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?

Murphy scores as under 21’s edge past Sheffield United


Luke Murphy starred tonight in Leeds United’s under 21’s victory against Sheffield United. Murphy who is continuing his recovery from injury scored an absolute corker from 30-yards to give Leeds a 2-1 win. Lewis Cook also played – his first game since getting sent off against Doncaster – as did Lee Erwin who scored Leeds’ equaliser.

Both Murphy and Cook played the full 90 minutes for the Whites who had to come from behind to win after
Jake Wright gave Sheffield United the lead after 49 minutes. Their lead lasted just two minutes as Erwin, who hasn’t played a minute for United’s first-team, sent a neat curling finish into the far corner. Leeds then took the lead just before the hour as Murphy picked the ball up, turned his opponent before unleashing a quite brilliant strike. It was enough for Leeds, who could have made it 3 when Stokes’ header flew wide after good work from Lewie Coyle.

I fully expect Murphy to start for Leeds against Derby at the weekend. He bossed the midfield when he came on against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend. Cook I’m not sure about, I think Adeyemi will continue as he hasn’t done a lot wrong since coming in. Being away from home we might drop Antenucci and play an extra man in midfield but I haven’t got a clue what Rosler has up his sleeve. We’ll have to wait and see.

5 things we learned from the Sheffield Wednesday game

Leeds v Sheff Wednesday - 22nd August 2015

Another game, another draw for Leeds United as they dropped another two points against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Yes, for me, it was two points dropped. We did enough in the game to win it in my opinion and Sheffield Wednesday, bar a spectacular goal, did nothing.

Anyway, here’s 5 things we can take from Saturday’s draw.

Stuart Dallas CAN beat his man

    Yes, when he was moved onto the right-wing, Dallas improved a lot. He took on his man more, he grabbed an assist with a nice bit of play to nutmeg the Wednesday player and delivered a great ball on a plate for Wood. It was good to see, but it gives Rosler a decision to make. Byram’s been poor lately, so why not drop him to right-back and play Dallas on the right-wing? Well I don’t think Berardi should be dropped. He put in another solid performance and is well worth his place in the side. We’ll see what happens against Derby on Saturday.

Leeds linked with Jack Hobbs while Limbombe talks continue


With the summer transfer window due to close a week tomorrow at 18:00, Leeds United are still looking to strengthen their squad and have been linked with a number of players.

The latest is Nottingham Forest’s centre-back, Jack Hobbs. The 27-year-old was once touted as Jamie Carragher’s Anfield replacement but he never lived up to that expectation and he ended up dropping down to League One where he was part of the Leicester City side that won promotion at the first time of asking.

Hobbs has also played for Hull City before moving to Nottingham Forest. He played just 17 times for Forest last season and it is now believed that despite playing three times this season, he could be about to leave the City Ground.

QPR are also said to be interested having missed out on Bolton’s Tim Ream who is set to join Fulham. Hobbs, in my opinion, is worth around £800k and would be a decent addition but I’d rather us sign another winger first; we also have four centre-back’s fighting for a place.

Another player who has been linked with a move to Elland Road is Anthony Limbombe, who plays for Dutch Eredivisie side, NEC Nijmegen. Limbombe helped Nijmegen win promotion last season and after he was left out of their squad for the game against Ajax at the weekend, rumours have intensified in the last couple of days.

Anthony Limbombe

A £1.5 million bid was rejected earlier this summer but Leeds, who haven’t made a second bid as of yet, are still reportedly in talks with Limbombe’s representatives. Fernando Forestieri still remains Massimo Cellino’s top transfer target but Limbombe still remains an option.

When talking about the move, NEC’s directord Bart Van Ingen said “Anthony is an employee at the club and we have reminded him of his responsibilities. We are in discussions and we are not looking for conflict.

“There is no concrete offer. If we can get capital which we can reinvest then we do that. If it’s not at the level we want, he continues to play.”

Cook to feature for under 21’s


Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook is set to play for Leeds’ under 21’s in their fixture against Sheffield United at Elland Road tonight.

Cook, 18, has just served a three-match suspension after his lunge on Aaron Taylor-Sinclair in United’s Capital One Cup defeat to Doncaster. He was severely missed in all three outings against Reading, Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday where Leeds drew all three games.

Alongside Cook will be Luke Murphy who is still yet to start a first-team outing after his pre-season injury, Lee Erwin who hasn’t yet featured for the Whites and Casper Sloth who appears to have been frozen out by Uwe Rosler. The match kicks off at 19:00 tonight (Monday) and will be shown live on LUTV.

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