Last summer Leeds United were being linked with a move for Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne. In the wake of missing out on Matej Vydra, Turkish Football suggested that the Kasimpasa frontman was on the club’s wishlist.
The report claimed Leeds would have to pay £3.4 million for the player. However, work permit issues meant they never pursued a deal. This was despite the former Italian-based hitman applying for an EU passport.
In the end, Leeds went with experienced Championship option Patrick Bamford.
Bamford struggled with knee trouble at the start of the season and could not find his best form under Marcelo Bielsa. In the end, Leeds’ lack of a killer instinct was a contributing factor in their failed promotion push.
If only they had managed to get Diagne through the door.
Because he has had a sensational season.
The 27-year-old went on to score 20 goals for Kasimpasa in just 19 games. In January, he was on the move. He joined Galatasaray, going on to score a further 11 goals. His overall record for the season was a sensational 31 goals in 36 games and he also secured the Turkish league and cup double with the club.
Leeds United must wish they had pushed through a gamble on the Senegalese star in hindsight.