Mamady Sidibe - Striker
Feature by Dan Buxton
Updated Friday, 15th July 2011
Signed: June 2005
Games this season: 0
Goals this season: 0
Total club games:164/22
Total club goals: 26
Manager Tony Pulis departed shortly after capturing his signature describing him as a real gem.
Struggled with finishing in his first season but that was on the cards after scoring 3 goals in 40 games the season before for a doomed Gillingham.
Had one spell around December and new year when he scored a few but otherwise they were few and far between and his return of 7 goals in 47 games in his first season improved to 9 in 46 in his second but only got 4 in 33 in the promotion winning campaign and 4 in 23 in 2008/9 and only two strikes in 2009/10.
Finishing is a shame because everything else in his game is geared for a Tony Pulis targetman and he is a great player for holding the ball up and bringing his team mates into the game and also has a decent first touch just maybe panicks in front of goal.
Improved his reputation and cult like status amongst supporters with late winners at home to both Aston Villa and West Brom at vital times in the first season in the Premier League before a cruciate knee ligament injury ended his season and kept him out until October.
Was never the same player after his return and just couldn't get the same level of leap as he used to, severely hampering his performances, and another serious injury, this time a torn achilles tendon, in August 2009 will keep him out until the New Year before the same achilles tore again, but at a different place, in training before hie could return to the side and that, along with the record signing of Kenwyne Jones, could possibly be the final straw for Mama as a Premier League player.