Diadié Samassekou and Hoffenheim, it’s done he signed. Still active, the director of soccer for Hoffenheim, Alexander Rosen has once again scented a beautiful oportunity. Hoffenheim’s signing of Malian midfielder Diadie Samassekou of Red Bull Salzburg for a transfer fee of only 14 millions Euros confirms Rosen’s genius as manager and negotiator. Because he did not play in one of the “best” European leagues, the midfielder is not a name known to all, but remains that the 23-year-old was undisputedly the best Central defensive midfielder outside the top 5 European leagues.
WHO IS SAMASSEKOU as player ????
Samassekou was recruited and formed by JMG Academy in Mali and played in the African D1 Championship with Real Bamako before joining Europe at 19. After helping Mali to rank third in the under-20 world, he signed for Salzburg in August 2015 and first played for their Liefering club side in the Austrian second division. The 5’8 “midfielder then made his debut in Salzburg in July 2016 and would win three consecutive league titles as well as the Austrian Cup twice during his three years as starting player on the roster sheet. Samassekou has also played in 24 UEFA Europa League games in the last two seasons, helping his team to advance to the semifinals in 2017/18 and eighth overall in 2018/19.
Chosen the Malian player of the year 2017, he helped his team to beat Borussia Dortmund and then the RB Leipzig in the finals. He helped his country qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. During his stay with Salzburg he raised 5 major trophies. Diadié Samassekou of Hoffenheim is the second former Malian academician of JMG and a member of the two-time Salzburg winners of 2018/19 to leave Austria for the Bundesliga. In January 2019, Amadou Haidara , Samassekou’s former teammate with Salzburg and a partner in midfield with Mali, also left Austria for Germany in the direction of Leipzig.
WHO IS DIADIE SAMASSEKOU on the ground ????
To list his strengths is to make a list of what you want in order to have the ideal defensive midfield, interception of the ball, tackles solid but legal and high level quality passes. It is really difficult to locate a weakness in his play. Last season in Salzburg, he made 26 appearances, scoring once and providing two assists. He touched the ball 79.4 times every 90 minutes and won 80.9% of his tackles. He won 58% of his duels, which goes up to 63.7% when you focus only on the duels on the ground. He is well disciplined and got only 6 yellow cards, which for his position and style of play is impressive. He is very good at recuperating the ball in his territory, The quality of his passes is also a major asset. Samassékou is great at playing the single pass between the lines and is adept at receiving the ball back, it seems so easy for him to receive and redirect the ball to the proper feet while he is repositioning his body to give a team-mate a simple and effective pass. His short pass accuracy last season was 86% and he has the ability to play the long pass with 65% accuracy. You will often see him go back to claim the ball from his center full backs, while he can go harass and close his opponents in their own zone
Differents comments about the Malian Player
About Diadié Samassekou of Hoffenheim “He has tremendous potential and, despite his age, he already has a numerous amount of matches and experience in international appearances.” – Hoffenheim Sports Director Alexander Rosen
“Outstanding young midfielder in a team of promising players.” – UEFA’s technical observers explain why they named Samassekou among the 18 players in the Europa League season for 2017/18.
Having as idol Andres Iniesta of Barca, even if they differ by their style of play, Samassékou has already taken off. Hoffenheim getting him for only 14 million euros, we must admit that it is a real flight. TO BE CONTINUED !!!!!!