What do Leeds fans do on a Sunday? Couple of beers, nice lunch out and a peruse around your old items to remember the good old days when we had a team to be proud of?
Well you can do all of that and more when Mick Hewitt returns with a Programme fair on Sunday 22nd April to make sure you catch up on any your missing from the glory days.
Elland Road, Leeds
10:30am to 1:30pm - Free Entry
Sunday, 22nd April
Billy’s Bar will be full of novice and old collectors, who’ll be there to chat and share stories about how they became fans of the Whites and other sides.
Whilst most stands will have large amounts of Leeds related items, collectors from other clubs, League, Non-League & International will be well catered for.
Fun for all the family and a good day out!
With the current lack of any defenders Leeds could be set to bolster their ranks when the club enter the transfer market fray.
One player who has been heavily linked with a move to Elland Road is defensive live wire Andy Yiadom.
The full back turned winger is set to wind out his contract at relegation threatened Barnsley and looks set for a reunion with former boss Paul Heckingbottom (if he’s still in the role).
It was only 18 months ago Barnsley refused to allow Yiadom to discuss a potential move to both Celtic and an unnamed Premiership side.
However, with a short spell out and a season playing in a poor side, Yiadom’s stock looks to have dropped, give Leeds a dream chance to nab the Ghanaian on the quiet.
Capable at playing on either side and on the wing, Yiadom is the same archetype as current sensation Trent Alexander-Arnold, blessed with superior pace and able to command an entire side of the pitch.
The 26-year old could add strength in depth to a side that although is heavy in defence, lacks any clear full time options.
The shocking discipline of fan favourite and season ending injury to both Luke Ayling and Laurens De Bock have left Leeds with Vurnon Anita and youth prospect Tom Pearce to finish the season.
The former is unlikely to see out the remainder of his contract, partly due to being played out of position. However, the later should be considered as an option for a loan in the football league come next season.
Loan spells in the league below have become extremely fruitful for the Whites with the emergence of former full back Charlie Taylor and this season Lewie Coyle bearing much needed fruit.
Should Yiadom be signed, Leeds will then have four full backs in which they can rotate and with the severe injury of Ayling, it could be very well needed.
Would you like to see Yiadom at the club? Or would you prefer to keep Pearce/Anita? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
A lot can be said for a striker who can grab goals in a relegation threatened side.
One player to out perform his entire squad is young Barnsley forward Oliver McBurnie.
The on loan striker has now bagged seven goals in twelve Championship games and has been the lynchpin in Barnsley’s relegation dogfight.
McBurnie could be set for a second stint in the Championship next season and a potential suitor for the forward is none other than Leeds United.
The Whites could be set to make a move for the striker, who has started to gain plaudits for his pace and ability to hit the back of the net, something the Leeds strikers could do with learning.
The 21-year old is set to be out of contract in the summer and if his parent club Swansea have not yet offered a deal, it’s unlikely they will.
The pull of joining Leeds is still large in English football and the potential of a starting spot could lure McBurnie to join a head coach that trusted him enough to sign him on loan in January, Paul Heckingbottom.
If Heckingbottom was the man to bring him in, it’s likely he knows how to get the best out of the Scottish forward and this could be a recipe for success at Elland Road.
Would you like to see McBurnie at Leeds? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Ahead of tonight’s clash with Aston Villa Keith Ingham spoke with the gangliest bowler you’ve ever seen and Villa Fan Chris Herbert.
Chris, a quick reminder how long you’ve followed ‘The Villa’ and why you picked them as your team?
Followed them all my life and the first game I saw was away at Bradford City which Villa won 4-2. I chose them due to my grandad & dad.
Favourite recent era or one from the history books?
I would say the football they played under Martin O'neill was the best I've ever seen at Villa Park. Good cup runs and 4 consecutive 6th placed finishes on the bounce.
Favourite ever player or players?
Past Players: Dwight Yorke, Olof Mellberg, Ashley Young,
Current Players: Kodjia, Terry, Grealish
Steve Bruce hasn’t always been a fans favourite because of his City links, do you think he’s done a good job thus far?
Poor season last year, but a lot of injuries didn’t help the cause. This season has been a lot better, just inconsistent. Beat top of the league Wolves comfortable 4-1, the don’t win any of them next 3 against QPR, Bolton and Hull (no disrespect to any of them, but should have been 9 points there).
Robert Snodgrass has been tearing defences up this season. Signing of the season or could you mention another?
Keeping Sam Johnstone on loan again for the season, plus the signing of John Terry rank amongst the signings of the season, but the Snodgrass signing is most definitely up there as well. Hopefully Villa can keep hold of them all.
Player who typifies your team?
Player you’ve seen come through this season you rate highly?
Jack Grealish. Had a lot of potential in recent years but never lived upto it. Although he has had a few niggling injuries this season, he has clearly shown what he can do.
Top two to go up from the Championship, one to go up via the Playoffs?
Wolves, Fulham up automatically, and I've got to say Villa for playoffs haven’t i?!
Three for the drop this season?
Burton, Sunderland, Bolton
Prediction and Scorers for Fridays televised match?
Heart says 3-1 Villa. Grealish, Hourihane and Grabban. Head says 1-1. Grealish
We’d like to wish Chris the best of luck as the Villains continue their promotion push. At least one team in this conversation can have a good go!
By Keith Ingham
This week’s blog is dedicated to two of our own. You are always with us.
