Leeds United have missed out on the race to sign Lech Poznan winger Kamil Jozwiak.
The young Polish star has decided to make a u-turn on his decision to allow his deal to expire and has now signed a new contract that will take him to the summer of 2019.
Leeds were said to be heavily interested in bringing in the winger and had an offer of around £180,000 knocked back as Poznan tried to work out a better deal for the prospect.
The 19-year olds contract was set to expire in the summer and Leeds were the club leading the chase for Jozwiak's signature, but have not been rebuffed for a longer stay in Poland.
The fresh terms are said to include a clause that his deal can be extended for a further 24 months if mutually agreed. However, with the player looking for the exit door on one occasion, it's highly likely that Jozwiak's time at Poznan is still numbered.
Have Leeds missed out on a real talent? Or should they be more focused on the current first XI? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Ahead of tonight's clash with league leaders Wolves, I spoke with Ian Morgans, who's an avid Wolves fan who's impressed with the start they've had this season.
First of all, how long have you been a Wolves fan?
I have been a Wolves fan since 1986 but, fortunately, I was too young to remember the really bad times that we were going through back then.
You're having a fantastic season at the moment and leading the league in style, was this an expectation in August?
I don’t think anyone expected us to be doing as well as we currently are back in August. I think we were all hopeful but also unsure. We knew that we had brought in highly rated players, Neves, for example, but we didn’t know how long they would take to gel (or even if they would).
Who are your favourite players for the club?
It would have been difficult to pick out a favourite player last season that wasn’t Costa but this season it is hard to narrow down your choices. Neves can be a wonderful footballer to watch. Jota is possibly the most talented forward player Wolves have had in many years. Bonatini is has 10 goals and looks perfect for our system. Boly is a beast at the back. Doherty has been incredible at right wing back. Take your pick!
Your favourite era as a Wolves fan?
My favourite era? I’d have to say the McCarthy years but it may soon be the Nuno years.
Both clubs are in a current transition with new ownership. Although yours are into their second year, how are you finding your new owners?
You can’t speak too highly of Fosun at the moment. Last season, however, was a mess. They made rash decisions on managers and compounded that with a scattergun approach to player recruitment. This season has been wonderful so far though so we hope they learned the lessons of last season. If the rumours about the financial commitment of Fosun if we do get promoted is true then they will be feted for decades in Wolverhampton.
Again, you've improved your side impressively this summer and are reaping the benefits, who has been your major signing?
It is hard to pick out one major signing. Neves makes us tick. Jota can take apart any defence. Bonatini is scoring the goals. Boly is stopping them going in the other end. In the last few games, Ryan Bennett is pushing a claim to be another really important signing.
Ruben Neves was a bit of a coup, how did that one come about?
Neves was a coup. I think we can thank Jorge Mendes and Porto’s financial woes for him gracing the Molineux turf.
Against Boro: DWWLD
At Home vs Boro: LWWWD
Leeds: Lonergan, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Berardi, Vieira, Phillips, Alioski, Saiz, Hernandez, Roofe Subs: Wiedwald, Pennington, Anita, O'Kane, Sacko, Ekuban, Grot
Boro: Randolph, Roberts, Ayala, Gibson, Friend, Downing, Leadbitter, Howson, Tavernier, Braithwaite, Assombalonga Subs: Dimi, Fabio, Fry, Forshaw, Johnson, Traore, Fletcher
In a game that spoke more about the politics of football rather than the game prior to kick off, Leeds came back to winning ways in style against an on form Middlesbrough team.
The Whites were avenging managers of the past as they took on former boss Garry Monk's Boro side who had won three league games on the bounce and sat comfortably in sixth place.
Whereas Leeds, who were coming from five straight league losses were looking to get back to form and so they did.
Goals from Pablo Hernandez and Egzjan Alioski gave Leeds a comfortable 2-0 lead before Boro pulled one back from a strange penalty decision but could not find a second to level the match.
The game started well for Leeds, who had decided to start Kemar Roofe up front in a decision that Leeds fans had been clambering for weeks to happen.
The nimble forward gave Leeds extra breathing room up front and they were able to capitalise with space when Alioski turned George Friend and crossed the ball into the box with Kalvin Phillips unmarked able to tee up an onrushing Pablo Hernandez at the back post who powered his effort high into the goal.
