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Mbaye Diagne could be key to Leeds’ promotion bid next season

Mbaye Diagne could be key to Leeds’ promotion bid next season

Leeds United’s transfer window is yet to take off with Bielsa at the helm, but a recent report from The Daily Mirror (via talkSport) suggests that a game-changing signing could be on the horizon. 

The hype which surrounded Bielsa’ appointment has died down in recent days due to a lack of activity in the transfer market, but recent reports regarding Florian Jozefzoon and now Mbaye Diagne should give the supporters reason to believe that their club is beginning to move in the right direction.

According to the Daily Mirror (via talkSPORT) Leeds are set to go head-to-head with Hull City for the signature of Diagne this summer.

The 26-year-old striker currently plays his trade with Kasimpasa in the Turkish Super Lig where he managed to notch 12 goals from 17 appearances last season, including a hat-trick Genclerbirligi.

At the spearhead of the attack Diagne used his 6ft 3 inch frame to bully defenders and create openings for his side in the final-third, and his physical presence suggests he is well-suited to the demands of Championship football.

Evidently, his goal-scoring record makes for promising viewing, but it needs to be taken with a pinch of salt somewhat as the style of football in Turkey is very dissimilar to the speed of England’s ultra competitive second tier.

However, the quality he has shown in-front of goal, with the ball at his feet and in the air suggests he would be a fantastic number 9 for Bielsa to build his attack around and, if he is able to secure the signing of a creative wide player, Leeds would have the foundations of a formidable attacking unit.

Bielsa has options to exploit at centre-forward next season, but the likes of Caleb Ekuban and Pawel Cibicki look below the level that is required to provide the necessary spark for a genuine promotion push, so Radrizzani must be willing to take a punt on Diagne this summer if he is serious about taking Leeds back to the Premier League.

Leeds fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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