COMMENT By Will Butcher
Powerful striker Habib Habibou was given limited chances at Leeds, but has he managed to resurrect his career following his short Elland Road spell?
The 29-year-old striker was brought to Yorkshire by former manager Neil Warnock in January 2013 from Belgian outfit Zulte Waregem.
However, the brilliantly-named striker made just four league and cup appearances for the Yorkshire giants, with the likes of Ross McCormack, Steve Morison, Davide Somma and El-Hadji Diouf all considered above him at the time.
Habibou began his career with Belgian outfit Charlero, making a fairly prolific start with 19 goals in all competitions during 74 matches.
But it was at Zulte where Habibou made his name. Acting as a target man and a key weapon for his goals as well as his ability to hold the ball up for teammates, Habibou scored 35 goals and made a further 15 in 92 appearances.
It was enough for now-Cardiff boss Warnock to come calling, snapping up the 6ft 4in colossus on a six-month loan deal.
Habibou has failed to let his disappointing stay in Yorkshire stop him. He joined Belgian outfit Gent, where he scored an impressive 12 goals in 18 league games to help his side lift the 2014/15 Belgian Premier Division trophy.
His combined pace, strength, and eye for goal were all on show at Gent and prompted French Ligue 1 outfit Rennes to snap him up. The move to the top flight of France has proved a step too far, though.
Three goals in 32 appearances has meant Habibou must find his shooting boots once again in his tumultuous career.
A loan spell with Turkish side Gazientepspor failed to provide that with just one goal in 11 games.
Top-flight stars Kamil Grosicki, Pedro Henrique and Wesley Said all sit above Habibou in the pecking order at Rennes, but with a Belgian Premier League winners’ medal and a move to a Ligue 1 side, Habibou has proven to Leeds fans that he has what it takes.