Steve Evans gives verdict on Toumani Diagouraga's debut display

Elland Road pitchside

Leeds United boss Steve Evans says he felt Toumani Diagourag was outstanding when he came on against Brentford.

Toumani Diagouraga made his Leeds United debut against his former side, coming off the bench for the final half an hour.

The 28-year-old helped his side put together an improved second half performance, as they fought back from 1-0 down to claim a draw with Brentford at his former stomping ground, Griffin Park.

Fellow substitute Mustapha Carayol scored the equaliser, netting with five minutes to go, just five minutes after coming on.

Diagouraga only completed his transfer from Brentford to Leeds on Monday, and head coach Steve Evans expressed that he felt it was too soon to start him.

He was certainly impressed with his new signing, telling BBC Radio Leeds:

"I thought Diagouraga was outstanding. I don't think he gave the ball away.

"You could see within two minutes of him coming on that he was composed. He will do very well for Leeds United. He only trained yesterday with the boys for the first time but we look forward to working with him, he's a great addition to the squad."

Diagouraga touched the ball only 12 times during his cameo, and was fouled once. It was a quiet debut but he will have been glad not to come away from his former side with a loss, and it is likely he will be handed his first start this weekend against Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup.

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