The fitness levels you have to get to are ridiculous - Huggins

06 Apr 2021 07:48 am, by Ellandback1

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The fitness levels you have to get to are ridiculous - Huggins

Bright academy prospect Niall Huggins has detailed how Bielsa's intense fitness regime has seen the left back promoted into the first team. Born in York, Huggins has risen up the ranks at Thorp Arch since the age of nine. Eleven years on, his hard work and dedication has paid dividends as he breaks through to the senior squad, as well as the Welsh U21's.

For me that first season [with the 23s] was a tough one. The fitness levels you have to get to are ridiculous. The summer after, it was hard because of COVID but programmes got sent through, we had to stick to them to make sure we get as fit as we can and for me it's just been about improving my fitness.

I think the reason I went up to the 23s was my technical ability but to push that step forward at Leeds now you have to be able to run, you have to be able to do everything intensely, everything as fast as you can. "Obviously they're really strict on your body fats and weight targets, we have to hit them all the time and if you're not then unfortunately you might end up not playing - it's that strict.

They want you to be at the top of your game and for them that means they want you to be on target to keep the intensity up for the full 90 minutes. It all comes down from him through his staff. It's all the same sort of principles - everything has to be high intensity. A lot of it is down to how intense it all is. The training, the games, the amount you're running and your high speed - things like that.

How you pass the ball. The way we work in training all improves that with the drills we do. "The manager has helped me improve loads at Leeds and the style of football we're playing obviously helps the first team a lot and down to 23s level and throughout the academy, it's had an impact on us all and obviously I've improved a lot from it.

Leeds are in good hands with Radrizzani

Soccer finance expert Kieran Maguire has labelled Andrea Radrizzani as being 'extremely smart' and what he lacks in personal wealth, he makes up in experience.

He is certainly at the top rung in terms of people involved in the executive side of the game. He’s been on both sides of the table to a certain extent in terms of buying and selling commercial deals. He also knows what he’s looking for as a broadcaster so he can see if he’s getting the best value for money in terms of top-tier deals like this. “He’s an extremely smart bloke and that is beneficial for Leeds because he certainly doesn’t have the same level of ultra-high net worth as some of the other owners in the division. He isn’t at that particular table in terms of personal wealth, but his background is hugely beneficial to the club.

The 46 year old, founder of global media giants Eleven Sports, has just added 'Team Whistle' to his portfolio in recent days. They are a New York based digital sports and entertainment company, as the Leeds Chairman reaches into the online North American market.

Top Leeds Utd bargains

Last night on match of the day, Alan Shearer and Gary Lineker gave their top 10 bargain transfers of all time. Leeds featured twice. They bought Lucas Radebe in 1994 from the Keiser Chiefs for just £250,000, and they sold Eric Cantona to Manchester Utd for £1.2m two years previously. Who would make your top 5 Leeds bargains of all time?

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weasel wrote on 06 Apr 2021 11:16 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 5:28 pm 275k for Snodgrass
400k for Chapman
900k for Cantona
400k for Max Gradel
1m for Nigel Martyn

Beat that!!!!
I thought Snoddy cost £10k from Livingstone and Martyn was nearer to £3m. Beckford would have to be classed as a bargain too around £250k I think and Becchio arrived on a free. Kasper Schmeichel came on a free as did Kisnorbo.

Ellandback1 wrote on 06 Apr 2021 05:28 pm

275k for Snodgrass
400k for Chapman
900k for Cantona
400k for Max Gradel
1m for Nigel Martyn

Beat that!!!!

Leeds1000 wrote on 06 Apr 2021 04:04 pm

Can't argue with any of them names. I thought JFH was a steal at 2mil just a shame he didn't hang around long enough.

Byebyegeegee wrote on 06 Apr 2021 03:35 pm

Gandalf wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 11:39 am Collins

You could probably add Jones and Clarke in there, but at the time, £100K and £165K was a lot of money. McQueen and Jordan were also great bargains, and made us a big profit. Chapman's goals were also a bargain. In current times, Raphinha looks like he could be the best "bargain" of all, but I am loath to class £17M as a bargain.
Yes Gandalf, wouldn’t argue with any of that!

Byebyegeegee wrote on 06 Apr 2021 03:30 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Apr 06, 2021 10:09 am Incredibly Shearer & Lineker think football only began with the introduction of the premier league :roll:
Exactly 64 - buffoons the pair of them!