Toumani Diagouraga wants to stay and fight for his place at Leeds United ahead of the new season under Thomas Christiansen according to Phil Hay. The French midfielder was expected to leave the club but reports are he will stick around for the time being.
“Dave” as he is known by Leeds fans spent the second half of last season on loan at Ipswich, Mick McCarthy keen on keeping the player if a deal can be agreed. He arrived at the club in January of 2016 under Steve Evans, the Scot’s only permanent signing whilst at the club. He started very well and bagged three goals in some impressive performances during the run-in that season. He was set for a big role last season but had a disaster on the opening day at Queens Park Rangers and hasn’t played a competitive game for the club since.
The news that he wants to stay and try to earn a spot in the squad under Thomas Christiansen is surprising given the competition for places in his position. Liam Bridcutt, Eunan O’Kane, Ronaldo Vieira, Kalvin Phillips and Mateusz Klich are all to compete for places in the coming weeks and months and add Dave to that list and we have six players for two positions, and something has to give. Phillips may benefit from a loan but Dave may still have to move on given the numbers. For now he has started pre-season at the position of centre-back with a serious lack of players in that area of the squad.