A well-built striker who is adept at holding possession in the forward line which suits the preferred structure of Pim Verbeek’s Socceroo line-up. His goal ratio remains modest though he has often featured as a lone striker for much of his international and club career.
Now 23, Djite was born in the USA to Ivorian and Togolese parents, and moved to Australia at a young age with his father a University professor. He burst onto the scene four years ago and quickly became the focal point of Adelaide United’s attack with the club constantly challenging for honours.
He collected the league’s best young player award in 2008 and his domestic form saw him become the main striker for the Australian U-20 and U-23 teams. Despite being a constant presence throughout Australia’s successful qualification for the Beijing Olympics, Djite was a shock omission from the Australian squad.
In 2008 Djite joined a host of other Australian players to feature with Turkish Super League club Genclerbirligi. After 18 months and semi-regular Turkish top-flight appearances he joined Diyarbakirspor on loan in January.
Djite debuted for the Socceroos in March 2008 and was called into the national team squad on several occasions during the qualifying campaign for South Africa 2010. He featured in four qualification matches including crucial encounters against Iraq and Uzbekistan.