On the other hand, Diouf has been signed on a non contract basis, meaning Leeds can let him go if something better comes along. So maybe the take over deal is still alive and Diouf is being used as a fall back option in case agreement cannot be reached.
Yesterday's performance against Shrewsbury was certainly encouraging. Warnock seems to have fitted his jigsaw together well in a very short time period and tails will be up going in to the first big game of the season, against Wolves. The result in this one will be crucial. People will rubbish talk of six pointers at this stage of the season, but Wolves will be there or there abouts come the end of the season - with or without West Ham target Jarvis - so if Leeds are promotion contenders, this game has double importance.
Southampton kicked off last season in rampant fashion and opened an early lead which proved crucial come the end of the season, but Reading were indifferent for the first third, only starting their charge with the 3-0 win over West Ham in November. This shows that there's more than one way of skinning a cat. However, the key, as West Ham showed, is to play to a shape that the whole team is comfortable with. This is something we never accomplished all season, which is why we staggered through to third place despite our reputation and the level of expectation.
Leeds are fancied by the bookies for a play off place but not for automatic promotion. Can Warnock inspire his mediocre charges sufficiently to do a Reading, with the sum of the total greater than the sum of the parts, or will his famed motivational powers run up against the brick wall of limited ability? Should the take over happen next week, the whole club will receive a massive fillip; if the final nail is driven into the coffin, and it transpires that Master Bates is at fault for holding out for unrealistic money, then the club could tear itself apart just as the season kicks off.