In a new feature Head of Content Keith Ingham logs the past week for Leeds United.
A little bit of good news after a pretty poor past week, probably the longest name to be on a Leeds United FC shirt was very strongly rumoured to be joining the Mighty Whites.
Toumani Diagouraga is a ball winning midfield player who was Brentford's fans player of the year in 2014/15, tall and very much in the 'Patrick Vieira' mould. The midfield area of the squad is quite full but with the likes of Bianchi, Sloth and maybe Adeyemi rumoured to be moving on it is hoped that the new addition is given a chance before the 'keyboard warriors' dismiss him before he even plays.
Leeds v Bristol City
Match day : Still no official confirmation but barring a 'act of God' Toumani Diagouraga will be in a Kappa shirt very soon.
The game ...
Quite strange that Evans kept the same side that lost to Wednesday last Saturday including Wood on the bench. Leeds won the game with a goal from Doukara after a woeful first half. The introduction of Chris Wood made the teams performance improved a little but at category A prices, a lot more should be expected for the long suffering fans. It's an old cliché but a win is a win. Leeds moved up to sixteenth in the Championship.
Today was rather light in news, Liam Cooper though did say he didn't abuse fans at the game at Elland Road yesterday and Evans commented that despite the expected signing of 'Dave', Tom Adeyemi is still in his plans for the rest of the season. Maybe a kick in the backside vocally may do the midfielder a bit of good.
'Dave' finally signed today, a fee in excess of £500k has been rumoured to have paid to Brentford. Other news, Leeds have been heavily linked to Everton's forgotten man Aiden McGeady this afternoon but Evans does not expect any incomings before tomorrow's game at Brentford.
Barnsley beat Leeds 4-1 at Thorpe Arch in a development under 21 game.
Brentford v Leeds
Match day: Steve Evans recalled Chris Wood to lead the line in the only change from the line up versus Bristol City. 'Dave' was in the squad but in amongst the substitutes, Sol Bamba was absent from the eighteen due to family reasons.
The game ...
It didn't start too good for the team in yellow, with Chris Wood coming off injured in the first twenty minutes. Brentford claimed the first goal when Saunders walked through the static midfield to score. Leeds were poor but Antenucci brought the best out of Button from twenty five yards.
The second half brought better fare for the travelling away fans and Carayol, a second half substitute for Dallas equalised with six minutes to go and nearly got the winner but Button saved his effort superbly late on. 'Dave' got his first action in a Leeds shirt as a substitute for Murphy.
A deserved point.
Other news, Chris Dawson left the club by mutual consent, a pity as he never really got a proper chance in a first team shirt.
Noel Hunt the ex Leeds player didn't endear himself to Leeds fans last night by praising a ex team-mate Jem Karacan after he scored for the Galascum, he offered an apology later on. Sorry Noel, damage done! Very quiet day with very little Leeds news to mention, the transfer window shuts at 23:00 on Monday.
We wait and see if the financial muscles of Cellino are flexed.
Rumours abound about Steve Parkin investing into the club, he's been seen at a couple of recent games so it may happen. Massimo Cellino gave indications that 'Dave' may be the last player through the entrance door in this window, another statement to get the not so shy owner on the back pages again.
Leeds have sold nearly all their allocation of tickets for this weekends FA Cup tie at Bolton, a impressive six thousand eight hundred will follow the 'Whites' over the Pennines.
We're not famous any more, but what a set of fantastic supporters we have.
By Keith Ingham
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