Leeds United commentary duo Ben Parker and Tom Hill were blown away by West Brom youngster Cheikh Diaby on Monday afternoon.
The young Baggies fell to a late 2-1 defeat against an experienced home side, who had to rely on Helder Costa and Tyler Roberts to find the goals.
Diaby grabbed the only Albion goal of the game, with his low finish finding the back of the net under the experienced Kiko Casilla in the Leeds goal.
Diaby was replaced in the second half, a decision that shocked Hill who claimed every single Leeds player would have been relieved to see the back of him.
“Cheikh Diaby, we can say it’s a good change for Leeds, and I’m sure every single Leeds player looked at that sub and thought ‘thank goodness for that’ – he’s been their best player by a country mile,” he said.
Former Whites defender Ben Parker agreed, claiming that he was shocked to see the 20-year-old taken off by Deon Burton.
“He’s led the line superbly for West Brom, but it’s the kind of a sigh of relief. I’m surprised at it, whether he’s had a little niggle, I’m not too sure.”
The outside praise for Diaby just proves how well he is starting to play after a turbulent start to the season at the Hawthorns.
Diaby was one of the last to arrive after a summer filled with quarantining and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That could have affected him massively, but it appears that he is certainly in full flow now and his performance against Leeds proved that.
He took his chance superbly, and his power and pace was a constant thorn in the side of the home team, who were clearly glad to see the back of him.
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