I do feel a bit gutted that we’ve come to the point with Toumani Diagouraga that he is now being linked with other clubs because he’s no longer part of the plans at Elland Road. Dave looks set to depart although I’d be delighted if he worked himself back into the plans here. It seems very unlikely to be honest.
How it began
Toums arrived in January much to the surprise of us all, fans of both clubs and even the media who are normally all over deals day before they happen. Steve Evans got his one permanent signing and we took Diagouraga from the grasp of Glasgow Rangers who were haggling over price with Brentford. He started well and bagged a goal in the FA Cup at Bolton on his debut for the club. He won many fans over early on, some battling performances and composed football was exactly what we needed and coupled with Liam Bridcutt things looked very bright. Toums also added a couple of important goals in wins at home to Wolves and Reading.
Let’s be honest he isn’t a natural Garry Monk “type” player. He would’ve had to work harder than most adjust to the new ways under the coaching team. Compare him to Ronaldo Vieira who fits in and clearly impressed Monk despite being very young and inexperienced. Unfortunately for Toums he was a stand-in centre-back in the absence of Liam Cooper. Not only that but when the team was split he found himself getting 90 minutes at centre-back at Guiseley, and it wasn’t pretty either. He finally got his start in central midfield against Atalanta and something wasn’t right. Vieira carried him and he just about lasted an hour.
Toumani Diagouraga hasn’t kicked a ball since the trip to Queens Park Rangers and hasn’t actually made a squad since the game in London.
Rangers wanted Toums and Warburton has been linked with a move for the Frenchman again before the window shuts. It wasn’t particularly a big fee at all so Leeds will probably look for around the same in return. Joey Barton and Toumani Diagouraga in central midfield would be a very decent partnership in the Scottish Premiership.