How long have you supported Derby County?
I’ve been a Derby fan for as long as I can remember. My dad was a big Stoke fan but took me to watch the Rams at the Baseball Ground and I fell in love with them! I have had a season ticket for 22 years now, starting on the Popside at the Baseball Ground to now sitting in the South Stand at Pride Park.
What’s your favourite moment as a ‘Rams’ fan?
I’d love to say I was around during our glory days under Brian Clough but I’m not old enough! My favourite moment was probably in the 95-96 season beating Crystal Palace at home to secure promotion to the Premier League. Robin Van Der Laan scored a great header and the place went crazy! We then had a number of good seasons in the Premier League under Jim Smith!
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, if you don’t is there one you wish you had?
This is a tough call! Igor Stimac was instrumental in our rise to the Premier League in the 90’s – he came in when we were around the foot of Division One and we got hammered at Tranmere on his debut, but something just clicked and we never looked back. He then went on to play for Croatia at the World Cup in 1998 so that was nice to see.
Leeds United confirm that they have signed winger Jack Harrison from Manchester City on a season long loan. Ronaldo Vieira is rumoured to be travelling to Sampdoria in Italy to discuss a move to Seria A side. The fee is rumoured to be around seven million.
Hadi Sacko joins UD Las Palmas(Grand Canaria) on a season long loan. Las Palmas were Leeds’ last friendly of preseason, it is thought the deal was arranged after the 1-0 win by Leeds, Roofe with the goal four minutes from time.
Leeds confirm the signing of Patrick Bamford for an ‘undisclosed fee’ rumoured to be worth ten million pounds. He is contracted until the summer of 2022, he is the most expensive signing Leeds have made since Robbie Fowler from Liverpool in 2001.
Jack Harrison and Patrick Bamford Signings number 4 and 5.
Ronaldo Vieira arrives back in England with his new Sampdoria teammates. He has rumoured to have signed a five year deal with the Italian side.
Ronaldo Vieira completes his move to Sampdoria. Good luck Ronnie. As previously said Ronnie joins the Serie A side on a five year deal, the fee was undisclosed.
Leeds United could be set to complete a last ditch move for striker Moussa Konate.
The Senegalese striker has just returned to club football having represented his nation at this years World Cup, making two appearances from the bench.
The Whites are said to be ready to offer a fee of around £6million as they look to wrap up their final moves before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
The 25-year old has adapted to two positions during his career, with one being as a striker and the other playing wide on the right.
Prior to his move to Amiens, Konate was quite the nomadic forward, representing an array of clubs across the globe including Maccabi Tel Aviv, Krasnodar, Sion and a loan move to Seria A side Genoa.
It was Konate’s three years at F.C. Sion where he truly put himself on the map with 50 goals in 115 appearances for the Swiss side.
Leeds are looking to improve their forward line that currently boasts Patrick Bamford, Kemar Roofe, youngster Ryan Edmondson and the currently unwanted Caleb Ekuban.
With a high tempo and pressing game, Leeds will need plenty of options upfront if they are to keep this going all season and the partnership of Victor Orta and Marcelo Bielsa believe Konate could be the perfect addition.
Do you think Konate could be a good signing or are Leeds taking another risk purchasing foreign talent? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United could be set to allow another player to depart the club.
The whites have already allowed 11 players to depart the club through the summer as they look to overhaul the squad for new head coach Marcelo Bielsa.
The latest linked with a move is Eunan O’Kane, who has gained interest from former Leeds United midfielder Lee Bowyer, currently in charge of League One promotion hopefuls Charlton Atheltic.
The Irish midfielder has failed to make a single appearance during preseason under Bielsa and is believed to be one of the players placed out into the cold by Bielsa when he first joined.
O’Kane was one of Leeds’ poorest performers during the past season and regularly became the scapegoat for a poor midfield who could not withstand any pressure when on the ball.
The 28-year old joined Leeds from then promoted Bournemouth after four successful years with the club. However, his two years at Elland Road have be marred by bad form and a competitive midfield core.
O’Kane has spent the summer looking for a potential new club and just like he did when joining Leeds, could be hoping for a deal to be frantically completed on deadline day.
Do you think O’Kane still had a part to play at Leeds? Or is it time he moved on? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
- Leeds haven’t faced Stoke City at home since a 4-0 loss in ’06
- Stoke are winless in their opening fixture since the 2009/10 season against Burnley
- Leeds enter the season with a new manager for the eight consecutive season.
Against Stoke: WWDLL
At Home vs Stoke City: WWDDL
Leeds: BPF, Ayling, Cooper, Berardi, Douglas, Phillips, Klich, Hernandez, Saiz Alioski, Roofe
Subs: Blackman, Jansson, Dallas, Baker, Harrison, Roberts, Bamford
Stoke: Butland, Bauer, Shawcross, Indi, Pieters, Ince, Allen, Ndiaye, Etebo, McClean, Afobe
Subs: Federici, Williams, Edwards, Fletcher, Bojan, Crouch, Diouf
Leeds United sent a message to the rest of the Championship on Sunday afternoon; we’re ready.
