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Mustapha Carayol explains why he left Huddersfield Town and joined Leeds United

The winger did not want to be part of a rotation policy.

Leeds United have not had it all their own way in the transfer market this month but the loan signature of Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol is looking like a hit.

The 27-year-old Gambian international arrived at Leeds at the start of the month and scored on his debut for the club - smashing in a winner against Rotherham United in the FA Cup.

He has since gone on to double his tally, netting against Brentford in the Championship recently, so has certainly had an impact since heading to Elland Road.

This weekend Leeds United take on Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup fourth round and Carayol has been speaking about his time at the club to the Yorkshire Post.

He explained why he left Huddersfield Town, where he had previously been on loan, in order to find a new loan club:

“The manager (David Wagner) understood that if I was ever going to get back to how I had played before then I needed games.

“The fans (at Middlesbrough) wanted me to go back and to be given a chance. But you have to look after yourself and that means playing games.

“It is what is right for my career and I just want to play games. The FA Cup is something to focus on. They are the games you really want to play in. There is so much at stake.

“We can put the league out of our heads for a while and focus on getting through. This is a game we are all desperate to win.”

Carayol, who played for Leeds boss Steve Evans at Crawley Town earlier in his career, is certainly getting plenty of first-team opportunities at Elland Road at the moment and if he keeps up this form a permanent switch from Riverside might be in the offing for the talented Gambian.

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