Steve Evans sheds light on Tom Adeyemi's future at Leeds United

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Steve Evans says Tom Adeyemi is fighting for a place at Leeds United.

Leeds United boss Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he has spoken to Tom Adeyemi about his future at Elland Road, but says the midfielder wants to fight for his place.

The Whites ended a run of five Championship games without a win today, as Souleymane Doukara's winning goal gave Leeds a 1-0 victory over Bristol City at Elland Road.

The result moves Leeds up into 16th place in the Championship table, 11 points clear of the relegation zone and 11 points adrift of the play-off places.

Evans will get a new face in the door this week though, as he confirmed to BBC Radio Leeds that a deal for Brentford midfielder Toumani Diagouraga has been agreed.

After admitting that, the attention turned to whether Leeds could part ways with a midfielder, given that Evans already has Lewis Cook, Liam Bridcutt, Alex Mowatt, Luke Murphy and Tom Adeyemi at his disposal.

Evans was asked whether Adeyemi, who is on a season-long loan from Cardiff City having been signed by previous boss Uwe Rosler, could return to South Wales having slipped down the pecking order.

The Leeds boss revealed that he has held talks with Adeyemi about his situation, but says the player wants to stay and fight for his place - and he was rewarded for positive showings in training with a late appearance as a substitute against Bristol City.

"There was no recall put in place," said Evans. "I had a chat with Tom a couple of weeks ago, and said I wanted to bring maybe one or two in that area, and the kid said he wants to fight. The only thing that Tom Adeyemi will take to his bed every night is that I'm the most honest manager that he'll ever play for. I'm not saying the best, far from it, but I'll be the most honest, so if it comes to picking him because he deserves to be picked, he'll be picked."

"He's been good in training the last three or four days, and that's why - I know it was only a few minutes - but that's why he was in our thoughts to come on today," he added.

Should Leeds keep Adeyemi or send him back to Cardiff?

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