Teenage sensation set for Elland Road

28 Jul 2020 07:46 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 28th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road


Big things expected from Charlie Allen

Teenage sensation Charlie Allen has bid farewell to David Healy's Linfield Town, and is expected at Elland Road in the next few days to sign terms. The 16 year old attacking midfielder was given a farewell party in his hometown of Carrickfergus on Saturday night and is due to meet with the Leeds Utd hierarchy to pun pen to payer for the first time in his young career.

Liverpool, Manchester City, Chelsea, Spurs and Rangers all threw their hats into the ring, but Leeds impressed Allen's family with a detailed dossier on his abilities and achievements as well as their impressive set up at Thorp Arch which has now won Category one status.

Meanwhile, current Thorp Arch graduate Alfie McCalmont is set to sign a three year contract at Elland Road. The exciting 20yo midfielder is due to put pen to paper shortly, and is then expected to go out on a season long loan, along with Gotts, Edmonson, Bogusz, Cresswell and Miazek.





And the LMA Championship Manager of the Year award goes to...

Marcelo Bielsa has responded to winning the LMA Manager of the year award for the Championship in typical style. The 65yo was quick to thanks all those involved at Elland Road, especially the fans! Bielsa said...

Good evening. First of all I wish to apologise for not delivering this message in English. Secondly I would like to say thank you for this award. It's of special importance to me because the votes were cast by the coaches in the league that Leeds have won. "The fact that my colleagues have recognised my contribution is so important to me.

Awards are usually recognition for achievements by a particular team. In this case it's the recognition of the title Leeds have won. I know how much help on the path towards this achievement that I have received. I'd like to thank the club and the authorities who hired me for the chance to work in English football.

And the fans for their support, contribution and love they have shown towards me and every member of staff who has worked alongside the players this year. In this regard there are many unnamed people who are key to the work. The biggest thank you is to the players themselves because they are the ones doing the most difficult job in football that is playing, competing and this case clinching.

The coaches are always the product of the players we get to coach. I'd like to stress how grateful I am to them. I'd also like to thank the body in charge of the award. Thank you very much everyone it has been a pleasure speaking to you.




Next season.....

With Bielsa at the helm, and a healthy budget at his disposal, where would you expect Leeds to finish the 20/21 season? Are there any first team players that you are concerned about that may be out of their depth in the Premiership? Who should Captain Leeds during their nexc campaign?




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andrewjohnsmith wrote on 28 Jul 2020 03:38 pm

mothbanquet wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 3:24 pm
With Bielsa, we are a Premier League quality club by definition as we currently are. We will need very little to survive relegation next season. I say that because watching us play was the nearest thing to watching a Premier League team in this division all season. Our team is quality.
I agree with that which is why we'll see only a couple of impact signings. Expect most signings to be on the bench at first or in the U-23's.

What makes us strong is a squad that's learned this system for 2 years. You can find better players than almost every one of our first team, but it's the understanding that makes us strong. We need to fill 1 or 2 holes, but too many 1st team signings will make us weaker not stronger. DC and LB would be immediate needs. Sign an AMC and a ST, but they probably start behind Hernandez, Bamford and Roberts as they work their way into the system.

mothbanquet wrote on 28 Jul 2020 03:24 pm

With Bielsa, we are a Premier League quality club by definition as we currently are. We will need very little to survive relegation next season. I say that because watching us play was the nearest thing to watching a Premier League team in this division all season. Our team is quality.

However, the question is whether we're going to do little, or if we switch gears and build on what we've won. If we do that, I honestly cannot possibly see anything other than a mid table finish at minimum.

I would fancy us against any of the bottom half of the Premier League right now. Our manager is idolised by the fans, the board and the players. We are finally a well-run club in the ascendance. We are half of South America's favourite team and highly-sought after wonderkids, the likes of whom would never consider going to anywhere other than Barcelona or Real Madrid, maybe Bayern Munich, want to study at Bielsa's feet. Can the same really be said of any bottom-half Premier League club?

We're going to start with a bang, have a dip, then go on a run, then dip towards the end, leaving us around mid table. I think that will be the absolute MINIMUM placing.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 28 Jul 2020 01:34 pm

Keep iproving the infrstructure of the youth set up and filling it with the best youngsters. That's the way forward, especially with FFP. For the same reason, I'm happy with sending out McAlmont, Gotts, Edmondson on loans with the hope they'll take the next step. Last years championship players will be this years premier league players. Makes sense to send more players to the championship this year.

I'm pretty sure Cooper will be our captain again next year, even though I agree he's below PL standard. Because of Bielsa's style and system, we'll probably see minimal immediate changes. We need a replacement for White and an LB, so we're not likely going to be looking for a Cooper replacement for a while.

A couple of squad signings will probably push Alioski, Douglas, and Forshaw out. I think Dallas will still be a fantastic squad player.

SG90 wrote on 28 Jul 2020 12:19 pm

Byebyegeegee wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 12:16 pm
Charlie Allen seems like a promising young footballer but at 16 years old there is a long way to go before we find out how good he might be. Delighted though that we can compete at the top level for the signatures of these promising young lads.

Obviously we need a new striker because i don’t think Bamford is good enough for the Premiership and perhaps a new left back as, although I have him as my player of the year due to his consistency this season, I’m not sure that Dallas will be good enough to step up either. (Great as backup but probably not a regular starter). We will also need to think about a replacement for Hernandez which might prove to be the most difficult of the lot, how on earth do you replace him? Apart from that I think the rest of the team is set if we can secure Ben White and get an inexpensive but experienced goalie.
Thiago Almada :love:

Byebyegeegee wrote on 28 Jul 2020 12:16 pm

Charlie Allen seems like a promising young footballer but at 16 years old there is a long way to go before we find out how good he might be. Delighted though that we can compete at the top level for the signatures of these promising young lads.

Obviously we need a new striker because i don’t think Bamford is good enough for the Premiership and perhaps a new left back as, although I have him as my player of the year due to his consistency this season, I’m not sure that Dallas will be good enough to step up either. (Great as backup but probably not a regular starter). We will also need to think about a replacement for Hernandez which might prove to be the most difficult of the lot, how on earth do you replace him? Apart from that I think the rest of the team is set if we can secure Ben White and get an inexpensive but experienced goalie.