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He's our new number nine - Johnson

Lee Johnson has revealed Famara Diédhiou will be handed the number nine shirt after his club record £5.3m switch from Angers SCO.

The Senegalese forward has penned a four-year deal at Ashton Gate, following the same path as Jonathan Kodjia took years earlier.

Johnson said of his new striker: “I’m absolutely delighted he’s signed. I think he’s going to be a huge player for us.

“We’ll give him the number nine shirt, which obviously comes with that history for goalscorers – and most importantly he actually wanted that shirt number.

“He fits the bill for us because he’ll complement all of our strikers perfectly. He’s powerful, he’s quick and I think he’s got the potential to get even bigger and stronger physically.

“The beauty is that now is his time to shine. He’s a goalscorer in that he gets into good areas and can score different types of goals – volleys, headers and he’s got an attitude to shoot, which is what we’re after.

“I think we can work with him and improve him, which is exciting for me because he’s a raw talent who can go as far as he wants in football.”

He added: “We’ve had stiff competition to bring him in, which is a credit to (owner) Steve Lansdown for pushing the boat out and going for the one we wanted.

“That’s important because there was interest from other big clubs – not only in the Championship but from abroad as well.

“Obviously it’s our record signing, which is amazing. Thank you to Steve, the Board and everybody involved in making the decisions, particularly how well Mark (Ashton) has done in this process because it’s never easy to bring in a player when the competition is so high.”

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