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GerCunningham@GerCun7 (twitter) Website edited by Gerry Cunningham (Always Leeds always loyal – SC Formed 1993) Membership is due for the 2017/18 season. €15 Euro per adult €30 Euro per Family. (Website updated Tuesday August 29th 2017) Thanks to all who turned up at our AGM in Peadars last night. The same committee was returned for another year, a special year, our 25th season as a SC, and hopefully a promotion year where we hope to organize something special to honour the occasion.

Tuesday 29th of August Orta sets up face to face meeting with Lasogga -YP DIRECTOR of football Victor Orta will meet with Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga in a bid to recruit the German striker to Leeds United. The Whites have been tracking 25-year-old Lasogga all summer but the striker’s reported £50,000-a-week wages have proved a stumbling block to a move to Elland Road. Target, Pierre-Michel Lasogga. But Bundesliga outfit Hamburg are keen to move the forward on before the closure of the summer transfer window on Thursday evening and Leeds are hoping to strike a deal with Lasogga and his current club. United are not prepared to blow apart their wage structure which had Chris Wood as the club’s top earner on around £15,000-a-week before his £15m sale to Burnley. But United hope they can reach an agreement with Hamburg to compensate Lasogga’s potential wage drop while Orta looks to impress the striker upon his arrival in Leeds. Orta has already proved particularly instrumental in pulling the strings to recruit new star no10 Samuel Saiz to join the Whites from Huesca earlier this summer. It is not clear if Lasogga would join Leeds on loan or if Hamburg could pay off the difference in his wage to allow the German to join United on a permanent deal. Successful summer signing, Samuel Saiz . United are keen to strengthen their options in attack following the sale of Wood to Burnley and Orta has also looked at 23-year-old Malmo winger/striker Pawel Cibicki. The Swede remains another potential signing ahead of Thursday’s 11pm deadline. Orta also took a look at Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira but United decided to focus their attentions elsewhere. Premier League trio Dwight Gayle, Danny Ings and Nahki Wells are also not being considered, despite false reports elsewhere. Leeds have other targets in addition to Lasogga and Cibicki, including domestic-based players

 

Tuesday 29th of August Geordies slap £18m price tag on Dwight Gayle – Daily Star

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Benitez wants rid of Gayle but Leeds won’t pay 18M for that privilige

NEWCASTLE have told Leeds they want £18m for striker Dwight Gayle. But the Magpies will not sell last season’s top scorer until they have a replacement lined up. Toon chief Rafa Benitez had been looking to offload Aleksandar Mitrovic in the summer but it is now Gayle who is surplus to requirements at St James’ Park. The former Crystal Palace forward scored 23 goals during Newcastle’s promotion campaign and went into this season as their No. 1 forward. But Benitez has become increasingly concerned at Gayle’s mental issues over a hamstring problem which has troubled him for several years.

The Toon chief has not been impressed by the way Gayle reacted to being subbed in both games and then being left out of the squad for Saturdays’ win 3-0 win over West Ham. In his absence, recent signing Joselu and sub Mitrovic each scored a goal, effectively relegating Gayle to No. 3 in the pecking order. Benitez is having to offload players before being allowed to strengthen his squad. And it is far from certain he will be able to sign the players he believes are desperately required, with no imminent arrivals today. Defender Grant Hanley is due to hold talks with Fulham while Hull are interested in taking Jack Colback on loan – though Newcastle would have to pay 50 per cent of his wages if he does move to the Tigers.It is Gayle’s departure, however, which would release significant funds for Benitez to spend before the transfer window shuts.Leeds have identified him as the man they want to replace Chris Wood – the only forward to top his own tally last season – who joined Burnley in a £15m deal last week. But they will have to find more than that sum to land Gayle and even then it depends on Newcastle having another striker lined up. Chelsea’s Loic Remy will not be returning to Tyneside, where he spent a successful loan stint three years ago while Benitez won’t gamble on the fitness of Liverpool’s Danny Ings _ a Toon target before his arrival – because he has been out injured for the past two years. I can’t see Leeds paying that kind of money albeit for a striker proven in this division.

Monday 28th of August Lasogga wanted to replace Wood – YEP LEEDS United are stepping up their quest to land Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga before Thursday night’s transfer deadline. United have been keeping tabs on the German all summer but the 25-year-old’s reported £50,000-a-week wages have proved an obstacle to any move. But Leeds remain hopeful of striking a deal with the forward who Hamburg are keen to sell before Thursday’s 11pm deadline. The Whites will need Lasogga to lower his wage demands or reach an agreement with Hamburg. Lasogga travelled to England on Monday with members of his family to discuss a transfer though the former German under-21 international has other options to consider. Lasogga has not featured for Hamburg so far this season but the striker netted eight goals in 30 appearances in the Bundesliga last season. The six-foot-two forward was formerly on the fringes of the German national side and the hit man has netted 28 goals in 103 appearances since joining Hamburg from Hertha BSC in September 2013, initially on loan. Leeds are also looking at other striker options after the club’s £6m bid to land Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede was rejected last week. United have not submitted a second bid and Boro boss Garry Monk is keen to keep the 28-year-old at the Riverside. Leeds director of football Victor Orta has also looked at 23-year-old Malmo winger/striker Pawel Cibicki. United have other targets but the Whites are not in the hunt to land Preston North End forward Jordan Hugill. The player has never been on United’s radar. United have only three first-team strikers at present following the £15m sale of last season’s top goalscorer Chris Wood to Burnley and Souleymane Doukara’s switch to Osmanlispor. Marcus Antonsson is also on a season-long loan at Blackburn Rovers. Turn to page 47 One of United’s three first-team strikers, summer recruit Caleb Ekuban, is also facing a spell on the sidelines with a foot injury. Kemar Roofe started in the lone striker role in Saturday’s 2-0 success at Nottingham Forest while fellow striker Jay-Roy Grot took over in the position when coming on as a second-half substitute. Nineteen-year-old Grot joined Leeds from Dutch side NEC Nijmegan last week for an initial £750,000. And Leeds are not planning to part company with winger Stuart Dallas, despite interest from Championship rivals Norwich City. The Whites want to keep the Northern Ireland international who is currently being kept out of the Whites starting line up by Gianni Alioski and Pablo Hernandez. Dallas is into the final year of his deal at Leeds.

Monday 27th of July Green signs for Terriers Huddersfield Town have today completed the signing of goalkeeper Robert Green as was expected. The former England international has signed a deal until the end of the current campaign and he comes in from Leeds United as a free agent after agreeing to mutually terminated his deal at Elland Road. Huddersfield do have a further 12 month option on his contract should we wish to use it next summer, and during his 21 year long career he has made over 650 appearances and was an ever present for Leeds last season. He has been capped 12 times by England and has been handed the No 28 shirt for the remainder of 2017/18. Speaking to the Official Site as his signing was announced, head coach David Wagner explained. ‘I think it makes total sense to bring Rob Green in because after Jonas Lössl, who has done an excellent job so far, we have very young goalkeepers with Joel Coleman and Ryan Schofield. I have spoken to Paul Clements and we agreed that we wanted to add more experience to our goalkeeper group. I met Rob and he is a very experienced guy and a good guy. He knows the role I expect from him in the next 10 months he`ll be with us. I`m very happy he can join us.’

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Christiansen – So far so good for the Danish Spaniard

Sat Aug 26th Christiansen delighted with performance Thomas Christiansen was “happy” and “proud” after seeing his Leeds United side produce the best performance of his tenure so far to beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at the City Ground.The Leeds head coach delivered a tactical master-class as Leeds stifled the Reds on home turf, barely allowing them a sniff of goal. And at the other end a 24th-minute header from Kemar Roofe and a crisp finish three minutes from time from Ezgjan Alioski earned the visitors a deserved three points. Felix Wiedwald barely had a save to make in the Leeds goal as Mark Warburton’s side saw their positive start to the campaign brought to a juddering halt, Leeds finishing the day in third place in the Championship table. “This could probably be our best game so far,” said Christiansen. Tactically we neutralised a very good Nottingham Forest side who had just beaten Middlesbrough and Newcastle. “We have beaten them on their home ground and not only am I happy, I am also very proud of my players. Everyone was very good today. When you get the second goal you know that the game can be closed out, in that moment. “This league is amazing, however, and even with five minutes left, you know that you can still concede goals. “But it is great that we have kept four clean sheets now. It looks good on the table, but it is also good for the confidence of your defenders and your goalkeepe“It is the work of the strikers, the wingers and the midfielders that gets you these results as well and today everyone gave 100 per cent.”

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This Leeds side even at this early stage looks a little bit special and for once we have a chairman to support the manager

Sat Aug 26th A Master class Nottingham Forest 0 Leeds United 2 (Roofe 24, Alioski 87) Leeds United ran out 2-0 winners over Nottingham Forest to keep up their unbeaten start to the season and moved up to third place in the Sky Bet Championship going into the international break. New signing Jay-Roy Grot was included on the bench for the trip to the City Ground by Thomas Christiansen, whilst former Leeds midfielder Liam Bridcutt made his first Sky Bet Championship start for Forest. Leeds made a bright start to the game and went close inside six minutes, Samuel Saiz picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and only narrowly missed finding the top corner. At the other end, Kieran Dowell played a dangerous ball into the Leeds box, but Daryl Murphy was unable to get on the end of it. Pablo Hernandez had a decent opportunity, a Luke Ayling cross fell to him on the edge of the box and he fired a volley towards goal, but was unable to find the target. Leeds threatened from a corner in the 17th minute, Jordan Smith got a crucial hand to Hernandez’s cross, with Pontus Jansson lurking, before Kalvin Phillips fired wide with a low effort. In the 23rd minute Kemar Roofe won Leeds a free-kick midway into the Forest half. From the following set-piece, Liam Cooper headed the ball across goal and Roofe headed the ball into the back of the net from close range to give Leeds the lead. Ezgjan Alioski, was a threat throughout the first half down the wing, then put a dangerous cross in looking for Roofe at the back post and the forward forced Smith into a decent save. Just after the half an hour mark, Forest went close from a corner, Felix Wiedwald made a really good save to deny Matt Mills. Two minutes later, Wiedwald was forced into action again, he rushed out to prevent Ben Osborn who had gone through on goal. A mistake from Leeds gave Dowell possession in the Leeds half, he attempted to lob Wiedwald from range, but he couldn’t find the target. Just before the break, with Leeds on the counter attack, Saiz shot from range, but couldn’t find the target. Half Time: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Leeds United After the break Alisoki continued to threaten, this time from a free-kick he fired at goal forcing Smith into another good stop. Saiz then did well to get to the byline and Roofe looking for his second goal, shot on the turn, but his effort was blocked. Leeds counter attacked well throughout the second half, Saiz was next to go close, firing just wide from the edge of the box. Alioski then tried his luck from range, but once again he couldn’t get the better of Smith in the Forest goal. Six minutes from time substitute Stuart Dallas almost added a second for the Whites, he picked up the ball just inside the box on the left side and fired across goal just wide. Three minutes later, Leeds sealed the win, by doubling their lead through Alioski. He picked the ball outside the box, before delivering a beautiful strike into the bottom corner. Dallas and Saiz had opportunities in added time, but neither were able to hit the target with their efforts. The win is United’s fourth clean sheet in a row in the Sky Bet Championship and Leeds’ third successive victory on the road. Full Time: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Leeds United Forest: Smith, Mills, Traore, Bridcutt, Murphy (Cummings 71), McKay, Osborn (Clough 63), Dowell, Darikwa, Bouchalakis (Brereton 51), Worrall. Subs not used: Evtimov, Lichaj, Mancienne, Walker. Leeds: Wiedwald, Anita, Cooper, Jansson, Ayling, Phillips, O’Kane, Hernandez (Grot 70), Saiz, Alioski, Roofe (Dallas 75). Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Borthwick-Jackson, Grot, Dallas, Vieira, Shaughnessy, Klich. Referee: J. Simpson Booked: Mills, Bridcutt, Dowell (Forest), Ayling, Hernandez (Leeds) Venue: City Ground Attendance: 25,682

