Whites turn down £33m bid for winger

02 Aug 2022 07:53 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 2nd August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Whites turn down £33m bid for winger

Media reports are suggesting that Leeds have turned down a £33m offer from Newcastle Utd for inform winger Jack Harrison. The 25yo was instrumental in saving the Whites from relegation last season, chipping in with ten goals, and two assists from 37 appearances. He finally penned a three-year permanent deal last Summer, having spent three seasons on loan! With only two years left on his contract, can Leeds afford to be turning down good money?

Leeds already have three other specialist wingers, in the form of Luis Sinisterra, Dan James and Crysencio Summerville in their squad. They also acquired Brenden Aaronson in the Summer, who can play as an attacking midfield or winger. Do Leeds need Harrison, or would the money be better spent elsewhere?





Teams will punish Leeds out wide

Elland Road journalist Phil Hay has warned Leeds fans not to get carried away after thrashing Cagliari at the weekend. He believes the Sardinian's weren't up to much, and expressed his concern about Leeds leaving huge gaps out wide when attacking in numbers, and getting punished. Whilst Hay remains sceptical of Jesse Marsch's narrow formation, he reserved special praise for Brenden Aaronson, and insists that his contributions this forthcoming season will be vital!

We probably need to be careful not to read too much into the game, simply because Cagliari weren’t up to much, but I also thought there was a lot to like about Aaronson. Tricky on the ball, a good turn of pace and very attack minded. He looks comfortable on the ball and happy to play positively. It’s a good sign because £25m was a lot to spend on him but productivity from his area of the pitch will be vital.

Teams countering and finding all the space they need out wide has been a theme of pre-season. There are plenty of sides in the EPL with the pace and quality to do damage there and it seems to me to be a tactical thing more than personnel. When Leeds push up, their structure leaves big gaps - but maybe that will improve over time as the system becomes more familiar.

One thing Phillips was great at was covering out wide when Bielsa’s full backs pushed on. You need that sort of presence in the team if you’re playing a very high line out wide. I think it’s imperative that one of Roca/Adams (or whichever midfield pair) stays deep when Leeds go forward.




Stalemate in pursuit of Berisha

Reports from Turkey indicate that Fenerbahce are desperate to sell Mergim Berisha, but are insistent on their £4m asking price. Super Lig teams are only allowed to register up to 14 non-Turkish players and Fenerbahce have signed nine foreign nationals this Summer alone. Although Berisha only bagged four goals last season, Jesse Marsch is keen on the 24yo as back up to Patrick Bamford. Recent reports suggest that Leeds are willing to pay £1.75m, and prepared to pay hard ball with their Turkish counterparts if necessary!




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Finnatic wrote on 03 Aug 2022 02:10 pm

lufc1304 wrote: Wed Aug 03, 2022 1:45 pm As long as he knows when to go and when to stay. We don't want both him and Roca to push forward and leave the back four exposed if we lose possession. I'm sure he does, just wary of us committing too many men forward, we'll be picked off if we do.
If Roca and Adams go forward it will leave a back two - CB’s.
Both wing backs would be just as forward as Roca and Adams 😬

BlackHillsPaul wrote on 03 Aug 2022 02:10 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Wed Aug 03, 2022 1:25 pm Dunno why you are getting upset about Phil talking football..

But while I am at it expect a bit more from Adams than what you suggest.

He can go box to box as well.
Sarcastic, not upset Irish. ;-)

And you are correct that Adams CAN play box to box. But it has not been his primary role for club or country. And I don't see it as his role with LUFC. Having said that Roca seems to have a bit more bite in his game than I expected. So maybe this partnership will be more of a true duel pivot. But based on my knowledge of both Adams and JM I don't expect that.

lufc1304 wrote on 03 Aug 2022 01:45 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Wed Aug 03, 2022 1:25 pm Dunno why you are getting upset about Phil talking football..

But while I am at it expect a bit more from Adams than what you suggest.

He can go box to box as well.
As long as he knows when to go and when to stay. We don't want both him and Roca to push forward and leave the back four exposed if we lose possession. I'm sure he does, just wary of us committing too many men forward, we'll be picked off if we do.

Irish Ian wrote on 03 Aug 2022 01:25 pm

BlackHillsPaul wrote: Wed Aug 03, 2022 1:07 pm "One thing Phillips was great at was covering out wide when Bielsa’s full backs pushed on. You need that sort of presence in the team if you’re playing a very high line out wide. I think it’s imperative that one of Roca/Adams (or whichever midfield pair) stays deep when Leeds go forward.".....Phil Hay

Well no s**t Sherlock, why the f**k do you think Jesse wanted Adams. He only grew up in this system and his only role is to be a destroyer and provide cover for the back line when the outside backs push forward.
Dunno why you are getting upset about Phil talking football..

But while I am at it expect a bit more from Adams than what you suggest.

He can go box to box as well.

BlackHillsPaul wrote on 03 Aug 2022 01:07 pm

"One thing Phillips was great at was covering out wide when Bielsa’s full backs pushed on. You need that sort of presence in the team if you’re playing a very high line out wide. I think it’s imperative that one of Roca/Adams (or whichever midfield pair) stays deep when Leeds go forward.".....Phil Hay

Well no s**t Sherlock, why the f**k do you think Jesse wanted Adams. He only grew up in this system and his only role is to be a destroyer and provide cover for the back line when the outside backs push forward.