Ahead of the clubs pre-season tour of Austria this Friday, United duo Toumani Diagouraga and Lee Erwin have been told they will not make the trip and have been made available for transfer.
Both players were signed during the 2015/16 season and have struggled to make an impact ever since their arrival. Erwin arrived at the beginning of the campaign, and has only made 11 appearances since joining from Motherwell- failing to hit the net once in a Leeds United shirt. However, last term the scotsman spent the season at League One side Oldham Athletic on a season long loan deal and was the clubs top scorer; bagging eight goals in thirty-four outings.
Toumani joined United in January 2016, when Steve Evans brought the 28 year old from Brentford for around £500,000. Like Erwin, Diagouraga- known to fans as Dave- has struggled for appearances since his arrival; especially after the arrival of former head coach Garry Monk. Dave has only made 18 appearances for the Whites, and made only the one appearance last season on the opening day of the campaign away to QPR, and was subsequently dropped to the under 23 side before being loaned out to Ipswich in January.
With the huge influx of players arriving at Elland Road this season, both players would have found appearances even harder to come by under new head coach Thomas Christiansen. The eight new arrivals at the club (with more expected in the near future) now see 11 recognised midfielders at the club, including Diagouraga, and 6 attackers, including Erwin.
Leeds’ first pre season game in Austria is against german opposition in FC Ingolstadt on Saturday 16th July. United have won all three of their pre-season games played so far, however the scheduled games in Austria will prove to be a big step up in opposition- with all Christiansen’s victories coming against non-league opponents.