The 26-year-old scored twice. His Queens Park Rangers team-mates added eight more.
QPR FC (@QPRFC) July 11, 2015
Pre-season is back for QPR and back the R's have come - with a bang.
The west London side were only up against Verona Stars but they still impressed to come away with a 10-0 win during their first friendly of pre-season.
A number of QPR players, including new signings, caught the attention of fans as the R's reached double figures on Saturday afternoon.
And not least was Samba Diakite, a somewhat forgotten 26-year-old who notched twice against the Verona Stars to kick things off for QPR. The midfielder wasn't really given a look in under previous boss Harry Redknapp and has spent two loan spells away from Loftus Road in recent times.
Here he was back in a QPR shirt, however, with fans cheering Diakite on as he opened the west London side's pre-season campaign in style.
In response on Twitter, many supporters were calling for the midfield man to be given a proper chance for the R's, suggesting he could boss the midfield in the Championship next season.
Here's a selection of how QPR fans reacted to Diakite's performance on social media:
Samba Diakite. Would love him to be involved this season. #QPR— Andy Ward (@Wardio82) July 11, 2015
I'd like to see Diakite given a fair chance under Ramsey, never got the impression Redknapp did that but I've always liked him myself #QPR— Alfie Lavender (@LavenderAlfie) July 11, 2015
Samba Diakite is back & is on fire! He still has a big part to play, as long as he sorts his discipline out, he can be a real asset! #QPR— Owen (@QPRFORLIFE) July 11, 2015
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