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3 Cellino signings who made terrible decisions joining Leeds United

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Three players who may rue the day they signed for Leeds United.

Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the standsLeeds United owner Massimo Cellino watches from the stands

Leeds United appear to have struck gold this summer with moves for Pontus Jansson, Abel Hernandez and Kyle Bartley.

Yet in the Massimo Cellino era at the club, there have been a big number of misses as well as the hits. Think Edgar Cani, Granddi Ngoyi, and Brian Montenegro.

Yet each of these players' careers continue to tread water in the position they were before signing for Leeds. For others has been even worse, suffering a Seth Johnson-esque fall from grace.

Here is a look at three players whose careers have taken a hit by failing to establish themselves since joining Leeds United...

Casper Sloth

Prior to signing for Leeds United, Casper Sloth was a Denmark international, featuring at Wembley against England going up against Steven Gerrard.

Casper Sloth - Leeds UnitedCasper Sloth in a rare appearance for Leeds United

He signed for Leeds in 2014, and was unable to establish himself in the XI, or win the trust of various managers, who did not believe his style was a good fit for the team or Championship football.

He became a regular for the under-21s, and essentially lost two seasons of his career, failing to make a single league start in 2015/16 after just seven the year before.

Leeds sold him to Danish side Aalborg this summer, where he has made nine starts, with no goals or assists yet to his name.

Toumani Diagouraga

Leeds gazumped Rangers to sign Brentford's Toumani Diagouraga back in January, but he may now wish he had headed to Scotland instead.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga looks dejected at the end of matchLeeds United's Toumani Diagouraga looks dejected at the end of match

Diagouraga was a regular in the Championship at the Bees, and after featuring under Steve Evans at Leeds, he has been ostracised under Garry Monk.

Diagouraga has not figured since starting the disastrous opening game away to QPR this season, and has been playing for the under-23s instead.

Monk is focusing on young talents Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira instead, and Diagouraga looks a good bet to move on this upcoming transfer window.

Lee Erwin

Scotland youth international Lee Erwin was a key player at Motherwell and hoped the move to England with Leeds would take his career to the next level.

Watford's Jose Holebas in action with Leeds United's Lee ErwinWatford's Jose Holebas in action with Leeds United's Lee Erwin

Signed by Uwe Rosler, 22-year-old Erwin has never come close to earning regular starts for Leeds, and is in his second loan spell away from the club in a lower division.

Last season's fruitless spell at Bury has been followed by another unimpressive loan at Oldham, and the chances of him making it as a Leeds player look slim to none, and he would benefit from returning to Scotland and restoring his confidence.

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