With the season just over a month away, Leeds United are currently in Ireland on their pre-season tour. They play against Shelbourne and Shamrock Rovers before returning to England to play Guisley and Peterborough United. Their last friendly is against Atalanta at Elland Road on July 30th. With six new signings, things were looking rosy and I was getting a little excited. All that excitement was brought to a halt however when we decided to offload our best player (yes, Lewis Cook) to Bournemouth. It’s going to look a really different Leeds side compared to last season but have we improved?
15/16 – Marco Silvestri
Silvestri had his good games for Leeds and his talent as a shot-stopper is undoubted, it’s just his all round game. The commanding of his area was poor, he’d flap at crosses that were easier to come and claim with a catch, the amount of times he put us in trouble with his poor distribution. It was clear we needed a new ‘keeper, even more so when Silvestri was sent home from the Irish tour and made to train with the U21’s. I don’t think it’ll be too long before Marco is gone, so what about his replacement?
16/17 – Robert Green
Rob Green is a good signing all round from Leeds. He’s proven at a high level and has played at the international stage with England. You would guess at this stage Green would be our number 1 going into next season, unless Bailey Peacock-Farrell has a phenomenal pre-season. I think a calm, experienced head behind the defence is exactly what we need and who better than Green?
As we wrote earlier, Roofe is expected to sign today.
Phil Hay has just confirmed that according to Oxford, Leeds are set to sign Roofe today. This would be an extremely positive and ambitious signing. Things are looking up!
According to multiple sources, Kemar Roofe is set to be Leeds’ next signing, he can play in pretty much any forward role and would probably suit us best as a winger. I know many of you probably won’t take my word for it but I wouldn’t write this unless I was very confident, obviously things can change but as it stands I expect him to sign by early next week at the latest. This for me would be a very ambitious signing, first of all it would actually cost money, but mainly because he’s a player we would usually lose out on, if we actually landed him, we’d have a very exciting player on our hands. You can check out some of his best goals from this season here
Leeds are set to sign Rob Green according to several sources. Ian Abrahams of talksport has also tweeted that a friend of his who used to play for West Ham is joining us. For me this would be a good signing as it's an upgrade on Silvestri and he adds experience. This should be announced in the next few days.
As the Euros are drawing to a close and the released and retained lists have been finalised, it’s time to start looking at the free agents that could do a job. This is more important at Leeds than at most clubs, as you can tell by the amount of loans we’re going for, we clearly aren’t blessed with money. I would much rather see free agents signing for us than loans, we haven’t exactly been successful with loans. Here are five that I would sign.
According to talkSPORT, Leeds United defender and vice-captain Liam Cooper is the target of Premier League sides West Brom and Burnley.
Cooper, who joined Leeds from Chesterfield in 2014 for £600,000, has been by far Leeds’ most consistent central defender since his arrival and has made 62 appearances for the Whites.
Now the defender, who made his Scotland debut at the end of last season, could be set for a move to England’s top-flight. I certainly don’t think Cooper would be out of place in the Premier League but I really don’t want him to leave Elland Road. I can see him forming a great partnership with Kyle Bartley next season as long as both stay injury free.
Would you like to see Leeds cash in on Cooper? Let us know.
Whenever a manager joins a new club, they are always linked with players of their former club. With Garry Monk this is no different. Monk has already nabbed Kyle Bartley on a season-long loan, we look at who else Leeds could potentially sign from Swansea this summer.
Having been frozen out of the Swansea squad since Monk’s departure last season, Emnes could be set to drop down a division, and what could be better than linking up with a previous manager. He has Championship experience with Middlesbrough, where he scored 24 goals in 142 games. Not a great scoring record but he’s certainly a player who could bring more than just goals to Monk’s side.
Midfielder Tommaso Bianchi today completed a permanent move back to his native Italy, signing a deal with Serie B side Ascoli. Bianchi was on loan at the Italian club last year and they have taken up the opportunity to turn his loan into a permanent deal.
Bianchi joined Leeds in the Summer of 2014, signing a four-year deal from Sassuolo. He made 24 appearances in his first season, but really struggled to adapt to life in England and never got going. He didn’t make a single appearance during the first six months of last season before joining Ascoli in January.
Meanwhile Giuseppe Bellusci is close to completing a move to Empoli. The 26-year-old will join the Serie A side on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent transfer at the end of the deal. Bellusci signed for Leeds in 2014 but it looks like his time at Elland Road is close to ending. He made 61 appearances for Leeds and scored 2 goals, including a brilliant free-kick against Bournemouth.