Have Leeds missed the boat for Cody Gakpo?

14 Sep 2022 07:41 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Wednesday 14th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Have Leeds missed the boat for Cody Gakpo?

Elland Road journalist Phil Hay believes Cody Gakpo may be out of Leeds Utd's reach, when the Winter transfer window opens in January. Having spent much of the season chasing Charles De Ketelaere (in vain), they waited until the last 48 hours of the transfer window before securing an alternative frontman. A deal with PSV Eindhoven worth £38.4m was put into place, and Victor Orta jetted off to Holland to collect his man.

Unfortunately, the rushed deal unravelled, and although the finer points of the collapse are a little hazy, we can all agree that the timing was a major influence. In a bid to save face, Leeds Chairman Andrea Radrizzani took to social media to proclaim that they would try again in the new year, but according to Hay, the boat may have already sailed!

In six appearances for PSV this season, he has netted seven times, and gained three assists, as well as four man-of-the-match awards. WhoScored have awarded the 23 year old an almost unprecedented 8.93 rating. If Europe's elite were not aware of Gakpo's talents during the Summer, they will be now! According to Hay...

Leeds are talking about trying again with Gakpo in January, but they have to be realistic about the fact his value will rise if he has a good domestic season with PSV Eindhoven and shines at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Should that happen, his sights are likely to turn to a higher level of competition than Leeds can offer — regular Champions League football in other words — and Leeds might find that he is beyond their reach. Aaronson was slightly different in that Elland Road was always likely to be his best option this summer. Gakpo’s choice of clubs could be far broader, so yes, maybe the boat has sailed.

Leeds are talking about trying again with Gakpo in January, but they have to be realistic about the fact his value will rise if he has a good domestic season with PSV Eindhoven and shines at the World Cup with the Netherlands. Should that happen, his sights are likely to turn to a higher level of competition than Leeds can offer — regular Champions League football in other words — and Leeds might find that he is beyond their reach. Aaronson was slightly different in that Elland Road was always likely to be his best option this summer. Gakpo’s choice of clubs could be far broader, so yes, maybe the boat has sailed.




Redevelopment of Elland Road is critical

During a recent Q and A session on 'The Athletic' Phil Hay voiced his concern over the long awaiting redevelopment program at Elland Road. Currently, the capacity stands at 37, 792, but with a waiting list of more than 20,000, talk of expansion is never far away. As Hay states, the revenue the extra seats would generate, would give Leeds the financial clout needed to challenge for a European place, which in turn would attract better players. It's fair to say that Elland Road could do with a face lift, but we may have to wait for the 49er's to exercise their right to buy out Radrizzani before any building work takes place.

The redevelopment of the stadium is critical. It’s the only way in which Leeds can significantly hike up their annual revenue to a level that allows them to realistically aim for Europe. A modern 60,000-seater ground would generate so much more revenue than Elland Road currently does. Radrizzani said here that plans for the project are moving forward, but you only have to look at Elland Road to see how much needs to be done.

If or when 49ers Enterprises buy out Radrizzani, a transitional period is likely. The expectation is that Angus Kinnear would stay on as CEO, at least in the short term, and potentially Victor Orta, too. Orta, like Radrizzani, has said a few times that he plans to remain at Leeds until the club have made it into Europe. But generally, changes of ownership tend to mean a changing of the guard at executive level, so it’s difficult to give a definite answer."

What we can say is that over the summer there has been no move by 49ers Enterprises to increase its minority shareholding of 44 per cent. The group holds an option to take majority control before 2024, but that hasn’t been activated yet.




Bielsa's not finished yet

Many may have assumed that at 67, Marcelo Bielsa's Managerial career may have been over, but nothing is further from the truth. The Argentine received his P45 at the end of February, and has been out of work ever since. He was heavily linked with a return to Athletic Bilbao, but the position was reliant on Iñaki Arechabaleta becoming Club President, and unfortunately, he lost the vote. It is understood that his team of coaches are waiting patiently by the phone, ready to reunite with him when the time is right. Rumours of Thorp Arch being renamed after Bielsa are on hold, as he hasn't yet given Leeds permission to do so.

Bielsa went to Brazil for a short break with his wife after leaving Leeds and he’s been back in Argentina since then. You’ll have seen the bid he made for the job at Athletic Bilbao (a job he didn’t get because the presidential candidate who wanted him failed to get elected at Athletic). But he’s very much in the market for another coaching position and he’s told people around him that he’s not finished. Most of the staff who were with him at Leeds went home, waiting to see what was next for Bielsa.

His translator, Andres Clavijo, has been working in a bar in Brixton in London. It’ll be fascinating to follow Bielsa if and when he steps back into the game. As for the training ground, Leeds have written to him to ask for his permission to rename it after him. They’re waiting for a reply.



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Jaydog wrote on 14 Sep 2022 06:15 pm

BlackHillsPaul wrote: Wed Sep 14, 2022 4:33 pm Meanwhile in Leeds…

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Look at their little boots underneath. Bless.
Oooh I want to wear the red ones today. Is there a matching headband

Jaydog wrote on 14 Sep 2022 06:09 pm

BlackHillsPaul wrote: Wed Sep 14, 2022 6:04 pm You'll have to ask someone at Spurs Mate.... :roflmao:
Harry Kane can’t swim so he’ll have to put his arm bands on

Jaydog wrote on 14 Sep 2022 06:06 pm

BlackHillsPaul wrote: Wed Sep 14, 2022 3:26 pm Meanwhile in MLS…

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Tbh I find this very scary.
What happens when you sit in a chair.
Electrocution.
“Ve have ways of making you play better, heil Hitler”.
Or is it Mastermind. Footballers are too thick for that.
Grealish specialist subject. My name. What’s your name. Errr Frank Jones. You’ve scored zero

BlackHillsPaul wrote on 14 Sep 2022 06:04 pm

Jaydog wrote: Wed Sep 14, 2022 6:01 pm Why have they got a swimming pool.
Half time swim
You'll have to ask someone at Spurs Mate.... :roflmao:

Jaydog wrote on 14 Sep 2022 06:01 pm

BlackHillsPaul wrote: Wed Sep 14, 2022 4:28 pm Just emulating our friends in the Premier League Kenny Boy…

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Why have they got a swimming pool.
Half time swim