Is Raphinha the last piece of the jigsaw?

06 Oct 2020 07:26 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 6th October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Is Raphinha the last piece of the jigsaw

There was late drama at Elland Road last night as the Leeds Utd hierarchy were trying to rush through a work permit for Brazilian winger Raphinha before the transfer will slammed shut at 11pm. Fortunately for all concerned could give a big sigh of relief once it was realised that Raphinha has a Italian passport, and is therefore an EU citizen. With just thirty minutes left on the clock, came the news everyone was waiting to hear, Raphunha had signed a four year deal with the Whites for £17m.

The exciting winger, who will wear the number 18 shirt will provide real competition for the likes of Harrison, Costa and Poveda. Not only does the Brazilian have the pace ans skill to upset many top flight defenders, but will track back and has shown a real flair for tackling, something missing, especially from Costa.

Who will make place for Raphinha, and is this player now surplus to requirements? Leeds have until the 17th October to raid any EFL clubs, with Norwich duo Todd Cantwell and Emi Buendia both being strongly linked!





Jilted Cuisance joins Marseille


Midfielder Michael Cuisance has joined Marseille from German Champions Bayern Munich on a season long long, with an option to buy! The 21-year-old came very close to becoming Leeds second most expensive purchase, but failed his medical at the 11th hour. Instead, Bayern rubbished the medical report, and the French Youth International will feature for André Villas-Boas's Marseilles.

Cuisance's versatility and fitness would have certainly boosted Leeds midfield, and taken some pressure off Klich. Should Leeds have negotiated a similar loan to buy deal once the injury came to light? Have the Whites missed out on a bargain?





Hands off Orta - Kinnear

Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear has issued a hands-off warning to clubs looking to poach 'Director of Football' Victor Orta away from Elland Road. The excitable Spaniard has enjoyed considerable successive since his arrival in 2017, and was instrumental in bringing Marcelo Bielsa to West Yorkshire.

The news comes after Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Orta tops a shortlist of three for the position at Roma, with Lille's Luis Campos and former RB Leipzig head coach Ralf Rangnick also being considered. Kinnear does not intend to let Orta go anywhere - and even joked about Orta's excitable antics against Derby at the back end of last season!!!

Victor’s been a massive part of everything in the Championship and the squad he’s building in the Premier League.

So, there is interest from other clubs in Victor - it doesn’t surprise us - but we’re not letting him go anywhere. If they saw his behaviour in the director’s box, they wouldn’t want him either.



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mothbanquet wrote on 07 Oct 2020 04:36 pm

faaip wrote: Wed Oct 07, 2020 4:03 pm I just think it's better to get business done in the summer window. Lets not forget it usually takes a new player 2-3 months to start unless pressed into duty via injury..

Bamford/Rodrigo/Roberts/Striker banging them in the the U23's seems a decent striker rotation.
I can definitely see Greenwood making inroads this season.

faaip wrote on 07 Oct 2020 04:03 pm

I just think it's better to get business done in the summer window. Lets not forget it usually takes a new player 2-3 months to start unless pressed into duty via injury..

Bamford/Rodrigo/Roberts/Striker banging them in the the U23's seems a decent striker rotation.

Dundalis wrote on 07 Oct 2020 01:22 pm

faaip wrote:You always pay more in January...
True, but the effects of COVID financially will probably hit teams even more over the next 12 months especially for teams in leagues where the money isn’t close to what teams get in the EPL. Wouldn’t be surprised if transfer fees start to come down a bit until fans get back into stadiums at closer to full capacity. There will be teams from the likes of France, Italy, Spain etc who will get hit even harder and might be forced to sell their best players on the cheap like Rennes just did. I’d rather them identify that one quality CM who will be genuine first 11 quality and keep the cash for that, than rush into signing a player who seems well down the list of priorities just to get bodies in.

faaip wrote on 06 Oct 2020 10:53 pm

You always pay more in January...

BielsasBlueBucket wrote on 06 Oct 2020 10:45 pm

Thnx for the welcome and nice to be part of the big family 👪