Diagne joins Diouf, Fadiga and Gueye in hallowed Premier League ranks

Mbaye Diagne West Brom 2021
The 29-year-old forward became the 12th player from Senegal to find the net under veteran manager Sam Allardyce

Mbaye Diagne scored his first West Bromwich Albion goal in Sunday’s 1-1 Premier League draw with Manchester United.

The Senegalese, who joined the Baggies from Turkish Super Lig outfit Galatasaray until the end of the 2020-21 season, had gone on a run of four games without a goal.

However, against the Red Devils at the Hawthorns, he found the back of the net to ensure points were shared with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men.

Just two minutes into the game, the striker outmuscled Victor Lindelof to get his head a fantastic cross from Conor Gallagher past David Dea Gea.

Thanks to the goal, Diagne became only the 20th Senegalese to find the net in the Premier League as well as the 12th different player from the West African country to score an English top-flight goal under manager Sam Allardyce.

Others are Abdoulaye Faye (Bolton Wanderers), El Hadji Diouf (Bolton Wanderers), Khalilou Fadiga (Bolton Wanderers), Habib Beye (Newcastle United), Papa Bouba Diop (West Ham United), Mohamed Diame (West Ham United), Diafra Sakho (West Ham United), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United), Dame N'Doye (Sunderland), Idrissa Gueye (Everton) and Oumar Niasse (Everton).

Also, no other manager has had more than four different players from Senegal score under them in the competition.

A minute before the half-time break, Bruno Fernandes levelled matters for the Old Trafford giants after pulling away from his defender in the middle of the box to get on the end of Luke Shaw's cross.

After the break, Scott McTominay had an effort cleared off the line while Diagne sent a shot over the bar from close range. Harry Maguire almost won it in the final seconds, but his header was tipped onto the post by Johnstone.

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Diagne, who had a notable game, was in action from start to finish alongside Nigeria international Semi Ajayi.

With the result, the Red Devils moved back above Leicester City and into second place on the table on goal difference but are seven points behind leaders Manchester City.

As for West Brom, they stay in 19th and are currently 12 points from safety having accrued 13 points from 24 outings so far in the 2020-21 English elite division campaign.

Next up for them is a trip to Turf Moor for their clash against Sean Dyche’s Burnley.