The whites took on promotion favourites Stoke City at Elland Road and started the season with a demolition of Gary Rowett’s side, taking control of the game from the first minute to the very last.
Leeds promised during preseason that fitness was a key aspect of their preparation for the new season and it was evident throughout the game, with sleek attacking moves and defensive pressing for the full 90 minutes.
The game started with Leeds on top and within the first six minutes they had a slew of chances with Luke Ayling’s wide cross just missing Ezgjan Alioski.
Kemar Roofe was then sent through with an inch perfect cross from Alioski, but Jack Butland pulled off a perfect save to prevent an early goal.
Leeds then turned on the style as marauding full back Barry Douglas found Saiz outside the area and his sublime weighted ball found Mateusz Klich through on goal for the midfielder to slide it past Butland.
Lucas Nmecha looks set to join Leeds United, according to sources close to the club.
The young forward is set to join the Whites on a season long loan deal from parent club Manchester City.
Leeds are looking to bolster their attacking line, with a long season ahead of a very small squad and Nmecha fits the bill as a temporary fix to the solution.
This will be the forwards first loan spell away from Manchester City, having featured heavily in the clubs youth setup along with representing England from Under 16 level all the way to the Under 21’s.
The 19-year old is known for his blistering pace and versatility, being able to not only play as a striker but also occupy either wing. Nmecha will now follow in the footsteps of current loanee Jack Harrison, who has joined from Manchester City also.
With Leeds investing heavily in the signing of Patrick Bamford, a loanee to sure up the forwards seems to make business sense. With owner Andrea Radrizzani staying on Friday that the club will look to balance their books when making moves for players.
Can Nmecha be a star in the making at Leeds and take his opportunity to shine in a very attaching Leeds side? Only time will tell.
By Ryan Ingham
Ahead of today’s clash with Stoke City, we spoke with Paul Ruane, a Stoke City fan who’s hoping for a speedy promotion back to the promised land.
How long have you supported Stoke City?
I followed the Potters progress as a kid, but my dad wasn't a fan, so we did other stuff on Saturdays. I started following them seriously as an exile in Hertfordshire in 1992 by joining the Stoke City Southern Supporters Club.
Nowadays, I have moved back to the Potteries and follow them at all levels from the first team down to U15s and a few ladies games.
What’s your favourite moment as a Stoke fan?
Probably at the time, I thought promotion to the Premier League gravy train. But that was surpassed by a 5-0 FA Cup semi final victory against Bolton Wanderers in 2011.
The final loss against Manchester City was disappointing, but led us into the Europa League, which was a great adventure to Croatia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Israel, Turkey and Spain.
Tell us about a player that you were proud to have on the back of a shirt, even if you didn’t?
I was never really one for players names on my shirt. My first was Xherdan Shaqiri when we had a plain white back, which looked pretty stupid without anything on it. Last season I had 18 year old right back Tom Edwards on it from the start of the season; he made his debut in October away to Manchester City.
Leeds’ season in the balance; are the new faces good enough and can the old ones find their form?
This has been one of the strangest pre-seasons I can ever remember! We’ve basically watched two sides; one, which we believed to be the favoured XI, the best Marcelo Bielsa believed he had at the time of the games, and a second comprised of all the other players who were, essentially, competing for a place on the subs bench once the competitive season begins. The 1st XI has played three games.
The 1st XI, the one we saw at Forest Green, Southend and against Las Palmas, was pretty much the side we ended last season with: Peacock-Farrell, Luke Ayling, Bera, Coops, Stuart Dallas, Samu Saiz, Pablo, Adam Forshaw, Kalvin Phillips, Alioski, Kemar Roofe, and, when first Pablo and then Forshaw dropped out through injury, De Bock and Ronnie Vieira. The 2nd XI was a mixture of the up and coming Under 23s together with a couple of new faces in Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman plus the prodigal son, returning a seemingly new man, Mateusz Klich.
It even seemed that the two new loanees, Baker and Blackman, had just failed to come up to the standard Bielsa believed he already had in his preferred XI. I guess you folk reading this now, like me, thought the season was probably dead in the water already, since the players we appeared to be heading into battle with were the very same who lost the Championship war last season, even if we still had the mighty Viking, Pontus Jansson, to join up with us again at some point.
But what a difference a few days make! Compared with that team we saw at the New Lawn, the Kassam and then at ER on Sunday, we now have three players who seem likely to come straight into the first team, if not against Stoke next Sunday, then certainly by the time we entertain Rotherham in mid-August and they will surely be joined by Pontus Jansson too; more than a third of the team will suddenly be changed and, if we trust in the judgement of Bielsa, as we all have to at the moment, then other things being equal we’ll be at least 33 per cent improved!
And then there is the potential impact Mateusz Klich might make if he too can force his way into the reckoning perhaps closely followed by the ever improving Lewis Baker.
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