Should Brian McDermott consider letting 'Dioufy' go in order to bring in new signings?
The lyrics to the classic Clash song, of which I have borrowed for the title of this article, are in fact incredibly apt for the case of El-Hadji Diouf.
Should I stay or should I go now?
If I go there will be trouble
An' if I stay it will be double
Today it is being reported, that new Leeds United boss Brian McDermott is considering letting the Senegalese front-man leave on the cheap - in order to boost the clubs chances of signing a new player.
The Bahraini conglomerate that took over the club has not brought with it the mega-bucks and quality additions many expected.
Now, former Reading boss McDermott is tasked with trimming down the wage bill to bring in any new faces - including long admired former McDermott captain Matt Mills at Leicester City.
“Whatever suggestions there are about him didn’t come from me. All I know is he’s got to get himself training and get fit. He hasn’t trained yet. He got injured then got a nasty infection but he’s desperate to get back.”
Differing reports suggest that Diouf is on something between £10-12k a week in wages at Elland Road - extrapolated over a year that is around £625k Leeds would save if they did flog Diouf - before bonuses and any transfer fee consideration.
So should they do it?
If he goes there will be trouble.
Diouf is a very talented player despite his issues and there is of course no guarantees his sale will lead to any incoming players.
With the Championship season kicking off this weekend it is a bit late for Leeds to start considering these details now.
But if he stays it will be double.
Eventually, Diouf will do something stupid.
The boy is something of a flawed character, and some of his past actions once saw him labelled a ‘sewer rat’ by Neil Warnock - who then signed him for Leeds.
And McDermott has already been on his case before - venting his frustration after Diouf was sent off, in a close game against Brighton and Hove Albion last season:
“Dioufy, for whatever reason and this is something he has done in his career. He needs to look at himself. I’ve had a conversation. He gets himself sent-off. He said the Brighton fans had a go at him at Brighton and here (Elland Road) but that is irrelevant. You have to get on. The only way you can ever do anything is score a goal and then get another goal. That’s how you answer (opposition) supporters.”
So, should Leeds sell him and potentially bring in one or two more reliable players?
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