Dubbed “Dave” by Leeds United fans to make pronouncing his name easier and seemingly a key part of the plans for this season where did it all go wrong for Toumani Diagouraga?
The midfielder who hasn’t made a squad since the opening day has been told he can leave by the club, with Rotherham linked with a move.
Diagouraga arrived at Leeds from London club Brentford this time last year as Steve Evans only permanent signing whilst he was at the club. Leeds paid £650k for the battling midfielder and the fans took to him almost instantly. He scored on his full debut and added two more to that in his first few months at the club. He won’t get a chance to make it four though, with Leeds’ boss Garry Monk confirming today that he is free to leave the club this month.
GM on Toumani Diagouraga who has been linked with Rotherham. "The best thing is is he moves but I'm not sure who he is linked with." #lufc
— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) January 11, 2017
He had a disaster on the opening day of this season, carried by 18 year old debutant Ronaldo Vieira as Leeds crumbled to a 3-0 defeat at Loftus Road to a clinical Queens Park Rangers. He didn’t make the team in the next game at Fleetwood in the League Cup and hasn’t made a squad since. Monk has made it quite clear that he isn’t his type of player and the arrivals of Liam Bridcutt and Eunan O’Kane all but signalled the end for Diagouraga.
I don’t personally think Diagouraga needs to be looking at clubs such as Rotherham, that’s not meant to sound harsh on the Millers but he is more than capable of playing and making an impact at Championship level. He was, after all, part of the Brentford side that made it all the way to the play-off semi-final in their first season after promotion under Mark Warburton.
He has a bit of everything in his locker, a strange ability on the ball that looks awkward but can be quite brilliant at times and a very tenacious side of his game which means he can dominate large spells. His problem at Leeds is that, quite simply he isn’t what Monk is after and we have four players who are much better than him already fighting it out for two spaces.
I wouldn’t expect any of the top ten clubs to be interested but certainly the lower mid-table clubs could get a bargain deal for the French midfielder. As much as Leeds will want a deal for the player, they also know that they could potentially get some money back on the player. Luke Murphy departed the club on loan and the same could well happen with Diagouraga if nobody is willing to pay money. That is probably the most likely outcome for the player. Leeds fans will wish him the best of luck if he is to depart this month.