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Andy Lonergan back at Leeds again

Friday 25th of Aug Lonergan rejoins Leeds LEEDS United have signed former Wolves goalkeeper Andy Lonergan on a free transfer to replace Rob Green who has joined Huddersfield Town. Lonergan first joined Leeds on a three-year deal from Preston North End in July 2011 and the ‘keeper made 38 appearances as Leeds finished 14th in the Championship in the season that boss Simon Grayson was replaced by Neil Warnock. The custodian moved to Bolton Wanderers the following summer and made 62 appearances for the Trotters over the next three campaigns before joining Fulham in June 2015.He featured 31 times in one season at the Cottagers before joining Wolves last summer with the ‘keeper playing 15 times for the Molineux outfit last term

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Jay-Roy-Grot joins Whites

Thursday 24th of Aug Dutchman signs for Whites – LUFC Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Jay-Roy Grot from Dutch Jupiler League side NEC Nijmegen for an undisclosed fee. The exciting 19 year-old joins the club on a four year deal, keeping him at Elland Road until the end of the 2020/21 season. The 6ft 4in centre forward, who can also operate as a winger, featured 24 times in all competitions for NEC last season, netting six goals. Grot made his debut at NEC in 2015 and despite his age, has already made 30 appearances in the Dutch top flight, the Eredivisie.A strong, quick and creative attacking player, the forward has also impressed whilst representing the Netherlands at Under-17s and Under 19s. Speaking about the move, Grot said: “I am very happy, this is such a big club and this is a big step in my career, I am delighted to signed for Leeds United. “It was been my dream to play in England and so to do that at a club like Leeds is really exciting.” Grot becomes our 13th signing of the summer transfer window and will wear the number 11 shirt.He could make his debut in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Season Tickets for the 2017/18 campaign are still available.

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Roofe celebrates his hat-trick

Weds 22nd of Aug Roofe nets hat-trick to help Leeds through.Carabao Cup Round 2Leeds United 5 (Roofe 44, 49, 65, Saiz 78, Vieira 89) Newport County 1 (Labadie 33) Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe fired a hat-trick as the Whites thrashed Newport County to progress to the third round of the Carabao Cup. The Whites made a good start to the game with debutant Eoghan Stokes combining well with Madger Gomes, the latter then fired at goal from range, but his effort was narrowly off target. Newport almost took the lead inside ten minutes, Sean Rigg broke into the area after some good play by Lamar Reynolds, but his effort was denied by a super save from Rob Green. Leeds had another good opportunity midway through the first half, Kemar Roofe did really well to break into the Newport box, he squared it to Gomes, and with the ball just behind the midfielder he tried a back heel, but couldn’t get the better of Joe Day in the Newport goal. County almost broke the deadlock through Shawn McCoulskey, he fired a volley from a corner and Leeds had Vurnon Anita to thank, for heading clear on the line. Luke Ayling went close on the half an hour mark, he fired a thunderous effort from 30 yards, which went just wide of the top left corner. Roofe then did well to create space for himself in the Newport box and get his shot away, but he couldn’t beat Day at his near post. However it was Newport who made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute, Joss Labadie tried his luck from long range and his deflected effort found the net, Green got down to it, but couldn’t prevent the ball from looping back over him and in. Leeds leveled the scoring a minute before half time from a corner, Conor Shaughnessy headed at goal but was denied by Day and the ball eventually fell to Roofe who turned and shot, finding the bottom left corner. Half Time: Leeds United 1-1 Newport County. After the break, Roofe netted his second goal to put Leeds into the lead. Stuart Dallas did superbly to get to the byline and Newport could only clear into the path of Roofe who volleyed home. Reynolds almost hit back for Newport, he charged up-field past Anita, before firing low from the edge of the box, but his effort was just off target. In the 63rd minute Roofe almost netted his third goal, he attempted to lob Day from 30 yards and was only denied by the crossbar. Two minutes later, Roofe grabbed his hat-trick, Luke Ayling crossed and the forward superbly found the back of the net with a bicycle kick, becoming the second Whites player to score three goals in a match in the Carabao Cup this season. 12 minutes from time, substitute Samu Saiz added a fourth goal, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson put in a low cross and the ball came out to Saiz who struck first time and found the bottom left corner. Dallas then tried to float an effort into the top corner, in search of United’s fifth, but his attempt was just off target. A mistake from Borthwick-Jackson allowed Joe Quigley to go through on goal, but he could only fire wide for the visitors. Ayling made a goal-line clearance, before Ronaldo Vieira wrapped up the win to send Leeds into the next round of the Carabao Cup in style. Full Time: Leeds United 5-1 Newport County. Leeds: Green, Borthwick-Jackson, Shaughnessy, Ayling, Anita (Cooper 60), Klich, Vieira, Roofe (Alioski 78), Gomes, Dallas, Stokes (Saiz 66). Subs not used: Cole, Butler, Bennett, Bittner. Newport: Day, Pipe, Labadie, White, Willmott, Dolan, Reynolds (Quigley 66), McCoulsky (Nouble 54), O’Brien, Rigg (Tozer 71), Demetriou. Subs not used: Phillips, Peacock-Farrell, O’Connor, Wilks. Referee: R. Joyce Booked: Gomes, Vieira, Klich, Dallas, Cooper (Leeds), Labadie, O’Brien, Dolan, Quigley (Newport County) Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 17,098 (631 Newport)

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Like Wood and unlike Bridcutt, Doukara leaves Leeds in poor fashion refusing to be considered for the first team unless he was released

Weds August 23rd Doukara heads for Turkey after Leeds United contract is ended early SOULEYMANE DOUKARA has signed a two-year deal with Turkish side Osmanlispor after agreeing to terminate the final year of his contract at Leeds United. Turkish side Osmanlispor after agreeing to terminate the final year of his contract at Leeds United. Doukara parted company with Leeds having been left out of last night’s Carabao Cup victory over Newport County and finalised a move to Turkey today after three seasons at Elland Road. The striker has entered the last 12 months of his deal with United and was on the fringes of head coach Thomas Christiansen’s plans. Christiansen used Doukara sporadically in pre-season and omitted him from the club’s opening four league games. The United boss planned to use the French forward against Newport amid a growing injury list at Elland Road but Doukara missed the game due to what Christiansen described as “an agreement before”.Doukara’s time at Leeds saw him scored 18 goals in 93 appearances for the club, including one stunning volley against Nottingham Forest last season, but his career in England was marred by moments of controversy. He served an eight-match ban for biting defender Fernando Amorebieta during a 1-1 draw against Fulham in February 2016 and was part of the group of six foreign players who pulled out injured at short notice before a game at Charlton Athletic in April 2015.United are understood to have been frustrated with Doukara’s attitude in recent weeks and agreed to sever his deal to allow him to find another club. Doukara joined Leeds from Catania in the summer of 2014, signing a three-year deal.He earned a 12-month extension to that contract after activating an appearance-related clause in 2015.

Weds 23rd of August 2017 Orta pushing Gestede deal as Leeds United close in on Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot LEEDS UNITED are closing in on a deal for NEC Nijmegen’s Jay-Roy Grot and are weighing up an improved bid for Rudy Gestede after failing with an initial offer for the Middlesbrough striker. Grot is expected to arrive in England for talks and a medical today after United tabled an official approach with NEC in the aftermath of Chris Wood’s £15m departure to Burnley. The 19-year-old is valued at around £1.5m by Nijmegen and looks set to move to England after narrowly failing to win a move to Fiorentina at the start of the summer. LEEDS UNITED are closing in on a deal for NEC Nijmegen’s Jay-Roy Grot and are weighing up an improved bid for Rudy Gestede after failing with an initial offer for the Middlesbrough striker. Grot is expected to arrive in England for talks and a medical today after United tabled an official approach with NEC in the aftermath of Chris Wood’s £15m departure to Burnley. The 19-year-old is valued at around £1.5m by Nijmegen and looks set to move to England after narrowly failing to win a move to Fiorentina at the start of the summer.

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Victor Orta – Leeds United Director of Football

Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede .Fiorentina opened formal negotiations with the forward but backed out of a deal having failed to agree a fee with NEC. Leeds, however, are willing to meet Nijmegen’s asking price and hope to finalise a move in time for Saturday’s Championship game at Nottingham Forest. The 6’3” forward, a Holland Under-19 international, turned professional with NEC in 2015 and played 20 times in the Dutch top flight last season. He is poised to become the first of at least two new strikers to arrive at Elland Road before the transfer window as Leeds attempt to plug the gap left by the departure of player-of-the-year Wood on Monday. The club’s bid for Grot was made alongside a £6m offer for Gestede and Leeds are considering their next move with the Frenchman after Boro turned down that approach. Gestede has been on Boro’s books for less than 12 months – a January signing from Aston Villa – and is currently part of Garry Monk’s plans at The Riverside but United could test Boro’s resistance with an increased offer in the coming days. Gestede built his reputation on a spell at Blackburn Rovers in which he scored 32 times in 60 league appearances but the 28-year-old has experienced mixed form in spells with Villa and Boro. Leeds director of football Victor Orta was head of recruitment at The Riverside at the time of Gestede’s move from Villa and is pushing the drive for new forwards at Leeds before the transfer deadline passes at 11pm next Thursday. Speaking after Boro’s League Cup win over Scunthorpe United last night, Monk played down the prospect of him agreeing to sell Gestede to the club he managed last season. Gestede featured for the final nine minutes as a substitute against Scunthorpe and is likely to start when Boro host Preston North End in the Championship on Saturday. Monk said: He’s an important player for us and a big part of what we’re doing here. We’ve said it many times – we’re not focused on that side of things. “We’ve moved a lot of players out and we actually have a much smaller squad now than there was last season. We still need one or two more in-comings. “We don’t want to lose anyone. The squad has been achieved by design and the players that are here now are ones that we want to keep.“The owner has said it himself – anyone that we want to keep, we can keep. We don’t have to sell anyone.” In other words what the Snake is saying, if Leeds increase their offer the player is theirs.

