FM Scouting: The Sedan Trialists

No screenshots or in-depth examinations on offer here, but a quick dive into the FM 2013 Editor gives us a decent scouting report on the two CS Sedan players currently on trial with United. Based on the (admittedly) rough measure of current/potential ability, both are in the “not quite indispensable, but certain MLS starters if fit and on form” category (think Jakovic). Both are also low-controversy, ambitious professionals., which can’t hurt.

Mamadou Diallo

Positionally best as a striker, but also capable on playing on the right flank, Diallo fits the Benny striker mold in that he’s a hard worker with good strength and reasonable, if not great, technical quality. While strong, he’s not an aerial powerhouse, relying more on above average speed and movement, preferring to exploit the channels between defenders.

Sadly, while he’s rated as one with a flair for the big occasion, he’s not exactly going to set the world on fire with his finishing. His playing history backs this up as he’s never been what you’d call prolific.

Assessment: Don’t see much difference here between Diallo and the current stable of attackers.

Habib Bellaid

Bellaid is a center back who can also do spot duty on the flanks. He’s a smart, consistent, and determined player who reads the game well and is reasonably technical. He’s fast and strong, but maybe not the quickest over short distances, and prefers to play his way out of trouble rather than hoofing it.

It looks like he was a regular Ligue 1 and Bundesliga starter a few years ago, but has been bouncing around of late further down the tiers in Germany and France.

Assessment: His playing stats indicate a blend of Jakovic and McDonald. Couldn’t hurt to have another quality option in the middle, though I think I’d rather see Shanosky and White get blooded more at center back since this season is pretty much a wash minus a possible cup run.

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