Daniel James back on Bielsa's radar?
13 Jul 2021 09:13 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 13th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Daniel James back on Bielsa's radar
Daniel James is believed to be assessing his options following the imminent arrival of Jadon Sancho to Old Trafford. We know that Biela is a big fan of the Welsh International winger who stood out for his Country during the Euro's this Summer, yet it seems that he is being pushed further and further down the pecking order. Sources close to the red side of Manchester state James is reluctant to leave but when a 73m transfer arrives with your shirt number, surely its time to move on.
Phillips makes the Euro's top 30
The top 30 players at Euro 2020 have been named, and Kalvin Phillips makes the grade! Italian midfielder Marco Verratti beat Luke Shaw to top spot with Harry Maguire third. Ronaldo (4th) and Patrik Schick (5th) make up the top five. Kalvin Phillips came in at 24th, just ahead of Luca Modric and Leeds target Mikel Damsgaard (26th). Fellow midfielder Declan Rice did not make the top 30.
The official statistics were put together by The FedEx Performance Zone, which acts as a form tracker. Other England players to make the list are :- John Stones (17th), Jordan Pickford (12th), Raheem Sterling (11th) and Harry Kane (7th).
Leeds lining up permanent replacement for Casilla
Leeds are keen to sign a new keeper, now that Kiko Casilla has departed on a season long loan to La Liga outfit Elche. The former Real Madrid shot stopper signed a four and a half year deal with the Whites in the 2019 January transfer window, so will still be under contract at Elland Road for a further season upon his return. Bielsa is keen to bring in a keeper that will keep French U21 keeper Illan Meslier on his toes!
The Whites narrowly missed out on Angus Gunn. The £5m signing opted to return to his grass roots! Should Leeds sign an experienced veteran keeper that is happy to play second fiddle to Meslier or splash out on a quality signing between the sticks, that may put his nose out of joint?