Roberts move made sense for all parties

02 Feb 2024 09:14 am, by Ellandback1

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Roberts move made sense for all parties

There was a sigh of relief around Elland Road as Connor Roberts finally put pen to paper, signing on loan until the end of the season, and no ties. The move hinged on the Clarets tying up a deal for replacement right back Frenchman Lorenz Assignon, and with just less than a hour on the clock, the dominoes fell into place.

Both clubs have effectively strengthened their squads; but for Roberts, the move was ideal. Burnley is only circa an hours drive to Leeds, meaning he doesn't need to up sticks, and disrupt his family life. He is also close friends with Wales teammates Ethan Ampadu, Joe Rodon and Dan James. His friendship with the latter two stretches back even further, to their Swansea City days together.

Cherries want to make Sinisterra move permanent

Bournemouth are keen to make Luis Sinisterra's loan move permanent according to the back pages of the papers. The 24 year old inverted winger joined the South Cost outfit on a season long loan on the final day of the Summer transfer window. Leeds tried to block the move, but threats of legal action saw the Whites back off.

Andoni Iraola is said to have been impressed with what he has seen so far from the Columbian International. They have an option at the end of the season, allowing them to move the move permanent for a set fee, believed to be £20m.

The one that got away

Speaking on the Square Ball Podcast, Elland Road journalist Phil Hay revealed that Leeds came agonisingly close to signing Daiki Hashioka, before the Japanese star suffered an ankle injury whilst playing for previous club Sint-Truiden. Leeds 'really liked him', and had even started to prepare the paperwork, but wanted someone that they could count on, to make an immediate impact on the team.

It was a strange one that. I got in touch with someone who I was pretty sure would know, and he said he’s going to the Premier League and signing for Luton.

That was gone before it materialised publicly, but the story they told me from the Leeds end was that they really liked him, they were very tempted to do it and starting getting paperwork together.

He got an ankle injury in a game in Belgium and were worried about the risk of recurrence, the message was they needed players they could count on to come into the team immediately.

McGurk departs

Sean McGurk has joined League Two outfit Swindon Town on a free transfer. Leeds were full of expectations when the fiery redhead joined from Wigan in the Summer of 2021, not long after Joffy had arrived. As Wigan were in administration at the time, Leeds managed to negotiate a fee of just £175,000 for the then 18yo, but despite catching the eye, never quite did enough to make the first team squad.

He joins Ian Poveda (Sheffield Wednesday), Jack Jenkins (Halifax Town), Leo Hjelde (Sunderland), Lewis Bate (MK Dons) and Luke Ayling (Boro) out of the Elland Road exit door.. Whilst Poveda, Bate and Ayling signed loan deals, their respective contracts come to an end this Summer. Darko Gyabi will see out the season on loan with Plymouth Argyle, whilst similarly Jeremiah Mullen will enjoy some first team football with Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

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whiteswan wrote on 02 Feb 2024 04:32 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Fri Feb 02, 2024 2:15 pm
Brilliant, typical 80's

Leeds1000 wrote on 02 Feb 2024 03:46 pm

Welcome aboard Roberts lets hope you are better than the last Roberts. We don't need to be paying silly agent and scout fee's.. The Welsh lads are selling the club by the pound. Instrumental again in getting this one done even tho he says he would have come anyway. Yeah!

It would really do my head in all the tits and teeth stuff they have to do to show they are happy to be here. Just let him get on the pitch and play.

Bournemouth hold all the cards on Sinni if we don't go up. We can't afford him, he won't come back in the Championship so they will be looking for a cut price deal. Lets hope he tears it up for the remaining games and manu want to thought £80/90m at him to add to their £800m debt. FFP my arse.

ruttermania wrote on 02 Feb 2024 03:08 pm

It's still a bigger squad than Bielsa worked with in his first two seasons . In the earlier part of the season DF was giving himself insurance in case it all went pear-shaped and his comments have to be viewed in that perspective . There are a lot of people (Agents, Media etc.) who have a vested interest in generating transfer activity but they have run up against the Brick wall of the Everton points deduction so this was a really quiet transfer window. There was a lot of speculation in the run up to the window about a number of players we really couldn't afford to lose so the main object was to retain all of those . I thought at the beginning of the season that there would be one more season where in the Championship Ayling could have done a job for us . Sadly that proved not to be the case and the Club acted honourably in adhering to his wishes . It looks as though with both Drameh and Spence there were issues that DF saw as being potentially disruptive to the dressing room and ultimately team spirit is vital in the slog of a Championship season. The need for an additional Central Defender was predicated on the assumption that Cresswell was going so bringing in an expensive loan was always doubtful in that area. There seems to be a pathway for everybody left in the squad to get some meaningful game time so they will all have to knuckle down and see where it takes us.

Kennyb41 wrote on 02 Feb 2024 02:45 pm

Clitheroe White wrote: Fri Feb 02, 2024 1:43 pm We wanted a clear out and that’s what we’re getting.

I’d rather we sign the right players rather than padding. The fact that some of the players who have left were “first teamers” means the overall quality level the players that remain has increased.

That’s a real positive.

Yes, we need a little more depth but being realistic we can probably successfully get to our goal this season. If we don’t it will be because other teams have been flawless.
Slowly but surely making this team his own CW, whilst retaining the rats that still might come in handy (v much doubt that)

But still, wind down the wages clock and hopefully, just hopefully...GET SOME FECKIN MONEY BACK FOR THEM!

To spend wisely this time, as he takes one step at a time (he's on record for saying that :) ) So it must be true.

Kennyb41 wrote on 02 Feb 2024 02:41 pm

Eeee that took me back Elland