Toumani Diagouraga reflects on strange Leeds debut, comments on possible Bridcutt partnership

Toumani Diagouraga made his Leeds debut against Brentford on Tuesday.

Toumani Diagouraga has admitted to BBC Radio Leeds that his Leeds United debut was 'very weird', because it came against the club he just left, Brentford.

Brentford and Leeds played out a 1-1 draw at Griffin Park, as whilst Sam Saunders put the Bees in front in the first half, Leeds loanee Mustapha Carayol hit back with a late equaliser.

The game also saw a bizarre twist of fate involving Leeds' latest signing. French midfielder Toumani Diagouraga joined the Whites earlier this week, leaving Brentford for Elland Road.

Diagouraga was then immediately named on the bench for the trip to face his former club, and he came on with half an hour to play in familiar surroundings.

After the game, Diagouraga spoke to BBC Radio Leeds about his Leeds debut, and admitted that it was strange to be playing at Griffin Park so soon after leaving, and had to block out some boos from the home fans when he touched the ball.

"It was very weird!" said Diagouraga. "After six years here, to play against them was a bit strange. You just try to block it out, I've left now and I have to do my best for Leeds United."

Some Leeds fans have questioned whether manager Steve Evans really needed to bring in another central midfielder, given that he already has the likes of Liam Bridcutt, Lewis Cook, Alex Mowatt, Luke Murphy and Tom Adeyemi at his disposal.

Diagouraga was also asked whether he felt he could play alongside Bridcutt in the heart of midfield, and he suggested he will play with anybody, also noting that Murphy is a top player too.

"100%, he's a Premier League player, so I'd definitely be comfortable playing with him. Murphy is a good player, we've got a talented squad so whoever I'm asked to play with, I'll do it," he added.

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