Could Leeds be tempted by Sampdoria sale?

29 Apr 2021 08:07 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Thursday 29th April, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Could Leeds be tempted by Sampdoria sale?

Sampdoria's financial predicament will mean that they will be forced to sell some of their top talent this Summer to balance their books! Omar Colley and Mikkel Damsgaard have both been linked with moves to West Yorkshire this season, but how probably is it? Gambian International centre back Colley is 28, and surprisingly skillful for a player his height 6ft 3'. Damsgaard has just broken through into the Danish squad. He's only 20, and can play on either wing. Both players would undoubtedly improve Leeds squad and would be available 'on the cheap', but do Leeds really need another centre back and another winger? We know from past experiences that Bielsa does not like using a large squad.

Who would like to see Ronaldo Viera back at Elland Road. Sampdoria have loaned the 22 year old out to Hellas Verona. A fee of 3m would be enough be bring him back to Elland Road! Another player Leeds are keen on will soon be available on a free transfer. German International Julian Draxler will be a free agent this Summer. The lure of the Premiership and an outstanding first season must surely give the Whites a chance! Rodrigo or Draxler?





Academy snap up highly rated winger

Leeds United have raided the Manchester City academy, stealing away one of their highest rated prospects. Luca Thomas was part of Citeh's Elite Development Squad and had risen through the ranks at the Academy Stadium. The 16yo winger will sign a two year scholarship. He will be joined by Cuba Cline. He has been in impressive form since joining the Whites from Anfield earlier this season!





PL announce major TV rights coup

The Premier League is poised to pull off a major coup by extending its present TV deals worth £1.5 billion a year with Sky, BT Sport, Amazon and the BBC. The new deal is set to commence at the start of the 2022/23 season. Tying the deal up now avoids the risk of the rights falling in an auction. The government will still need to sign off the paperwork, but considering what is happening elsewhere in World football, Boris better have his pen ready.

French Soccer had been thrown into disarray at the beginning of the year after MediaPro were forced to falter on their €3.25bn four year deal and withdraw their funding; severely denting the income of all French top-flight clubs. Where does this leave clubs like Lille who have debts of 125m? With this lucrative deal on the table, should the English football authorities do more to support Championship and lower league clubs?




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Ellandback1 wrote on 29 Apr 2021 07:51 pm

John in Louisiana wrote on 29 Apr 2021 05:36 pm

danhirons wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:59 pm Why would we be playing Phillips and one of llorente/Koch in midfield unless I've missed something?

Llorente might be adequate cover at cdm but I think he's proving himself too important at cb to be used as cover for midfield
Bielsa used both Kalvin and Koch in the midfield against scum and it seemed to work well. Seems like it could do so going forward, especially with two attack-minded backs like Ayling and Dallas.

danhirons wrote on 29 Apr 2021 04:59 pm

John in Louisiana wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:35 pm I agree. We have five players to cover the three positions (DM and CB), and all have proven themselves quite capable at the PL level. No need to go shopping there.

Or at GK, either.

Can we make an attacking midfielder out of Rodrigo? If so, if everyone is healthy we could have:

Harrison Paddy Raphinha

Phillips Rodrigo Llorente/Koch

Dallas Cooper/Struijk Llorente/Koch Ayling

I would be happy with that going forward.
Why would we be playing Phillips and one of llorente/Koch in midfield unless I've missed something?

Llorente might be adequate cover at cdm but I think he's proving himself too important at cb to be used as cover for midfield

Chilli D wrote on 29 Apr 2021 02:13 pm

John in Louisiana wrote: Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:35 pm I agree. We have five players to cover the three positions (DM and CB), and all have proven themselves quite capable at the PL level. No need to go shopping there.

Or at GK, either.

Can we make an attacking midfielder out of Rodrigo? If so, if everyone is healthy we could have:

Harrison Paddy Raphinha

Phillips Rodrigo Llorente/Koch

Dallas Cooper/Struijk Llorente/Koch Ayling

I would be happy with that going forward.
Hopefully both Gelhardt and Greenwood will prove themselves to be good enough for the Prem next season

Ron Swanson wrote on 29 Apr 2021 01:59 pm

As for Kiko, realistically we will have to pay a very high % of his wages in order to move him on... by replacing him we could end up increasing our wage bill.

In hindsight we can now say that Meslier is a top class keeper but at the time the jury was obviously still out... and that we should have sacked him for gross misconduct.

His continued presence at the club highlights the need for a squad to be trim, I think.