Former Leeds United loanee Granddi N'Goyi now back to full fitness but struggling for starts

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Taking a look at how the former Leeds United loanee is getting on this season.

With the January transfer window just one month away, Leeds United manager Steve Evans will be preparing to dip into the market in a bid to strengthen his squad after a hit-and-miss start to his time in charge.

But whatever happened to one of the players who arrived at Elland Road last winter but quickly proved to be a flop in the form of Granddi N’Goyi?

The 27-year-old signed on loan from Palermo in January along with Sol Bamba, but while the defender excelled and ultimately earned a permanent deal at Leeds, the midfielder made just one appearance.

N’Goyi was injured even before he arrived at Elland Road and with that problem not fully behind him he had to wait until mid-April to make his one and only outing in a Leeds shirt – in a 2-0 defeat to Norwich City.

After that N’Goyi was an unused substitute for the last three matches of the campaign, but is he doing any better a few months on?

The simple answer is: Yes, but he still has some way to go before this season can be branded a personal success.

Now playing for French club Dijon on loan, N’Goyi has made nine appearances to date, but only three of those have been starts and he has racked up just 399 minutes of football in all competitions.

Given his injury woes at Leeds he will no doubt be happy just to be back on the field, but he is far from first choice and is currently coming on to defend leads in the final minutes rather than impacting games from the outset.

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