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Bakayoko picking up tips from Harry Kane, Luis Suarez and Romelu Lukaku

26 May 2017

Amadou Bakayoko has been picking up tips from watching some of the best strikers in the world - including Tottenham Hotspurs’ top scorer Harry Kane, Barcelona finisher Luis Suarez and Everton forward Romelu Lukaku.

Walsall’s young forward enjoyed a productive breakthrough season in the first team last term, netting 10 goals for the Saddlers including a fine hat-trick in the Checkatrade Trophy against Grimsby Town.

Still just 21, Bakayoko has time on his side and is determined to make the most of watching the Premier League and La Liga, and seeing how their strikers react in certain situations.

“I watch a lot of videos at home now trying to pick things up from other strikers,” Bakayoko told Saddlers TV. 

“Lukaku, Suarez and Harry Kane - there are loads of strikers who all move differently and you can pick up something from all of them.

“I’m focused and I want to learn.”

But some of the best advice Bakayoko has received has in fact come internally - from experienced forward Simeon Jackson.

“I really enjoyed (last season),” Bakayoko added. 

“There were a few tough times – but every player gets that throughout the season.

“I’m really enjoyed working with the group of players. And it’s good I had the likes of Simeon, Jimmy and skip to lean on.

“I talked to them a lot. For it be my first full season I am really proud of it.

“Simeon has been through it all in his career. He has seen lots of things and he tends to know what is coming.

“I have watched a few of his videos but him talking to me personally and letting me know feels has really made it clear how I need to deal with things.

“You can only thank people like that – people who are willing to help you out by passing on their experience.

“I only hope I can do that in the years to come.”

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