Unconfirmed reports that De Paul deal is done
01 Sep 2020 08:02 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 1st September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Derby planning ram raid for Roberts
The Times are reporting that Derby County are after Tyler Roberts. The Welsh International forward has scored seven goals in 51 league appearances (many of those as substitute) since he joined from West Brom in January 2018. Although obviously talented, Roberts has been plagued by injury since his arrival at Elland Road; but he is still only 21 years of age, and has time on his side to mature! Can Roberts make the step up to the Premiership? Are Leeds selling the right striker? He cost the Whites 2.5m, 18 months ago. How much would you expect today?
Talking about departures, Leeds will not stand in Casilla's way if the former Real Madrid shot stopper wants to leave Elland Road. The 33 year old lost his starting place when he serverdan eight batch suspension for allegedly using racial language towards Jonathan Leko.
Leeds face Stoke test
Leeds travel to Clayton Wood today for a behind closed doors pre season friendly against Stoke City later today. Having faced four murderball sessions last week, Leeds are fit, and raring to go. The Whites will be without a number of international players with Kalvin Phillips, Stuart Dallas, Mateusz Klich, Liam Cooper, Gjanni Alioski, Rodrigo and Robin Koch. Stoke boss Michael O'Neill says he is relishing the test against Bielsa's outfit.
They’re very important friendlies and they’ll be tough. We’ll play a tough Leeds side and they’ll certainly challenge you and then away at Newcastle. Both Premier League teams so we’ll have to step up a good few gears from where we were against Blackpool. But that’s the challenge that we want and to get the maximum out of our squad we have to be tested and challenged.
Unconfirmed reports - De Paul deal done
Unconfirmed Italian media sources and Football Insider are reporting that Rodrigo De Paul has agreed personal terms with Leeds as his transfer from Udinese edges closer. If true, not only would this be a major coup for the West Yorkshire side due to the amount of admirers the 26 year old has, but it would mean smashing their transfer record for the second time in a week!
Dan Altman, founder of football analytics platform smarterscout, told The YEP...
There aren’t any central midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues who can match Rodrigo de Paul’s style of play and his pitch coverage. He’s most active in the right channel, crossing midfield, but he can pop up almost anywhere. He’s an avid defender, and his attacking contribution is huge at a Premier League standard. Udinese owners the Pozzo family have set their demand at a fee in the region of £35 million for the Argentina international. De Paul was involved in about two thirds of Udinese’s most effective attacks, and three-quarters of their goals while on the pitch. He’s Argentine and has enormous output on both sides of the ball, so he seems like a great fit for Bielsa’s Leeds.