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Leeds United ace Diagouraga responds when asked about promotion next season

Toumani Diagouraga believes it is possible Leeds United can get promoted next season.

Leeds United midfielder Toumani Diagouraga believes that if the team pull together and get off to a strong start then they can win promotion next season.

Diagouraga scored in the 2-1 win over Wolves last night, netting for the second game in a row.

Leeds have now won three in succession and are up to 11th in the table, and while a play-off push is not possible this season at this stage, next year the club are aiming higher, offering fans a partial refund on season tickets if they do not reach the top six.

Speaking to BBC Radio Leeds, Diagouraga expressed that the mood in the dressing room is positive, and responded to a question about next season's potential promotion challenge.

He said: "Everyone is happy, we cant wait to play another game. Since I've been here [January] it has always been unified.

"This team can be very good. Finish on a high, get a good start and you never know in Championship."

Asked what is needed, he added: "Probably a few signings, more wins to get everyone together, fans, players, give it a good go."

Ending the season strongly can be important, as Leicester City showed in the Premier League this season. The unfancied Foxes took their 2014/15 end of season form into 2016/17, and found themselves competing at the top of the table. They now sit top of the division with four games remaining.

Leeds have several challenges to negotiate which Diagouraga did not mention. Will Massimo Cellino keep Steve Evans as head coach? What is going on with the owner's Football League ban? Will funds be available in the summer, and can they hold onto key player Lewis Cook and tie him to a new contract?

Evans is showing he deserves a shot, but the positivity around the club Diagouraga describes can quickly be undone with one or two unsettling decisions from above.

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