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Granddi Ngoyi relegated to French sixth tier, three years after Leeds United stay

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Granddi Ngoyi relegated to French sixth tier, three years after Leeds United stay

The DR Congo international is now playing football for Senart-Moissy.

There were plenty of dud signings during the Massimo Cellino era at Leeds United. One such player was midfielder Granddi Ngoyi.

It is now a little over three years since the French-born DR Congo international played his one and only game for the club. Ngoyi was handed a start against Norwich City in the Championship by Neil Redfearn. He failed to impress, playing the full 90 minutes as the Canaries won 1-0.

It was one of the more bizarre transfers of the Cellino era.

Ngoyi arrived, took the number 10 shirt, but changed to number six after the arrival of a similarly awful recruit Edgar Cani. Then, in one of his first training sessions, Ngoyi picked up an injury.

It was, all in all, a disastrous loan spell which had promised so much.

Ngoyi had come through the ranks at Paris Saint-Germain and looked a hot prospect in French football. He had six caps for the French under-21s and had arrived along with future captain Sol Bamba from Italian side Palermo.

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Leeds fans rightly felt he might be a sleeper signing. A robust midfield dynamo, perhaps Ngoyi could have been a future Leeds star?

So after it became clear Ngoyi was a disastrous signing, did it turn out that he was simply unlucky at Leeds?

Judging by the three years since it appears Leeds did not miss out.

Ngoyi went on to spend the following season on loan at Dijon, but played just 15 times for the club, spending much of his time out of the first-team squad.

After that loan spell, the former Leeds loanee was released by parent club Palermo. Which, is where it all went quiet for a while.

Ngoyi spent the next two years out of the professional game suffering from injury trouble and it is clear he was not physically up to the task of playing professionally for Leeds, or anyone else.

In January, the 30-year-old did find himself a new team. Ngoyi joined National 3 side Senart-Moissy, which is the fifth tier of the French football league system. He told Le Parisien in February that this was the end of his professional career, as he looks to simply enjoy his football.

His move however certainly did not help the side. Senart-Moissy have finished bottom of the table and will now play in the sixth tier of French football next term.

From a move to Leeds to the sixth tier of French football in just three years, it has been quite the fall from grace for the former PSG talent.

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