Transfer deadline day tomorrow – what will Leeds United do?


Tomorrow marks the end of the Summer transfer deadline day and for Leeds United it’s been a massive improvement on previous seasons. Our signings have been impressive, spending £2.5 million on Chris Wood with the New Zealand international becoming Leeds’ most expensive signing since Nicky Barmby in 2002. Stuart Dallas was brought in for the wide area’s and Tom Adeyemi looks a good prospect in the middle.

I don’t think our squad is complete, though. We’re still another two wingers away from competing for that top six spot in my opinion; but Leeds are in talks with Jordan Botaka – a winger from Excelsior – a signing which could mark the end of Leeds’ spending until January at least.

Will Leeds be doing anymore business before 6pm tomorrow?

As said above, Jordan Botaka is one player Leeds are looking at. I’m hoping for something else though. When asked in his press conference, Rosler’s response when asked if Leeds will be doing any more business was a quick “I think so, yes.” This is encouraging for any Leeds fan. There are plenty of wingers besides Botaka.

Will Buckley has been linked and would be a fantastic signing, he’s a real talent and has proved his worth in the Championship with Watford and Brighton. He got his move the Premiership with Sunderland for a fee of around £2.5 million but hasn’t featured very much. A move back to the Championship could reignite his career and with Leeds needing wingers, why not?

Anthony Limbombe was heavily linked with a move to Elland Road in the last few weeks but with his current club NEC Nijmegen wanting over £2 million, it’s clear that Leeds do not believe he’s worth that amount and appear to have broken off negotiations.

Throughout the Summer Leeds have been linked with Liam Moore, a centre-back from Leicester. I think this will only happen if someone was to leave Elland Road. I think it would only be a loan move for the 22-year-old but he looks a good young talent.

That would probably be the only business Leeds do. I can’t see us needing to fill any other positions but you never know with Massimo Cellino.

I’m not sure how true it is but Giuseppe Bellusci was linked with a move back to Italy just recently. I think it could be true, he’s had a lot of controversy, including his alleged racial abuse towards Norwich’s Cameron Jerome as well as him refusing to feature along with the other sicknote five in the game against Charlton Athletic last season. Atalanta and Bologna were both linked and I reckon this is the deal that signing Liam Moore is dependent on.

I’m hopeful that that’s the only “outgoing” deal Leeds will be doing, if they do any in the next couple of days. I’m worried that clubs will come knocking about Lewis Cook. He put in another excellent performance against Derby at the weekend and it can’t have gone unnoticed.

Sunderland have asked about Sam Byram this Summer and although they were knocked back, you know clubs tend to panic buy on the last day of the transfer window.

Finally, tomorrow marks a year to the day Leeds did this…
I just hope there’s no repeat this time around.

Positivity is back at Elland Road at last – 5 things we learned from the Derby game


The wait is finally over; Leeds United have secured their first win of the season, away from home against promotion favourites Derby County.

It was a game that looked for so long like it was going to end as a draw before Chris Wood picked up a Lewis Cook pass and belted a screamer past former White, Scott Carson. Jubilation as the away end erupted, Leeds’ season is finally up and running.

Let’s have a look at some things we can take from the game…

Tom Adeyemi - Derby County
The rut is broken

    Whichever way you want to put it, the rut is broken! 6 competitive games (if you include last season) without a win, 7 straight defeats at Pride Park; Leeds have finally won. There is so much positivity everywhere you look. If we can just get our business done in the transfer market then who knows what can happen this season.

BREAKING: Leeds agree deal for winger


Leeds have tonight agreed a deal for Excelsior winger Jordan Botaka. He is 23-years-old and previously played for Club Brugge. He’s tall for a winger at 6ft 1 and has pace to burn. He is reported to have signed a 2-year-deal with the option of a third. There are also reports that Leeds will sign another winger before the deadline.

Leeds United v Derby player ratings


We finally have our first win of the season and it has completely changed the thought process of Leeds fans. If we’d lost the game today then it would have been a poor start but now it’s a great one as we’re still unbeaten with two decent home games coming up. I thought the majority of the team had great games today, into the ratings…

Marco Silvestri – 8 – Made some important saves when called upon and only had one dodgy kick so that’s an improvement for sure.

