Steve Evans said in an interview with BBC Radio Leeds that the Whites were in the market for a winger, saying that, “There’s a wide player we are looking at, and we’d like to bring him in.” Whether Mustapha Carayol of Middlebrough was his intended target or not, the Gambian flier has signed on as a White until the season’s end.
27-year-old Carayol, who has just finished a loan period at Huddersfield where he scored three goals and laid on two assists, has joined up with his new teammates at Elland Road and will wear the number 18 shirt during his stint at Leeds.
Carayol, who is eligible to play in tomorrow’s FA Cup Third Round encounter against Rotherham United at Elland Road, cannot wait to hit the ground running and impress boss Steve Evans who managed the rapid winger when the on-loan Middlesbrough man was a raw and untried 18-year-old. Speaking of this link, Carayol said, “I know the gaffer well – I played for him when I was 18 years old and we’ve always kept in contact. He fired me a text to see if I would fancy coming down. You just have to when Leeds United come calling – it’s probably the biggest club in the Championship. I’m here and I’m looking forward to it.”
Four more quotes from Mustapha Carayol
On pleasing Leeds’ rabid fanbase: “The manager knows how I play, so I’m just looking forward to playing in front of the fans and showing them what I can do.”
On putting in positive effort: “There’s not much difference in my mind frame coming here. I’m going to go out there and try to win every game.”
On his style of play: “I’m not really a winger that likes to stand out wide as you get labelled as someone who drifts in and out of games. I try and get on the ball as much as I can. I always look to try and take people on and be positive.”
On being part of the team: “We’ve got some good central midfielders that can pass the ball, so hopefully I make good angles and they can get me on the ball.”