Yesterday Leeds United confirmed that Conor Shaughnessy has signed a new deal at the club.
The contract, which is for four years will give both the player and club some breathing room as he continues to grow at Elland Road.
The talented midfielder, who has been assigned to the centre back role for the first team has become a pivotal part at the club with Leeds suffering from injury setbacks.
Shaughnessy began his career at Reading but signed for Leeds on a free transfer in the summer of 2016, spending the year in the development squad.
However, with new head coach Thomas Christiansen coming to the club, Shaughnessy began training with the first team in order to compete for a position.
The Republic of Ireland Under21 player has started two league games for the club and two cup games. He current scores at 1.7 aerials won a game and a passing completion rate of 72.3%.
With a bright future ahead of him, the club have acted quickly to secure the prospect on a long term deal that will surely warn off any suitors.
This is another move by Radrizanni and co that will be heavily appreciate by fans with the club continuing to secure top talents to long term deals.
Have your say! Do you think Shaughnessy is becoming a mainstay in the Leeds defence?
By Ryan Ingham
On Tuesday Leeds United bounced back to winning ways having got through a tough cup tie against Burnley.
The Whites twice went into the Leeds and superb super sub performances from Pablo Hernandez and Hadi Sacko provided the two goals for the club.
However, the Burnley side fought back late on two occasions with goals in the 89th and 96th minutes.
This game not only held significance in the cup, but also for Leeds United as a whole, who lost two demons in one night against the Clarets.
The first demon to be vanquished saw Leeds complete their first win at Turf Moor since November 2011, with Leeds also going the last four meetings with Burnley having lost 3 and drawn 1.
With a penalty shoot out deciding the final result, the club will be happy to stop the minor streak and grab a glorious result against a Premier League side.
Ahead of tonight's clash against Burnley, I spoke with former cricket teammate and Burnley fan Pete Gledhill about all things Clarets.
How long have you been a Burnley fan?
Started watching aged 8/9
Who was your most memorable player?
Ian Wright. Signing him in league 1. He was unbelievable.
What was your most prominent moment as a Burnley fan?
Having to beat Leyton Orient in the last game of the 1987 season to stay in the football league, that day was the start of our revival.
You've made a brilliant start to the league this season, did you expect such a good run of performances?
Yes expected a good start but obviously surprised we've walked away from Anfield, Stamford Bridge and Wembley with 5 points
You signed two players from us in the summer in Chris Wood and Charlie Taylor, what's your opinion on them both?
Chris Wood has obviously settled well with 2 goals in his first 2 games. Looks a really good player that suits the way we play and is different to our other attacking options.
Bit early to say with Charlie Taylor
He played well in a cup game but he has his work cut out trying to replace Stephen Ward at left back. There's probably more chance of him getting a game on the left wing
Apart from them, how do you feel about this summers recruitment?
Overall a good summer of transfer window. Obviously lost our 2 star players, probably similar to you guys with Chris Wood , but they both only had a year left on their contract so we have to sell to compete and made good profit on both, players have too much power it seems. But signed 7 new players to strengthen squad. Just short of a centre back and a bit of pace/trickery on the wing.
History favours Leeds in the clash with the Whites winning 30 out of 59 games between both sides. However, Leeds have not won in our last four meetings, what do you expect to see in the game?
At home so expecting a win but bit nervous of the excellent start you guys have made coupled with how many changes we will make but I'd guess Leeds will make plenty of changes too with your current league position.
Who are your three to be Promoted from the Championship this season?
Middlesbrough , Sheff Weds (Burnley reserves) and Fulham so they all need to go on a good run!
Who do you think will be relegated from the Premier League this year?
Any 3 from Palace, Swansea, West Ham and Brighton.
Prediction and scorers for Tuesdays clash?
Wood and Arfield
We'd like to thank Pete for taking the time to answer our questions and wish him the best for the next cricket season (not football).
By Ryan Ingham
Ahead of tonight's clash with Burnley, Keith Ingham spoke to former colleague Pete Birtwistle about all things Burnley.
How long have you been a 'Claret?
As long as i can remember
Who have been your favourite players?
