Good Morning. It's Wednesday 21st April, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Forgotten man has a future at Elland Road
Marcelo Bielsa believes Leeds forgotten man Adam Forshaw has a future at Elland Road, as a back up for Kalvin Phillips! The news came from Phil Hay, replying to a fan about the 29 year old's future. We all know Bielsa has his favourites (like Roberts and Bamford), but we can include the former Boro man on that list too. When asked whether Forshaw will be at Elland Road next season, the former chief football writer for the YEP replied...
They would have to think carefully about that because Forshaw is competition for Phillips and Bielsa has always rated him extremely highly.
Brazilian Ace has 'decent chance' of returning against bitter enemy
Raphinha has a “decent chance” of being fit to face Manchester United this weekend according to Phil Hay. The Athletic journalist was replying to a fan in his Q&A session about the availability of the 24 year old!
It was a dead leg and heavy bruising from the Fernandinho challenge. Those injuries tend to heal in their own time - sometimes quick, sometimes slower. Fingers crossed, though. He’ll have a decent chance given that he wasn’t ruled out of this game as of Thursday last week.
Leeds more than held their own, and were unlucky not to defeat Liverpool on Monday evening. This, and the performance against Pep Guardiola's Champions elect, should install the confidence that they have nothing to fear against the red side of Manchester, when the two bitter enemies collide Sunday lunchtime. I can't help thinking that Leeds showed too much respect, especially against Liverpool in the first half.
Super League dead in the water
The European Super League appears dead in the water after all six English clubs withdrew overnight following threats from football authorities. Manchester City were the first to succumb to the pressure, followed quickly by Chelsea. Just like a domino effect, Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal followed suit. All clubs issued statements trying to make amends, labelling the importance of their fans being the main excuse for exiting the competition.
This leaves Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus. Should the English six be punished for their treasonous behaviour? Perhaps a 50m fine each would make them think twice in future?