Amadou Bakayoko: Trust me to be the main Walsall man

Amadou Bakayoko is determined to give Walsall a more physical presence up front as he works to become a leading striker in League One.

Amadou Bakayoko
Amadou Bakayoko

Boss Jon Whitney is still hunting reinforcements in attack as the transfer deadline draws to a close at 11pm, but Sierra Leone-born Bakayoko netted his second goal of the campaign on Saturday as the Saddlers battled from 3-0 down to draw with Bradford.

The 6ft 4in forward, 21, has impressed with his work-rate in five outings this season and says he is working hard to improve the physical side of his game.

“I want to be a more physical presence up there,” Bakayoko said. “A lot of teams in this league have a big presence up front. I don’t want to be just a target man but I want that to be a string to my bow. I think I’ve got it in me to do that. To hold up the ball and to bring others into play. I want to be a player that can switch things up, that can take up different positions, score goals and create goals.

“But the most important thing is to work hard for the team and I’m trying to do as much as I can up there.”

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