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Posted Thursday, January 25th 2018

Diony wants to find his football smile

Loïs Diony has been told his style will suit the English game – and now he’s ready to prove it at Ashton Gate.

The 25-year-old – dubbed ‘The Bull’ by friends – has joined on loan from Saint-Etienne for the remainder of the campaign. There is also the option to turn the deal permanent in the summer.

For now, Diony is determined to “rediscover his smile” during his spell at Ashton Gate.

Speaking for the first time since his long-awaited loan deal was made official, Diony told BCTV: “I’m very happy to come to Bristol City.

“I think this is a good opportunity to show what I can do in this country.

“I want to find my smile because with [Saint-Etienne] I lost it. I want to enjoy my life as a footballer and prove to myself that I can play in England.

“A lot of people have said that my game would suit English football. Now I’m here, I want to see for myself.

“My style is about speed and power. I’m a striker, so I want to score goals, but also provide assists for my teammates.

“My friends call me a bull. I enjoy contact with the opposition and I want to come here to score and to help others score.”

DIJON FORM

For two consecutive seasons Diony was top scorer for Dijon as they progressed from the second tier into Ligue 1.

That saw Saint-Etienne come calling for his services in the summer, splashing out a reported £9m in the process.

But Diony, by his own admission, has struggled to find the same form at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard.

“I want to become the same player that I was at Dijon,” he added.

“I know what I can do on the pitch and I’ve come here to help the team to try and get into the Premier League.

“The team is fifth at the moment and we can do beautiful things in the second half of the season.

“We have to focus on the games ahead to try and secure an automatic (promotion) place, or try and go up via the play-offs.

“The team play good football and we can do good things.

“I don’t know if I will start (against QPR) but I hope to play some part. I want to see the unbelievable fans and I’m excited to get started.”

“My friends call me a bull. I enjoy contact with the opposition and I want to come here to score and to help others score.”

New signing Loïs Diony

Diony has been handed squad number 39

FAMILIAR FACE

Diony will find one recognisable face in BS3 in fellow striker Famara Diédhiou.

The two have been teammates previously and have also faced off against one another in France.

Diony continued: “I have known Famara for around five or six years. We played together at Nantes in the second team there.

“We kept in contact and we faced each other when Dijon and Angers played, both in Ligue 2 and Ligue 1.

“He’s a friend and we talk sometimes. I’m happy to see him again in Bristol.”

Diony has been handed squad number 39 and will be available to make his debut against QPR at Ashton Gate on Saturday (3pm kick-off), subject to international clearance.

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