Date:Sunday August 12 2012
Vital Leeds United have got the lowdown on latest signing El Hadji Diouf from a fan of his last club Doncaster Rovers.
Vital Doncaster Rovers contributor 1879Rovers gives us his thoughts on a signing that has certainly had a mixed reaction.
What are his strengths and weaknesses?
Firstly, I have to say how surprised I am to see him signing for Leeds especially with his history with Neil Warnock.
The abuse he received when we played at Elland Road in February also surprises me that Diouf would also want to join.
When he first signed for Rovers, there were very similar views to those of Leeds fans (they have probably been the same wherever he has gone).
The fans were split. Some saw him as a great signing whilst others could not look past his troubled past. Whilst I find some of the stuff he had done disgusting, I recognised the talent he has.
Once we saw what we had on the pitch, he quickly changed the views of many fans. I know we were struggling at the foot of the championship but he looked a class above most players on the pitch and that included the opposition. Cast your mind back to our visit in February. He ran the game that day for Rovers.
He supplied a great number of chances for players and I honestly still feel had we kept Billy Sharp we would not have been relegated.
His commitment was there and after initially joining us on a short-term deal, he always stated he wanted to stay to try and help Rovers avoid relegation. Sometimes it is just words but he did sign a contract to keep him at the Keepmoat at least until the end of the season.
His biggest weakness is obviously his temperament. He did manage to keep it under check for most of his time with us. Probably his worst moment was at Elland Road.
He did not keep his nose completely clean whilst he was with us and he was arrested in April on suspicion of violent disorder for an altercation in a Manchester nightclub - He was eventually cleared.
Rovers boss Dean Saunders and the players all said what a joy he was to have around whilst at the club, it was only when he left in the summer, when Saunders said, he was very difficult to manage. It is sure to be a rollercoaster with him and Warnock.
He picked up six bookings for Rovers in 23 games and I think most of them were just down to frustration.
What is his preferred position and is he versatile?
He can play in a number of positions. He played out wide, up front and in the hole for Rovers, so he definitely has plenty of versatility. He scored six times for us, which in a poor team and not playing as an out and out striker was a decent return.
If you could describe Diouf in three words, what would they be?
Unpredictable, match winner.
What I am really trying to say in that is, he is obviously a loose cannon and you are always waiting for something to happen. At the same time, he can prove a match winner with his skill. At championship level he is a quality signing and in a decent team he could do really well.
I am looking forward to seeing what happens as I am sure are most football fans.
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Date:Sunday August 12 2012
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