Toumani Diagouraga

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Toumani Diagouraga
Toumanu Diagouraga, Brentford FC, December 2015.jpg
Diagouraga playing for Brentford in 2015
Personal information
Full name Toumani Diagouraga[1]
Date of birth (1987-06-10) 10 June 1987 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Paris, France
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)[1]
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Swindon Town
Number 20
Youth career
2002–2003 Paris Saint-Germain
2003–2004 Watford
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2008 Watford 1 (0)
2006Swindon Town (loan) 8 (0)
2007Rotherham United (loan) 7 (0)
2007–2008Hereford United (loan) 41 (2)
2008–2009 Hereford United 45 (2)
2009–2010 Peterborough United 19 (0)
2010–2016 Brentford 210 (6)
2014Portsmouth (loan) 8 (0)
2016–2017 Leeds United 18 (2)
2017Ipswich Town (loan) 12 (0)
2017–2018 Plymouth Argyle 15 (3)
2018 Fleetwood Town 17 (1)
2018– Swindon Town 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23:12, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

Toumani Diagouraga (born 10 June 1987) is a French professional footballer who plays for Swindon Town as a defensive midfielder. He began his career at Watford and played for Hereford United and Peterborough United, before rising to prominence with Brentford, whom he joined in 2010. He has been described as a midfielder who "can keep the shape and pick up the second ball".[2] He is nicknamed "Toums".[3]

Career[edit]

Watford[edit]

2004–2006[edit]

Diagouraga was born in Paris to Malian parents and was spotted by a Watford scout and subsequently joined the Hornets' Academy in December 2003.[4] He signed a professional contract in November 2004 at age 17 and starred in the youth team's run to the quarter finals of the 2004–05 FA Youth Cup.[5][6] His performances during the run attracted transfer interest from Premier League club Chelsea.[7] Diagouraga received his maiden call-up to the first team for the first game of the 2005–06 season, when he was an unused substitute during a 2–1 Championship defeat at home to Preston North End.[8] Diagouraga made his first team debut with a start in Watford's 2–1 League Cup second round victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers on 20 September 2005 and he was substituted after 75 minutes by Junior Osborne.[9] He made his league debut on 17 December, starting and being substituted for Jay DeMerit at half time of a 4–1 defeat to Burnley.[9] Diagouraga made four appearances during the 2005–06 season.[9]

2006–2008[edit]

Following Watford's promotion to the Premier League, Diagouraga failed to be called into a league squad during the 2006–07 season and instead featured in two cup ties.[10] He spent the entire 2007–08 season away on loan and departed the Hornets at the end of the season after his contract expired.[11] Diagouraga made only six appearances and scored no goals during his four years with the club as a professional.[12]

Swindon Town (loan)[edit]

On 23 March 2006, Diagouraga joined League One club Swindon Town until the end of the 2005–06 season.[13] He made his debut in a 2–0 win over Chesterfield two days later,[9] replacing Michael Pook at half time and putting in a performance which drew comparisons to Patrick Vieira.[14] He made eight appearances for the club and returned to Watford at the end of the season.[9]

Rotherham United (loan)[edit]

Diagouraga joined League One club Rotherham United on loan on 12 January 2007, on a deal running until the end of the 2006–07 season.[15] The terms of the deal saw him arrive at Millmoor as a makeweight in a £1,000,000 deal that took Millers players Will Hoskins and Lee Williamson to Watford.[16] Diagouraga made only seven appearances for the Millers.[17]

Hereford United (loan and permanent transfer)[edit]

Diagouraga joined League Two club Hereford United on 10 August 2007, on a loan that was later extended until the end of the 2007–08 season.[18][19] He scored the first senior goal of his career in a 4–2 win over Bradford City on 22 September.[20] He made 50 appearances during the 2007–08 season, scored two goals and celebrated promotion to League One at the end of the campaign,[20] after the Bulls secured a third-place finish in League Two.[21]

Diagouraga signed for Hereford permanently on 7 July 2008, signing a three-year contract.[22] He was a regular starter and scored his first goal of the 2008–09 season in a 2–2 draw at home to Tranmere Rovers on 26 December 2008.[23] He was again a virtual ever-present, making 48 appearances and scoring two goals as the Bulls were relegated straight back to League Two after a bottom-place finish.[21][24] He departed Edgar Street in June 2009.[25] Across his two spells at the club, Diagouraga made 98 appearances and scored four goals.[12]

Peterborough United[edit]

Diagouraga signed for Championship club Peterborough United on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee (believed to be in the region of £200,000) on 17 June 2009.[25] He was an ever-present through the first half of the 2009–10 season and featured in Posh's run to the League Cup fourth round,[26] where they were knocked out by Premier League side Blackburn Rovers.[27] Diagouraga made what would be his last Peterborough appearance in a 0–0 draw with Ipswich Town on 8 December.[26] Following that appearance, he fell behind new loan signings Jake Livermore and Josh Simpson in the pecking order and found himself relegated to the bench,[28] which led to his departure on loan for the rest of the season in January 2010.[29] He departed the club on 17 July 2010,[30] having made 23 appearances.[26]

