Bielsa has clear out at Thorp Arch

14 Oct 2020 07:43 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Wednesday 14th October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Barry Douglas to exit Elland Road

Barry Douglas will become the first senior Leeds Utd player to leave Elland Road this Summer; his likely destination believed to be either Watford or Blackburn Rovers. Douglas signed for the Whites in the Summer of 2018 under much hype having played a pivotal role in Wolves promotion the season before. Unfortunately, the left back was unable to replicate much of his brilliance that saw him named left back of the season in the Championship.

Both clubs wants the 31 year old on loan with an option to buy, but Douglas is in the final year of his contract, and would be allowed to leave on a free transfer at the end of this season. A way around it, would be for Douglas to extend his contract by 12 months, but how willing would the former Wolves defender be to do this? Leeds splashed out £3m two years ago, and would be looking to recoup around half of that!

Bielsa has clear out

Marcelo Bielsa has named Conor Shaughnessy, Ouasim Bouy and Jay-Roy Grot as surplus to requirements and may leave the club with immediate effect. Robbie Gotts will be departing Elland Road on loan to gain first team experience. With five clubs chasing him, he has a hard decision to make! Jay-Roy Grot has a bacterial infection in his knee following surgery earlier this year. He is not expected to be fit until the New Year.

West Ham agree to pay 30m to Brentford for Benrahma - Madness or bargain?

Whilst Leeds decide whether to pay the additional 5m for Todd Cantwell (20m) or 10m for Derby youngster Louie Sibley, West Ham have agreed a staggering £30m for Brentfords Said Benrahma. We all saw his wizardry in the Championship last season, not to mention his 26 goals. If the 25yo is able to replicate this in the Premiership, his price tag could quadruple over night.

Cardiff and Swansea are competing to sign Liverpool's Wales midfielder Harry Wilson, 23, on a season-long loan. Who would have liked to see Wilson at Leeds?

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NorfolkWhite wrote on 15 Oct 2020 09:39 am

gessa wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 11:06 am Can't see how she is tbh, or at least Norwich, went up, £100m plus from sky, spent next to nothing, just had 25m from Everton, in stages I know, got parachute payments to come.
Sold Lewis to Newcastle for £12m too

Clacton White wrote on 15 Oct 2020 09:15 am

gessa wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 1:35 pm I wonder, does she cook the books
Beat me to that one :roflmao:

Dundalis wrote on 15 Oct 2020 12:34 am

Cjay wrote: Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:40 pm Benrahma has the potential to thrive in the Prem with his tricks and flicks and eye for a goal.

But id rather Raphinha at £17mil over Benrahma for £30mil.

Raph is younger, has played at a higher level whereas Benrahma's best form has come in a 2nd division.

Personally think they are similar players, tricky, pacey wingers.

I like the fact Raphinha chose to come here, giving up Champions League football whereas its widely reported Benrahma is purely motivated by cash.

Also makes it look rather silly we thought we could get Benrahma for £12-15mil.

£30mil imo is to much for a 2nd division player when you consider Raphinha is younger, has played and done well in 2 top European leagues (Portugal and France) and cost £13mil less.
Raphinha was the best player on a CL qualifying team, this is a no brainer. The fact they were able to pull that signing off for that price when you consider his importance to that team playing in the CL is pretty unbelievable. All the international quality players bought would have cost 2-3 times for British equivalents. I'm still surprised some supporters are not sure about the signing because they don't know how he would get in the team. Will take some bedding in, but I'd be very surprised if he's not a locked in first 11 player pretty soon, whether that's taking Costa's place, or moving the wingers around. Could see Harrison being tried central.

Benrahma easily has the talent to be a very good Premier League player, but his off field stuff does make it a sizable risk for that price. But if you have a good European scouting network like we seem to, there's gonna be much better value targets to be had for that price. Hoping they don't panic buy someone like Cantwell, it looks clear the team is in a different market now and can attract quality international level players and even for much cheaper fees.

I'd take Sibley over Cantwell. Cantwell might help more right now, but I think Sibley has a lot more potential. Looks like a genuine goal scoring midfielder, definitely has a shot on him. But only if he comes relatively cheap.

Chilli D wrote on 14 Oct 2020 07:16 pm

When I saw the headline 'Bielsa has a clear out at Thorpe Arch' I thought it was the after effects of a dodgy kebab.

Scoobychief wrote on 14 Oct 2020 06:24 pm

benrahma will just follow in watkins footsteps, both will do well in the premier league, 30m is big bucks but obviously west ham can afford it, bretford will miss those 2 no way will they even make top 6 now, but will have loads of money.