Carayol delighted to reunite with Leeds head coach Evans at ‘biggest’ club in league

Mustapha Carayol signs on loan for Leeds.
Mustapha Carayol signs on loan for Leeds.
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Mustapha Carayol is looking forward to another opportunity to work with Leeds United head coach Steve Evans after joining the Whites on loan on Friday.

The 27-year-old also revealed that he did not view signing for the “biggest” club in the Championship as a difficult decision.

Carayol spent the first half of the season on loan with Huddersfield Town, an agreement that was ended earlier this week.

The Gambia international winger played under Evans at Crawley Town when he was 18-years-old and admits they have kept in touch since.

“I know the gaffer well – I played for him when I was 18 years old and we’ve always kept in contact,” Carayol said.

“He fired me a text to see if I would fancy coming down. You just have to when Leeds United come calling – it’s probably the biggest club in the Championship. I’m here and I’m looking forward to it.

“There’s nothing better as a professional footballer to have a manager that understands you and actually knows your style of play.

“The manager knows how I play, so I’m just looking forward to playing in front of the fans and showing them what I can do.

“I’ve matured a lot from when I first played under him, though – I was just 18 at the time when I was on loan at Crawley.

“I’m now probably at a rebuilding stage in my career personally. It’s no secret that I had a bad injury and I was out for a long period of time.

“These have been the first six months where I’ve been fully fit and I’m feeling better and better by the day.

Carayol believes the outlook at Leeds is similar to that of his parent club Boro, and hopes he can achieve “something great” while at Elland Road.

“I’ve come from Middlesbrough, where in every game you’re expected to win,” he said.

“There’s not much difference in my mind frame coming here.

“I’m going to go out there and try to win every game.

“I’ve heard about the fans and how passionate they are about the club doing well. Hopefully I can be a part of something great for the rest of the season.”