Thursday, 1 September 2016

Au revoir Alou Diarra

Sad news today from the club that they have cancelled Alou Diarra's contract by mutual consent so that he can return to France. The 35 year-old made a heartfelt statement on the club website in deciding it was time to move on. At his age and with an ongoing injury, it comes as no great surprise, although it is disappointing that we aren't going to see him bolster our midfield this season. I can't believe the Club weren't already aware of this and timing post-transfer window wasn't coincidental. It may have proved the spur to get the deal with Fredrik Ulvestad done.

He played 45 times for us and for the most part was a very comfortable operator, especially in front of the back four. His languid style reminded me very much of fellow Frenchman, Patrick Viera, and I am sure Alou would take that comparison all day long.

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