Today Phil Hay released the news that Paul Heckingbottom has been placed at the top of Leeds’ shortlist for their vacant managerial role.
Leeds are hoping to get the deal done this evening and are prepared to meet the Barnsley managers release clause, part of his latest deal signed last week.
Many fans will be overjoyed with the move, with Heckingbottom being a young English manager with good knowledge of the Championship.
The former Sunderland and Barnsley defender has been in charge of his former side since 2016 and lead them to a surprise ninth placed finish last season.
Heckingbottom could be a real prospect as head coach of Leeds, he’s a disciplinarian who can control a dressing room and expects the best from his players.
Although a promotion push may be looking bleaker by the game, a potential positive finish to the season and a good start in the summer could really turn it around for Leeds.
What do you think of the potential new manager? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Sometimes a change needs to be made in order to save a season.
The news that Thomas Christiansen has departed the club leaves me feeling a little downhearted but in whole, their was nothing else the club could do.
Leeds have stuttered on several occasions during this season on what can only be classed as a shock start to the season.
Poor performances since the turn of the year against Birmingham, Nottingham Forest, Burton, Ipswich and the woeful display against Cardiff yesterday sealed his fate.
The wrong tactics, the misjudged formation and in finality a squad that had lost a head coach many weeks ago. Leeds haven’t had the same vibrant energy since September.
Christiansen was not many fans favourite when he joined, but at times I was appreciative of his honest approach and his ability to get the best out of a very average side.
Leeds are now rudderless, manager-less and hopeless in 2018 as they stair even closer to a mid table finish as the weeks go on.
Bit changes are needed at the club and not just in the management. Hopefully our next appointment has the balls to stand up and be counted when it comes to recruitment.
Can anyone turn around a season of such highs and lows? We hope so.
We march on, in what direction we’ll surely tell you in the next few weeks.
By Ryan Ingham
It’s not often Leeds had the opportunity to nab top young players from other clubs in order to progress their own youth setup.
In fact, it’s been the other way around for a very long time. Leeds would produce them and Premier League teams would steam them. Well now it looks like the prey has finally become the predator.
The acquisition of Jordan Stevens from Forest Green was a major coup for Leeds, having beaten a host of Premier League sides including Everton and Southampton to his signature.
Along with Stevens, Leeds have acquired star young international defenders Aapo Halme and Pascal Struijk along with young English striker Sam Dalby.
Although many fans are wanting signings for the here and now, Leeds are building something big and an ebbing and flowing youth squad is the perfect way to continue their push for a spot at the Premier League dinner table.
Stevens, signed his first pro deal with Forest Green back in September ‘17 and has gone on to make 14 appearances for the Green Army this season, drawing plenty of potential suitors.
The talented midfielder is known for his pace and skill and can be played in the centre of the park or out wide, giving the Leeds youth coaches plenty to work with.
Leeds have signed the youngster on an 18 month deal with the option of a further deal and Stevens is expected to make his debut in todays match against Birmingham for the development squad.
What’s your opinion? Is Stevens the next player to break into the first team squad? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
When approaching the window many fans and pundits had a January shopping list consisting of three key positions.
These ‘needed areas’ were highlighted as a left back, a central midfielder with Championship experience and a striker who could make a difference.
Two checks were made with Laurens De Bock and Adam Forshaw, with the later coming almost begrudgingly die to the absence of Eunan O’Kane and the injured Ronaldo Vieira. However, many fans have been impressed with the former Boro man since his arrival.
The final position needed was a striker and for a long time it looked like Leeds were not willing to invest in another forward.
However, deadline day came and Leeds took a shot at their moneyball-esque transfer committee on Baggies wonderkid Tyler Roberts.
Leeds coughed up £2.5million on the young English prospect, a fee that shows some confidence in the forward and confirms his spot in the first team for the remainder of the season.
Although this deal may not be the ‘whily experienced dynamo’ many fans expected, this deal is the business that Leeds are currently trusting in.
This season was about rebuilding a mid table team and setting them up for a challenge in the near future. The difference being that many fans expected instant success having seen our early successes in the league.
Roberts is a top English prospect who at 19 years old has spent more time in the Football League than most of our squad.
The young forward has seen somewhat successful spells at Oxford United, Shrewsbury and Walsall while making his senior debut for West Brom at 16 years of age against Liverpool in the league.
There’s no doubt that Leeds may have took a gamble but if you can look back at some of our best strikers in the past 10 years they were too. Signings like Beckford, Becchio and for a short period Tresor Kandol (15 points) all they had was some hidden and no previous accomplishments and look how they turned out.
With Roberts, Leeds have caught a gem on what could be the cheap. If they allow the player to grow in the first team instead of allowing him to join the seven strikers we have in the development squad, by the end of the season he could have surprised us all.
Trust in the youth, if you’re going to rebuild you don’t blow your money on old mercenaries look at QPR’s premiership history and tell us we’re wrong.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United look set to complete a deal for out of favour defender Tommy Elphick, but there could be a surprise along with it.