Brentford (loan and permanent transfer)[edit]

2010–2012[edit]

Diagouraga joined League One club Brentford on a one-month loan on 21 January 2010 and the deal was later extended to the end of the season.[29][31] He went straight into the starting lineup for Brentford's league match at Norwich City two days later and was substituted for Carl Cort after 59 minutes of the 1–0 defeat.[26] Diagouraga quickly established himself as a regular starter and laid on goals for Charlie MacDonald and Myles Weston in a 4–0 drubbing of Gillingham on 6 February.[28][32] He made 20 appearances during the second half of the 2009–10 season as Brentford consolidated their position in League One.[26][33]

Diagouraga signed for Brentford on a three-year contract in July 2010.[30] He began the 2010–11 season as a starting central midfielder alongside Marcus Bean and featured in Brentford's run to the fourth round of the League Cup, in which he started in victories over Championship side Hull City and Premier League Everton in the second and third rounds respectively.[34] Diagouraga scored his first Brentford goal in a 2–1 home win over Charlton Athletic on 2 October.[35] Two games later, he found himself dropped to the bench and did not return to a regular starting role until teammate Nicky Forster replaced Andy Scott as manager in February 2011.[34][36] With the Bees, Diagouraga reached the first cup final of his career, but ended up on the losing side and was sent off for two bookable offences in a 1–0 defeat to Carlisle United in the 2011 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium.[37] He made 43 appearances during the 2010–11 season and scored one goal.[35]

Diagouraga suffered a knee injury in a 2011–12 pre-season friendly versus Hampton & Richmond Borough in July 2011, which ruled him out for two months.[38] He returned to the team with a fifteen-minute cameo at the end of a 2–0 away victory over Oldham Athletic on 24 September.[39] He made his first start of the season in a Football League Trophy second round tie away to Charlton Athletic on 5 October and scored his first goal of the season in the 3–0 victory.[39] He twice assisted four-goal hero Mike Grella in a 6–0 win over Bournemouth in the following round.[40] Diagouraga enjoyed a successful 2011–12 season, making 40 appearances and scoring a seasonal-best five goals.[39]

2012–2014[edit]

Diagouraga was a virtual ever-present during the 2012–13 season, making 49 appearances and scoring one goal, which came in a 2–1 win over Notts County on 29 March 2013.[41] He signed a new two-year contract in February 2013.[42] Diagouraga was denied promotion to the Championship due to a missed penalty from Marcello Trotta in the final game of the season versus Doncaster Rovers and defeat to Yeovil Town in the 2013 League One Playoff Final.[43][44] Now behind Adam Forshaw, George Saville and Alan McCormack in the midfield pecking order, Diagouraga featured mostly from the bench during the early stages of the 2013–14 season, before making a run of starts in late September and early October, after which he returned to the bench.[45] He received an assurance over his future from new manager Mark Warburton in January 2014,[46] but departed on loan the following month.[47]

Portsmouth (loan)[edit]

Diagouraga joined League Two side Portsmouth on a one-month loan on 17 February 2014.[48] He made his debut in a 5–1 defeat to Scunthorpe United on 22 February and played the full 90 minutes.[49] After three appearances and receiving "good reports",[50] Brentford manager Mark Warburton put a block on Diagouraga's loan being extended beyond 16 March.[25] In a U-turn, it was reported on 12 March that Diagouraga's loan was expected to be extended, with a 24-hour recall clause inserted into the deal.[51] Diagouraga was named by manager Richie Barker as captain for the final game of his initial loan, which resulted in a 3–1 defeat to Fleetwood Town on 15 March.[52] After the match, Diagouraga reiterated his desire to stay at Fratton Park and his loan was extended until the end of the 2013–14 season on 17 March.[53][54] He was recalled by Brentford on 26 March, after making eight appearances.[49][55]

Return to Brentford (2014–2016)[edit]

Diagouraga made his return to the Brentford squad on 29 March 2014, as a 75th-minute substitute for Nico Yennaris in a 0–0 draw with Oldham Athletic.[49] He made regular appearances through to the end of the season and celebrated automatic promotion to the Championship after a 1–0 victory over Preston North End on 18 April.[49][56] He made 26 appearances during the 2013–14 season.[49]

Diagouraga found himself behind Marcos Tébar and Alan McCormack in the midfield pecking order during the early months of the 2014–15 season, but he forced his way into the starting lineup in November after being challenged by Mark Warburton to earn a new contract.[57][58] On 9 December, Diagouraga signed a new contract would keep him at Griffin Park until the end of the 2016–17 season.[59] He celebrated his 200th Brentford appearance versus Leeds United at Elland Road on 7 February 2015 and assisted Alex Pritchard for the only goal of the game.[60] On 3 May, Diagouraga was announced as the Brentford Supporters’ Player of the Year.[61] He made 43 appearances during the 2014–15 season, which ended after the Bees fell to Middlesbrough in the playoff semi-finals.[62][63]

