Diouf ranks Anelka above Drog
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
El Hadji Diouf rates Nicolas Anelka as one of the best strikers in the world.
El Hadji Diouf rates Bolton team-mate Nicolas Anelka as one of the best strikers in the world.
After a slow start to his Bolton career the Frenchman has sparkled in recent weeks, and Diouf doubts that any other forward in the Premiership, even in-form Chelsea man Didier Drogba, could have made such an impact.
Anelka has had several stints in the Premiership throughout his career and has also enjoyed time in France, Spain and Turkey, and Diouf was always confident he would justify his £8million price tag.
"Nicolas is one of the best strikers in the world and he is proving that here at Bolton," hailed Diouf.
"If you brought Drogba here, or somebody else like that, maybe they couldn't do it.
"But Nicolas has done it here and at a lot of other big clubs. We don't have the money like Chelsea, but we do things well with the money we have - like buying Nicolas - and that's very important.
"He has a lot of confidence now, unlike in his first few games. He had just come in and needed to adjust to our game.
"He doesn't have to prove himself here. Nicolas proved himself in the Premiership when he was 17-years-old at Arsenal.
"Everybody knows him in England, in Spain, all over the world."
Diouf has earned rave reviews for his own performances in Bolton's three-man frontline, and he feels that is in no small part down to Anelka.
"I think Nicolas has helped to take my game to another level," Diouf explained.
"We play well together - me, Nicolas and Kevin Davies. We're good team-mates and everybody is working hard to achieve success."