Leeds were in again after George Friend had impeded Alioski once again as the Macedonian was continuing to best him during the game.
The freekick was powered in and Pontus Jameson's header feel straight to Samuel Saiz, but his lofted effort was just over the crossbar.
After the break Leeds were back to it and within the first few minutes the Whites were prowling just outside the box before Luke Ayling was sent through on goal, his effort was just over the bar.
It wasn't long before Leeds had their second. Kemar Roofe once again showing his skill by getting the ball with his back to goal before taking it 20 yards and finally laying it off to Hernandez. The Spaniards inch perfect cross to Alioski was perfection and the Macedonian was there to slide the ball into the roof of the net.
Leeds nearly had a third after some intricate play by Saiz and a 1-2 to Vieira gave the magician enough room to work a shot, the ball crashed against the post and was unlucky not to find a Leeds player in the box.
With some strategic substitutions Boro came into the match heavily and it took a last second clearance on the goal line from Luke Ayling to stop Martin Braithwaite from picking up a Boro goal.
Boro were then awarded a penalty for a stupid decision by Ayling for reacting to a disgusting foul by Daniel Ayala who grabbed the player by the neck and threw him to the floor. Although it was a disgusting foul, Ayling grabbing the players legs cost Leeds a penalty. It's just a wonder how the linesman that flagged for the second infringement was unable to see the wrestling move prior to it.
Assombalonga was there to send Lonergan the wrong way and Leeds had it all to do with 10 minutes remaining.
Boro's main final chance came from a terrific volley by Braithwaite but Pontus Jansson was there to clear the danger.
Overall a brilliant performance in which Leeds began to look like the team that had started so well this season.
If they can take this win into the next two tough away fixtures against Wolves and Barnsley, this season could continue to surprise us.
A small note for the brilliance of the club for the cards that were handed out in the East Stand and the flags in the South Stand.
A beautiful spectacle for all fans to engage in and a nice bit of memorabilia for the young fans.
By Ryan Ingham
Ahead of Sunday's clash against Boro, Keith Ingham spoke to Mike McMahon about all things Boro and this season.
For our readers could you tell how long you have followed Middlesborough FC?
Favourite players for the club?
Willie Maddren, Graeme Souness, Emerson, Viduka
Most unforgettable era and games that stick out in the memory?
1974 Big Jack, 2004-2006 Europe especially Basel and Steaua
Your opinion of Leeds United’s recent history of hiring and firing Head Coaches?
Must be unsettling effect. Surely should be doing better than they are.
Have to ask your thoughts on Middlesborough hiring Garry Monk and how do you think he’s done so far. Do you expect him to get a ‘friendly reception’ on Sunday?
Think he was many fans favourite but his slow start seems to be turning a few against him. I think he will come good. He left Leeds for a reason...a bigger club ;-) *yawn*
Key players for your team this season?
Assombalongoa, Braithewaite, Gibson and Randolph
Name us a player you think could be a future star?
Who are the two to go up automatically and team from the playoffs?
Wolves, Boro, Derby
Can you name three for the drop to League One?
Burton, Sunderland, Millwall
Prediction and Scorers for Sunday's clash?
We'd like to thank Mary for taking the time to answer our questions and wish her the best of luck for the season, just not that snake of a manager.
By Keith Ingham
Leeds United have seen their initial bid for Polish winger Kamil Jozwiak rejected.
His parent club, Lech Poznan are not keen on allowing the young 19-year old to depart the club even though his deal is set to run out in the summer of 2018.
Leeds are said to be very interested in the youngster, who is said to be known as quite the star back in his native Poland.
A bid in the region of £180,000 has been firmly rejected by the Polish club, stating that they are not impressed with the way the Whites are conducting themselves in this negotiation.
It's rumoured that Leeds were alerted to the players somewhat availability by current Polish player Mateusz Klich and are hoping to bring in the young talent sooner rather than later.
What's your opinion? Does anyone actually know this player and think he's a welcome addition? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Remembering my Dad.
Gone one year ago today.
