Diouf contract vital to Leeds success

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Monday, December 17th, 2012
 

Leeds United’s promotion hopes have received a huge boost after striker El Hadji Diouf put pen to paper on an 18-month contract that effectively secures his services at the club.

Diouf joined Leeds in the summer on an initial six-month deal to run to January, a high-profile move due to a previous spat with United manager Neil Warnock in 2011.

Yet Leeds fans will rightly tell you much water has gone under the bridge since then and despite Diouf’s contestable reputation he has become a firm favourite at Elland Road.

“We’re delighted he’s agreed a new deal and hopefully he’ll enjoy the next 18 months,” Warnock told the club website.

“Obviously it’s a massive boost for everyone knowing that we are going to have him around, he’s a match-winning player.”

Indeed, the boost Diouf’s long-term presence could have on this United team is huge, for the striker has applied himself with real purpose since his move in the summer. He may have scored just five all season, but Diouf’s link-up play with fellow striker Luciano Becchio has produced goals when most needed. Punters who like Football Bet In-play markets know he is always handy for an important striker when it matters.

With Ross McCormack out injured for a lengthy spell and Luke Varney still finding his feet, Diouf has proven invaluable up top. His wily understanding of the game makes his an ideal man to hold the ball up, either turning his defender or winning a free-kick. What Diouf effectively gives Leeds is a guarantee he will retain possession, from which the Whites can build attacks and find Becchio lurking in the box.

It would have been a great disappointment and a real loss to Warnock’s promotion push had Diouf departed to another club in January. Granted, he is not the greatest player ever to wear the shirt and his place in the squad is not guaranteed, but the majority in the Elland Road kop and punters over at Betfair Football will agree he is doing the job necessary for Leeds United right now.

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