Five weeks after Amadou Haidara declared that the battle continues, what next for the Leeds defender?

A general view of Elland Road Stadium prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Brighton & Hove Albion at Elland Road on October 17, 2015 in Leeds, England.

The Frenchman remains a Leeds United player although he has barely featured for the under-23s this season.

Leeds United corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

Five weeks ago, Leeds United's under-23 defender Amadou Haidara posted a picture on Instagram of him in action for the Whites' under-23s, along a message declaring that the battles continues.

Unfortunately for the centre-back, he has barely featured for Leeds' second string since and appears to have been taken by some of the Whites' summer recruits such as Oriol Rey.

Thomas Christiansen manager of Leeds United looks on before the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Burnley and Leeds United at Turf Moor on September 19, 2017 in Burnley, England.

With Leeds' director of football Victor Orta wasting no time bringing in some exciting youngsters from across the continent during the last transfer window, it was clear that there was about to be a significant change for an under-23 side that lost time and again last season. And considering Haidara was only a sporadic starter during that ill-fated campaign, it seemed he was facing a losing battle regardless of his fighting talk.

An under-the-radar signing when he arrived at Elland Road in 2016, Haidara has got nowhere near the Leeds first-team to date and when you consider Conor Shaughnessy's emergence and Paudie O'Connor's potential, a senior breakthrough does not appear to be on the cards.

General view of Elland Road before the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday at Elland Road on February 25, 2017 in Leeds, England.

He will no doubt be hoping to get his chance in due course, but Rey's presence gives Haidara yet another challenge to overcome and the former Barcelona teenager has impressed in the early weeks of the campaign, leaving Haidara on the side-lines looking in.

The truth is this is one signing Leeds fans will never be able to get their heads around, with Hadi Sacko's friend destined, at best, to be the answer to an obscure quiz question in years to come.

If there are more battles for Haidara in the future, expect them to be away from a Leeds side that simply does not need him.

 

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