We remember you today and every day. God Bless Chris and Kevin.
Twitter post by Amy Kelly:
“18 years ago today, two of our own went to watch #lufc play away from home in the UEFA Cup, only they never made it home to their families.
“No one ever deserves to not return home safely from a football match.
Forever with us.
RIP Chris & Kev 💛💙”
Paul Heckingbottom on Sunderland: “We know they have good players in the side. They find themselves near the bottom of the league but on their day they are a really dangerous team. We're expecting to take the same approach as the Bolton and Fulham games and we want the three points.”
“They're down there because they've not produced as often as they can. But the approach we had the other night(at Fulham)is what we want going forward. A no fear approach and to express yourselves. The players have to believe."
On injuries: O’Kane(groin), Pennington(calf strain),Adam Forshaw (calf),Liam Cooper (torn thigh muscle),Andy Lonergan (stiff neck),Laurens De Bock (hamstring), Luke Ayling (ankle),Conor Shaughnessy (ankle) and Tyler Roberts (shin) are definitely out, but striker Roofe has now returned to training having missed the last six weeks with a calf injury picked in the 2-2 draw at Derby County on February 21. Heckingbottom said “We had him back last week but it was a bit too soon to involve him so Sunday he started and it was too soon to involve him Tuesday and we wanted to make sure we got as much work into him as possible.”
“What we hoped was initially a three-week injury, ended up rumbling on into five or six so it’s important to build him up to make sure he can have an impact when he gets on the pitch.”
There’s a lot of lessons from Leeds United’s draw at home to relegation threatened Sunderland.
However, instead of adding questions to the drawing board it seems that the club have focused on what pawns can be addd to the chess board.
Reports suggest that Leeds had their eyes set on a possible summer addition during their game with the Black Cats.
Which player? Lynden Gooch. Leeds are said to be very interested in the players ability and could potentially see him as a partner and eventual successor to the ageing Pablo Hernandez.
The 22-year old midfielder was a lynchpin in Sunderland’s attack at Elland Road and is clearly blessed with skill and pace akin (if not on the same level at this moment) to Leeds’ marvel Hernandez.
Gooch, who made his debut for Sunderland in August ‘15 has only featured 31 times for the wearside club but has now found his feet as the club struggle against relegation.
The young midfielder had an interesting start in English football, having originally signed for Sunderland at the age of 10, Gooch did not become a fully fledged player until his 16th Birthday. Instead he chose to travel to Sunderland and train during his summer holidays while staying at the Santa Cruz Breakers - a developmental squad in California.
Now a first team necessity, it is highly unlikely Sunderland will be able to keep the live-wire when there relegation is sealed in the coming weeks and Leeds are said to be ready to make a move.
A market value between £800k and £1.2mil means the player is a cut price option that adds strength in depth without breaking the bank, something Leeds will be very happy with.
Should Gooch be a Leeds player? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Although not everyone’s cup of tea, Víctor Orta has experienced a marmite season in his first season at Elland Road.
The DoF has been made the scapegoat for Leeds’ summer additions and has been the man for Radrizzani to discuss any football related issue this season.
Although some signings have shined this season including Saiz and somewhat Lasogga (he did start the season very well). Orta has been just as accountable for the lack of enthusiasm towards Felix Weidwald and somewhat Caleb Ekuban and Jay Roy Grot.
Orta’s time at Leeds could now set to be up with reports suggesting that the Spaniard is a target for Deportivo La Coruna, who want him to head their scouting and recruitment division.
With talks dating back to early March, it seems Orta is willing to entertain the idea of returning to Spain, where we worked under Spaniard Monchi at Sevilla from 2006 to 2013. His experience at working with Zenit, Elche and Boro seem to be an enticing prospect for the fallen Spanish giants.
A move away from Orta’s Transfer dictatorship could see some power returned to head coach Paul Heckingbottom when it comes to recruitment. A more English standard of recruitment means that the gaps that needs to be filled with the correct players may bare some valued fruit for next season.
However, the loss of Orta could somewhat frustrate Leeds Owner Andrea Radrizanni, who will lose one of his most trusted advisers during his reign at Leeds United.
Is Orta leaving a plus or minus for Leeds? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United could be set to reach down into League One for an exceptional signing this summer.
The report comes from Kickoff, who state that Leeds are interested in bringing midfielder Jon Nolan into the midfield fold for the next season.
Leeds, who have seen a giant rotation throughout the season switching between the youth of Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips along with the experience of Eunan O’Kane and new signing Adam Forshaw.
Although Forshaw has become a key figure in the Whites midfield, O’Kane has left much to be desired and the two youngsters in some part have seen gaps in playing time due to indecisive management. There’s no doubt both Phillips and Vieira are stars for the future, but if they are to grow they need to be more consistent.
Nolan however has shown great strengths and ability during his time at Shrewsbury and looks set for a move up the leagues even if Town can’t break into the top spots currently occupied by Blackburn and Wigan.
Nolan has been a key figure for the promotion chasers picking up five goals and nine assists during this campaign, which has brought forward interested parties including Norwich City, Ipswich Town and Sheffield United, who are known for bringing through talented football league players and making them Championship stars.
If Leeds are to pursue their interest in Nolan, a departure could happen for the unliked O’Kane, who has struggled to win over any fans appreciation since the season started.
Is Nolan the battle hardened midfielder Leeds need? Or should they be looking at someone more established? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
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