Leeds linked with Brazilian striker
30 Nov 2021 08:57 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 30th November, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds linked with Brazilian striker
Spanish newspaper Sport are reporting that Leeds are interested in signing Brazilian striker Arthur Cabral from Basel. He is a player that Bielsa has been looking at for some time and he has a great goalscoring record, if only in the Swiss Super League. Cabral has scored 14 goals in 14 games in the league already this season. This follows 18 goals in 33 appearances last season.
His contract expires in June 2023, so Basel are willing to sell him. He would cost €15-20 million. Barcelona were believed to the front runners but West Ham and Leeds have also emerged as possible destinations in recent days with Leeds tipped as favourites. Any deal would be mediated by Deco, who Leeds fans may know is Raphinha’s agent.
He’s a killer in the box, with an impressive physique (1m 86 and weighs 86kg), and has a strong shot. He’s also great in the air and can finish with both feet, although his right is his natural foot. He’s a reference point in the team, superb in the box and he can link play when out of it. Could Cabral be the answer to our lack of depth and goals up front?
Late heartbreak for U23's
A last minute goal from Citeh ace Cole Palmer denied Mark Jackson's under 23's a valuable point last night at the Academy Stadium in Manchester. The visitors took the lead from the penalty spot on the stroke of half time. Lewis Bate threaded the ball perfectly for Summerville to latch onto. Egan Riley had little option but to bring the Dutch winger down. Greenwood stepped up, and although the keeper guessed the right way, the accuracy and power gave Van Sas no chance.
Two minutes into the second half, the Blues were level. Brazilian forward Kayky skipped past Moore before chipping the ball past the helpless Klaesson. With twenty-five minutes left, the hosts were reduced to ten men. Lavia's lunge on Kenneh earned the Belgium midfielder a second yellow card. Leeds took full advantage of their extra man and retook the lead two minutes later; Greenwood firing hard and low into the right-hand corner.
Their lead would last only eight minutes. James McAtee with the strike, after good work from Palmer to wrestle possession from Bate. Ten men City wrapped the game up in the 89th minute. Klaesson failed to smother Palmers shot, giving the England U21 star an easy tap in from the rebound.
Mark Jackson's U23's have slipped down to 12th place in the table (out of 14) after their latest defeat. They have now gone eight games without a win. The Whites have invested heavily in their youngsters, and we have seen Struilk, Gelhardt and Summerville impress for the first team, but can't help feeling disappointed that the youngsters are not competing against others their own age!
Bamford and Ayling get much needed minutes
Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford both continued their recoveries last night, featuring in the U23s game against Manchester City. After taking the lead through a Sam Greenwood Penalty, Mark Jackson’s side eventually ended up losing 3-2 but not before the due of Ayling and Bamford got some much-needed minutes under their belts.
Ayling played the whole first half before being replaced by Charlie Cresswell at the break whilst Bamford played the full game up front. He even had the ball in the net at one point, though the goal was ruled out for offside. Both showed exactly what we’ve been missing with Bamford pressing from the front and holding the ball up with Ayling overlapping on the right wing.
Tonight’s game is clearly too early for either of them to feature in any meaningful way but it does open the possibility of a return for the Brentford game on the weekend. How much have we missed Bamford and Ayling? Will their return be a huge boost to our season?