The centre back has previously been linked with Leeds in the summer of 2016, with the club making an approach for the defender prior to his move to a newly relegated Villa.
Elphick’s decision seems to have backfired with him being surplus to requirements for manager Steve Brice, triggered Leeds to make an approach.
A deal in excess of £2.5million looks set to have been agreed for the former Bournemouth and Brighton man.
The 30-year old is strong in the air and also poses a major threat from set pieces. Elphick would be a massive improvement for Leeds’ defence and a welcome signing should he make the move.
But the deal could come with an additional bonus. When enquiring about the availability of Elphick, Leeds also discussed a possible switch for former striker Ross McCormack, who has returned from his loan spell at Melbourne City where he scored 14 goals in 16 games.
McCormack left Leeds back in 2014 having had disagreements with Leeds owner Massimo Cellino and has since been on red hot form prior to his stint at Villa.
A battle with depression and ill form has removed any chance of him reigniting his Villa career but there’s a special place in the players heart for Leeds and a ceremonial return to a club where the fans love him and who are in need of a striker could be the perfect mix.
With a combined fee of around £7million said to be in the making, Leeds could be set to bolster two positions in dire need of improvement with one foul swoop.
By Ryan Ingham
On Wednesday evening it was announced that Leeds United were to change the club badge for the forthcoming Centenary season (2019/2020).
They were also doing it because the shield made famous during the Champions League day’s has become tarnished due to relegation to Division One and years of mismanagement at board level.
Speaking on this new start, Angus Kinnear said; “Updating the crest is not a decision we have taken lightly, but we are proud to have a new crest that is authentic to Leeds United and honours the quality and loyalty of our fans. It is a symbol of ‘strength in unity’ and a proud expression of the club’s identity and history.”
This is what the club came up with after ‘asking’ 10,000 people their opinions on whether a change was needed (I wasn’t asked nor seemingly was anybody else about changing the badge).
One first look I thought of the video game Pro Evolution Soccer, most teams don’t have their real names or proper badge. I actually laughed when I showed it to the Mrs, she actually said “It’s shite!” and her knowledge of the beautiful game is a little limited, but she does know the offside rule!
The outcry it caused has literally amazed me, by six o’clock in the evening over forty five thousand had signed a petition to get this badge scrapped and on every media outlet the talk was all about the badge that caused so much outrage. Other clubs mocked us, Aston Villa on their official site showed a picture of a made up badge and the words West Midland Village v Yorkshire Whites. For anyone who doesn’t get the reference, there joke is as shitty as the game it’s built for.
Many other clubs showed the badge and latched on to taking the Michael out of Leeds, even Zenit St Petersburg had a ‘tilt’ at the club.
So when it came to the usual monthly BBC Radio Leeds special on Leeds United was aired with Angus Kinnear as guest, the MD was visibly flustered by the amount of negative comments that the badge had produced and he admitted that the club will ‘reopen’ the consultation process on the development of a new badge for the club. An amazing turnaround by Leeds at the highest level and it shows what ‘fan power’ can do, when it really matters.
There are many good designers within the supporters of the club, would it not be a idea for the club to either ask for idea’s from fans and pick three for the supporters to pick one from, or simply stick with the shield badge and add underneath it 1919-2019 to celebrate the centennial event next season.
Never known a day like it!
By Keith Ingham
It seems that Leeds are firmly focussed on the future this window as another signing is made for the development squad.
The Whites have signed Leyton Orient youngster Sam Dalby for an undisclosed fee and the forward will now remain with the development squad for the foreseeable future.
The 18-year old is predominantly a striker but can play either side in an attacking formation when called upon.
Dalby, who has signed a deal running until 2020 have previously been a trialist with Crystal Palace earlier in the season. The 6’3 forward broke into the Leyton Orient side last season and scored his debut against Crawley last season.
Although this is a promising signing for the future, Leeds are still without an integral signing this window having not bolstered their dwindling forward line.
The club have been busy in the market but most signings have been for the development squad with the likes of Aapo Halme, Oliver Sarkic and now Dalby joining the club.
Should Leeds be focussing on the first team or is this a move than can grant massive rewards in the future? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Another player linked this week: Chris Martin, Derby County on loan but his wages of 30k might be a problem with the wage structure at Leeds. The rumour is that Jansson and Lasogga are the top earners at Leeds on just over half the money Martin earns at Derby. The Midlands club signed Cameron Jerome from Norwich City for 1.5 million pounds today.
Pontus Jansson ranks in second place in the EFL Championship for the most clearances per game.
Andrea Radrizzani Tweets that “all will be made clear in February” when he will arrange to meet fans at a organised event. Looks like not many signings for the first team, apart from De Bock will be made in the January transfer window, or so it seems.(I was wrong!)
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s disappointing loan spell is ended by Leeds, this is the second successive season the youngster has been sent back to Salford. Below is my blog on the left back with a serious attitude problem.
Leeds United legend Eddie Gray is seventy years young today. Happy Birthday to the most amiable footballer and nicest person you’ll ever have the pleasure to meet.
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