‘This lad had it all’ - Glowing reference for Doncaster Rovers on-loan goalkeeper Seny Dieng

Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Seny Dieng has been given a glowing reference after being spotlighted in a national newspaper column.

By Liam Hoden
Thursday, 26th March 2020, 12:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 26th March 2020, 8:54 pm

The on-loan Queens Park Rangers keeper was the subject of the latest Secret Scout column in the Daily Mail, which aims to unearth the next stars with the potential to make impressions at higher levels.

And Dieng certainly made an impression on the Secret Scout who said, based on the performance he witnessed, that the Swiss keeper ‘had it all.’

It is not clear exactly during which game the 25-year-old was scouted, though the column declared it ‘a difficult away day’ where Rovers ‘came under strong second-half pressure.’

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The report was only positive, declaring ‘this well-built keeper showed me that he has all the tools for the job’ and valuing him at £1.5m.

“What impressed me most was his confidence between the sticks, taking crosses from both flanks with ease.

“He was equally adept at commanding a crowded penalty area to take the fiercely driven delivery.

“He was also quick off his line to stand big — only going to ground at the last second.”

Dieng’s courage and timing were also praised, with the Secret Scout drawing a link between the goalkeeper’s abilities and Rovers’ good defensive record.

Surprisingly, it was noted that Dieng did not play short out of the back - something that has been a major trend of Rovers performances this season. But his accuracy with longer balls was also praised.

The most telling line of the piece came in the penultimate paragraph. “Top-class goalkeepers need speed of reaction, control of the penalty box and a calm presence. And I have to say that on the day I watched, this lad had it all.”

The writer was fully convinced that Dieng could play in the Championship and pondered whether Rs boss Mark Warburton would give him the opportunity to do so next season.

Rovers boss Darren Moore has made such assertions himself this season, and has backed the confident keeper to play at the top level in his career.