Manchester Utd join race for Raphinha

17 Feb 2021 09:02 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Wednesday 17th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Manchester Utd in the pursuit Raphinha

Italian Journalist Gianluigi Longari has taken to social media to reveal that Manchester Utd have joined Liverpool in the pursuit of Leeds winger Raphinha. The 24 year old joined the Whites last Summer for £17m, which with the amount of interest he is attracting from Anfield and Old Trafford seems a drop in the Ocean! What price would you realistically put round the neck of Raphinha?

Controversial TalkSport host leaps to the defence of Leeds Utd (Again)

Controversial TalkSport host Adrian Durham has once again leapt to the defence of Leeds Utd following their 4-2 defeat at the Emirates at the weekend. Many fans from around the Country took to social media to voice their opinion that Leeds Utd do not play entertaining football! The supersized ginger whinger from TalkSport Towers is better known for voicing contentious opinions to create debate, and why not - controversy creates cash, but it seems the 51yo has a soft spot for Leeds Utd. This is what he had to say on his Drive Time show...

At Arsenal, Leeds were four down early in the second half, and the usual football bozos slithered to the surface on social media to declare that Leeds were not entertaining. And they thankfully slithered away again when they realised Leeds carried on playing the way they were playing and got themselves back into the game.

And actually it was a very entertaining game. So I'd like to ask all those football experts that are slithering away, why is Leeds' style not considered entertaining to you? Just explain that to me. Because if you lose a game or concede goals, does that automatically mean you are not entertaining, or is that over-simplifying it to try to justify some sort of anti-Leeds stance that you've always had for whatever reason?"

All the Bielsa deniers, are they aware that only one of Leeds' back four was in his proper position because of all the injuries they've got? Apparently, it's OK for Liverpool to use that as an excuse but not a newly-promoted side that are going to survive comfortably, which is a bit weird.

(Jamie) Shackleton and (Ezgjan) Alioski are not natural back four material, (Luke) Ayling is a full-back more than a centre-back, (Liam) Cooper is the only one (in his normal position), and he probably wouldn't be in the team if everyone was fit - it might well be (Diego) Llorente and (Robin) Koch at centre-half instead of Cooper.

Pundits and commentators on TV

Equality in football has come a long way in the last twenty years. Today, we see female linesman and lady referee's at the top level, and on the increase, racism on the terraces being irradiated, and the once dominated male orientated punditry / commentary a thing of the past. I wanted to concentrate on the punditry / commentary. I myself would much rather have a small panel of Super Leeds fans, say Andrew Dalton, Heidi Haigh and Gary Edwards. In my humble opinion, any one of the three would have more insight into our great club in their little finger than any pundit or former player looking for a pay day to voice the blinking obvious?

Many of us come from an older generation when punditry was dominated by men! Obviously, there are good and bad examples for both sexes, but does anyone believe the involvement with female punditry has spoilt your enjoyment of proceedings? Which female broadcasters do you prefer over male ones? Do you miss the likes of Andy Gray, Martin Tyler and Richard Keys?

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dester23 wrote on 17 Feb 2021 07:54 pm

Raphina x Daniel James plus money I 'll take that

Byebyegeegee wrote on 17 Feb 2021 05:14 pm

1964white wrote: Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:49 pm Rumours still circulating that Leeds will pursue their interest in Ben White come the summer!
I, for one, would be delighted if that was the case especially if we could get him for a snip of the price Brighton were after last summer. 👍🏻

Currie14 wrote on 17 Feb 2021 04:56 pm

The worry with Raph is that he hasn't stayed anywhere long in his career so far, 5 clubs in 6 years. It still seems bizarre to me that Rennes made a loss on him when he helped them to a 3rd place finish and into the Champions League.
If we do end up selling it has to be for an absolute bl**dy fortune (Dan James plus £75m).

mothbanquet wrote on 17 Feb 2021 04:18 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:12 pm He has done nothing spectacular this year
With Brighton.

Smudge3920 wrote on 17 Feb 2021 04:12 pm

1964white wrote: Wed Feb 17, 2021 3:49 pm Rumours still circulating that Leeds will pursue their interest in Ben White come the summer!
He has done nothing spectacular this year so if they ask over market price then just ignore