Is Toumani Diagouraga set to survive at Leeds as a centre-back?

General view inside the stadium before the game - Elland Road

The midfielder was out of favour last season but he has featured in both Leeds United's friendly matches to date.

At the end of last season it looked as though Toumani Diagouraga's time at Leeds United had come to an end.

After all, the midfielder had been banished to the Whites' under-23s after a disappointing opening-day performance against Queens Park Rangers, and he was subsequently sent out on loan to Ipswich Town for the second half of the campaign.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga applauds fans

But Garry Monk's shock resignation and the arrival of new manager Thomas Christiansen appears to have earned Diagouraga a reprieve, and after featuring in Leeds' first two pre-season friendlies in an unfamiliar position, it seems the 30-year-old could be about to solve a potential problem at Elland Road next season.

With former loanee Kyle Bartley back at his parent club and Giuseppe Bellusci unlikely to be in Yorkshire when the competitive action kicks off, that leaves Leeds with just Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper as senior centre-backs.

Another is expected to arrive in due course, while Leeds right-backs Luke Ayling can operate there if necessary. But if Diagouraga continues to impress at the back as he did against Guiseley on Saturday, he could remain to fight it out for a starting spot.

Christiansen certainly appears to see Diagouraga in his back line, if anywhere, and he has a few more matches to prove his worth before the important decisions are made in August and beyond.

Leeds United's Toumani Diagouraga scores their second goal

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