Good Morning. It's Wednesday 29th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Phillips ready for contract talks
Football media platform '90 min' claim that both Leeds Utd and Kalvin Phillips are ready to sit down and discuss a new long term contract for the Yorkshire Pirlo. Social media lit up yesterday after various newspapers alleged that the red side of Manchester were making a beeline for the England Midfielder.
Phillips contract currently expires the Summer of 2024. Leeds will be keen to tie him down for at least another couple of years on top of the (almost) three years remaining. If the figures are to be believed, Phillips will be rewarded with a pay rise, putting him in the same bracket as Bamford and Raphinha, who currently earn 70k a week
U21's win at Oldham
Leeds U21's added to Oldham Athletic's woes last night, recording a credible victory over the bottom side in the Football League. The youngsters made amends having lost their group stage opener at Tranmere earlier this month with a 3-2 win at Boundary Park, climbing up to third in group 'B' of the EFL trophy.
Leeds took the lead in the 42nd minute courtesy of a Summerville spot kick. It was no more than the young Whites deserved, having dominated the half. Keith Curle's men went on a second half rampage, scoring four in the second half, but as two were at the wrong end, Leeds held out for victory. Oldham and Tranmere are both above Leeds on goal difference. Oldham beat Salford in the previous round 1-0. Tranmere travel to Salford next week.
Moore, Bate and McGurk all received considerable praise on social media following their performances. Interestingly, both Charlie Cresswell and Joe Gelhardt were rested yesterday. Do we assume they're going to take an active part on Saturday against Watford?
Raphinha should be sidelined
Former player, now medical expert Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted that the medical team at Elland Road must take charge and sideline Raphinha, who he believes is carrying an injury. The former Villa ace went on to say that Leeds were over reliant on the young Brazilian.
I feel that he probably wasn’t right to play the game [against West Ham]. He went off against Newcastle United and he probably just wants to play. He needs the physio department to pull him out and maybe Leeds are so reliant on him they need to play with an injury. Daniel James, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo, you don’t see too many goals coming from them. He’s that important to the team that they’re playing them him in injured. “Raphinha’s one of the best wingers in the league.