Good Morning. It's Friday 6th March, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds chase Canadian Striker
Turkish outlet Besiktas have claimed that if Leeds want to sign Canadian striker Cyle Larin this summer, they will have to double their expectations.
Leeds have sent scouts to watch the 24yo hitman in action at Belgian side Zulte Waregem where he is on loan for the season.
So far, the No 9 has contributed nine goals and 11 assists from his 32 appearances.
Leeds are understood to value Larin at 5m, but due to the season he is having, Besiktas are believed to want double that amount!
Bielsa Pre Match Press Conference
Bielsa will select the same starting XI as last week. It's bad news for Tyler Roberts who came on for the last 25 minutes against Hull and scored a brace, whilst Bamford has not scored since his double against Millwall in January.
What does a striker have to do to displace Bamford? When a player is off form, is it fair to both the player, and the team to continue to select him? Would a spell on the sidelines do Bamford good?
Augustin has a hamstring injury. Will we ever see him in a Leeds shirt again? Is the Frenchman unhappy with his predicament of playing second fiddle to Bamford?
What about Poveda. We know he is not injured, and there is no fitness problem. Why can't he even make the bench?
Bowyer critical of FA following Casilla outcome
Ex Leeds legend, now Charlton Manager Lee Bowyer has been talking about the effects the racism row had on Jonathan Leko and witness Macauley Bonne. The 43yo was also highly critical it took the FA to make a decision.
He (Jonathan) wasn’t himself. He’s a bubbly lad, young lad, confident lad. He was a bit quiet for a while after.
For us then as a group we got him through that and he started to become himself again. Obviously with his injury he went back to West Brom and he’s not been around for a while, but while he was here everyone was here to support him. It’s been dealt with and everyone now and we can move on, especially Jonathan.
It’s not been fair on both clubs and all players involved to go on as long as it did, especially for Jonathan and Maca (Macauley Bonne -who was a witness). It’s too long. To have something like that hanging over you, it’s difficult. For a young player as well, 19, 20, it’s not a nice thing to have to carry.
There’s a protocol in place and everyone’s told to report it, which is the right thing to do, but there has to be support and actions taken. Moving forward, what we learn from it is that it gets dealt with quickly. I get there’s a process to be taken, but if that can get done quicker then I think its better for all party’s involved.
The FA took control of it and gave the ban, given their punishment, whatever Leeds do is up to Leeds, so I won’t comment. Any racism is not acceptable, us as a football club we work hard with ‘kick-it-out’ to prevent things like that happening, its disappointing but we have to move forward.