Tom Heaton, Robbie Blake, Glen Little, Graham Branch, Billy Hamilton
What has been your favourite era or season?
Has to be current era for the work Sean Dyche has done. Favourite seasons would be 1993/94 & 09/10 winning playoff finals
Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood; your thoughts on these two that left our 'ranch' and went to the 'other side'?
Not really seen much of Charlie Taylor but I've heard he's looked decent. Chris Wood has two important well taken goals so far. Hopefully he can continue that Tuesday.
A couple of players that have impressed early in the season?
James Tarkowski has stepped into Keane's boots pretty well so far and Pope's done a decent job following Heaton's injury
Champions of the Premiership
Three to go down
Palace, Brighton, Swansea/Huddersfield
Teams you expect to join you next season from the Championship?
At the start of the season I thought Boro, Derby and Leeds but it's a tough one to call.
Do you think any of the three that went up last season will last more than two seasons in the Premiership?
Prediction and Scorers for tonight's match?
A close game I think possibly 2-2
We'd like to thank Pete for taking the time to answer our question and wish him the best of luck for the season.
By Keith Ingham
While many players have already made their debuts prior to joining Leeds this summer, one player has not.
Pawel Cibicki has not yet featured for the Whites even though he has been on the bench for the last three matches for the club.
With Pierre-Michel Lasogga making a name for himself after an impressive start it seems strange that Cibicki is yet to feature for the club.
The former Malmö forward could be set for his debut against Burnley in the League Cup this evening and could be in line for his first start should Thomas Christiansen decide to rotate his squad.
However, the question still remains; where will Cibicki play for Leeds?
The Swede was signed to join the attacking quartet but I don't believe the club had their mind set on Cibicki leading the line for the club.
It's more than likely the attacker will take his chances on the left of midfield with such a highly contested front line at the club.
With Lasogga, Grot, Roofe and the injured Ekuban vying for the same sole striker position, Cibicki could be willing to move to the left of midfield in order to gain vital minutes.
The move wouldn't be foreign to the player, who believes that the role is one of his natural positions having featured on many occasions on the wing at Malmo.
Naturally tall, string, good pace and the ability to cut inside and create a scoring chance; Cibicki could be a brilliant Plan B or even A during this long season.
What's your best position for Cibicki? Have your say in the comments below!
By Ryan Ingham
Ahead of Tuesdays Carabao Cup clash with Burnley, we spoke to two fans about all things Claret and Blue. Here's Keith Ingham's interview with Steven Kelly;
How long have you been a Claret?
Ever since I became interested in football, which is probably about 55yrs.
Who are your favourite players?
From over the years, Ralph Coates, Dave Thomas, Martin Dobson, Steve Kindon, Leighton James, Peter Noble, Ade Akinbye, John Francis, Glen Little, Danny Ings.
From the present squad, Tom Heaton, Ben Mee, James Tarkowski, Jeff Hendricks, Jack Cork, Steven Defour, Robby Brady, Gudmonson, Sam Vokes, Chris Wood
Favourite era or season?
We've had quite a few highs in my lifetime, even in the lower divisions, but I wasn't old enough to take notice back in the early sixties when we last won the league and played in Europe.
So I would have to say the last four or five seasons have been pretty amazing for a club of our size, and staying up in the premier league last season with the current financial climate in football was as good as anything we've ever done for most of us.
Thoughts on Charlie Taylor and Chris Wood?
I've seen a lot of derogatory comments on Facebook about Charlie Taylor from Leeds fans and I know there was some disagreement about him being unsettled at Leeds, (I know that's an understatement) and we've seen this before with players.
Time will tell how that works out, but he seems quite talented and a good prospect for the future. So far I've only seen him play in pre-season friendlies.
Chris Wood has already made his mark and looks set to be challenging for top scorer at the club this season, but then I've always thought him to be a good player from the day he scored for Leicester against us in the championship 13/14 season.
Couple of Players that have impressed early in the season and a player you expect to come through the ranks from under 23 squad?
James Tarkowski has been phenomenal since taking over from Michael Keane in central defence.
