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.



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1964white wrote on 01 Sep 2020 04:51 pm

Jammy 07 wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:05 pm Have to disagre with some of that 1964.

In my opinion our greatest strenght is the togetherness of the squad and I'd be very loathe to see anyone depart for risk of upseting the eco system as it were.

Additionally we needed to replace White, Beradi, Nketiah/JKA and so far have only signed 2 senior players in Koch & Rodrigo. Some nice additions for the future (u23's) granted and we don't want to completely block their pathway but I think for this season we need to keep the squad together as much as possible.

Next summer would be the time for one or two fringe players to move on if we've retained our PL status.
I get the wonderful togetherness thing which is such an important factor in any successful squad

However, I just can't see what Tyler gives us :duno: playing in attacking role one goal & one assist in our last ten games isn't great by any means. There were times when i was shouting at my laptop screen "get Pablo on" during some tepid first half performances in the matches after lockdown was eased, the whole nature of our games changed once our quality player came on the park controlling & taking the game to the opposition with aplomb. 23 appearances in a Leeds shirt this season & I'm still unconvinced where as the likes of Shackleton, Struijk & Poveda have played only a handful of games & I can see potential & a bright future at Leeds for all three. Love Jamie Shackleton, think he a smashing player!

Denman wrote on 01 Sep 2020 04:36 pm

SaraM wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:22 pm You see it too...?
I certainly do, now you’ve pointed it out 😆

Ellandback1 wrote on 01 Sep 2020 03:11 pm

SG90 wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:39 am What about Bradford or Harrogate instead?
They had four murder ball sessions last week. I'd imagine they are still recovering.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 01 Sep 2020 03:06 pm

Would like us to keep Roberts. He's young and at times looked really good last year. If we signed DePaul that does raise the question of how much playing time Roberts will get.

4 places for - Rodrigo, De Paul, Bamford, Hernandez, Harrison, Costa, Roberts, Poveda

That wouldn't leave him much playing time at all. It wudl put him on the bench all year and playing in the U-23's.

And I know we have money to spend, but I think we're exceeding what we planned right now. It may be that we let a couple of players go to balance the books.

gessa wrote on 01 Sep 2020 12:30 pm

Jammy 07 wrote: Tue Sep 01, 2020 12:05 pm Have to disagre with some of that 1964.

In my opinion our greatest strenght is the togetherness of the squad and I'd be very loathe to see anyone depart for risk of upseting the eco system as it were.

Additionally we needed to replace White, Beradi, Nketiah/JKA and so far have only signed 2 senior players in Koch & Rodrigo. Some nice additions for the future (u23's) granted and we don't want to completely block their pathway but I think for this season we need to keep the squad together as much as possible.

Next summer would be the time for one or two fringe players to move on if we've retained our PL status.
I'd agree, we're still a player short from last season, what would Alio and Roberts bring in, £6-8m perhaps, worth more to us than that by keeping them.