By Coral Barry
Toumani Diagouraga believes Leeds need just a few summer signings, a couple more wins and a better club atmosphere to be play-off contenders next year.
The midfielder scored his second goal in as many games against Wolves on Tuesday night and his goalscoring form has coincided with a three game winning streak for Leeds.
The Yorkshire club have mixed purple patches with long periods of mediocrity this season and it has left Leeds 11th in the Championship table and 13 points off the final play-off spot.
But Diagouraga believes his side are not as far off the pace as the table suggests and are just a few alterations away from challenging for promotion next season.
“It’s just belief, when you win games you get a lot more confident,” said Diagouraga speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post. “The lads are expressing themselves and we are doing well at the moment.
“We probably need a few new signings and more wins and to get everyone together – the whole club, the fans, the players and giving it a good go.
“When you start the season every team starts on zero points but we will be in the race like everyone else. If we can have a good start then you never know.”
Diagouraga arrived from Brentford in January after going 34 months without a goal, but has given Leeds fans a glimpses of his pedigree with a string of impressive performances.
The Frenchman has been at the heart of a resurgent Leeds team alongside the recently crowned Football League’s Young Player of the Year, Lewis Cook.
Leeds have pulled off three narrow league victories on the bounce with a 2-1 win against Wolves following a 3-2 triumph over Reading and a 2-1 victory against Birmingham.
The results came after Leeds had managed just one point in four league matches and the side’s return to form has yet again eased pressure on Steve Evans’ position as manager.
And Diagouraga has pointed to Leeds’ inconsistency as the key issue that needs to be addressed next season.
The 28-year-old said: “It’s 46 games and it’s a hard league.
“But if we can finish on a high and next year start strongly then you never know.
“We’ve got a lot of quality, you can see it in flashes and hopefully together we can be more consistent.”