3 Things to know about Leicester City transfer target Dango Ouattara

Lorient's Burkinabe forward Dango Ouattara (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Lorient's Burkinabe forward Dango Ouattara (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images) /
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Lorient’s Burkinabe forward Dango Ouattara, a transfer target of Leicester City, (L) fights for the ball with Paris Saint-Germain’s French forward Kylian Mbappe (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images) /

Firstly, Ouattara is a versatile forward. For Lorient, the player has performed from both left or right wing positions, as well as occasional starts as a centre-forward, usually as part of a front two. This would tend to be in the role as a wide forward, making runs in-behind the defence and creating gaps for incoming midfielders.

Although he typically plays on the right, most of his contributions have actually come from the left flank. According to this excellent scouting report, Ouattara has actually been let down a little by his teammates who fail to take all the opportunities generated by this explosive player. He is a wild Harvey Barnes style player.

So, although in attack the prodigal talent is stylistically similar to our English left-winger, his defensive style is completely different due to his development at Lorient. One can really identify the attacking style of Club Brugge and the defensive style of Lorient in his statistics.

Ouattara typically remains far wide when his team is in possession, sitting just ahead or level with the opposing defensive line. Upon receiving the ball from a midfielder or fullback, he attempts to hit the ball beyond the defensive line ahead of him and unleash his explosive pace to start cutting inside. Only when more central will the 20-year-old make any attempt to pass the ball; this does limit creativity against low-blocks, but the devastating impact it can have is truly impressive.