Signed from Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2017, Nouha Dicko is a pacey and powerful striker born and raised in the suburbs of Paris.
He began his senior football career with Racing Club Strasbourg but financial difficulties saw him released in 2011. He took up an offer of a trial with Wigan Athletic and after impressing was offered a contract with the Latics. He made his first team debut soon after, but was then loaned out to Blackpool for the second half of the 2011/12 season. His first senior goals in English football came during his time with the Tangerines, and he was part of the squad that was beaten by West Ham United in the Championship Play-Off Final at the end of that campaign.
He returned to Bloomfield Road for the first half of the following season and added a further five goals, including a winner against the Tigers at the KCOM, before heading back to Wigan and then back out on loan, this time to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
A Community Shield appearance against Manchester United and Europa League action for Wigan kicked off 2013/14 before Dicko’s travels continued with a loan spell at Rotherham United. A permanent move finally came his way as he joined Wolves in January 2014 and 13 goals before the end of the season helped his new club to promotion from League One. His form also earned international recognition with Mali, who he qualifies to play for through his parents, making his debut against Guinea.
The step up to the Championship brought 15 goals in 2014/15 but as he looked to take that form into the following campaign, injury struck. Knee ligament damage kept him out of league action for more than a year and it wasn’t until late in the 2016/17 campaign that he started to find his scoring form again.
Goals early in the following season, including another winner against the Tigers at the KCOM, prompted then Head Coach Leonid Slutsky to bring him to East Yorkshire. He scored five times in his first campaign in black and amber, including a winner against Sheffield United, and although not a regular in the side during 2018/19, he’ll be looking to nail down a place under new Head Coach Grant McCann.
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