Leeds still in the hunt for O'Brien as Town fans wave farewell

18 Aug 2021 07:33 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Wednesday 18th August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Leeds still in the hunt for O'Brien as Town fans wave farewell

Sources close to Elland Road claim that Lewis O'Brien will undergo a medical at Thorp Arch on Friday morning after significant progress was made between Victor Orta and his counterpart at the John Smiths Stadium. The news came after the Terriers rejected an improved offer from Crystal Palace for the 22 year old midfielder. O'Brien was back in the Huddersfield Town line-up last night against Preston North End but many Town fans are convinced it will have been his last appearance for the club.

Some may have their doubts about O’Brien given that he is coming from the Championship. At 22 he is not the finished article just yet but he has been extremely impressive for Carlos Corberan’s side. And Leeds certainly appear to need further reinforcements in the middle of the park, especially given the way they concended controll of the midfield to Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba on Saturday.

Where will O'Brien fit into Bielsa's plans? Will he be a squad player, or be a regular starter. If he does start, who will he replace? Could he be the perfect sidekick for Mateusz Klich in the middle of midfield, if so what does that mean for Rodrigo? A fee in the region of £7m is believed to be agreed between the two clubs!

Winks the missing link in Leeds midfield says Robinson

Harry Winks has become the latest in a long line of midfielders linked to a move to West Yorkshire's finest in the last couple of day. Once tipped for England stardom, the 25 year old midfielder has not fulfilled his potential at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, and has not featured for the three Lions in three years. He was an unused substitute in Nuno Santo's opening win over Manchester City; a line up the former Wolves gaffer is unlikely to change anytime soon! Former Whites ace Paul Robinson believes Winks could be the missing link in Leeds midfield...

I’d love to see them sign Harry Winks. I know he’s getting a lot of game time at Spurs in pre-season but he didn’t last year and I think a player of his ability can get to a different level if they’re playing every week. Rather than being a bit-part player at Tottenham I think he could really kick on if he was at somebody like Leeds.

His offensive capabilities are overlooked a little bit because he quite often plays defensively. Winks could play every week higher up in the midfield but fill in defensively when necessary. I think he’d add a lot of bite to that midfield.

Pundit lays into Bielsa for benching Phillips

Former Republic of Ireland and Chelsea star, now talkSPORT pundit Andy Townsend, took to social media to relay murmurs about Kalvin Phillips returning back to training at Thorp Arch overweight! The 25yo England star, had a two week vacation following his heroics for England during he Euro's. A bemused Townsend laid into the 66yo Argentine for benching the Leeds anchor man!

I don’t see the point of having Kalvin Phillips on the bench. I see the point of starting him and maybe saying, ‘give me the best hour you’ve got, give me what you can’. But I don’t see the point of having someone like him on the bench but not starting him. I really don’t.

There have been some rumours – and I have no idea where they’re justified or whatever – that he was a bit overweight when he came back after the summer. Well if he’s that overweight, he shouldn’t be on the bench. He should be back at Leeds training morning and night to get himself in the best shape for the next game.

Leeds risk partial ground closure due to 3rd party ticket sales

Leeds could face financial repercussions and risk partial closure of Elland Road following report of touts taking advantage of fans desperate to get their hands on tickets to see the Whites this season. Third party ticket sales have been listed online at hugely inflated prices knowing Leeds fans will pay through the nose to see their idols play. A furious Radrizzani recently expressed his displeasure at the situation...

It s very disappointing to see this situation. This is not fair and I am working with the club management to tackle and stop these illegal activities.

Football finance guru Kieran Maguire is adamant that Leeds must maintain full control over who is admitted to the stadium or risk Covid-related financial repercussions.

It’s important to stay ahead of these things. Radrizzani is fully aware that the football industry is under close scrutiny from the Government because they have been given the license to have full attendances. Part of the payback for that is that the clubs need to be carefully monitoring who is coming into the grounds.

