Salzburg midfielder Youba Diarra close to New York loan
The New York Red Bulls are preparing to add another player to the midfield depth chart.
As reported by Ben Cork from OaM, Youba Diarra will be loaned to MLS, according to a source close to the player. The 22-year-old Malian midfielder is currently on the books for Red Bull Salzburg. His current contract with the Austrian club lasts until May 2024, after a contract extension in August 2019. At the time, he was considered “an important player for the futureBy sports director Christoph Freund.
Diarra joined Salzburg in January 2018 as a member of a four-member Malian group, signature of Yeelen Olympique de Bamako. It was immediately sent loaned to Wiener Neustädter and made 16 appearances in five months. The following years were marked by the usual back and forth undertaken by many players trying to climb the ranks in the big clubs. The stops at TSV Hartberg and FC St. Pauli were interspersed with spells with the reserve of FC Liefering.
The constant throughout Diarra’s young career is a lack of playing time and medical issues. In the four years since arriving in Europe, he has made a total of 38 appearances. There is also a history of notable injuries. He first ruptured his cruciate ligament in October 2018 with TSV Hartberg. One year later, “knee problems that have been around for some timeDisrupted what became a productive loan to St. Pauli and forced him to return to Salzburg for surgery.
After a long period of rehabilitation, Diarra returned to Liefering in June 2020 and behaved quite well. He played in six matches, but unfortunately torn his cruciate ligament a month later during a match against SV Ried. Another operation kept him away from the team for several months.
Diarra is an interesting tactical signing for a club that hasn’t deployed a defensive midfielder for several years. The Red Bulls are moving towards a formation more focused on swarming the center of the field, which naturally requires the acquisition of more central midfielders. Struber at least knows the player, their mandates having briefly overlapped in 2018 and 2019 before the manager moved to Wolfsberger AC. Assistant coach Bernd Eibler might be even more aware of what Diarra has to offer, having worked as a video analyst at Hartberg during the aforementioned loan.
Diarra is considered a dynamic defensive midfielder but “can also play eight or ten”. He started training to become a soccer player at the age of six and was part of a Malian academy partner of Salzburg. In Europe, “his family” and “African cuisine” were a cause of homesickness, but the 22-year-old remains committed to his career. There is no reported history of adjustment struggles, so moving to the United States shouldn’t be a problem.
This is of course not the flashy signing that fans want, but rather another attempt to find value in a possibly overlooked talent that needs consistent playing time. The injury issues are of concern, but they have largely served to stifle the upward trajectory he was embarking on. Struber’s knowledge of the player should offer some advantage, as he is still young enough to become a useful professional. While he hasn’t played a single minute of meaningful football since July, there may be something about this young player who is already a seasoned veteran at an age where many American players are only stepping into the fields. professional ranks.