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Kemar Roofe scoring one of his three goals v Newport County

Tuesday August 22nd. Leeds 2-1 Newport LC Leeds deliver on coach’s promise – P Hay YP We’ll go for everything,” promised Thomas Christiansen and, after nine goals in the opening two rounds, Leeds United are attacking the Carabao Cup in the manner of a club who aim to stay in the hat no matter how weird the competition gets. A Samuel Saiz hat-trick saw Leeds past Port Vale two weeks ago and Kemar Roofe emulated the Spaniard with three goals of his own last night, taking responsibility for a raw team whose appearance in round three was touch and go until Roofe stamped his foot on a finely-balanced game against Newport County. Those in Leeds who remember the winter of 1949 will remember a cup upset involving Newport, and there were moments at Elland Road when lightning looked like striking twice. Roofe scored in the 45th, 50th and 65th minutes – the last of his goals an instinctive overhead kick – but Leeds were flattered by scoreline on an evening when County arrived with an attitude to match the side who knocked United out of the FA Cup 68 years earlier. Leeds were trailing to a bizarre Joss Labadie strike when Roofe dispatched the scraps from a Stuart Dallas corner and restored parity in the final minute of the first half.Newport had barely settled into the second when Dallas set up another chance which Roofe volleyed into Newport’s net. Having had enough of the tie before then, County’s enthusiasm sagged and Leeds’ quality told.Roofe was a fraction away from completing his hat-trick in the 63rd minute, striking the crossbar with a wonderful lob from 25 yards, but Newport buckled again soon after as his acrobatics put away another Dallas cross. With a 3-1 advantage, Leeds were able to forget a strange moment in the first half in which a Labadie shot squirmed over Rob Green and into their net.A much-changed line-up were susceptible to wobbles like that but Leeds flexed their muscles eventually and had the fallback of Saiz among their substitutes, who came on and increased the lead to 4-1 with a goal which Christiansen did not need.Ronaldo Vieira completed a rout with a fifth on 90 minutes.All eyes now on Thursday morning and Beijing, where the EFL will stage the third-round draw at the nonsensical time of 4.15am. Two previous draws, one held in Bangkok, did not gone well. “Perhaps I will set a wake-up call,” Christiansen joked.Injuries are piling up at Leeds and Christiansen reached into the depths of his resources for Newport’s visit, giving senior debuts to Eoghan Stokes and Madger Gomes and padding out his bench with two other development-squad players, Mallik Wilks and Paudie O’Connor.The United boss would have made changes regardless of a lengthy absentee list but his choice of team deliberately avoided compromising his plans for Nottingham Forest on Saturday.In case of trouble, which duly came, Saiz and Gianni Alioski were waiting on the bench.Christiansen needed Alioski and Saiz to see off Port Vale in round one and Newport showed no intention of rolling over tamely.

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Saiz in his cameo role slots home the 4th

The tie was 10 minutes old when Green, the hitherto forgotten goalkeeper in United’s ranks, asserted himself with an excellent save, tipping Sean Rigg’s goalbound shot inches wide of his far post after Rigg danced away from Conor Shaughnessy inside the box.Gomes had given Newport’s keeper, Joe Day, something to think about moments earlier with a cleanly hit shot from 20 yards and the winger’s direct running compensated slightly for a forward line which took a long time to click. Stokes, in behind Roofe, operated at number 10 but was shadowed by Matt Dolan and Labadie. Roofe received an early straightener from the heavy frame of centre-back Mark O’Brien.On the front foot, Newport looked more dangerous. Vurnon Anita appeared in the right place on 23 minutes to head clear from Green’s goalline after a Newport corner was volleyed goalwards by Shawn McCoulsky at close range.As Leeds attempted to force the visitors back, Labadie whipped a shot into the side netting. Christiansen’s animated instructions were those of a coach who knew the tie would not be a cakewalk.Having been drawn at home and forced to switch the game to Elland Road due to the relaying of their Rodney Parade pitch, County looked less and less like the away side.Luke Ayling came closest to redressing the balance when, in a worthwhile loss of patience, he cracked a rising 30-yard shot inches wide of Day’s net after the half-hour but an error by Green handed Newport the goal they deserved on 34 minutes.The keeper dived to cover his near post as Labadie lashed a shot at him from 20 yards but the ball spun up off his arms, bouncing in before the former England international could reach it. On his first outing since being usurped by Felix Wiedwald, a concession like that was not in the plan.Leeds needed inspiration and it came in the last minute of the half. Shaughnessy met Dallas’ corner with a free header which Day punched away nervously and, as Newport struggled to clear the rebound, Roofe pounced from close range with a low finish.From there, the night became simple. Roofe scored again four minutes into the second half when Dallas left David Pipe on his face and drove in a cross which deflected into the air. Roofe applied the finishing touch with a careful volley.Newport continued to threaten on the break and, after Roofe shook the bar with a glorious lob, Robbie Willmott wasted a chance to level the tie by shooting weakly at Green with Leeds on the run.Roofe, however, was unerring with a fine overhead finish and, after Christiansen threw Saiz on for good measure, the playmaker came up with a sharp effort from close range 12 minutes from time.Vieira then rounded off the scoring by driving a corner in off a post with 89 played.Spirited though they had been in spells, a near-equal share of the gate receipts from a crowd of 17,000 began to strike Newport as a good return for their work.

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Gestede a risky replacement ?

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Jay Roy Grot more one for the future ?

Monday 21st of August Leeds chase Dane and Dutch players to replace Wood – YP Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede and NEC Nijmegen’s Jay-Roy Grot have emerged as transfer targets for Leeds United as the club step up their striker search in the wake of Chris Wood’s exit to Burnley. Leeds are keen on Gestede and are understood to have tabled a bid for 19-year-old Grot with a minimum of two new forwards expected to arrive at Elland Road before next week’s transfer deadline. Gestede has been heavily involved in the early stages of Boro’s Championship season but he joined the club in January at a time when Victor Orta, Leeds’ current director of football, was head of recruitment at The Riverside. Boro paid £6m to Aston Villa for his signature but Boro’s January deals failed to save the club from relegation from the Premier League. Gestede scored twice in 19 appearances, 12 of those as a substitute, and has found the net once for Boro this term in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.Grot, meanwhile, is a Holland Under-19 international who featured regularly for NEC in the Dutch Eredivisie last season.The powerful 6’3″ youngster, who turned professional at NEC in 2015, produced five goals in 20 league starts and is under contract until next summer.Leeds are pushing to bring strikers to Elland Road after finalising Wood’s £15m sale to Burnley today. That fee could rise to £18m depending on appearances but his exit leaves head coach Thomas Christiansen short of firepower with the transfer window due to close in 10 days’ time.

Monday 21st of August Andrea Radrizzani statement re Wood Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani claims that the club were trying to agree a lucrative new contract with striker Chris Wood in the four weeks leading up to his transfer to Burnley and has quickly moved to reassure concerned supporters that the money earned from that lucrative sale will be reinvested into the playing squad “For the past month we have tried to negotiate a new three-year contract with Chris Wood,” he said in a statement released via Leeds’ official website. “We offered the player strong financial terms including reasonable exit clauses, lower than the fee we demanded for a transfer this summer, should the club not reach the Premier League in a certain time frame. “However the player’s preference was to leave Leeds United and as he only had one year left on his contract after this season we had to protect the club and ensure we did not sell Chris below our valuation. “We want players at Leeds who consider us a big club and we want players who are committed to our vision to return to the Premier League. Supporters can rest assured that monies generated from the sale of Chris Wood will be reinvested into adding to the 12 signings we have made already. Thank you for your continued support.”

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Christiansen rapidly getting rid of the old guard and stamping his own authority on this team – Not bad so far

Monday August 21st. Bridcutt on way to Forest Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt is set to join Nottingham Forest in the next 24 hours. Bridcutt has been given permission to hold talks with Forest following negotiations between the two clubs over the weekend. Forest manager Mark Warburton is looking to buy Bridcutt out of the final year of his contract at Elland Road and Leeds are willing to move the 28-year-old on after using him sporadically in the early weeks of the season. The fee is thought to be £1.5M. Leeds have a surplus of midfielders and Bridcutt was used only sporadically during close season.

Sunday August 20th Search is on for a replacement for Chris Wood – Phil Hay Yorkshire Post Thomas Christiansen revealed that Leeds United had already begun approaching replacements for Chris Wood after conceding defeat in their fight to keep the striker at Elland Road. Wood is set to join Burnley in a £15m deal tomorrow having undergone a medical over the weekend and Leeds are under pressure to reinvest the money with the transfer window due to close in 10 days’ time. United rejected two bids from Burnley but accepted a third valuation of £15m plus add ons after Wood turned down their offer of a new three-year contract on Friday night. His decision to refuse an extension to his deal came after he travelled with Christiansen’s squad to a hotel on Wearside ahead of yesterday’s Championship game against Sunderland. Wood was subsequently left out of the fixture at the Stadium of Light and posted a message on Twitter saying: “Due to strong interest from a Premier League team, the ongoing discussions with the club, and given that it has always been my ambition to play at the highest level, I don’t feel it is right that I play today.”Leeds claimed an impressive 2-0 victory in his absence, beating Sunderland and maintaining Christiansen’s unbeaten start as head coach through goals in either half from Samuel Saiz and Stuart Dallas, and the United boss admitted afterwards that a list of potential signings had been drawn up once the possibility of losing Wood to Burnley first arose.

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Chris Wood goes close against Fulham

Christiansen, who saw forward Caleb Ekuban join a growing injury list during the second half yesterday, said: It’s obvious that we need to sign a striker. We’re in a little bit of a hurry and we need to be fast. There is also the situation with Caleb.”The good thing is we knew about the rumours a while ago. We knew there was a possibility to keep the player (Wood) but there was also the other possibility that happened on Friday and for that, everyone was prepared. We’d been working on looking at players and we have a list of players who we have approached.” Ekuban, the Ghanaian who joined Leeds from Chievo in July and made his full league debut in place of Wood at the Stadium of Light, is being assessed after pulling up midway through the second half.Christiansen said he had taken the decision to omit Wood against Sunderland once he learned that the New Zealand international had refused an attempt by Leeds to replace his existing deal which ran to 2019.Wood remained with United’s squad until shortly before kick-off at Sunderland but travelled south ahead of a planned medical with Burnley today.His arrival at Turf Moor on a four-year deal is likely to be confirmed in the next 24 hours and will follow on from left-back Charlie Taylor’s £7m move from Leeds to Burnley last month. Christiansen said: “I cannot tell you everything I know but it’s right that he had an offer, a very good offer (of a new contract). He rejected it and if he rejected that offer it means his mind is not on Leeds.”I only count on players who want to fight for the shirt, the badge and their team-mates. That was behind the decision not to have him in the squad. He travelled because there was a possibility he might play.”Everyone can understand the situation. The possibility to go to a Premier League club is interesting for him and probably the money is also much better. He was a recognised and appreciated player at this club and everyone has to respect his decision. He’s a professional and if that’s his thought, we have to respect it.” Despite the situation surrounding Wood, Leeds turned in their most convincing performance to date under Christiansen, whose side hold only one of three remaining unbeaten records in the Championship.”I don’t know if it’s the best performance so far but it comes in the best moment,” Christiansen said.As I said in the changing room, there is no-one above Leeds. Everyone works for the same goal. This proves that we are not winning because of individual players but as a team.”

