Leeds winning race to land Tomori

05 Jan 2021 09:03 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 5th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Leeds winning race to land Fikayo Tomori

Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham United and Rennes are battling it out to land Chelsea's out of favour defender Fikayo Tomori. The 23 year old was born in Calgary to Nigerian parents but has represented England at U19, 20 and 21 level. He also won his first senior cap under Gareth Southgate in 2019 against Kosovo.

Any move for Tomori would likely be a loan deal. Lampard highly rates the centre back, and would like him to rediscover his form. BBC Sport lists Elland Road as the ‘likeliest’ destination for the 23-year-old, but will Leeds be interested in improving the players form, if they have no chance of signing him permanently?

Reports from Stamford Bridge claim Tomori is unsettled, and may push for a permanent move. Would he be a good loanee signing? Would you sign him permanently?





Did Leeds dodge a bullet by not signing Ben White

We have all seen what Bielsa can conjure up with some a mid table Championship squad! His influence over Cooper, Alioski, Dallas and Ayling have them playing at their full capacity with a wider skill set than many of us would have thought possible. More gifted players like Phillips and Klich have been propelled to the next level and barn door Bamford has become one of the leading goal scorers in the Premiership, neck and neck with Harry Kane.

One of Bielsa's success stories has to be Ben White. He went from division 3 (on loan) to being the best defender in the Championship almost overnight. His success on the field had Liverpool scout Andy O'Brien attending every Leeds game to monitor his progress. The 23 year old became Leeds biggest Summer targets, and although they were willing to offer in excess of 30m, Brighton refused to part with their starlet. Half way through the season, as you would expect, White has established himself as a first team player, but has not moved up to the next level, as most would have predicted.

If Leeds were given the option to sign White this month for 30m, would you?





Pochettino appointment put Leeds on red alert

The appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as head Coach of Paris St Germain have reignited Leeds interest in the German international midfielder Julian Draxler. The 27 year old is in the final season of his contract with the French Champions, and is keen to move following being restricted to just nine appearances this term.

Bielsa's relationship with his Argentinian friend dates back to 1989, when both were at Newell's Old boys, Pochettino as a player, and Bielsa as a coach. Both, have high admiration for each other. We also know that Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani is equally good friends with PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi. AC Milan, Inter Milan, Sevilla and Hertha Berlin have also been linked to the German star.

Bearing this in mind, what are the chances, that both clubs can do business together?




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Scoobychief wrote on 07 Jan 2021 08:53 am

what the latest with lorrente now, did he drop a paper weight on his foot or something. cant seem to see him doing 90 mins and lasting for us

White Riot wrote on 07 Jan 2021 08:39 am

Cjay wrote: Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:56 pm Llorente is a concern for the obvious reason but calls into question the thought process.

We spent most of the summer trying to sign a highly rated but inexperienced left footed 18 year old cb who could also play lb.

We ended up with a 27 year old right footed cb who any report you read states he can not play left side and he is injury prone.

What concerns me to is the general joy fans of his old club expressed on twitter when he left, that always worries me.

He may come good and glad we didnt let Brighton have our pants down but how do you go from Gvardiol to Llorente, they arent similar?

Also come to think of it how do you go from Cuisance to Raphinha?

Do we not have a template of what we want ?
Yeah, that's a weird chain of thought. Maybe Orta was looking through the wrong end of his binoculars, or still pissed from the promotion parties :lol:

VO: Must recruit a LCB/LB, must recruit a LCB/LB, must recruit a LCB/LB :geek:
El Agento: Hey Victor there's a Spanish international RCB for sale!
VO: Oooh really :) What's the SP muchacho?
EL Agento: He's an established international, screams like a little lass when he's tackled, and the Real Sociedad Ultras have offered to shove him here in a wheel-barrow.
VO: Perfect, have you got his el numero and I'll get him on board.

VO after Chelsea: Puta madre :rant:

Just havin a laugh happy clappers ;-)

I still think Llorente will get fit and prove himself to be a real un for us.
But yes, when you think we already had got Koch and have Ayling as our permanent RCB/cover :lol: it's weird we jumped for a RCB.
Cooper at LCB whose injury prone and unproven at the top level, in the summer.
Leif Davis, who MB supposedly sees as a LCB, but won't play him there or in his natural position of LB.
Struijk, who was unproven in the first team, never mind PL, so was cover/permanent LCB.
Barry injured in the warm up Douglas, who was a flop and a half, and thankfully found his true level with Mowbray and Blackburn :lol:

Along with other areas that backline needs sorted out in the summer.

Cjay wrote on 06 Jan 2021 08:56 pm

White Riot wrote: Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:48 pm That's true, maybe the step up in class is too much for him.

The lads are making sure Mesliers hands don't get cold, so BW would also get plenty to do in our team this season.

I'm happy with the two we brought in technically, but their injuries are concerning. Especially Llorente who we've hardly seen.
Llorente is a concern for the obvious reason but calls into question the thought process.

We spent most of the summer trying to sign a highly rated but inexperienced left footed 18 year old cb who could also play lb.

We ended up with a 27 year old right footed cb who any report you read states he can not play left side and he is injury prone.

What concerns me to is the general joy fans of his old club expressed on twitter when he left, that always worries me.

He may come good and glad we didnt let Brighton have our pants down but how do you go from Gvardiol to Llorente, they arent similar?

Also come to think of it how do you go from Cuisance to Raphinha?

Do we not have a template of what we want ?

White Riot wrote on 06 Jan 2021 08:48 pm

Cjay wrote: Wed Jan 06, 2021 8:24 pm Could be right mate, not sure whether he would or not.

Consider how much more defending he'd be doing this season? He was a silky cb but he never really had to do much defending last season. Not to hard to look a quality defender when you are rarely defending after all.

As you say Brighton dont suit him but defending is defending and he hasnt looked up to it at this level so far.

Grateful for what he did for us last season but as you say, far better options out there
That's true, maybe the step up in class is too much for him.

The lads are making sure Mesliers hands don't get cold, so BW would also get plenty to do in our team this season.

I'm happy with the two we brought in technically, but their injuries are concerning. Especially Llorente who we've hardly seen.

Cjay wrote on 06 Jan 2021 08:24 pm

White Riot wrote: Tue Jan 05, 2021 6:45 pm :tup:

I would slightly disagree on Ben White Cjay. He's committed to BHA long-term which has secured himself financially, but career wise that's a major error. He's now stuck playing out of position, in a poor side, for an average coach. They've struggled the last two seasons so he was very poorly advised there.

If he came back to us he'd pick up where he left off. But only for less than 20 million and only if MB wants him. think the ship has probably sailed as there are lots of better options in Europe if we're gonna spend 30/40 million on a CB.
Could be right mate, not sure whether he would or not.

Consider how much more defending he'd be doing this season? He was a silky cb but he never really had to do much defending last season. Not to hard to look a quality defender when you are rarely defending after all.

As you say Brighton dont suit him but defending is defending and he hasnt looked up to it at this level so far.

Grateful for what he did for us last season but as you say, far better options out there