Brentford v Leeds
Team News: Berardi, Cooper and Phillips come in, Dallas, Pennington and Roofe drop out
Team: Lonergan, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper(c), Berardi, O’Kane, Vieira, Alioski, Phillips, Siaz, Lasogga.
Seven defeats in eight Championship fixtures leaves Leeds in tenth position, two late goals gave this impressive Brentford side the three points.
Leeds’ dismal decent down the table hasn’t been help by individuals making mistakes, another one from Lonergan gifting the opening goal to Brentford and after that, instead of upping their games the team in while and gold sulked around the field, whilst their opponents made intelligent use of the ball.
The hosts should have doubled their lead, Jansson, (a shadow of the player he was last season) upended goalscorer Maupay but Watkins penalty skimmed the bar and went over into the crowd, Leeds were very lucky to be only a goal behind at the break.
Christainsen brought on Roofe and Hernandez for the inadequate and extremely lazy Lasogga and O’Kane, Roofe played as a central striker and for the first time in the game Leeds looked to be in the game with both Hernandez and Roofe heavily involved in the improvement, after sixty seven minutes Leeds were level, Bentley flapped at a Berardi cross and Alioski headed powerfully past two Brentford defenders stood on the line, Siaz and Cooper had opportunities before Brentford hit the bar.
The home side went in front five minutes from time, Barbet somehow beat Lonergan direct from a free kick with five minutes from time, out of form Ayling should have scored with a header from a Hernandez free kick but his header dropped inches wide. Deep into injury time MOTM Woods rubbed salt in the wounds taking advantage of a absent Leeds defence. The scoreline flattered the hosts, but without doubt the better side won the game.
I struggle to understand why, with the team playing better, especially Roofe and the match in the balance, Christainsen brings on a player (Grot) that doesn’t look good enough for the under 23’s and moves him centrally with Roofe moved to the right, another example of a poor substitution decision by the Head Coach.
If he had to change things; Dallas would have been a better option to replace Alioski. Decisions like this ultimately can sometimes be the reason why Head Coach/Manager’s lose their jobs!
Two weeks for the coach and players to sort this shambles out!
Apart from a twenty minute spell in the second half it was another ‘rank’ bad performance.
Leeds United look set to make a move for young Scottish wonderkid Harry Cochrane.
The 16-year old is said to be high on Leeds' radar as they continue to bring in young stars from all over the globe.
Currently at Hearts, Cochrane has made his name well known having featured in Hearts' last five fixtures playing as a central midfielder.
It's reported by the Scotsman that Leeds are willing to table a bid of over £500,000 to start the bidding. However, with the youngster just putting pen to paper on his first pro deal until 2020, it may take a little more to convince the Scottish Premiership side.
It is thought that this deal is the brain child of both Director of Football Victor Orta and Head Coach Thomas Christiansen, with the pair both taking a keen interest in the player. Orta is also rumoured to have visited Scotland in order to assess the talent himself.
This is not the only young player Leeds have looked to sign early ahead of any potential suitors higher in the pecking order making a move.
The Whites made a number of deals for young talent from Spain including Oriol Rey, Alex Machuca, Oussime Siddiki, Adrian Balboa and Kun Temenuzkhov as they look to grow more in house talent.
If Leeds can confirm the quick purchase of Cochrane, the club could be set for a very young talent that may even challenge current first team prospects Kalvin Phillips and Ronaldo Vieira.
What's your opinion? Should Leeds be focussing on more experience it is this just a promising deal the club should make? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Billy Sharp on his days at Leeds: “I had three managers in god knows what time and the club was not really as stable as what it is now or doing as well, but I enjoyed it. It is a good city and a very good football club.I had some good times there, especially coming off the bench as a midfielder and scoring against Huddersfield, that sticks out in my mind as well as the goal on my debut as well.
I always said to my dad that I would like to play for Leeds United, I managed to do that and it diverted me back to Sheffield. I was happy; it was a short period, but I enjoyed it and I can say that I played for Leeds United.”
Team News: One change Vurnon Anita replaces the suspended Gaetano Berardi. Stuart Dallas back in the eighteen.
Team: Lonergan, Ayling, Pennington, Cooper(c), Anita, O’Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Phillips, Siaz, Lasogga.
Liam Cooper with Toby Nye.
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