With these third parties selling tickets, the situation is out of control of the club. There is a potential danger from a Covid perspective. The Government could then turn around and say they are not happy and are going to reduce attendances to 50 per cent. So it could have substantial cash flow implications at Leeds United and other clubs where this goes on.

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Leeds1000 wrote on 19 Aug 2021 08:26 am

Haven't seen the lad O'Brian play but he does remind me of Forshaw in stature.

Scoobychief wrote on 19 Aug 2021 08:18 am

Rodrigo is not a 10. we have noone at the club that can be like hernandez, and we need a player in the same bracket before the window closes. i am seriously worried about this season especially with crowds back we will perform better away from home that at home this season, you can sense the nerve and tension at most home days whenever a crucial game is on. the 3 lads that come from the bench roberts, costa and maybe poveda are just not good enough for this league or for our team. im sick of banging on about it, but the everton game is going to be a good yardstick for us this year, generally everton are a very strong team early on in the season and then finish poorly, so this is going to be a hard test for us. i can understand why we dont approach west brom for a loan with a view to buy matheus perriera.

Mountain wrote on 19 Aug 2021 07:34 am

Overman wrote: Wed Aug 18, 2021 1:47 pm Goodness, there's some snowflake mentality on here. If perceived negativity has such an impact, then perhaps it's better not to read such posts. I think it's healthy at times to have diversity of thought and opinion. In the grand scheme of it all, it's just a game. In regard to fickle fans, I wouldn't put the majority Leeds fans into that category, not after all we've endured over the years. There are far more fickle fan bases out there for sure.
I do think the only way to read the criticism of Bielsa is with a mixture of laughter and incredulity that people have opinions like "we should throw millions at some other players/ he should change his whole football philosophy when we play ManU/ he's too stubborn because something about Jansson and Pablo (a 36 year old who EVERYONE said would only have 1 season in the top flight)".

The Guardian article is good insofar as it points out the obvious difference between Leeds and teams above us is money money money money money money money money money MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY MONEY! What Bielsa does is close that gap, the idea that he should render it irrelevant all of the time is just absurd nonsense.

Overman wrote on 19 Aug 2021 07:32 am

White Riot wrote: Thu Aug 19, 2021 6:54 am It is a decent article. But as others have said, if we're financially manacled to the extent that we're low-balling for a bottom half Championship player, then why last summer did we blow a lot of cash and wage budget on Rodrigo?

It seems to me that this was not a great decision and we're feeling the impact of it now.

We clearly needed a playmaker, like RDP or Nandez, but failed to recruit one, Cuissance is the evidence that Leeds saw the need for one. But late in the window Rodrigo, Spain's number 9, becomes available at a bargain price and we bite on it, with the knowledge that he'll have to change his position and be converted to a number 10. So far that experiment hasn't worked imo, and he's only really looked comfortable when Bamford steps aside to let him take the field as a striker.

Hopefully, Rodrigo does make it as a ten for us, or this could be another huge mistake, like JKA, which due to our small squad and it's limitations creates financial and football performance impacts that last for a number of seasons and prevent our progression.

That's how I'm reading our transfer situation. But obviously kudos to Orta for bringing in Koch, Meslier, Struijk, Llorente and Raphinha. Time will tell whether Firpo and Rodrigo have been good decisions.
I think with Rodrigo is could well prove to be another expensive mistake. I just hope is able to really kick on this season, but he's not really helped by being played out of position. In regard to our current financial situation, it seems that we don't have the means to invest in the quality required. If this is the case, then Radz may need to consider selling up. There was a lot of rhetoric from him regarding a number of big investors wanting to purchase the club. I am not too sure if this is still the case, but clearly the club is an attractive proposition. I hear some still using the same tired yarn of 'not doing another Ridsdale', that shouldn't hold the club back in terms of investment and progression.

Chilli D wrote on 19 Aug 2021 06:58 am

faaip wrote: Wed Aug 18, 2021 6:24 pm Good piece in the Guardian

https://www.theguardian.com/football/20 ... wage-bills
Good article