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Saiz celebrates his fourth (and 1st league) Leeds United goal of the season after a delightful finish

Saturday August 19th Sunderland 0-2 Leeds United: Impressive Whites show there is life after Chris Wood – Yorkshire PostA Leeds United side without Burnley-bound Chris Wood moved up to fifth as goals from Samuel Saiz and Stuart Dallas recorded an excellent 2-0 win at Championship hosts Sunderland. Just one minute after a superb header from Liam Cooper had diverted Lewis Grabban’s goalbound on to the crossbar, United took a 21st-minute lead when Alioski fed Saiz who clinically finished into the bottom left corner. And despite Leeds losing Wood’s match-day replacement Caleb Ekuban to injury, United doubled their advantage 14 minutes from time when substitute Dallas brilliantly heaed home a Saiz cross. Sunderland opened up United’s defence in the sixth minute when Brendan Galloway raced to the byline and the winger’s cross narrowly failed to find Grabban who was looking to slide the ball home. Pontus Jansson then saved Leeds two minutes later with a fine tackle on James Vaughan who had just Felix Wiedwald to beat after Vuron Anita’s clearance had been charged down.Leeds were then saved five minutes later by a brilliant header from Liam Cooper which diverted Grabban’s goalbound shot on to the crossbar And just one minute later United took the lead when a mistake by Lamine Kone allowed Gianni Alioksi to feed the ball into SSaiz who skillfully found space in the area before rifling home a low shot into the bottom left corner.After United lost Pablo Hernandez to injury and the Spaniard was replaced by Kemar Roofe, Leeds squandered another fine chance just after the half hour mark when Kalvin Phillips played in Alioski whose low shot sailed harmlessly past the left-hand post. Leeds were dominating but Sunderland would have levelled in the 39th minute but for a decent save from Wiedwald who reacted quickly to smother a low effort from Lee Cattermole that was destined for the bottom left corner.Sunderland attempted to build up a head of steam at the start of the second half but Leeds held firm with a cleared header from Jansson whizzing narrowly wide for a corner.

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Dallas wraps up the points with a clever header back across the goal

United’s options upfront then became even lighter when Ekuban pulled up injured and had to replaced by Stuart Dallas as Roofe was sent upfront.But Leeds continued to create chances andJason Steele held firm to keep out an Alioski free-kick before another low shot from Alioski was saved from a Whites counter attack. And Alioski then sent Leeds on their way to doubling their lead in the 76th minute when racing away down the right flank before passing to Saiz who delivered a powerful cross which Dallas managed to head home into the far corner.From then on, United rarely looked threatened and Sunderland’s only real remaining chance came in the 90th minute when Billy Jones could only find the side netting at the far post from McGeady’s cross. Teams : Leeds United: Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Anita, O’Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Saiz (Klich 81), Hernandez (Roofe 25), Ekuban (Dallas 62). Subs not used: Green, Borthwick-Jackson, Shaughnessy, Vieira.Sunderland: Steele, Jones, Browning, Kone, Galloway (Matthews 55); Honeyman, Cattermole (Asoro 74), Ndong, McGeady; Vaughan (Khazri 55), Grabban. Subs not used: Ruiter, O’Shea, Gibson, Gooch. Referee: Andy Davies. Attendance: 31,237.

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Chris Wood refused to play against Sunderland because he wasn’t in the right frame of mind – disappointing way to end his Leeds career

Sat 19th of Aug Wood to sign with Burnley after refusing to play against Black Cats Chris Wood has ruled himself out of Leeds’ game at Sunderland as a move to Burnley appears to draw closer, saying: “I do not feel it is right that I play.”The New Zealand striker, who scored 30 goals last season, has been the subject of three bids from the Premier League side this summer. It has been reported that the third has been accepted by Leeds – betting was duly suspended – and progress appears to have been made after Wood ruled himself out of the evening kick-off at the Stadium of Light. “Due to strong interest from a Premier League team, the ongoing discussions with the club, and given it has always been my ambition to play at the highest level, I don’t feel it is right that I play today,” he wrote on Twitter. “I wish the team all the best and hope the lads can pick up the three points.” Leeds signed Wood from Leicester in the summer of 2015 for a fee believed to be £3million. They could get that back by up to 500 per cent with Burnley’s third bid said to be worth north of £15m. Wood has been with Leeds at their hotel in Sunderland since Friday night. Personally I think £15m is huge money for Wood but he is leaving under a cloud and with a sour taste among Leeds fans after effectively refusing to play for the team and the fans. Very disappointing. Now lets invest the money wisely. This team isn’t too far away.

Tuesday 15th Leeds 0-0 Fulham Entertaining scoreless draw at Leeds Leeds and Fulham maintained their unbeaten starts to the season with a hard-fought draw at Elland Road. Fulham had the better of the first half with Aboubakar Kamara’s going close and Ibrahima Cisse striking the base of the post with a drive from 25 yards. David Button saved one-on-one from Chris Wood before Leeds’ Felix Wiedwald made a similar stop from Sone Aluko. Kalvin Phillips and Wood missed late chances for Leeds as the sides played out a fifth successive league draw. Leeds and Fulham had drawn their previous four league games by a 1-1 scoreline, but Wood and Aluko both spurned great chances for their sides in a stalemate. The visitors dominated the opening stages, but could not beat Rob Green’s replacement Wiedwald in goal as Stefan Johansen, Kamara and Cisse were all off target. Leeds responded after the break but Phillips fired wide and Wood could not get on the end of a late Stuart Dallas cross, as Thomas Christiansen’s side drew a blank for the second time in four days. Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen: “It’s another clean sheet and I believe the team played a very good game. “We have to recognise that we played against one of the best teams in this league. They started very well and we were not fast enough. “At the end of the first half we controlled the game a bit more and in the second we deserved more. “We need to be a bit more dangerous up front but at the end I’m satisfied with that result.” Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic: “We showed different faces. “We opened the game very well and created chances but they pressed us better at the start of the second half and the result was fair at the end. “It’s positive that we haven’t lost any games but it’s a bad thing we haven’t won any games in the start of the season.” Transfer Talk (Tuesday 15th of August ): Leeds eye German if Chris Wood goesYEP. Leeds United are understood to be making contingency plans for if Burnley come back with an offer that is too good to refuse for striker Chris Wood.

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McCormack – One of a number of strikers Leeds are linked with when and not if Wood leaves

The Clarets are considering upping their offer to £20m for the Kiwi international, who struck 27 goals in the Championship last season, while West Bromwich, Stoke and Swansea are monitoring events at Elland Road. If they do sell, Leeds could go back in for old boy and Aston Villa’s Scotland striker Ross McCormack or Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The 25-year-old Lassogga, with 30 goals from 107 appearances for Hamburg, is being linked to a season-long loan deal with a view to making the move permanent next summer. Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, are also heavily linked with players coming in and going out but their pressing need is for central defensive cover.That was underlined when Glenn Loovens departed with a back injury against QPR on Saturday, leaving just Tom Lees as their specialist centre-back.A move for former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou fell through after talks broke down but head coach Carlos Carvalhal is scouring the European market to find cover.

Tuesday 15th of August Leeds United 0 Fulham 0: Christiansen happy as Whites earn a point Leeds United extended Thomas Christiansen’s unbeaten start as head coach with a battling 0-0 draw against Fulham, leaving the Elland Road boss to insist: “We deserved more.” Leeds overcame a tense start to go toe-to-toe with a club who pipped them to a Championship play-off place last season and take a point from a lively meeting with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side. Fulham struck a post in the opening exchanges but United striker Chris Wood failed to convert a one-on-one chance in the first half and saw a finish ruled out by an offside flag shortly before the interval. Neither team were able to force a goal in an end-to-end second half but Christiansen, whose side’s stalemate followed on from a frustrating goalless draw at home to Preston North End on Saturday, was more enthused with Leeds’ performance against a Fulham team who he again described as “one of the best in the division”. “It was a draw and another clean sheet but I believe the team made a very good game,” Christiansen said.We had to recognise that we were playing against one of the best sides in the league, who started very well. We weren’t fast enough and we didn’t close the space to begin with. They combined very well with their passing. “But towards the end of the first half we competed more and in the second half I think we deserved more. We dominated. We didn’t let them play as they wanted. I’m satisfied with the result.”Leeds have taken five points from Christiansen’s first three league games and he said: “If you’re unbeaten it’s okay. Of course we would have liked to have taken wins not draws but we have to look at who we faced. Preston were very good and Fulham are one of the best teams.” Christiansen, meanwhile, heaped praise on 20-year-old Conor Shaughnessy who was thrown into a full league debut after centre-back Liam Cooper missed out through injury.”He did very well,” Christiansen said. “I’ve said before that he’s a young player with not much experience but he did well and he was under big pressure against a good team. “It was a good way to test him against one of the best teams in the league.”

Tuesday August 15th of August Phil Hay’s verdict: Leeds United 0 Fulham 0: Promising signs as United draw blank. Two goalless draws in four days at Elland Road but this one will not cause Leeds United angst. There are few Championship teams with Fulham’s fluency and Leeds’ success in fronting up to them last night provided a blueprint for other clubs in the division. At times in the earliest moments of the game Fulham looked like cutting loose but there is never much separating these clubs and their neck-and-neck scrap for a play-off position last season continued in the fifth straight draw between them. There was talent aplenty on the pitch – Chris Wood, the subject of bids from Burnley, and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon who rated as a £25m left-back by Tottenham – but nobody able to decide a match which rarely drew breath.

