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Sign on Monday; debut against former club on Tuesday? Robinson and Diagouraga raring to go

26 January 2016

Theo Robinson and Toumani Diagouraga completed moves to Port Vale and Leeds United respectively on Monday, and could make debuts against former clubs on Tuesday in The Football League.

Robinson, 27, has signed for the Valiants until the end of the season after leaving Scottish Premier League side Motherwell, where he failed to hit the net in 11 appearances this term.

But he's raring to go for his new team, who are 11th in Sky Bet League 1, and would relish the chance to play against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat, where he spent two years between 2013 and 2015.

“It [the match] is obviously at my old club so it would be more and more interesting,” Robinson, who requires international clearance to make his bow on Tuesday, told Valiant PlayerHD.

“I can’t wait to play against my old team-mates and hopefully get the most important thing which is the points.”

Robinson scored nine for Rovers during his time there and, when asked about the potential of scoring on his Vale debut, he said: “I’ve done it before for Doncaster so hopefully I’ll do it against them this time.”

Diagouraga, meanwhile, swapped Brentford for Leeds, and could line-up against the Bees at Griffin Park in the Sky Bet Championship.

United boss Steve Evans says he would have no hesitation in handing the midfielder his first start at his old stomping ground, after an impressive inaugural training session.

“I’d have no hesitation in playing him,” Evans told on Monday. “He’s trained very well this morning – the quality was good.

“It raises the bar with everyone when a new player comes in as not only does he try to shine, but the current players try to shine and outdo him to make sure they keep their places.”

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