Sam Dalby has signed for Leeds United from Leyton Orient. The 18 year old centre forward has signed a two and a half year contract and will immediately join up with Carlos Corberan’s U23 side. Dalby made his debut for National League side Leyton Orient at the age of just 16.
Wow! What a reaction to this monstrous new club badge. Just after lunch it was announced the European shield badge was to be replaced by one shown below.
There was a video to accompany the release of the badge
Reaction was swift and to the point, by 5.00pm over 40 thousand fans had signed a petition to urge the club not to go ahead with introducing the new badge and think again about the design. On a Radio Leeds programme at 6.00pm Angus Kinnear said this about the badge:”We knew that it was going to be controversial but the weight and volume of the comments - the only right thing to do is re-engage and we're going to do that."
The badge had lasted only six hours before the club decided to look again at the design. Fan power!
Leeds United released this statement about ‘Badgegate’
Leeds United would like to thank our supporters for their feedback on the proposed new crest released yesterday. The volume and depth of opinions expressed reinforced the level of passion our fan base has for our club. While the current board of directors are custodians of Leeds United the fans will always be at the heart of everything we do, and you will be listened to.
We conducted thorough research into the desire for a change to the crest to symbolise a new era for the club. However, we also appreciate the need to extend the consultation with supporters and we are committed to working with you to create an identity we can all be proud of. We will release further information on how supporters can get involved in the process next week.
Marching On Together.
Grimsby Town Football Club are pleased to announce the loan signing of Leeds United striker @MallikWilks.
He has joined until the end of this season.
It’s a bit much when the advertisers of a well known indigestion relief company jumps on the bandwagon. Oh what did you start Angus!
Just watch and laugh out loud
In the Fourth round of the FA Cup Newport County stun Tottenham by taking a first half lead, Harry Kane equalises in the last ten minutes to earn them another chance to knock out the spirited Division Two side. Replay is at Wembley, so that’s one box ticked for the some of the fans of the courageous Welsh club.
Liverpool lose 3-2 at Anfield with three incidents referred to the VAR system, a quite incredible game. Wigan Athletic beat West Ham 2-0
Nigel Atkins finds some positives after the FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest “Until recently we had a lot of youngsters, but now we are looking stronger, I can take Nouha Dicko off and we have got Fraizer Campbell or Will Keane to go on. Michael Dawson and Fikayo Tomori were the two defenders on there (bench yesterday). We have got Seb Larsson and David Meyler to come into contention in midfield, there is strength in depth there now. If you look at February and the month coming up, there is a lot of fixtures. We have got three games this week and I am not going to pick the same team for three games running, so you need that competition for places and you need players to be at it. We have got a spirit and a determination.”
We’ve met before
Hull City 2 Leeds 2 Champ Apr 2016
Hull City 2 Leeds 0 Champ Dec 2012
Hull City 0 Leeds 0 Champ Mar 2012
Hull City 2 Leeds 2 Champ Feb 2011
Hull City 1 Leeds 2 Champ Jan 2007
Leeds come into this fixture after a five day break in Murcia, it is hoped tired limbs are now refreshed for the important games upcoming.
Only three days until the January transfer window shuts and as it stands what we have, is what we’ve got. This may disappoint more than the Leeds United fan writing these notes.
Hull City won a fourth round FA Cup tie 2-1 at KCOM Stadium, it will be a timely boost for the Humberside's team. They definitely needed a positive result with the clash with Leeds just around the corner. Atkins, although on the lookout for incomings has stated that his squad has the depth to get them out of the poor league position they find themselves in.
Leeds will hopefully give a debut to Adam Forshaw in midfield, the visitors are without four important players through suspensions, Siaz, O’Kane, Cooper and Phillips are all out.
Roofe and Lasogga showed enough in the second half against Millwall that their partnership should continue up front, Mathew Pennington will probably replace the suspended Cooper in defence.
Leeds’ last victory at Hull was back in 2007 and they need a victory to arrest their fall down the Championship. With games coming up against three of the top six, a victory is needed. Leeds 2-1.
Pre Hull press conference:
TC on whether he thinks there will be a signing this week: “No I don’t think so .... but you never know.”
No new injuries from the trip to Spain, Forshaw in the squad, Ekuban and Ayling long term injuries. Siaz, O’Kane, Cooper and Phillips suspended.
Christiansen said he didn’t want to put additional pressure on tomorrow’s match but admitted that Leeds need a result and hopes the time away in Spain has done his players good.
