Boos don't deter Diouf
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
El Hadji Diouf insists he is happy to be the player opposition fans love to hate.
Bolton striker El Hadji Diouf insists he is happy to be the player opposition fans love to hate.
Diouf is the target of the boo boys at every away ground in The Premiership after his antics on the pitch over the last few seasons.
However, the Senegal international has urged the booing to continue as it brings out the best in him.
"I love that," Diouf told Sky Sports News. "Gary Speed says the crowd have never booed a bad player.
"I like these people, they push me to do my best."
Diouf is in his third season with The Trotters after making his switch from Liverpool permanent following an impressive loan spell.
The 25-year-old endured a torrid time at Anfield in which he scored just three league goals.
He is now showing his best for Bolton and feels Sam Allardyce is one of the reasons behind the change.
"People forget I was very young (at Liverpool), I lost my head too quickly," he said.
"Now everything is okay because Sam knows me and gives me a lot of confidence and I don't want to make any trouble.
"It's different to when I was in Liverpool where I wasn't very good friends with Gerard Houllier.
"Now I'm happy here. Bolton is a great club, the manager is a great man and the chairman as well and the players.
"When you come in here on the first day, everybody is there to give you a lot of help."
Diouf admits he is not the only Bolton player that Allardyce has worked his magic on in recent seasons.
"I came here wanting to do my best and Sam gave me the push like with Nicolas Anelka and Gary Speed," he continued.
"When Gary Speed came here everyone thought he was finished now he's doing a great job. Ivan Campo too, Fernando Hierro before he left."
Allardyce is now getting something back off the players after a last few months where he has found himself in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
"After everybody was getting at Sam on the TV, every player wanted to do everything for Sam, just for Sam," Diouf said.
Diouf has netted three times for Bolton so far this season and the former Lens man is determined to have his best season yet in English football.
The striker has made a wager with his manager that he will score 15 goals for The Trotters this term.
"(The bet is) to score 15 goals. This season I am very focused to score 15 goals and do a lot to help the team to finish in the European cup place."
Diouf is already beginning to forge an excellent partnership with summer arrival Nicolas Anelka.
Anelka is still looking for his first Premiership goal for Bolton but Diouf says it is just a matter of time before the Frenchman finds his form.
Diouf added: "Nicolas is a good guy. I know him from when I played in the French league.
"I have known him a long time, he is a nice guy and is working hard for this football club.
"I think he's a great player. People don't know him when they talk about him but he is a great lad, a great footballer and he just needs time with Bolton Wanderers."