The 22-year-old Mali attacking midfielder has arrived from Ligue 2 membership Gazalec Ajaccio for a rate of about £2million.
Mahrez additionally got here from the French 2d tier, having been snapped up from Le Havre II, for a cut price £500,000, in 2014.
Puel believes Diabate may well be of the similar ilk. “In the past Leicester have signed good players from Ligue 2 in Riyad Mahrez and Anthony Knockaert,” mentioned Puel.
“Diabate has a lot of quality, pace, good penetration, very good feet and he can make the difference. He is versatile and can play anywhere across the front, as a winger on both sides and also striker.”
Puel believes the Mali Under-23 global will likely be pushing for the primary staff quickly.
Mahrez, in the meantime, stays unaffected by way of the rising hypothesis on his long run, with the participant related to a variety of golf equipment together with Liverpool, Spurs and Arsenal.
“If you saw the training session yesterday morning he was smiling and enjoying it. It is amazing,” mentioned Puel.
Leicester are set to permit forwards Ahmed Musa, Leonardo Ulloa and Islam Slimani depart this month. But Kelechi Iheanacho goes nowhere.
The Nigerian ahead, 21, has been related with a transfer away after failing to provoke since his £25m transfer from Manchester City.
There have additionally been query marks at the back of the scenes about his angle.
“There has been a lot of speculation about Iheanacho, but he is a young player, he only arrived this season and he will stay with us,” mentioned Puel.