Leeds outcast drops hint to Monk with standout display
By Will Butcher
Toumani Diagouraga has given manager Garry Monk a selection headache after starring for Leeds’ Under-23s side.
Diagouraga, 29, featured as an over-age player and scored as Leeds’ development team fought back from 2-0 down against Bolton to win 4-3, largely thanks to highly rated striker Eoghan Stokes’ brace.
Substitute Sammi Amissah scored a long-range stunner to equalise at 3-3.
Leeds’ official Twitter account revealed that the former Brentford powerhouse had finished emphatically from 10 yards, to give Jason Blunt’s side a route back into the match.
39. GOAL! Diagouraga smashes the ball home from 10 yards after good build up play down the right (2-1) #lufc
— Leeds United (@LUFC) October 5, 2016
Diagouraga was joined by fellow first team midfielder Luke Murphy, who captained Blunt’s side against Bolton on Wednesday night.
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The duo have been frozen out by boss Garry Monk, despite Diagouraga starting in Monk’s first competitive match as manager of the Yorkshire giants. The former Paris Saint-Germain star played alongside Ronaldo Vieira in midfield as they lost 3-0 to QPR.
That was Diagouraga’s only first-team appearance this season. His name, along with Murphy and goalkeeper Ross Turnbull have since been banished from the club’s matchday programmes.
But a goal and all-round impressive display against Bolton could give former Swansea boss Monk a selection headache during the international break, as fans continue to call on Monk to give the Frenchman another chance.
Leeds are set to feature next against Derby at the iPro Stadium on October 15, as the Championship pauses to make way for the international break.