N'Doye's the boy for Hull City

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From Senegal to Crete, via Doha and Moscow, the little known striker has had a big impact

The industrial Senegalese city of Thies, the economic centre of Doha in the Persian Gulf, and a Brit-favourite holiday isle, Crete.

It doesn't read like a C.V. of a potentially decisive Premier League signing, more like a cruise ship worker.

But, for Dame N'Doye, the road to England has taken him down more dark alleys than an Ahmed Elmohamady dribble.

His unheralded deadline day arrival - from Moscow, of course - could be what saves Steve Bruce's job and Hull City's Premier League status, though.

Two goals in his first three games for the Tigers has represented an immediate return, making the reported £3 million outlay seem fantastic value.

On Saturday, N'Doye marked his 30th birthday by heading home a last-gasp winner to see off fellow strugglers QPR, helping his side climb to four points clear of safety in 15th place.

That followed another winner four days earlier, in the 2-0 victory over Aston Villa.

In fact, Hull are unbeaten in each of the three games N'Doye has played a part in - making his club debut from the bench during the surprise 1-1 draw with Man City.

And it's, surely, more than mere beginner's luck.

Ignoring the journeyman-esque list of clubs N'Doye has represented, he has consistently scored wherever he has gone.

Although he flopped somewhat at Panathinaikos in the 2007-08 campaign, mustering just six goals in 32 games, he bounced back the next season at divisional rivals OFI Crete, banging in seven in 15.

A hugely successful stint at Copenhagen followed, lifting three league titles and two Danish Cups, as well as firing the club to the Round of 16 stage of the Champions League, for the first time in their history.

It was this prolific spell which attracted the attention of Lokomotiv Moscow, where he continued to notch, and international recognition.

That it took the striker so long to arrive in the Premier League, then, is something of a surprise.

Senegal to Yorkshire isn’t a commonly trodden patch but it could be gold, and goal, laden for Hull.

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