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Chris Wood goes close against Fulham

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Saiz goes down after a challenge

Ibrahima Cisse struck a post in the opening exchanges as Fulham were allowed to play their game but Wood failed to put away a one-on-one chance for the second game running and the cost of that, as in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Preston North End, was another goalless scoreline. Leeds held their hands up to a poor showing against Preston, unable to break down a team with 10 men for the last half-hour, but there was less to criticise in yesterday’s effort. Thomas Christiansen remains unbeaten after four games as head coach and the point accrued against Fulham was banked despite an ever-diminishing pool of defenders. Already without Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington, Christiansen lost Liam Cooper ahead of kick-off but was dug out of a selection quandary by a remarkably calm full league debut from 20-year-old Conor Shaughnessy. A midfielder during his days with Reading’s academy, Shaughnessy dropped in at centre-back with extraordinary ease and emerged with a creditable clean sheet. When an end-to-end second half dried up, neither side had cause to complain with the result. It was a year to the day since Wood lit the fuse on his finishing with an overhead kick in the same fixture last season and the scrutiny on him now is as intense as it was then, albeit in a more positive sense. Twelve months ago he was fighting scepticism about his capacity to operate as a lone centre-forward. In the past week he has been the subject of two bids for Burnley, both of them in excess of £10m and both rejected by Leeds.Christiansen dismissed the suggestion after Saturday’s draw with Preston that the attempts to sign him might serve as a distraction and Wood’s inclusion last night was never in question. It will not be in question after his failure to beat David Button in the first-half. Elsewhere, Leeds were more stretched. Injury accounted for Cooper and Shaughnessy was thrown into a debut which never came his way at Reading. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, named on the bench, was United’s only other fit defender The threat to Leeds came from Fulham’s pace, as it was bound to do, and there were signs of it early on as the game settled in the way the visitors intended. Stefan Johansen drove a 20-yard shot narrowly wide after United got into a tangle inside their box and a volley from Aboubakar Kamara, Fulham’s debutant striker, deflected behind after Ryan Fredericks cut through the left side of Leeds’ defence.In the 18th minute, Leeds were saved by the frame of their goal. Another quick Fulham attack ended with players camped outside United’s area and Ibrahima Cisse’s shot beat Felix Wiedwald before smacking against the German’s left-hand post. There was one team in it for 20 minutes as Leeds struggled to put pressure on Fulham goalkeeper Button, an isolated figure in front of the South Stand. Button was exposed for the first time when Pablo Hernandez slid a clever pass to Samuel Saiz whose cut-back towards Wood was scrambled away by Tim Ream and that chink was enough to inject some life into United’s football. An attacking line of Saiz, Hernandez and Gianni Alioski had been made to look lightweight in the initial stages but their flair began to seep out as the first half wore on.On 32 minutes, the best chance of the half fell to Wood in the same fashion as the crucial moment in Saturday’s goalless draw with Preston. Fulham lost their shape as Alioski fed the ball through their defence and Wood advanced on Button one-on-one and at pace. Having failed to beat Preston’s Chris Maxwell with a low effort, Wood attempted to dink a chip over Button but was denied by the keeper’s right hand. The house was on Wood and the house lost. Fulham, meanwhile, lost Lucas Piazon to a suspected broken leg soon after, but Slavisa Jokanovic was able to turn to Neeskens Kebano, the Congolese winger who ran Leeds ragged at Craven Cottage in March. The intensity refused to drop and Wood rounded off a full-blooded half by driving a volley from Saiz’s cross beyond Button, only to see an offside flag rise behind him. At the restart there was none of the same respect given to Fulham at the beginning of the game. United plugged the gaps, pressed Jokanovic’s players and watched Fulham run short of ideas. The biggest midweek crowd seen at Elland Road for fully a decade began to scent a win in the offing.Luke Ayling volleyed wide on the hour after Hernandez’s free-kick forced Fulham deep and Saiz dragged an effort wide after skipping away from his marker on 75 minutes. At the other end, a nerveless Shaughnessy appeared in the right place to block Johansen’s strike after a misplaced free-kick from Eunan O’Kane sent Aluko sprinting forward. Aluko went closest to a winner when he burst in behind Christiansen’s defence 12 minutes from time but Wiedwald advanced to meet him and did what Button had done to Wood by meeting the forward’s finish with a strong and resistant hand. Kalvin Phillips also missed a late chance by pulling a rebound across the face of Fulham’s goal. By then it was anyone’s game and by full-time it was nobody’s, as it usually is when these clubs meet.

Sat 12th. Preston earn draw at Leeds Ten-man Preston frustrated Leeds United after Ben Pearson was dismissed as the two sides played out a goalless draw at Elland Road. The visitors had the better chances to win the game before going down to 10 men, Tom Barkhuizen and Alan Browne both going close in the first half. Pearson was sent off for a second booking on 60 minutes. Leeds striker Chris Wood had a number of chances before Preston’s Josh Harrop hit the bar in stoppage time. It was the first time Leeds had failed to score since 17 April, having scored seven goals in their opening two games this season. New Zealand international Wood forced Chris Maxwell into a fine second-half save and failed to put away a Cameron Borthwick-Johnson cross before chances for Stuart Dallas and Pablo Hernandez. But Preston – who have now won only one of their last nine league visits to Elland Road – could have come away an unlikely three points had Felix Wiedwald not got a finger to Harrop’s shot and tipped it onto the woodwork. Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen: When you play for that amount of time with one player more and do not win, it is an opportunity lost. “We have to impose ourselves on our home ground and we did not do that in the first half. “We gave the ball away too easily and when you play against a good team you suffer. We did not have the speed in the game that we should.” Preston manager Alex Neil: “For 60 minutes I thought we were great and were the better side. We controlled the ball, we were aggressive. I thought we dominated which was really pleasing. “Once we went down to 10 men we had to change our approach. They had a man more and that makes it more difficult for us to press. “The lads worked extremely hard and kept their shape and discipline. They showed just how much it means to them individually and collectively.”

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Saiz oozes quality

Weds 9th. Saiz hat-trick sinks Vale – BBC Samu Saiz marked his Leeds debut with a hat-trick as the Championship side overcame Port Vale in the the EFL Cup. The Spanish midfielder slotted home his first after Stuart Dallas’ cross came back off the post. Michael Tonge sent Vale in level at half-time following a long throw, but Saiz rounded the keeper for his second and then fired into the top corner. Caleb Ekuban converted a cross to make it four before Vale’s Gavin Gunning was sent off for a foul on Ezgjan Alioski. Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen made nine changes following the weekend win at Bolton, with loan signing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from Manchester United in the starting line-up. Despite that, they were on top for most of the game against League Two side Vale, who changed goalkeepers at the interval, with Sam Hornby replacing Rob Lainton and making good saves from Ekuban, Alioski and Borthwick-Jackson before the Championship side made their extra quality count. Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen: “Saiz is a player who enjoys it with the ball. If we have possession, if we move the ball, he has the quality. He’s intelligent and is a good finisher also.”But it’s not only that in football. You also need to work and we need to work on that also, but I’m very pleased with his performance.” “There were several (debutants) and I’m very happy for them,. It’s important that they keep giving me headaches when I have to name the (starting) XI and the squad for the games. “It’s a difficult situation for me to leave players out, but this is my responsibility, I have to take that as it comes.”

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Kalvin Phillips with a brace in his first game could be a huge player this season for Whites

Sunday Augus 6th 2017. Phillips strikes twice to halt Trotters – BBC Kalvin Phillips scored twice as Leeds United opened their 2017-18 Championship campaign with victory at Bolton Wanderers. Leeds, playing under head coach Thomas Christiansen for the first time, went ahead through Phillips’ smart finish. Last season’s top scorer Chris Wood then headed in for 2-0, only for Bolton forward Gary Madine to nod home. But Phillips’ tap-in quickly restored Leeds’ two-goal lead, and they held on despite Adam Le Fondre’s penalty. The former Reading front man smashed his spot-kick down the middle, with Conor Shaughnessy having fouled Madine almost immediately after coming on. But the headlines belonged to 21-year-old Phillips, who doubled his career tally for Leeds during the first half to put the visitors in control. New Zealand forward Wood, who scored 30 goals last season as Leeds narrowly missed out on the play-offs, also opened his account with a clinical header in off the underside of the bar. But there will be some concern over the fitness of defenders Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington, who were both forced off injured prior to half-time. Bolton, promoted from League One in May, were direct throughout but struggled to create anything clear-cut from open play – and also lost midfielder Josh Vela through injury at the end of the game

The new arrivals to Leeds United this season

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Felix becomes new number 1 although he wears number 13

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Felix Widewald born March 15th 1990 Age 27. The German goalkeeper joined Leeds in the summer of 2017, from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee, on a three year deal. Wiedwald started his career at Bremen, before joining Bundesliga 2 outfit MSV Duisburg, where he spent two years. In the summer of 2013, he was snapped up by Eintracht Frankfurt where he spent a further two years, before re-joining his first club Werder in May 2015.Wiedwald will battle it out with Rob Green and Bailey Peacock-Farrell to be United’s first choice goalkeeper during the 2017/18 campaign. he made his debut in a 3-2 win at the Reebok. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Born Feb 2nd 1997 (Age 20) is a left back who has joined on a season long loan from Manchester United. He made his debut for Leeds in the LC against Port Vale. Jackson has played 10 times for Man United and was on loan at Wolves last season where he made six appearances.

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Pennington a highly rated centre half arrives from The Toffees on loan

Matthew Pennington Born October 6th 1994 (Age 22) Defender Matthew Pennington joined Leeds United on a season-long loan from Premier League outfit Everton, becoming the club’s 10th signing of the summer. The young defender has a wealth of experience, having had three loan spells at League One level, with Tranmere Rovers, Coventry City and Walsall. Pennington has made nine first team appearances for Everton and scored his first goal for the club in April 2017, in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool. His arrival boosts the United defence ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. He made his debut at Bolton in the first game of the season.

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Anita is a versatile player who won promotion with Newcastle – a quality signing

Vurnon Anita Born April 4th 1989 (Age 28) joined Leeds United on a free transfer from Newcastle United in the summer of 2017. The versatile Dutch international who can play in midfield or at full-back, joined the Whites on the back of helping the Magpies to win promotion from the Sky Bet Championship to the Premier League, featuring 27 times during the league campaign. Anita made his breakthrough with Dutch giants Ajax, for whom he made over 100 appearances, before joining Newcastle for a fee close to £7m in 2012. Capped four times by the Netherlands, Anita will be hoping for a second successive promotion with the Whites come the end of the 2017/18 season. Made his debut as sub against Bolton.

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Alioski (likes a good pose) hope he scores as many as he did in Switzerland

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Samuel Saiz has all the pedigree to do well. Let’s hope he can

Ezgjan Alioski Born Feb 12th 1992 (Age 25) Leeds moved to sign Ezgjan Alioski from Swiss side Lugano for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2017, beating off competition from several clubs for his signature. The attacking midfielder was the third highest scorer in the Swiss Super League in the 2016/17 season and at Lugano scored 17 goals in all competitions, providing 14 assists. On the international stage, Alioski is a regular starter for Macedonia and has been capped into double figures. Alioski, who has also had spells at Swiss sides Young Boys and Schaffhausen, penned a four year deal at Elland Road. he made his debut against Bolton. Samuel Saiz Born Jan 22nd 1991 (Age 26) Exciting midfielder Samuel Sáiz signed for Leeds United on a four year contract in the summer of 2017 for an undisclosed fee. Born in Madrid, Sáiz came through the ranks at Spanish giants Real, going on to make appearances for their B and C teams. Spells at UD Melilla, Getafe and UD Almería followed, before he was snapped up by Atlético Madrid in 2014. Sáiz then moved initially on loan to Huesca, before that move was made permanent in 2016. Last season he made 40 appearances, scoring 12 goals and provided eight assists, helping Huesca reach the Spanish Segunda División Play-Offs and the Whites beat off competition from other clubs to secure his signature. Made his debut in League Cup v Port Vale scoring a hat-trick into the bargain.

