Sadou Diallo joined Accrington Stanley on loan in September 2019 and initially struggled for appearances. The 20-year-old was in the matchday squad each week but only played four times before 2019 came to a close.
Diallo was handed 28 minutes in Accrington’s 3-1 defeat to Sunderland (September 14), 61 minutes in their EFL Trophy win over Oldham Athletic (October 8), 90 minutes in their 1-1 draw with Tranmere Rovers (December 7) and one minute in their 4-1 win over Portsmouth (December 14).
The attacking-midfielder was expected to return to Wolves in January, but he is a regular for Stanley now, so his stint at the Crown Ground could have a happy ending. He came off the bench in the 2-1 defeat to Southend United (January 18, 2020) and started in the 1-1 draw with Burton Albion (January 25), 2-0 defeat to Peterborough United (January 28) and 2-1 win over AFC Wimbledon (February 1).
With Leander Dendoncker, Romain Saiss, Ruben Neves, Joao Moutinho and Pedro Neto for competition at Wolves, Diallo has a difficult task of getting first-team football. He’ll turn 21 in June and needs to be playing regularly, so he can’t afford to have a failed loan spell this season. Whether he’s doing enough in League One to get Nuno Espirito Santo attention remains to be seen, however.