed by former manager Harry Redknapp who was quick to point out his strengths as a footballer. Seemingly, his goalscoring record from midfield stood out - 63 in 275 professional appearances.

Standing at over 6 foot 3 and weighing more than 14 stone, the Senegal international was certainly expected to be a presence in Blues' flimsy midfield.

Early signs were not good. Ndoye's tendency to needlessly slow the game down irked many fans and his passing was more Wayne Sleep than Wayne Rooney. To put it politely, Ndoye was a passenger.

But one attribute that came to the fore from the very first minute was his aerial prowess. Anywhere on the pitch, Ndoye will win a header.

The criticism of his early performances began to boil and was worsened by Blues' dissapointing start to the season.

However, that's where my cricisim stops. Ndoye is starting to show signs of improvement. His recent performances during the games against Derby County, Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City - were inarguably the best of his 12 appearances to date.

Ndoye is finally showing evidence that he can be that presence we so desperately crave, that player who covers so much ground for 90 minutes.

Admittedly, he missed an absolute sitter against Wednesday and could have done better with a header against Cardiff, but he's finally getting into the positions where he can be threatening.

Redknapp was certainly an admirer, Lee Carsley started him in all three of his games as caretaker and new manager Steve Cotterill picked him for his first game in charge.

It was inevitably going to take time for a French Ligue One player to become accustomed to the pace and competitiveness of the English Championship. Slowly but surely, Ndoye is getting there.

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Writer:Rob Wildey
Date:Thursday October 19 2017
Time: 8:45AM

Comments

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Basically Ndoye is what he is,a new midfielder playing for a team that finds goals hard to come by.Confidence will blossom once we get forwards in front of him scoring goals.Same goes for Gardner.These are decent players for us but this paltry goals for column is the killer.Adams,Vassell and Gallagher have to deliver.
Ohio
19/10/2017 13:05:00
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I like him but for a player with such a good goalscoring record he needs to be shooting more. I think we have been playing him too deep. Tackling and harrying opponents is not his game. The English game is a lot faster than French football and Ndoye has struggled to adapt. I think he looked a lot fitter versus Cardiff.
Ijaz H
19/10/2017 15:25:00
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I just don't think he has the attitude to be a top player this season and a player we need. For a big guy he seems to go down an awful lot from challenges, so many times this season he has looked over to the bench for medical assistance, personally looking for a way out. I just don't think he has that desire that we need and maybe he just came for the wage, or maybe he was told something that didn't work out that way. I personally think he should be a squad player rather than a first team player
MarkJ88
19/10/2017 15:42:00
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It has to be noted also he cant speak English hence communication with his teammates is limited,he will grasp the language but it takes time.Sure many players have the same problems,visa versa an English player playing abroad has the same issues.He has the potential,has a good record,now it's time to deliver asap.
Le Hane
19/10/2017 17:30:00
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If ever there was a game in which to assess the worth of Ndoye to the team-then it has to be Millwall away.Wish him well I certainly do.
Ohio
19/10/2017 19:30:00
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If ever there was a game in which to assess the worth of Ndoye to the team-then it has to be Millwall away.Wish him well I certainly do.
Ohio
19/10/2017 19:30:00
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