Mame Biram Diouf reflects on his first season at Stoke City

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The Stoke City forward is happy to have hit double figures, but he wants to add to his goal tally before the end of the season.

Stoke City striker Mame Biram Diouf has told the club’s official website that he will look back on his first season at the Premier League outfit with pride.

The Senegalese forward joined the Potters in the summer of 2014 and impressed with 10 goals this season, nine coming in the Premier League.

However, manager Mark Hughes has opted to use the forward out wide for most of the campaign, using his pace as a means of damaging opponents.

While Diouf has been happy with his goal return, he says it would be better if he had been employed more centrally.

“I am a striker, it is where I have played for nearly my entire playing career,” he said.

“Looking forward it is the position I want to be back playing in regularly. [However] when the manager thinks it is better to help the team in other positions, then I am happy to do that, and I will always do my best.”

The forward had previous spells with both Manchester United and Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League before his move to Germany, and is now targeting more goals over the final three games as Stoke look to finish as high as possible.

And despite wishing to be start more games in a central position, Diouf does feel that his first season back in England has gone well, although he is keen to try his best to add to his goal tally in the three remaining games.

“For my first season I think it has gone well and I am pleased that I have been able to reach double figures,” he added. "I want to score more over the final three games.

“I want to keep trying to get involved in the games, make an impact and hopefully I can continue to do that. It is certainly what I am hoping to do.”

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