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‘Freeloader’ – These Leeds fans were far happier to see this player leave than to see him arrive

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With the January transfer window coming to a close, Steve Evans was looking to add to his side to move them higher up the league.

United had been in 16th place in the Championship and some distance away from the play-offs and comfortably off a relegation battle after 28 matches.

The mid-table fodder were in need of additions to try and improve on their lacklustre position.

And on January 25, 2016, an addition was forthcoming.

Toumani Diagouraga was signed by the club from Brentford.

The midfielder arrived on a two-and-a-half year deal for a reported fee of £575,000 from the side in the capital.

His arrival sparked responses that were reasonably placid, but the overt tone was of satisfaction to the confirmation of the club’s latest addition.

In a quirk of the football fixtures, Diagouraga made his debut against the side he had left a day earlier.

He made a late substitute appearance for Luke Murphy after the hour mark.

The midfielder scored his first goal for the club the following match in a 2-1 win over Bolton Wanderers in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

His arrival looked to be paying dividends after an impressive introduction to life at Elland Road.

Diagouraga scored two more goals that season as his new club finished 13th in the division; he made 19 appearances in all competitions in what was a relatively decent debut campaign.

Having been omitted from the club’s pre-season tour to Austria, he only managed one appearance for Leeds the following season.

He played in the 3-0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers in August 2016 and played no further part for the club that campaign.

Diagouraga would move to Ipswich in the January on a six-month loan deal where he would make 12 appearances for the Tractor Boys.

That final appearance at the start of the campaign in the defeat to the London club would prove to be his last appearance for Leeds.

And after 20 matches in the famous white strip, the then 29-year-old made his Elland Road exit on August 25, 2017.  

He was released by mutual consent before moving to Plymouth, and his departure from the club garnered a better reception than when he had initially signed for the club. 

The initial reaction was pleasant at best, but having failed to fully nail down a first-team place and unable to show the form he produced while at Brentford, it was a move that was unable to take off.

Leeds fans were pleased with his departure more so than when he signed, which shows how well the transfer turned out.

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