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?