49ers increase share, Rodrigo gets Spain recall but no sign of Pat
06 Nov 2021 09:11 am, by YorkshireSquare
Good Morning. It's Saturday 6th November, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
49ers increase share in club
Leeds United have announced that 49ers Enterprises, the investment vehicle of the San Francisco 49ers, have increased the stake of their shareholding in Leeds United. Aser Ventures, owned by Chairman Andrea Radrizzani, maintains 56% ownership of the club, with 49ers Enterprises now controlling 44%. This builds further on the investment the 49ers made earlier in the summer when they increased their share in the club to 37%. The latest investment brings with it a cash injection to the club, though details are not clear as yet. Chief Executive Angus Kinnear said…
We are delighted to see Aser Ventures strengthen their partnership with 49ers Enterprises who have clearly been impressed by the quality of the project. Aser Ventures and Chairman Andrea Radrizzani remain unequivocally committed to the club, whilst all those involved with the 49ers are actively working with our management team on a daily basis to help to drive us forward, putting us in a strong position to achieve our goals in the coming years.
The 49ers bring with them a wealth of experience in stadium development and the investment could be an indication Leeds are gearing their plans to redevelop Elland Road. It could also signal an ongoing increase investment which could see the 49ers becoming the major shareholders of the club. How would you feel about the 49ers becoming the major owners? Do they bring the kind of experience and investment we need or should we fear further American control in the Premier League?
Do you think Andrea Radrizzani is eyeing the exit door? Is he looking to make a return on his initial investment? If the 49ers take a majority shareholding do you think Radrizzani would stay around? He is constantly being linked with investments in other clubs in Spain and Italy.
Rodrigo back in the Spain squad
Spain head coach Luis Enrique named Rodrigo in his 25 man squad on Friday morning. The striker has played 25 times for Spain, scoring 8 goals but missed out on the Euros having picked up Covid last year and struggling to get game time for Leeds. But he has played in nine of Leeds United’s 10 league games this season scoring two goals in his last two appearances. Whilst Leeds fans are still not entirely convinced, he has clearly caught Enrique’s eye again. Do you think Rodrigo deserves his recall to the Spain squad? Has he done enough in his last 9 appearances for Leeds?
Whilst Rodrigo may not be prolific up front, Martin CBM Riley from All Leeds TV has seen improvements in the defensive part of his game. Rodrigo has increased his defensive output, with his average tackles and interceptions per game increasing from 2.03 last season to 2.13 this season. His pressure success rate has also increased by 5% to 30%. Do these stats indicate that Rodrigo is adjusting to the role Bielsa requires from his striker, lading the defence from the front by pressuring the opposition high up the pitch?
Bielsa unsure when Bamford will return
Striker Patrick Bamford has not played since the draw with Newcastle on 17th September after picking up an innocuous looking ankle injury. But 7 weeks on Bamford still seems no closer to a return to action with Marcelo Bielsa saying…
It's not a simple injury... when he will be available to play, can't be given exactly.
It was hoped he would be back after the October international break, but the striker has still not returned to full fitness. The 28 year-old will miss Sunday's clash with Leicester at Elland Road, extending his absence to eight matches and meaning that he has missed more games than he has played this season.
How much do we miss Bamford? He is crucial to the way we play, pressing the opposition high up the pitch and holding the ball up. How much do we lose with Bamford not playing?