Leeds United FC released this statement about the further engagement with supporters about the suggested new club crest.
Following on from last week’s commitment to extend consultation with our supporters on the proposed crest change, we are pleased to announce further details. We would like to thank our loyal fan base for the overwhelming engagement on the future of the club crest.
We have seen a great number of designs and ideas, and to ensure every fan can have their say, we are calling on supporters to share your inspiration for the new crest via email at: email@example.com.
Using your ideas as inspiration, a small shortlist of refined designs will be chosen by fan panels and then go to a democratic vote amongst all our Season Ticket Holders and Members on Wednesday 21st February, with our new crest announced by the end of the month.
We remain committed to working with you to create an identity that we can all be proud of for the 2018-19 season and beyond.
Hull City v Leeds
Team News: Connor Shaughnessy partners Pontus Jansson at centre half(Pennington out injured), Adam Forshaw makes his debut in midfield. Youngsters Romario Vieira and Tom Pearce on the bench.
Team: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Shaughnessy, De Bock, Vieira, Forshaw, Alioski, Hernandez(c), Roofe, Lasogga.
A drab, disappointing game and the five day break has made little of no difference to another poor display by Leeds, one plus was a clean sheet(Wiedwald was outstanding) and keeping eleven players on the field!
It started was fireworks and music but little that followed lived up to the greeting for both teams as they entered the field. Hull should have been one up as early as the second minute, Campbell lifting the ball over a limping Shaughnessy but his effort put wide of the far post. The Leeds youngster received treatment before being substituted by Stuart Dallas, Berardi moved to the centre of defence with Dallas employed as a emergency right back. Neither of the team’s impressed, but Wiedwald got down smartly to save a Dicko shot. He also denied Bowen in first half stoppage time, Leeds on the other hand didn’t have a shot on target during the first forty minutes and the half ended scoreless.
The second half followed the same pattern as the first, very scrappy but the best chances fell to Hull. The best chance of the game fell to Dicko who’s header from nearly on the Leeds goal line ended on top of the net, Lasogga had Leeds’ best opportunity but shot wide from outside of the box. Hull and Leeds so nearly claimed the three points in stoppage time, firstly Campbell was superbly denied by Wiedwald, then Sacko broke away but with substitute Cibicki free on his right he went left and the chance was gone.
Debutant Adam Forshaw.
Glass half empty game, in Hull’s position they are battling for every point and came into the game after beating Forest in the FA Cup. Leeds on the other hand had been training away in Spain. Considering the absentees and an early injury to Shaughnessy it’s a clean sheet and point gained, but no more.
Man of the Match: Felix Wiedwald, four important saves to keep out Hull.
Thomas Christiansen: "It is a good point, especially with a lot of players suspended and injured. We knew it would be difficult, especially the direct play we expected from them. We took one point and a clean sheet. I am satisfied with all the courage the players showed."
Nigel Adkins: "That was a good performance from the players tonight. We just played against Leeds United, they have not had a shot on target. We have run over the top of them and totally dominated the game. Yes, I wanted the three points, but it is another good clean sheet.
Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of forward Tyler Roberts from Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. An exciting talent, Roberts, who turned 19 years-old earlier this month, joins the Whites for an undisclosed fee. Leeds fought off a number of clubs, including Rangers and Bournemouth to capture the signature of the highly rated striker. He is line to make his debut on Saturday versus Cardiff City.
New signing Tyler Roberts.
He Tweeted: ”Firstly would like to start with saying a massive thankyou to everybody at WBA for helping me grow not only as a player but as a person. Delighted to announce my move to Leeds United and ready to start a new chapter of my life and career”
Andy Lonergan’s move to Sunderland is cancelled after the clubs had not been able to agree a fee for the goalkeeper.
Leeds increase their under 23 squad with the signing of Forest Green’s promising youngster Jordan Stevens, the midfielder is highly rated and many clubs have enquired about him. He made his full league debut against Luton Town last month.
David Watkins tries to pick some positives from the game in Hull last night, a Wiedwald masterclass and an impressive debut by Adam Forshaw.
Thank you David, pretty hard watching how the team’s fortunes have ‘flatlined’ since the turn of the New Year. You are so right, the squad simply isn’t good enough at the moment to challenge at the top end of the Championship.