Despite featuring as an ever-present in league matches during the first half of the 2015–16 season, Diagouraga handed in a transfer request on 11 January 2016 and departed Griffin Park two weeks later.[64][65] He made 246 appearances and scored seven goals during six years with the club.[12]

Leeds United[edit]

On 25 January 2016, Diagouraga joined Championship club Leeds United on a two-and-a-half year contract for an undisclosed fee,[65] reported to be £575,000.[66] He made his debut versus former club Brentford on 26 January, as a substitute for Luke Murphy after an hour of the 1–1 draw.[67] He scored his first goal for the club in the following match, with what proved to be the winner in a 2–1 FA Cup fourth round victory over Bolton Wanderers.[67] Diagouraga scored two further goals in April and finished the 2015–16 season with 19 appearances and three goals.[67]

Diagouraga made what would prove to be his only appearance of the 2016–17 season on the opening day, with a start in a 3–0 defeat to Queens Park Rangers.[68] He was immediately frozen out of the squad and by mid-September 2016 he was training with the club's U23 team.[69][70][71] After failing to win a recall, he departed on loan for the remainder of the season on 23 January 2017.[72] After surprisingly appearing as a central defender early in Leeds' 2017–18 pre-season programme,[73] Diagouraga was left out of the squad for the club's tour of Austria and failed to win a call into a first team squad before his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 25 August 2017.[74] Diagouraga made 20 appearances and scored three goals during just over 18 months at Elland Road.[12]

Ipswich Town (loan)[edit]

On 23 January 2017, Diagouraga moved on loan to Championship club Ipswich Town for the remainder of the 2016–17 season.[72] He made 12 appearances before his spell was cut short by a groin injury.[68][75]

Plymouth Argyle[edit]

On 9 October 2017, Diagouraga joined League One strugglers Plymouth Argyle as a free agent and signed a contract to run until 9 January 2018.[76][77] His presence in midfield brought about an upturn in the Pilgrims' form and he was offered a new 18-month contract in late December.[3][78] Diagouraga rejected the contract and remained at Home Park until his deal expired.[77] He made 17 appearances and scored three goals for Argyle.[79]

Fleetwood Town[edit]

Diagouraga reunited with his former Brentford manager Uwe Rösler at League One club Fleetwood Town on 10 January 2018 and signed an 18-month contract on a free transfer.[80] Three days later, he made his debut with a start and scored the opening goal in a 2–1 victory over Southend United.[79] Diagouraga finished the 2017–18 season with 17 appearances and one goal and was allowed to leave on a free transfer in July 2018.[79][81]

Return to Swindon Town[edit]

On 18 July 2018, Diagouraga signed a two-year contract with League Two club Swindon Town on a free transfer.[82]

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Hereford United

Brentford

As an individual[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 15 September 2018
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Watford 2005–06[9] Championship 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 0
2006–07[17] Premier League 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 0
Total 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
Swindon Town (loan) 2005–06[9] League One 8 0 8 0
Rotherham United (loan) 2006–07[17] League One 7 0 7 0
Hereford United (loan) 2007–08[20] League Two 41 2 6 0 2 0 1[a] 0 50 2
Hereford United 2008–09[24] League Two 45 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 48 2
Hereford United total 86 4 8 0 3 0 1 0 98 4
Peterborough United 2009–10[26] Championship 19 0 0 0 4 0 23 0
Brentford (loan) 2009–10[26] League One 20 0 20 0
Brentford 2010–11[35] League One 32 1 2 0 2 0 7[a] 0 43 1
2011–12[39] 35 4 2 0 0 0 3[a] 1 40 5
2012–13[41] 39 1 5 0 1 0 4[b] 0 49 1
2013–14[49] 19 0 2 0 1 0 2[a] 0 24 0
2014–15[62] Championship 38 0 1 0 2 0 2[c] 0 43 0
2015–16[67] 27 0 0 0 0 0 27 0
Brentford total 210 6 12 0 6 0 18 1 246 7
Portsmouth (loan) 2013–14[49] League Two 8 0 8 0
Leeds United 2015–16[67] Championship 17 2 2 1 19 3
2016–17[68] 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Total 18 2 2 1 0 0 20 3
Ipswich Town (loan) 2016–17[68] Championship 12 0 12 0
Plymouth Argyle 2017–18[79] League One 15 3 2 0 0 0 17 3
Fleetwood Town 2017–18[79] League One 17 1 0 0 17 1
Swindon Town (loan) 2018–19[83] League Two 3 0 0 0 1 0 2[a] 0 6 0
Swindon Town total 11 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 14 0
Career total 401 16 26 1 16 0 19 1 462 18
  1. ^ a b c d e Appearances in EFL Trophy
  2. ^ 2 appearances in EFL League One play-offs, 2 appearances in EFL Trophy
  3. ^ Appearances in EFL Championship play-offs

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