Jack Cork and Steven Defour in midfield, Chris Woods, and the last game and a half, Nick Pope in goal.
Premier League Champions and three to go down?
I've never been good at predictions, which is why I never bet, but I think M.Utd will be hard to stop this season, although it will be a close fight with their neighbours and probably Chelsea.
To go down, well, Crystal Palace have rode their luck for the last few years, and they're giving themselves a great chance so far. For the other two I think Brighton and quite possibly Huddersfield.
Which Teams to go up from the Championship?
Leeds are looking a really good option now. I think they will be in the mix this time. Wolves and Sheffield Wednesday. Possibly Cardiff.
Do you think any of the 3 teams promoted from last season will last more than 2 seasons in the premier league?
I think Newcastle will stay up as long as they keep their manager, but the other two will struggle despite Huddersfield's good start.
Hull made a good start last season, but it's a difficult league. Burnley still have to make it longer than two seasons yet.
Following football is a stressful hobby for any fan, especially at small clubs.
Prediction and scorers for Tuesdays game?
I don't know who will be in the teams, but I think 1-0 Burnley. Chris Woods to score. It is an ironic game isn't it?
We'd like to thank Steve for taking the time to answer and questions. Make sure to keep your eye out for Part 2!
By Keith Ingham
Leeds United are said to be interested in signing Cyle Larin from American franchise Orlando City.
The Canadian is currently in a hot streak of form in the MLS for the Florida based side having scored 3 goals in 5 appearances this season.
With Leeds aiming for high potential on low risk signings the club could be set to take a gamble on the forward in the hope his skills in the MLS can transfer over to English football.
It's well known that the club have bought smart over the summer and signings like Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Jay Roy Grot not breaking the bank while replacing Chris Wood.
Victor Orta and his scouting team have been incredibly busy in the summer and their recruitment drive now looks set to spill over in to January as they eye potential new signings for the club.
Larin, a 22-year old Canadian is one of the MLS' hottest properties at the moment having scoring an impressive 42 goals in 83 appearances during his time at Orlando.
Prior to his move to the Lions, Larin enjoyed a short spell at Ontario league side Sigma FC prior to being the first pick of the 2015 MLS Draft.
While at college, Larin spent time in Europe training at high profile German clubs including Werder Bremen, Hertha Berlin and Wolfsburg before some time in Belgium.
With a reported £2million release clause in his contract it's no wonder Leeds are looking at the 6'2 long term replacement to Chris Wood, but they aren't the only club.
Rumours suggest that Everton have now registered their interest in the striker along with European supremos Benfica and Fenerbahce.
Should Leeds be able to pull off this deal it could be a massive coupe for Victor Orta and co.
Signing the most talented player in an emerging market in the MLS shows that Leeds really are scouring the planet for the next biggest thing.
By Ryan Ingham
Liam Cooper is finally realising the potential that brought him to the club over three years ago.
The centre back had been a bit part player throughout his first three seasons and was a somewhat pariah among many Leeds fans for his displays, a somewhat yesteryears Tom Lees as you will.
However, this season Captain Coops has come back from the cold to claim a starting spot and an abundance of plaudits for his performances so far.
Frozen out by what many fans would have previously stated as a dream partnership in Pontus Jansson and Kyle Bartley; Cooper only made 11 league appearances last season and had to wait his turn until a brilliant display near the end of the season against Brighton.
That was the first time I had seen Cooper's real talents, breaking up play and looking for balls out from the deep.
Now, Cooper is a mainstay in the squad and a vital member of a new and improved Leeds United squad.
We've even seen the partnership of Pontus and Coops improve the record in which Leeds kept clean sheets. Leeds are currently boasting a record of SIX clean sheets on the bounce and many of this is due to the communication between the talented defensive duo.
The 26-year old now looks here to stay at the heart of Leeds' defence having signed a new four-year deal this summer, which many fans will now be very pleased about.
Well done Coops, you've proved a lot of doubters wrong and become a terrific talent for the club, keep it going!
Have your say! Do you think Coops is a better partner for Pontus and do you think this partnership can stand the test of time?
By Ryan Ingham
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