Leeds join hunt for Asensio

03 Aug 2021 08:03 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 3rd August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Leeds join hunt for Asensio

According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Leeds are one of three Premier league clubs who have made a formal offer for Real Madrid's Marco Asensio.

Since taking the reigns in early June, Carlo Ancelotti has had to make some difficult decisions, no more so than telling Asensio he does not have a future at the Bernabeu! This has sparked a frenzy with more than half a dozen Premiership teams alone being credited with taking a close interest in the 25 year old.

The Spanish International has 25 caps to his name, and is currently representing his Country at the Tokyo Olympics where his performances have been labelled below par. His form has certainly dropped in the past couple of seasons, prompting Ancelotti to cash in on the winger! Multiple reports suggest that Asensio is Bielsa's back up, still maintaining that Adama Traore is their main Summer target!





Leeds bookies favourites to land Traore

Despite Adama Traore apparently turning down a move to Elland Road, Sky Bet have slashed their odds of signing the Wolves powerhouse to 2/1 with Spurs at 4/1, Chelsea 7/1 and Liverpool 8/1. The 25 year old has two years left on his contract, but has refused a new deal at Molineux prompting the Midland side to cash in whilst the goings good!





Changes in VAR

Premier League officials have been told not to penalise "trivial things" during a recent meeting relating to changes in VAR. Referees are under orders not to give away soft free kicks or penalties where minimal contact is made. Chief referee Mike Riley explains:

Contact on its own is only part of the what referees should look for. They should also ask themselves if the contact has a consequence, and then if the player used that contact to try and win a foul or a penalty.

It's not sufficient just to say: 'Yes, there's contact.' I think, partly, we got into that frame of mind by the forensic analysis that went into VAR awards. "If you've got clear contact that has a consequence, that's what you've got to penalise. If you've any doubt in those elements, you're less likely to be penalised.

I think it moves the dial back towards where we were in a pre-VAR world. We don't want trivial things penalised.

For the forthcoming season offside decisions, and handball have been amended. Referees will be assessing the hand or arm position in relation to body movement, and whether the opposing players body has been made unnaturally bigger. Regarding offside, the attacking side will now get the benefit of the doubt, obviously leading to more goals.

The toenails and noses that might have been offside last year won't be next season. We will carry on following the same process as last year, so you'll apply the pixel lines, place the attacking line and defending line on top, and then the thicker broadcast lines. But where they overlap those, situations will now be deemed as onside.

Lines being drawn on screens as VAR reaches its offside decisions will not be visible. Instead, viewers will only be shown how the conclusion was reached.




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Smudge3920 wrote on 05 Aug 2021 01:59 am

lufc1304 wrote: Tue Aug 03, 2021 12:27 pm See, this is why I believe stuff when the club announces it. Yesterday we had been snubbed by Traore, today we're favourites to sign him. Click bait bullshit!
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Leeds1000 wrote on 03 Aug 2021 07:50 pm

Brookesy wrote: Tue Aug 03, 2021 4:01 pm Agree with with others, spending £30m on Traore would make no sense. Hopefully it is just media speculation. Ideally we need to sign a midfield playmaker. If we cannot get the right player that fits our needs now I would rather we saved the funds until the right player is available. No panic buys please.
Welcome in fella. :tup:

Brookesy wrote on 03 Aug 2021 04:01 pm

Agree with with others, spending £30m on Traore would make no sense. Hopefully it is just media speculation. Ideally we need to sign a midfield playmaker. If we cannot get the right player that fits our needs now I would rather we saved the funds until the right player is available. No panic buys please.

Ellandback1 wrote on 03 Aug 2021 01:54 pm

Double Dutch

Leeds United are scheduled to play their latest pre-season friendly tomorrow evening against Dutch champions AFC Ajax.

The Whites will travel to Amsterdam in what is currently their only overseas pre-season run-out, following their defeat to Real Betis at Loughborough University Stadium last weekend.
In a surprise turn of events, the Dutch side have announced a further clash that will see Leeds United's U23s play in a behind-closed-doors friendly against another Ajax side.

Mark Jackson's U23 team are likely to face Jong Ajax - the Dutch club's U21 team, which plays in the country's second tier - at 13:45 CET/12:45 BST on Wednesday afternoon.

Then, later that day, Marcelo Bielsa's first-team will go up against Erik ten Hag's senior Ajax squad at the Amsterdam ArenA at 20:00 CET/19:00 BST

Ellandback1 wrote on 03 Aug 2021 01:53 pm

Brentford have agreed a fee with FC Midtjylland for the services of Jens Cajuste, who Crystal Palace and Leeds were keen on.

The owner of Brentford also own FC Midtjylland!