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A lot is expected from the Polish International at Elland Road this season

Mateusz Klich Born June 13th 1990 (Age 27) Polish international midfielder Mateusz Klich joined Leeds United from Dutch outfit FC Twente in the summer of 2017. Starting his career at Polish outfit KS Cracovia, Klich was snapped up by German Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg in 2011. Spells at Dutch side PEC Zwolle and German outfit 1. FC Kaiserslautern followed, before moving to back to the Eredivisie with FC Twente. Last season at Twente, Klich scored six goals, helping them to a seventh placed finish and upon arriving at Elland Road signed a three year deal for an undiclosed fee.

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Can Ekuban replicate his form from the Albanian League ?

Caleb Ekuban Born March 23rd 1993 (age 24) Leeds United completed the transfer of young forward Caleb Ekuban for an undisclosed fee in July 2017. The pacy forward joined the club from Italian Serie A outfit Chievo Verona, signing a four year contract with the Whites. Having come through the ranks at Chievo, the striker has also had loan spells with fellow Italian sides FC Südtirol AC Lumezzane and AC Renate. Last season Ekuban spent the season on loan Albanian outfit FK Partizani, for whom he played in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. He made 34 appearances in the Kategoria Superiore for Partizani, scoring 17 goals, as the club finished runners-up in the division.

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GerCunningham@GerCun7 (twitter) Website edited by Gerry Cunningham (Always Leeds always loyal – SC Formed 1993) Membership is due for the 2017/18 season. €15 Euro per adult €30 Euro per Family. (Website updated Tuesday August 29th 2017) Thanks to all who turned up at our AGM in Peadars last night. The same committee was returned for another year, a special year, our 25th season as a SC, and hopefully a promotion year where we hope to organize something special to honour the occasion.

Tuesday 29th of August Orta sets up face to face meeting with Lasogga -YP DIRECTOR of football Victor Orta will meet with Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga in a bid to recruit the German striker to Leeds United. The Whites have been tracking 25-year-old Lasogga all summer but the striker’s reported £50,000-a-week wages have proved a stumbling block to a move to Elland Road. Target, Pierre-Michel Lasogga. But Bundesliga outfit Hamburg are keen to move the forward on before the closure of the summer transfer window on Thursday evening and Leeds are hoping to strike a deal with Lasogga and his current club. United are not prepared to blow apart their wage structure which had Chris Wood as the club’s top earner on around £15,000-a-week before his £15m sale to Burnley. But United hope they can reach an agreement with Hamburg to compensate Lasogga’s potential wage drop while Orta looks to impress the striker upon his arrival in Leeds. Orta has already proved particularly instrumental in pulling the strings to recruit new star no10 Samuel Saiz to join the Whites from Huesca earlier this summer. It is not clear if Lasogga would join Leeds on loan or if Hamburg could pay off the difference in his wage to allow the German to join United on a permanent deal. Successful summer signing, Samuel Saiz . United are keen to strengthen their options in attack following the sale of Wood to Burnley and Orta has also looked at 23-year-old Malmo winger/striker Pawel Cibicki. The Swede remains another potential signing ahead of Thursday’s 11pm deadline. Orta also took a look at Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira but United decided to focus their attentions elsewhere. Premier League trio Dwight Gayle, Danny Ings and Nahki Wells are also not being considered, despite false reports elsewhere. Leeds have other targets in addition to Lasogga and Cibicki, including domestic-based players

 

Tuesday 29th of August Geordies slap £18m price tag on Dwight Gayle – Daily Star

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Benitez wants rid of Gayle but Leeds won’t pay 18M for that privilige

NEWCASTLE have told Leeds they want £18m for striker Dwight Gayle. But the Magpies will not sell last season’s top scorer until they have a replacement lined up. Toon chief Rafa Benitez had been looking to offload Aleksandar Mitrovic in the summer but it is now Gayle who is surplus to requirements at St James’ Park. The former Crystal Palace forward scored 23 goals during Newcastle’s promotion campaign and went into this season as their No. 1 forward. But Benitez has become increasingly concerned at Gayle’s mental issues over a hamstring problem which has troubled him for several years.

The Toon chief has not been impressed by the way Gayle reacted to being subbed in both games and then being left out of the squad for Saturdays’ win 3-0 win over West Ham. In his absence, recent signing Joselu and sub Mitrovic each scored a goal, effectively relegating Gayle to No. 3 in the pecking order. Benitez is having to offload players before being allowed to strengthen his squad. And it is far from certain he will be able to sign the players he believes are desperately required, with no imminent arrivals today. Defender Grant Hanley is due to hold talks with Fulham while Hull are interested in taking Jack Colback on loan – though Newcastle would have to pay 50 per cent of his wages if he does move to the Tigers.It is Gayle’s departure, however, which would release significant funds for Benitez to spend before the transfer window shuts.Leeds have identified him as the man they want to replace Chris Wood – the only forward to top his own tally last season – who joined Burnley in a £15m deal last week. But they will have to find more than that sum to land Gayle and even then it depends on Newcastle having another striker lined up. Chelsea’s Loic Remy will not be returning to Tyneside, where he spent a successful loan stint three years ago while Benitez won’t gamble on the fitness of Liverpool’s Danny Ings _ a Toon target before his arrival – because he has been out injured for the past two years. I can’t see Leeds paying that kind of money albeit for a striker proven in this division.

Monday 28th of August Lasogga wanted to replace Wood – YEP LEEDS United are stepping up their quest to land Hamburg striker Pierre-Michel Lasogga before Thursday night’s transfer deadline. United have been keeping tabs on the German all summer but the 25-year-old’s reported £50,000-a-week wages have proved an obstacle to any move. But Leeds remain hopeful of striking a deal with the forward who Hamburg are keen to sell before Thursday’s 11pm deadline. The Whites will need Lasogga to lower his wage demands or reach an agreement with Hamburg. Lasogga travelled to England on Monday with members of his family to discuss a transfer though the former German under-21 international has other options to consider. Lasogga has not featured for Hamburg so far this season but the striker netted eight goals in 30 appearances in the Bundesliga last season. The six-foot-two forward was formerly on the fringes of the German national side and the hit man has netted 28 goals in 103 appearances since joining Hamburg from Hertha BSC in September 2013, initially on loan. Leeds are also looking at other striker options after the club’s £6m bid to land Middlesbrough striker Rudy Gestede was rejected last week. United have not submitted a second bid and Boro boss Garry Monk is keen to keep the 28-year-old at the Riverside. Leeds director of football Victor Orta has also looked at 23-year-old Malmo winger/striker Pawel Cibicki. United have other targets but the Whites are not in the hunt to land Preston North End forward Jordan Hugill. The player has never been on United’s radar. United have only three first-team strikers at present following the £15m sale of last season’s top goalscorer Chris Wood to Burnley and Souleymane Doukara’s switch to Osmanlispor. Marcus Antonsson is also on a season-long loan at Blackburn Rovers. Turn to page 47 One of United’s three first-team strikers, summer recruit Caleb Ekuban, is also facing a spell on the sidelines with a foot injury. Kemar Roofe started in the lone striker role in Saturday’s 2-0 success at Nottingham Forest while fellow striker Jay-Roy Grot took over in the position when coming on as a second-half substitute. Nineteen-year-old Grot joined Leeds from Dutch side NEC Nijmegan last week for an initial £750,000. And Leeds are not planning to part company with winger Stuart Dallas, despite interest from Championship rivals Norwich City. The Whites want to keep the Northern Ireland international who is currently being kept out of the Whites starting line up by Gianni Alioski and Pablo Hernandez. Dallas is into the final year of his deal at Leeds.

Monday 27th of July Green signs for Terriers Huddersfield Town have today completed the signing of goalkeeper Robert Green as was expected. The former England international has signed a deal until the end of the current campaign and he comes in from Leeds United as a free agent after agreeing to mutually terminated his deal at Elland Road. Huddersfield do have a further 12 month option on his contract should we wish to use it next summer, and during his 21 year long career he has made over 650 appearances and was an ever present for Leeds last season. He has been capped 12 times by England and has been handed the No 28 shirt for the remainder of 2017/18. Speaking to the Official Site as his signing was announced, head coach David Wagner explained. ‘I think it makes total sense to bring Rob Green in because after Jonas Lössl, who has done an excellent job so far, we have very young goalkeepers with Joel Coleman and Ryan Schofield. I have spoken to Paul Clements and we agreed that we wanted to add more experience to our goalkeeper group. I met Rob and he is a very experienced guy and a good guy. He knows the role I expect from him in the next 10 months he`ll be with us. I`m very happy he can join us.’

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Christiansen – So far so good for the Danish Spaniard

Sat Aug 26th Christiansen delighted with performance Thomas Christiansen was “happy” and “proud” after seeing his Leeds United side produce the best performance of his tenure so far to beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 at the City Ground.The Leeds head coach delivered a tactical master-class as Leeds stifled the Reds on home turf, barely allowing them a sniff of goal. And at the other end a 24th-minute header from Kemar Roofe and a crisp finish three minutes from time from Ezgjan Alioski earned the visitors a deserved three points. Felix Wiedwald barely had a save to make in the Leeds goal as Mark Warburton’s side saw their positive start to the campaign brought to a juddering halt, Leeds finishing the day in third place in the Championship table. “This could probably be our best game so far,” said Christiansen. Tactically we neutralised a very good Nottingham Forest side who had just beaten Middlesbrough and Newcastle. “We have beaten them on their home ground and not only am I happy, I am also very proud of my players. Everyone was very good today. When you get the second goal you know that the game can be closed out, in that moment. “This league is amazing, however, and even with five minutes left, you know that you can still concede goals. “But it is great that we have kept four clean sheets now. It looks good on the table, but it is also good for the confidence of your defenders and your goalkeepe“It is the work of the strikers, the wingers and the midfielders that gets you these results as well and today everyone gave 100 per cent.”

