Ian Holloway comments on Brentford's decision to let Diagouraga sign for Leeds

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Ian Holloway believes Brentford have made a mistake by selling Toumani Diagouraga to Leeds United.

Pundit Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports that he thinks Brentford have lost their midfield security since allowing Toumani Diagouraga to sign for Leeds United.

The Bees have picked up only four points in the last six games, and lost 4-0 against Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, meaning they lie 13th in the Championship table.

It's been a strange season for Brentford; manager Mark Warburton left the club at the end of last season's run to the play-offs, and his replacement Marinus Dijkhuizen lasted just a matter of months before being replaced by Dean Smith.

Fans have seen a host of key players leave the club, as Moses Odubajo, James Tarwkoski, Jonathan Douglas, Toumani Diagouraga, Stuart Dallas, Alex Pritchard, Jota and Andre Gray - key players in the play-off run last season - are no longer with the club one way or another.

A host of foreign players, such as Maxime Colin, Marco Djuricin, Philipp Hofmann, Konstantin Kerschbaumer, Lasse Vibe and Akaki Gogia all arrived in a new direction for the club, but the Bees haven't been able to recreate last season's success.

Now, pundit Ian Holloway has told Sky Sports that he thinks Brentford made a mistake selling Toumani Diagouraga to Leeds United in January, suggesting that they have lost their midfield solidity.

The giant French midfielder helped Leeds keep a clean sheet against Middlesbrough on Tuesday, and fans have already seen the work he can do in front of the back four - something Holloway believes Brentford are missing, criticising their decision to sell him.

"Brentford don't look the same this season," said Holloway. "They have lost their midfield security after selling Toumani Diagouraga [to Leeds]. This time last year they had Jonathan Douglas and Diagouraga and now they have Josh McEachran from Chelsea and he doesn't provide the same protection. They have started to leak goals, which is not good," he added.

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