Leeds set for busy end to transfer window

Anthony Limbombe

Leeds United are set for a busy end to the transfer window after Cellino released a statement stating that we have ended our interest in Fernando Forestieri and are now looking at new targets. Various sources have been quick to announce that Leeds have bid £500,000 for Rajiv van La Parra, a Dutch winger who currently plays for Wolves. However Brighton are also said to be interested and there’s no guarantee that Wolves are looking to sell. It’s good news though that we aren’t wasting any more time and are looking to sign new players. It’s also been reported that NEC’s manager in Holland has stated that Limbombe, another winger, wants to join Leeds. Although Leeds haven’t made an improved bid for him there’s still a chance that the deal can be done.

There’s also a possibility that we will see Bellusci leave the club, as it has been reported today that he likes the idea of moving back to Italy however Rosler is thought to want him to stay. Signing Liam Moore may change all of that however, Uwe went to watch him play for Leicester in the cup against Bury. I think Moore would be an upgrade on Bellusci but it seems to be a one-in, one-out situation. It wouldn’t make much sense to have five centre-backs. After the time wasted on Forestieri I’m pretty sure we’ll make another signing, if not two. We might have an entertaining deadline day for the first time in a while.

Leeds fans hurl abuse at star on social media over picture


Leeds United youngster Alex Mowatt was at the centre of a Twitter storm last night after he posted a picture of his number 10 shirt alongside former Leeds man Harry Kewell onto Instagram. Mowatt soon deleted the picture but fans were very quick to point out to Mowatt that they weren’t best pleased with it.

And the expletives soon followed…

There were plenty of fans who gave Mowatt their backing, however. Many realising that Mowatt didn’t mean any harm and was just proud to be United’s number 10, just like his idol.

What do you think to Mowatt’s escapade? Let us know in the comments below.

With a big decision to make in midfield, who should start against Derby?

After another draw against Sheffield Wednesday we finally got a break in the hectic schedule to recover for the often daunting trip to Derby. They also had no cup game so there’s no advantage for us there. I think a draw might be a good bet here. The major decisions for Uwe come at centre-back and in the centre of midfield, here is the team I would select.

GK – Marco Silvestri – Did nothing wrong against Sheffield Wednesday but didn’t have to come for any crosses really so we’ll see if he gets tested on Saturday.

Into the defence…

United midfielder called up for Euro qualifiers


Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas has been called up to the Northerm Ireland squad for their upcoming 2016 European Championship qualifiers against Hungary and the Faroe Islands.

Dallas, a summer signing from fellow Championship club Brentford, will depart after Leeds’ weekend clash with MK Dons before returning ahead of a game against his former employers on September 12th.

Northern Ireland are in contention for their first Euro Championships since Mexico ’86 and it would be some achievement if Dallas was part of the team that did it.

Throwback: Leeds United v Derby County – includes highlights!


Leeds and Derby have played between them 103 matches in their history. Leeds currently have the most wins with 45 under their belt, Derby are some way behind with 34 wins while there have been 24 stalemates. We take a look at a very memorable game between the two teams from the 1997/1998 season. Not the 4-3 comeback at Elland Road in November ’97, but the return fixture at Pride Park in March ’98.

A George Graham Leeds team that contained the likes of Gary Kelly, Ian Harte, Lee Bowyer and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink earned a UEFA Cup spot with their 5th placed finish and their biggest win against the Rams is one of the highlights of a great season. Goals from Gunnar Halle, Lee Bowyer, Harry Kewell, Hasselbaink and an own goal from Jacob Laursen gave the Whites a 5-0 win at Pride Park.

Watch the highlights from that great game…

The Leeds team that faced Derby that day:

Martyn; Kelly, Hiden, Molenaar, Radebe, Harte; Halle, Halland, Bowyer, Kewell; Hasselbaink.

Bellusci set to leave Leeds? Atalanta and Bologna interested

bellusci on tour

It has been reported today by various sources that Bellusci is wanted by Atalanta and Bologna, two Serie A clubs. This isn’t too much of a surprise as his style of play is more suited to the Italian game. The big question is whether Bellusci would want to leave, there’s a chance he’s fed up of the abuse he gets and wants out. However there is also a chance that he wants to prove everyone wrong and stay here for at least another season. If Bellusci was to leave it would leave Leeds in a bit of a problem, we’d only have three centre-halves and one of them would be Scott Wootton. We’d have to sign a replacement and we don’t have a long time left in which we can do that. If Bamba or Cooper were to get injured then we would have to rely on Wootton at this stage and nobody wants that, he hasn’t even played in that position for over a year. If we were to sign Liam Moore for example then I would be fine with Bellusci going, but at this stage I would definitely prefer that we keep him. What do you think?

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