British record agreed with Manchester City for Leeds United starlet
14 Nov 2023 09:18 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 14th November, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
British transfer record agreed between LUFC and Man City for starlet
Leeds Utd have reluctantly agreed to sell highly rated schoolboy Finley Gorman to Manchester City for a yet to be revealed seven figure sum, creating a British record for someone so young. Gorman, who only turned 15 in September is an attacking midfielder with a big engine, and an eye for goal. He has already broken into Adam Underwood's U18's this season, playing five times this season, but is in the same age group as Alfie Cresswell and Harry Gray, whose older siblings obviously represent Leeds first team.
Due to his age, Leeds are powerless to stop the England U16 from joining Citeh's Elite Development Squad but have secured at least £1m, plus other clauses which will activate should he prove to be a success in the future.
Spurs upping their interest in Struijk
Reports from the media suggest that Tottenham Hotspur are upping their interest in Leeds Captain Pascal Struijk. The 24yo centre-back has been in fine form this season, forging one of the best centre-back pairings in the Championship alongside Joe Rodon, who happens to be on loan at Elland Road from Spurs.
With an average 'Whoscored rating of 7.01, and three goals to-boot, the young Belgian has caught the eye of many top European sides this season, keen on bolstering their back line when the January transfer window comes about.
Losing either centre-back in January could seriously effect Leeds' promotion push. If anything, Leeds may look to reinforce their defence in the New Year as Liam Cooper and Charlie Cresswell seem out of favour.
Would you let Struijk leave if Leeds could do a deal involving Joe Rodon or Djed Spence? He may only be two years older than Struijk, but Roden always comes across (to me) as a little jaded, like an old warhorse, yet there's no faulting any of his performances this season, which have been exemplary!
Secret agent 006 targeting Gray
Liam Cooper has admitted he's working behind the scene's as a secret agent, in a bid to persuade Archie Gray to switch allegiance to Scotland! The 17 year old has surpassed expectations, already gaining 1356 minutes of game time, plus an additional 270 for England U19's in their bid for Euro qualification. He has represented England from U15 level upwards, (and Captains the U18's) but would still qualify to represent Scotland at Senior level.
The Gray household has a steep tradition in Scottish folk-law, with dad Andy, Grandfather Frank, and Uncle Eddie all representing the Tartan army, but for now at-least Archie seems content to take a different path. According to secret agent 006...
I’m still trying to tap him up, don’t worry about that. No, I’ve been a bit of a secret agent. He knows I’ll always be there. He’s such a young boy and his family are steeped in Scottish and Leeds history.
There is definitely a bit of sentiment there but he’s flying at the minute with England. He’s captain of the Under-18s, which is a bit of a stinker for us. But I’ll keep nipping away and hopefully, I can break him down.
Have I spoke to the manager about him? No, not really. Me and John Carver and the boys have a bit of craic. They know how it is. It’s tough. Especially when the boy is playing so well and is captain of England at the minute. But you never know.