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This Leeds side even at this early stage looks a little bit special and for once we have a chairman to support the manager

Sat Aug 26th A Master class Nottingham Forest 0 Leeds United 2 (Roofe 24, Alioski 87) Leeds United ran out 2-0 winners over Nottingham Forest to keep up their unbeaten start to the season and moved up to third place in the Sky Bet Championship going into the international break. New signing Jay-Roy Grot was included on the bench for the trip to the City Ground by Thomas Christiansen, whilst former Leeds midfielder Liam Bridcutt made his first Sky Bet Championship start for Forest. Leeds made a bright start to the game and went close inside six minutes, Samuel Saiz picked up the ball 25 yards from goal and only narrowly missed finding the top corner. At the other end, Kieran Dowell played a dangerous ball into the Leeds box, but Daryl Murphy was unable to get on the end of it. Pablo Hernandez had a decent opportunity, a Luke Ayling cross fell to him on the edge of the box and he fired a volley towards goal, but was unable to find the target. Leeds threatened from a corner in the 17th minute, Jordan Smith got a crucial hand to Hernandez’s cross, with Pontus Jansson lurking, before Kalvin Phillips fired wide with a low effort. In the 23rd minute Kemar Roofe won Leeds a free-kick midway into the Forest half. From the following set-piece, Liam Cooper headed the ball across goal and Roofe headed the ball into the back of the net from close range to give Leeds the lead. Ezgjan Alioski, was a threat throughout the first half down the wing, then put a dangerous cross in looking for Roofe at the back post and the forward forced Smith into a decent save. Just after the half an hour mark, Forest went close from a corner, Felix Wiedwald made a really good save to deny Matt Mills. Two minutes later, Wiedwald was forced into action again, he rushed out to prevent Ben Osborn who had gone through on goal. A mistake from Leeds gave Dowell possession in the Leeds half, he attempted to lob Wiedwald from range, but he couldn’t find the target. Just before the break, with Leeds on the counter attack, Saiz shot from range, but couldn’t find the target. Half Time: Nottingham Forest 0-1 Leeds United After the break Alisoki continued to threaten, this time from a free-kick he fired at goal forcing Smith into another good stop. Saiz then did well to get to the byline and Roofe looking for his second goal, shot on the turn, but his effort was blocked. Leeds counter attacked well throughout the second half, Saiz was next to go close, firing just wide from the edge of the box. Alioski then tried his luck from range, but once again he couldn’t get the better of Smith in the Forest goal. Six minutes from time substitute Stuart Dallas almost added a second for the Whites, he picked up the ball just inside the box on the left side and fired across goal just wide. Three minutes later, Leeds sealed the win, by doubling their lead through Alioski. He picked the ball outside the box, before delivering a beautiful strike into the bottom corner. Dallas and Saiz had opportunities in added time, but neither were able to hit the target with their efforts. The win is United’s fourth clean sheet in a row in the Sky Bet Championship and Leeds’ third successive victory on the road. Full Time: Nottingham Forest 0-2 Leeds United Forest: Smith, Mills, Traore, Bridcutt, Murphy (Cummings 71), McKay, Osborn (Clough 63), Dowell, Darikwa, Bouchalakis (Brereton 51), Worrall. Subs not used: Evtimov, Lichaj, Mancienne, Walker. Leeds: Wiedwald, Anita, Cooper, Jansson, Ayling, Phillips, O’Kane, Hernandez (Grot 70), Saiz, Alioski, Roofe (Dallas 75). Subs not used: Peacock-Farrell, Borthwick-Jackson, Grot, Dallas, Vieira, Shaughnessy, Klich. Referee: J. Simpson Booked: Mills, Bridcutt, Dowell (Forest), Ayling, Hernandez (Leeds) Venue: City Ground Attendance: 25,682

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Andy Lonergan back at Leeds again

Friday 25th of Aug Lonergan rejoins Leeds LEEDS United have signed former Wolves goalkeeper Andy Lonergan on a free transfer to replace Rob Green who has joined Huddersfield Town. Lonergan first joined Leeds on a three-year deal from Preston North End in July 2011 and the ‘keeper made 38 appearances as Leeds finished 14th in the Championship in the season that boss Simon Grayson was replaced by Neil Warnock. The custodian moved to Bolton Wanderers the following summer and made 62 appearances for the Trotters over the next three campaigns before joining Fulham in June 2015.He featured 31 times in one season at the Cottagers before joining Wolves last summer with the ‘keeper playing 15 times for the Molineux outfit last term

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Jay-Roy-Grot joins Whites

Thursday 24th of Aug Dutchman signs for Whites – LUFC Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Jay-Roy Grot from Dutch Jupiler League side NEC Nijmegen for an undisclosed fee. The exciting 19 year-old joins the club on a four year deal, keeping him at Elland Road until the end of the 2020/21 season. The 6ft 4in centre forward, who can also operate as a winger, featured 24 times in all competitions for NEC last season, netting six goals. Grot made his debut at NEC in 2015 and despite his age, has already made 30 appearances in the Dutch top flight, the Eredivisie.A strong, quick and creative attacking player, the forward has also impressed whilst representing the Netherlands at Under-17s and Under 19s. Speaking about the move, Grot said: “I am very happy, this is such a big club and this is a big step in my career, I am delighted to signed for Leeds United. “It was been my dream to play in England and so to do that at a club like Leeds is really exciting.” Grot becomes our 13th signing of the summer transfer window and will wear the number 11 shirt.He could make his debut in Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship fixture with Nottingham Forest at the City Ground. Season Tickets for the 2017/18 campaign are still available.

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Roofe celebrates his hat-trick

Weds 22nd of Aug Roofe nets hat-trick to help Leeds through.Carabao Cup Round 2Leeds United 5 (Roofe 44, 49, 65, Saiz 78, Vieira 89) Newport County 1 (Labadie 33) Leeds United forward Kemar Roofe fired a hat-trick as the Whites thrashed Newport County to progress to the third round of the Carabao Cup. The Whites made a good start to the game with debutant Eoghan Stokes combining well with Madger Gomes, the latter then fired at goal from range, but his effort was narrowly off target. Newport almost took the lead inside ten minutes, Sean Rigg broke into the area after some good play by Lamar Reynolds, but his effort was denied by a super save from Rob Green. Leeds had another good opportunity midway through the first half, Kemar Roofe did really well to break into the Newport box, he squared it to Gomes, and with the ball just behind the midfielder he tried a back heel, but couldn’t get the better of Joe Day in the Newport goal. County almost broke the deadlock through Shawn McCoulskey, he fired a volley from a corner and Leeds had Vurnon Anita to thank, for heading clear on the line. Luke Ayling went close on the half an hour mark, he fired a thunderous effort from 30 yards, which went just wide of the top left corner. Roofe then did well to create space for himself in the Newport box and get his shot away, but he couldn’t beat Day at his near post. However it was Newport who made the breakthrough in the 33rd minute, Joss Labadie tried his luck from long range and his deflected effort found the net, Green got down to it, but couldn’t prevent the ball from looping back over him and in. Leeds leveled the scoring a minute before half time from a corner, Conor Shaughnessy headed at goal but was denied by Day and the ball eventually fell to Roofe who turned and shot, finding the bottom left corner. Half Time: Leeds United 1-1 Newport County. After the break, Roofe netted his second goal to put Leeds into the lead. Stuart Dallas did superbly to get to the byline and Newport could only clear into the path of Roofe who volleyed home. Reynolds almost hit back for Newport, he charged up-field past Anita, before firing low from the edge of the box, but his effort was just off target. In the 63rd minute Roofe almost netted his third goal, he attempted to lob Day from 30 yards and was only denied by the crossbar. Two minutes later, Roofe grabbed his hat-trick, Luke Ayling crossed and the forward superbly found the back of the net with a bicycle kick, becoming the second Whites player to score three goals in a match in the Carabao Cup this season. 12 minutes from time, substitute Samu Saiz added a fourth goal, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson put in a low cross and the ball came out to Saiz who struck first time and found the bottom left corner. Dallas then tried to float an effort into the top corner, in search of United’s fifth, but his attempt was just off target. A mistake from Borthwick-Jackson allowed Joe Quigley to go through on goal, but he could only fire wide for the visitors. Ayling made a goal-line clearance, before Ronaldo Vieira wrapped up the win to send Leeds into the next round of the Carabao Cup in style. Full Time: Leeds United 5-1 Newport County. Leeds: Green, Borthwick-Jackson, Shaughnessy, Ayling, Anita (Cooper 60), Klich, Vieira, Roofe (Alioski 78), Gomes, Dallas, Stokes (Saiz 66). Subs not used: Cole, Butler, Bennett, Bittner. Newport: Day, Pipe, Labadie, White, Willmott, Dolan, Reynolds (Quigley 66), McCoulsky (Nouble 54), O’Brien, Rigg (Tozer 71), Demetriou. Subs not used: Phillips, Peacock-Farrell, O’Connor, Wilks. Referee: R. Joyce Booked: Gomes, Vieira, Klich, Dallas, Cooper (Leeds), Labadie, O’Brien, Dolan, Quigley (Newport County) Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 17,098 (631 Newport)

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Like Wood and unlike Bridcutt, Doukara leaves Leeds in poor fashion refusing to be considered for the first team unless he was released

Weds August 23rd Doukara heads for Turkey after Leeds United contract is ended early SOULEYMANE DOUKARA has signed a two-year deal with Turkish side Osmanlispor after agreeing to terminate the final year of his contract at Leeds United. Turkish side Osmanlispor after agreeing to terminate the final year of his contract at Leeds United. Doukara parted company with Leeds having been left out of last night’s Carabao Cup victory over Newport County and finalised a move to Turkey today after three seasons at Elland Road. The striker has entered the last 12 months of his deal with United and was on the fringes of head coach Thomas Christiansen’s plans. Christiansen used Doukara sporadically in pre-season and omitted him from the club’s opening four league games. The United boss planned to use the French forward against Newport amid a growing injury list at Elland Road but Doukara missed the game due to what Christiansen described as “an agreement before”.Doukara’s time at Leeds saw him scored 18 goals in 93 appearances for the club, including one stunning volley against Nottingham Forest last season, but his career in England was marred by moments of controversy. He served an eight-match ban for biting defender Fernando Amorebieta during a 1-1 draw against Fulham in February 2016 and was part of the group of six foreign players who pulled out injured at short notice before a game at Charlton Athletic in April 2015.United are understood to have been frustrated with Doukara’s attitude in recent weeks and agreed to sever his deal to allow him to find another club. Doukara joined Leeds from Catania in the summer of 2014, signing a three-year deal.He earned a 12-month extension to that contract after activating an appearance-related clause in 2015.

