Leeds among quintet issuing legal proceedings against Toffee's

18 May 2023 08:10 am, by Ellandback1

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

Leeds among quintet issuing legal proceedings against Toffee's

Leeds Utd, along with Southampton, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest and Burnley have issued legal proceedings against Everton following the Premier League's decision not to fast-track their Financial Fair Play case against the Toffee's.

The Merseyside giants find themselves in a sticky situation. Their accounts show they have overspent by £267m over the last three years but blame Covid for much of this debt (perhaps Peter Ridsdale was in charge of their accounts).

Only Southampton, the two other relegated clubs and Burnley will have a case, as the legal action relates to lost Premier League revenue, minus the parachute payments, which is believed to be £300m; £100m for each relegated club.

Auf Wiedersehen Drameh

Graham Smyth, the Chief Football writer for the Yorkshire Evening Post, has intimated that Cody Drameh's reign at Elland Road is coming to an end. He joined Leeds from Fulham, during the Summer of 2020 for £1m, after falling out with the West London outfit, a trait that followed him to Elland Road.

Drameh wanted first team football, and thrived whenever he received it on a consistent basis, firstly at Cardiff, and more recently at Kenilworth Road. The Hatters are only one game away from reaching the Premier League, and if they do, have already said they want to sign the 21yo on a permanent basis.

Even if Leeds stay up, Drameh has only twelve months left on his contract, and they will be keen to extract as much money as they can, rather than let him leave for nothing next Summer. According to Smyth, there's little hope Drameh will still be at Elland Road next season...

Not very, I would say. His camp have already suggested he will be off in the summer. There was talk of a permanent exit previously, then slight glimmers of hope for a chance in the first-team, but when it became clear that he was still behind [Luke] Ayling and [Rasmus Kristensen] then that all-but sealed the deal in my opinion.

Should the academy be doing better

For all the money Leeds have invested in their youth system, they don't seem to be making much progress. They have spent more money on the likes of Gelhardt, Gyabi and Bate than most Championship clubs would all season.

Whilst it is hoped they will come good, it's been a while since any player of any real quality rose through the Elland Road ranks. Whilst Struijk, Summerville, Greenwood, Gelhardt , Perkins and Joseph are all moderate success stories, that will hopefully come good, none are considered first team starters, yet the top flight is saturated with similar aged young talent, that have risen through the ranks at other top flight clubs.

We have to go all the way back to our 14/15 campaign, when Kalvin Phillips first broke into the senior ranks to find a player of real significance. Along with the likes of Charlie Taylor, Lewis Cook, Sam Byram and even Alex Mowatt, Leeds were churning out players which are not dissimilar in quality to our current academy prospects.

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Byebyegeegee wrote on 18 May 2023 08:30 pm

The Subhuman wrote: Thu May 18, 2023 4:26 pm I liked the Heck appointment at the time .... so it's 2-2 at the moment. Gracia and SA not manager long enough to count. If SA keeps us up then it swings toward more good than bad from the board
Not for me faaip! Monk, Christiansen, Heckingbottom, Bielsa, Marsch, Grazia, Allardyce - I’d call it 1-6 at worst. Given that Monk was already here when Radrizzani took over and, I suppose, the jury is still out on Allardyce then, for me, it’s 1-4 at best.

BradWhite wrote on 18 May 2023 07:00 pm

Toffees won't get docked points this season, or else it would have already happened.

We wouldn't have been so lucky.

1964white wrote on 18 May 2023 05:26 pm

DDB220 wrote: Thu May 18, 2023 4:37 pm I thought Joseph was Spanish ?

There is no point bigging up youngsters playing in the under 23’s. It is not a level to indicate they are anywhere near prem quality. They need to either break into the first team and get on the pitch, or they go out on loan. Summerville is the only player who has really broken through from the under 23’s with a measure of success in the last 3 years.
Gelhardt and Greenwood were both doing well in the 23’s and they have had very mixed fortunes since making first team appearances. I doubt either has staked a claim for regular first team action next season unless we go down. Even then I would not bank on it.
It's not as if our kids were playing against the best young talent from the likes of Manure, Spurs, Citeh, Chelsea, Liverpool & Arsenal. We were in Division 2.

Leeds1000 wrote on 18 May 2023 05:24 pm

Leeds among quintet issuing legal proceedings against Toffee's.

I get the argument but its hardly done Everton much good as it. It should be used as a model to avoid at all costs. It smacks of desperation a little. Others have said Citeh have done it countless times and they reportedly paid a hefty fine years ago and are under investigation again. There will be loopholes, there always is. If Everton go down then then finance may be difficult for them.

Auf Wiedersehen Drameh.

If Luton go up we should atleast get a few mill for the kid. You can hardly blame him. Although he is under contract and things can change quickly.

Should the academy be doing better.

Charlie Taylor has been a success along with Cook when fit but both have tasted relegation. Its a lottery for the young kids, as always it will depend on what league we are in and what players come through the door in the summer. Lets not get too a carried away tho they have just been promoted from their second tier Youth league. I thought Joffy was going to smash it this season but went backwards. Its tough at the.... bottom of the PL.

Jimstorrie wrote on 18 May 2023 05:06 pm

airedale wrote: Thu May 18, 2023 3:04 pm Man u did ok in 92 with Scholes Giggs Beckham the Nevilles Butt , etc fingers crossed some of the Leeds young uns make it. You don't win any thing with kids was mentioned at the time.
Once in a lifetime, even from a club with a (begrudgingly) better throughput of players from their youth system than most. Got lucky that coincided with the explosion of money.