Mame Diouf: Mark Hughes says Stoke striker is better in the centre

Mame Diouf
Mame Diouf has scored six goals in 20 appearances so far this season in all competitions

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes says Mame Diouf is more effective in a central role after his brace in Sunday's win over West Brom.

The 27-year-old striker had gone eight games without a goal for the Potters.

Hughes told BBC Radio Stoke: "I've put him out in wider positions, and he does a job for us, but everybody can see he is better served down the middle.

"He's more effective there in terms of goalscoring and taking chances, and he proved that against West Brom."

Mixed success for Diouf
Mame Diouf netted just once in nine senior appearances for Manchester United and six times in 30 appearances during a loan spell at Blackburn.
But after that, during a two-year spell at German side Hannover, he scored 33 goals in 68 appearances.

The Senegal striker, who signed a four-year deal with Stoke in June, is set to join up with his national side for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

"Hopefully we've got enough within the squad," said Hughes. "It's important that other people step up to the plate and compensate for his absence.

"Hopefully they [Senegal] will get knocked out quite quickly and he can come back quite quickly."

Stoke are currently 11th in the Premier League, nine points above the relegation places.