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Mbaye Diagne could be enough to take Leeds United back to the Premier League

Mbaye Diagne could be enough to take Leeds United back to the Premier League

Injuries are starting to mount for Leeds United and fans will be hoping the Whites can continue their push for promotion.

Leeds made a fantastic start to life under Marcelo Bielsa and quickly shot to the top of the Championship table. However, their form has since curtailed, and the effects of Bielsa’s intensive training methods could be starting to show. Despite their dip in fortunes, Leeds remain well and truly in the title race.

With Patrick Bamford ruled out until the New Year and Kemar Roofe sidelined, it might be wise to target another centre-forward in January. Leeds need goals to secure a return to the Premier League, and it remains to be seen whether Tyler Roberts can find the back of the net consistently in the absence of Roofe. With the fixture list set to become even more congested, depth is needed.

One man Bielsa could target is Kasimpasa forward – Mbaye Diagne. Valued at just £2.25m by Transfermarkt, Diagne was signed by Juventus back in 2013 but failed to break into the first-team that was managed by Antonio Conte. He eventually departed the club on various loan deals before finding his feet in Turkey with Kasimpasa. Diagne enjoyed a fantastic debut season with the club, scoring 12 goals in just 17 appearances.

Eager to prove he was not a one-season wonder, the 26-year-old’s excellent performances have continued into the new campaign with Diagne finding the back of the net eight times already this season. His form earned him a call-up to the Senegal national team, and it won’t be long before top European clubs are watching his performances.

A strong, powerful forward, Diagne would have no trouble adapting to life in the Championship. The goals he would add to the side could be crucial to Leeds finally securing a return to England’s top division.

Leeds fans, thoughts?

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