Valencia youngster linked with January Elland Road move

18 Nov 2022 09:08 am, by Ellandback1

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

Another youngster linked with January move

Leeds continue to weigh up their options at left back, with Jesus Vazquez being the latest player to be linked with a January move to Elland Road. The 19 year old has started to break through the ranks at Valencia, having joined them at the tender age of just 5yo. He has represented Spain at U16,17,18 and 18 level, and beginning to attract attention from the likes of Inter Milan, who have expressed an interest to him him on loan, subject to a purchase option.

Whilst it's admirable that the club are keen to build a squad for the future, many fans have taken to social media to express their dissatisfaction, that with gaping holes in defence (and up front), the need to fill these slots are now; or potentially suffer another relegation dog fight!

Should Leeds ponder Cresswell recall

Whilst a loan move away from Elland Road seemed inevitable for Charlie Cresswell, few would have expected he would have ended up in the Lion's Den, yet four months on, the 20yo is thriving. In 12 starts (and two substitute appearances), Cressy tops the 'Whoscored' register with a magnificent 7.08 rating, and has registered four goals and an assist.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of Jamie Shackleton. He, too, has over a thousand minutes of game time under his belt, yet his performances have been sub par in comparison. The 23 year old has dropped to 19th place (out of 22) and faces an uphill battle to turn his fortunes around.

It has been widely speculated that Leeds have a recall clause in Cresswell's contract, which may or may not relate to the amount of game time he receives. If Leeds are able to bring Cresswell back home in January, should they, or would he be better off finishing his Championship apprenticeship?

Do Leeds need another Radebe?

If you ask any Leeds fan who their favourite player in the last 20 (or so years), Lucas Radebe is likely to feature heavily. During his eleven years at Elland Road, the former South African International proved to be one of the bargains of the Century. At the time (1994), Radebe only joined the Whites as part of the deal to keep Philemon Masinga from getting homesick, little did we know what the duo had in store for us. Masinga was sold two seasons later for a healthy profit, whilst Radebe's stature continued to grow.

Although restricted by injury during his latter years, Radebe went on to make over 200 appearances for Leeds between 1994 and 2005, when he hung his boots up. Not only were his performances inspiring, but he had a great footballing brain too, enabling him to snuff out attack after attack. Whether on or off the pitch, he had the respect of everyone.

Looking at our current crop of centre back, and bearing in mind their restrictions, do Leeds need to clear the decks and start over? If we are honest with ourselves, Cooper, Llorente and Even Koch (plus Ayling and Firpo) would not survive in an average mid-table Premier League team, so why should we subsidise them?

Do Leeds need to spend big, and bring a £30m-£50m Radebe type player in, or do we entrust Struijk and Cresswell to get the job done next season?

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Carrick Dave wrote on 18 Nov 2022 11:07 pm

SG90 wrote: Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:26 pm So many Leeds said Cresswell wasn't good enough, just because Millwank fans said so. :roll: Who cares what they think?

Absolutely bring him back for 3 reasons:
A) He's a leader and organiser
B) He's a threat in both boxes with his height and aerial ability - something we've lacked since Jansson
C) We won't sign anyone in January, so we could do with the extra depth

We should never have let him go in the first place. I said we should've sold Llorente instead.
Yes, I agree.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 18 Nov 2022 04:17 pm

Vasquez looks a great prospect. Would be thrilled if we managed to get him.

Cresswell should finish his season in the championship. Best for Leeds. Best for player

Another Radebe? Yes please. That was a lucky transfer. But we do need a strong voice at the back of our defence

Tighthead wrote on 18 Nov 2022 03:57 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:49 pm Ah yes I meant the booze ban was at the ground

A Tourist wrote on 18 Nov 2022 02:56 pm

faaip wrote: Fri Nov 18, 2022 1:17 pm Budweiser tweeted "Well this is awkward" before a hasty retraction ...
Shoulda kept it. Closest thing Bud's come to being likeable (or drinkable) in about 50 years.

"The ban on alcohol consumption seemed to apply only to fans attending games. Beer and other drinks, including an official FIFA Champagne and an array of sommelier-selected wines, will still be available in stadium luxury suites reserved for FIFA officials and other wealthy guests."
Well Gianni gets to keep is Grand Cru at least. Good on ya Johnny boy.

VinnysTattoo wrote on 18 Nov 2022 02:41 pm

and public executions if you are gay, drunk or politically outspoken.
Or any combination of the above.