Gluttony, Greed & Sloth

25 Aug 2014 08:57 pm, by YorkshireSquare

This season started with gluttony as Paddy Kenny returned to training having looked like he had over-indulged somewhat in the off-season. There was no question that he had incurred the wrath of Massimo Cellino who was openly critical of the goalkeepers fitness.

Kenny soon found himself without a shirt number for the new season and later his contract was terminated my mutual consent. Speculation was rife in the press about the real reason being that he was born on the 17th of May and Cellino regarding 17 as unlucky but it was clear from the start Marco Silvestri was going to be the number 1 and Kennys physique can’t have helped his cause.

Next came greed in the form of Ross McCormack’s move to Fulham. Having been the Championships top scorer last season with 28 goals there was always going to be speculation about his future at Leeds United. Transfers to several Premiership clubs were rumoured so it was a slight surprise when he eventually moved to Fulham. Fulham are not the most exciting of clubs, it is hardly a step up and the prospect of trophies is certainly not one of the reasons for going there. You can only think the move was financially motivated, but at least Cellino managed to get £11 million for the want away striker.

Yesterday came sloth with the announcement that Danish international midfielder Casper Sloth signed a three year deal for a fee believed to be in the region of £600,000. The 22 year old signs from Danish side Aarhus Gymnastikforening who were relegated from the Danish Superliga last season. Sloth made his debut for Aarhus at the age of 17 and has made over 130 appearances for the club scoring 10 goals. He has represented Denmark right through the youth levels and made 8 appearances for the first team. Sloth is a creative midfielder and creativity is certainly something that the Leeds midfield has lacked in recent matches.

This latest signing must bring the rebuilding of the team close to completion, both the defence and attack have been strengthened in recent weeks and Sloth may be that missing piece to provide a bit of creativity in the midfield. Cellino is of course still interested in Adryan who is proving difficult to sign due to complex ownership arrangements and he may be the cherry on the top. All that remains now is for Hockaday to mould them into a team.