Preston North End striker Kevin Davies has been reflecting on his time played alongside El Hadji Diouf.
Davies played alongside the Senegalese striker at Bolton Wanderers. The Englishman was on the books of the Trotters from 2003 until 2013, while Diouf played for the Championship outfit between 2004 and 2008.
Currently a free agent after being released by Leeds United at the end of last season, Diouf remains one of the most colourful characters to have played in England.
Despite a number of controversial incidents surrounding the former Liverpool and Sunderland attacker, Davies remembers him as someone who had loads of potential and one who would play an important role on the pitch.
‘Diouf was brilliant for our dressing room at Bolton’. Davies told Sky Sports. ‘He was a good person and you need good characters, but you have to be careful with them. He was so colourful; he had flash cars with chrome wheels!
'Maybe he craved the attention. But he was a good team player – he had dazzling displays of individual brilliance but his stats prove he played for the team. He excelled at the high intensity statistics that managers like and was really important for us as a group’.
Diouf came into worldwide attention in 2002 when he played a pivotal role in Senegal’s march to the quarter-finals of the World Cup. The 33-year-old did not have the best of times in English football, but he showed his quality in flashes.