On This Day in 2014: It was a bizarre 24 hours at Leeds United. Brian McDermott was sacked, but then not sacked, and nobody really knew what was going on. Nigel Gibbs took charge of the side and Leeds United hammered Huddersfield Town 5-1 at Elland Road. The Monday after the game Brian McDermott was reinstated after pressure from fans changed Massimo Cellino’s decision.
Leeds United FC can confirm Eoghan Stokes has left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. We wish Eoghan the best of luck in the future.
Stuart Dallas being positive:”I keep hearing people saying ‘February is a big month’ and if we don’t do this then where will we end up, but if we go and have positive results, where do we sit? Does anybody think of that? Everybody’s saying ‘if we lose here or lose there’ but what if we win? It’s a different ball game, the boys are positive and we’re four points off the play-offs. February is a massive month, if we win on Saturday and look back at taking four points from games away at Hull and at home to Cardiff, I don’t think anybody can argue with that.”
David Prutton asked Simon Grayson about how hard it is to do business in the January transfer window.”It was at Leeds!” he replied.
We’ve met before
Leeds 0 Cardiff City 2 Champ Feb 17
Leeds 1 Cardiff City 0 Champ Nov 15
Leeds 1 Cardiff City 2 Champ Apr 15
Leeds 0 Cardiff City 1 Champ Feb 13
Leeds 1 Cardiff City 1 Champ Oct 11
Leeds face Cardiff City at Elland Road knowing that a defeat could start to signal the end of their pursuit of a top six place this season, upcoming games against Sheffield United, Bristol City and Derby County mean a victory is needed on Saturday. Leeds still have yet to muster a victory yet in 2018.
They know they will face a physical side and ex Leeds manager Neil Warnock and his assistant Kevin Blackwell will make it clear to their players how important this game is for their hopes of a playoff place. Throw in Lee Peltier and Sol Bamba and make no mistake there will be a ‘battle royale’ in Leeds 11 after 3.00pm.
It’s unfortunate that new signing Tyler Roberts is unavailable, his pace would have trouble the Cardiff backline. As it stands it is left to Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kemar Roofe to come up with the much needed goals.
If Leeds can give a much improved performance than they gave at Hull they have a chance to pull of the much needed win, anything less will mean that Cardiff follow Millwall in doing the ‘double’ over Leeds. Unfortunately I don’t see it happening. Cardiff 3-1.
TC on the squad, transfers, Cardiff and games against the top six teams:
Squad: No Tyler Roberts(not trained), Pennington fit, O’Kane, Phillips, Cooper, Siaz still suspended. Shaughnessy out “for a couple of weeks” and Ekuban around ten days away from training.
Transfers: ”What we have done has been good. On the centre-back front, he said the club were wary of signing another and ending up with surplus options once everyone was fit or free from suspensions.” When will that be!
Cardiff: ”They’re always a dangerous team, we saw it in the game we played there. They’re a very strong team and physical with direct play. They’ve got five or six players who are almost 1.90m (6’2”) tall so that will be a challenge for us, that means we need to play with the ball on the ground.”
Up coming games:”It’s a big month with difficult games against top six teams. It’s very crucial and at the end of the month we will see where we stand, but I’m convinced that we’re going to make good results and take good points.”
Warnock on Leeds and returning to club and Yorkshire:“They’re a good passing side. They’ve got some really good players and we know we’ll have to be on our game, there desperate to get in the Play-Offs and we’re desperate to stay up there. We’re going to find that every game and there’s going to be something at stake in each of our last 18 matches.
It’s always exciting and the atmosphere is so good. It’s a footballing place and I like going back up to Yorkshire.”
Ex Leeds legend Ian Harte questioned on his Twitter timeline if the Leeds United under 23’s were ‘too heavy’ with players from abroad and their commitment to the club: “Fuming tonight, went to watch LUFC Under 23s v Birmingham. Leeds is losing its identity, as all I could hear was Spanish been spoken by players and manager!!! We are a club that has over years and years brought through quality players, but what I witnessed is players lacking passion, desire to wear the LUFC shirt with pride!!! Needs sorting ASAP.”
The club later responded by saying “We believe that a player or a coach should be picked on their talent and not their passport. Additionally, nine of the 16-man matchday squad for today’s game come from the UK and Ireland and in midweek two English academy products (Romario Vieira and Tom Pearce) made the bench for our game with Hull City.
We are proud of our academy and the players who represent us at all age groups.”
