Brentford are loving life in the Premier League right now.
Thomas Frank’s side sit seventh with 12 points from seven games and have picked up some impressive scalps already, including Arsenal, Wolves, and West Ham United.
The Bees had to wait a long time to get back to the top tier and they’re certainly making the most of having a seat at the top table of English football at the moment.
Supporters won’t have forgotten their long years in the EFL and neither have we, as we’ve been looking back at a player that knows a thing or two about the west London club to update you with what he’s up to nowadays.
Toumani Diagouraga made 245 appearances for Brentford in total, joining them in a six-figure transfer from Peterborough United in 2010 and remaining at Griffin Park – bar a very short loan spell at Portsmouth – until he left to join Leeds United in 2016.
The defensive midfielder played his part in the Bees’ rise up toward the Premier League, helping them win promotion from League One in 2013/14, and is likely to draw fond memories for supporters.
For much of the five years since his Brentford exit, Diagouraga struggled to find the stability that he had in west London with spells at Leeds, Ipswich Town, Plymouth Argyle, Fleetwood Town, and Swindon Town rarely lasting long.
That was until he swapped Swindon for Morecambe in the summer of 2020 in a move that has paid dividends for both the player and his new club.
The midfielder was a regular under Derek Adams and helped the Shrimps shock many and win promotion to League One last season – playing every minute of their successful play-off run.
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It certainly seems that Diagouraga has found a home on the North West coast and in the heart of Morecambe’s midfield.
The Frenchman has been ever-present so far this term in League One helping them to climb to 13th in the table 11 games into what is the club’s first season at this level.
Diagouraga may not be part of Brentford’s first-ever Premier League campaign but he’s making history of his own with the Shrimps.