Leeds v Cardiff City
Team: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Pennington, De Boch, Forshaw, Vieira, Alioski, Hernandez, Roofe, Lasogga
Leeds had their chances after woeful defending gave Cardiff the lead, Lasogga must still be wondering how he could hit the bar from almost on the goal line and Alioski’s effort was brilliantly saved by Etheridge. More abject defending gifted Cardiff a second before Berardi was sent off for two yellow cards(the first one he won the ball, but the shocking referee thought different), Cardiff added a third whilst Leeds players were still moaning about the sending off.
It looks like it wasn’t just the players who were bemused by the red card, with Christiansen and Berardi having an altercation as the player headed for an early bath.
Hundreds of fans had had enough by half time and were heading home by the time Sol Bamba gifted Leeds a slim glimpse of repeating their comeback against Millwall. Cardiff rode the pressure Leeds put on them under and with the strange substitution of Lasogga all hopes of getting another goal went with him. Cardiff rubbed salt in the Leeds fans wounds by getting a fourth near the end.
I just don’t understand Christiansen’s game plan anymore, he must see a different game than anybody or just be naive to make the changes he makes when we are behind in games. He seems to be out of his depth at Championship level, he may have done it in Cyprus but this is the toughest league in Europe and results show that he can’t in this league.
A horrible result and Leeds have still to win in 2018, in the form they are in it may be a few more games before they do. Time for the players to show ‘some bottle’ because they are letting down the fans that pay their wages.
Man of the Match: Adam Forshaw, never stopped trying while a few hid away.
Newport County v Leeds United (Siaz)
Ipswich Town v Leeds United (O’Kane)
Leeds United v Millwall (Cooper)
Hull City v Leeds United
Leeds United v Cardiff City (Berardi)
Leeds United have had four red cards in the last five competitive games.
Thomas Christiansen:”We know that my situation depends on the results, on the chairman, on Victor and on what they think is best for the team. But I do the best for the team, I want the best for Leeds, and this is my work and this what I am going to do.
If it’s their decision that they want to find somebody better then I cannot do anything about that.This is their decision and I will then go away but with the head high that I have done the best for the team and the club. It’s tough, it’s sad and I am disappointed.
You feel a little bit impotent that you cannot start and finish the game with 11 players and injury wise also we have problems.”
Neil Warnock: “This was one of the most complete performances since I’ve been here. We started on the front foot, which was important because it can be difficult to stop if you let the other side do that at grounds like this, we took our goals well and we controlled it.
But you look around our dressing room now and we really aren’t a bad side, the players we have and we still have people like Gunnarsson to come back and it’s great to know we have a good chance. We’re still aiming for the play-offs but we’ll give this a go.”
Andrew Butterwick’s very honest review of the Cardiff City game, men need showing ‘bottle’ and worrying times ahead.
Thank you Andrew, we feel your pain.
Social Media wasn’t pleasant to read, many are turning against the players, the Head Coach and especially Victor Orta, head of recruitment at the club.
Well, where do we go from Cardiff, down the league probably. I see worrying times ahead for Thomas, his decision making is questionable and Saturday was the first time I’ve heard the crowd turn on him, despite other bad performances and runs fans still stuck with TC. I feel honestly a few more defeats in February and he will be gone and although as I’ve said his substitutions are strange it’s the lack of discipline within the squad that will ultimately be his downfall.
Leeds United announce late in the evening that Thomas Christiansen has departed the club by mutual consent.
The club are winless in 2018 and having seen a top 6 finishing virtually fall out of his hands during a poor spell at the helm, Christiansen departs with a win ratio just about 40%.
The front runner for the job is Steve McClaren, who was seen at Elland Road for Saturday’s loss to Cardiff.
In what could be a change of hear Leeds announce that Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom is the favourite to take over at LS11.
Both clubs agree on his release clause and ‘Hecky’ is set to be unveiled tomorrow.
Heidi Haigh on saying goodbye to Eric Carlisle Jimmy Armfield and the last match of Thomas Christiansen’s reign.
Thank you Heidi
Hecky is our head coach! The former Sunderland and Barnsley player joins Leeds to take over the reigns at the club on an 18 month contract.
Radrizanni is said to be hoping the leadership qualities portrayed by Heckingbottom can help rejuvenate Leeds’ dwindling season.
The incoming manager takes over training on Tuesday morning along with having a meeting with all his players to introduce himself.
Pontus Jansson is also cleated fit for Saturday’s clash with Sheffield United.
By Keith Ingham