Weds 23rd of August 2017 Orta pushing Gestede deal as Leeds United close in on Dutch striker Jay-Roy Grot LEEDS UNITED are closing in on a deal for NEC Nijmegen’s Jay-Roy Grot and are weighing up an improved bid for Rudy Gestede after failing with an initial offer for the Middlesbrough striker. Grot is expected to arrive in England for talks and a medical today after United tabled an official approach with NEC in the aftermath of Chris Wood’s £15m departure to Burnley. The 19-year-old is valued at around £1.5m by Nijmegen and looks set to move to England after narrowly failing to win a move to Fiorentina at the start of the summer. LEEDS UNITED are closing in on a deal for NEC Nijmegen’s Jay-Roy Grot and are weighing up an improved bid for Rudy Gestede after failing with an initial offer for the Middlesbrough striker. Grot is expected to arrive in England for talks and a medical today after United tabled an official approach with NEC in the aftermath of Chris Wood’s £15m departure to Burnley. The 19-year-old is valued at around £1.5m by Nijmegen and looks set to move to England after narrowly failing to win a move to Fiorentina at the start of the summer.

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Victor Orta – Leeds United Director of Football

Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede .Fiorentina opened formal negotiations with the forward but backed out of a deal having failed to agree a fee with NEC. Leeds, however, are willing to meet Nijmegen’s asking price and hope to finalise a move in time for Saturday’s Championship game at Nottingham Forest. The 6’3” forward, a Holland Under-19 international, turned professional with NEC in 2015 and played 20 times in the Dutch top flight last season. He is poised to become the first of at least two new strikers to arrive at Elland Road before the transfer window as Leeds attempt to plug the gap left by the departure of player-of-the-year Wood on Monday. The club’s bid for Grot was made alongside a £6m offer for Gestede and Leeds are considering their next move with the Frenchman after Boro turned down that approach. Gestede has been on Boro’s books for less than 12 months – a January signing from Aston Villa – and is currently part of Garry Monk’s plans at The Riverside but United could test Boro’s resistance with an increased offer in the coming days. Gestede built his reputation on a spell at Blackburn Rovers in which he scored 32 times in 60 league appearances but the 28-year-old has experienced mixed form in spells with Villa and Boro. Leeds director of football Victor Orta was head of recruitment at The Riverside at the time of Gestede’s move from Villa and is pushing the drive for new forwards at Leeds before the transfer deadline passes at 11pm next Thursday. Speaking after Boro’s League Cup win over Scunthorpe United last night, Monk played down the prospect of him agreeing to sell Gestede to the club he managed last season. Gestede featured for the final nine minutes as a substitute against Scunthorpe and is likely to start when Boro host Preston North End in the Championship on Saturday. Monk said: He’s an important player for us and a big part of what we’re doing here. We’ve said it many times – we’re not focused on that side of things. “We’ve moved a lot of players out and we actually have a much smaller squad now than there was last season. We still need one or two more in-comings. “We don’t want to lose anyone. The squad has been achieved by design and the players that are here now are ones that we want to keep.“The owner has said it himself – anyone that we want to keep, we can keep. We don’t have to sell anyone.” In other words what the Snake is saying, if Leeds increase their offer the player is theirs.

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Kemar Roofe scoring one of his three goals v Newport County

Tuesday August 22nd. Leeds 2-1 Newport LC Leeds deliver on coach’s promise – P Hay YP We’ll go for everything,” promised Thomas Christiansen and, after nine goals in the opening two rounds, Leeds United are attacking the Carabao Cup in the manner of a club who aim to stay in the hat no matter how weird the competition gets. A Samuel Saiz hat-trick saw Leeds past Port Vale two weeks ago and Kemar Roofe emulated the Spaniard with three goals of his own last night, taking responsibility for a raw team whose appearance in round three was touch and go until Roofe stamped his foot on a finely-balanced game against Newport County. Those in Leeds who remember the winter of 1949 will remember a cup upset involving Newport, and there were moments at Elland Road when lightning looked like striking twice. Roofe scored in the 45th, 50th and 65th minutes – the last of his goals an instinctive overhead kick – but Leeds were flattered by scoreline on an evening when County arrived with an attitude to match the side who knocked United out of the FA Cup 68 years earlier. Leeds were trailing to a bizarre Joss Labadie strike when Roofe dispatched the scraps from a Stuart Dallas corner and restored parity in the final minute of the first half.Newport had barely settled into the second when Dallas set up another chance which Roofe volleyed into Newport’s net. Having had enough of the tie before then, County’s enthusiasm sagged and Leeds’ quality told.Roofe was a fraction away from completing his hat-trick in the 63rd minute, striking the crossbar with a wonderful lob from 25 yards, but Newport buckled again soon after as his acrobatics put away another Dallas cross. With a 3-1 advantage, Leeds were able to forget a strange moment in the first half in which a Labadie shot squirmed over Rob Green and into their net.A much-changed line-up were susceptible to wobbles like that but Leeds flexed their muscles eventually and had the fallback of Saiz among their substitutes, who came on and increased the lead to 4-1 with a goal which Christiansen did not need.Ronaldo Vieira completed a rout with a fifth on 90 minutes.All eyes now on Thursday morning and Beijing, where the EFL will stage the third-round draw at the nonsensical time of 4.15am. Two previous draws, one held in Bangkok, did not gone well. “Perhaps I will set a wake-up call,” Christiansen joked.Injuries are piling up at Leeds and Christiansen reached into the depths of his resources for Newport’s visit, giving senior debuts to Eoghan Stokes and Madger Gomes and padding out his bench with two other development-squad players, Mallik Wilks and Paudie O’Connor.The United boss would have made changes regardless of a lengthy absentee list but his choice of team deliberately avoided compromising his plans for Nottingham Forest on Saturday.In case of trouble, which duly came, Saiz and Gianni Alioski were waiting on the bench.Christiansen needed Alioski and Saiz to see off Port Vale in round one and Newport showed no intention of rolling over tamely.

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Saiz in his cameo role slots home the 4th

The tie was 10 minutes old when Green, the hitherto forgotten goalkeeper in United’s ranks, asserted himself with an excellent save, tipping Sean Rigg’s goalbound shot inches wide of his far post after Rigg danced away from Conor Shaughnessy inside the box.Gomes had given Newport’s keeper, Joe Day, something to think about moments earlier with a cleanly hit shot from 20 yards and the winger’s direct running compensated slightly for a forward line which took a long time to click. Stokes, in behind Roofe, operated at number 10 but was shadowed by Matt Dolan and Labadie. Roofe received an early straightener from the heavy frame of centre-back Mark O’Brien.On the front foot, Newport looked more dangerous. Vurnon Anita appeared in the right place on 23 minutes to head clear from Green’s goalline after a Newport corner was volleyed goalwards by Shawn McCoulsky at close range.As Leeds attempted to force the visitors back, Labadie whipped a shot into the side netting. Christiansen’s animated instructions were those of a coach who knew the tie would not be a cakewalk.Having been drawn at home and forced to switch the game to Elland Road due to the relaying of their Rodney Parade pitch, County looked less and less like the away side.Luke Ayling came closest to redressing the balance when, in a worthwhile loss of patience, he cracked a rising 30-yard shot inches wide of Day’s net after the half-hour but an error by Green handed Newport the goal they deserved on 34 minutes.The keeper dived to cover his near post as Labadie lashed a shot at him from 20 yards but the ball spun up off his arms, bouncing in before the former England international could reach it. On his first outing since being usurped by Felix Wiedwald, a concession like that was not in the plan.Leeds needed inspiration and it came in the last minute of the half. Shaughnessy met Dallas’ corner with a free header which Day punched away nervously and, as Newport struggled to clear the rebound, Roofe pounced from close range with a low finish.From there, the night became simple. Roofe scored again four minutes into the second half when Dallas left David Pipe on his face and drove in a cross which deflected into the air. Roofe applied the finishing touch with a careful volley.Newport continued to threaten on the break and, after Roofe shook the bar with a glorious lob, Robbie Willmott wasted a chance to level the tie by shooting weakly at Green with Leeds on the run.Roofe, however, was unerring with a fine overhead finish and, after Christiansen threw Saiz on for good measure, the playmaker came up with a sharp effort from close range 12 minutes from time.Vieira then rounded off the scoring by driving a corner in off a post with 89 played.Spirited though they had been in spells, a near-equal share of the gate receipts from a crowd of 17,000 began to strike Newport as a good return for their work.

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Gestede a risky replacement ?

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Jay Roy Grot more one for the future ?

Monday 21st of August Leeds chase Dane and Dutch players to replace Wood – YP Middlesbrough’s Rudy Gestede and NEC Nijmegen’s Jay-Roy Grot have emerged as transfer targets for Leeds United as the club step up their striker search in the wake of Chris Wood’s exit to Burnley. Leeds are keen on Gestede and are understood to have tabled a bid for 19-year-old Grot with a minimum of two new forwards expected to arrive at Elland Road before next week’s transfer deadline. Gestede has been heavily involved in the early stages of Boro’s Championship season but he joined the club in January at a time when Victor Orta, Leeds’ current director of football, was head of recruitment at The Riverside. Boro paid £6m to Aston Villa for his signature but Boro’s January deals failed to save the club from relegation from the Premier League. Gestede scored twice in 19 appearances, 12 of those as a substitute, and has found the net once for Boro this term in a 1-0 win over Sheffield United.Grot, meanwhile, is a Holland Under-19 international who featured regularly for NEC in the Dutch Eredivisie last season.The powerful 6’3″ youngster, who turned professional at NEC in 2015, produced five goals in 20 league starts and is under contract until next summer.Leeds are pushing to bring strikers to Elland Road after finalising Wood’s £15m sale to Burnley today. That fee could rise to £18m depending on appearances but his exit leaves head coach Thomas Christiansen short of firepower with the transfer window due to close in 10 days’ time.

Monday 21st of August Andrea Radrizzani statement re Wood Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani claims that the club were trying to agree a lucrative new contract with striker Chris Wood in the four weeks leading up to his transfer to Burnley and has quickly moved to reassure concerned supporters that the money earned from that lucrative sale will be reinvested into the playing squad “For the past month we have tried to negotiate a new three-year contract with Chris Wood,” he said in a statement released via Leeds’ official website. “We offered the player strong financial terms including reasonable exit clauses, lower than the fee we demanded for a transfer this summer, should the club not reach the Premier League in a certain time frame. “However the player’s preference was to leave Leeds United and as he only had one year left on his contract after this season we had to protect the club and ensure we did not sell Chris below our valuation. “We want players at Leeds who consider us a big club and we want players who are committed to our vision to return to the Premier League. Supporters can rest assured that monies generated from the sale of Chris Wood will be reinvested into adding to the 12 signings we have made already. Thank you for your continued support.”

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Christiansen rapidly getting rid of the old guard and stamping his own authority on this team – Not bad so far

Monday August 21st. Bridcutt on way to Forest Leeds United midfielder Liam Bridcutt is set to join Nottingham Forest in the next 24 hours. Bridcutt has been given permission to hold talks with Forest following negotiations between the two clubs over the weekend. Forest manager Mark Warburton is looking to buy Bridcutt out of the final year of his contract at Elland Road and Leeds are willing to move the 28-year-old on after using him sporadically in the early weeks of the season. The fee is thought to be £1.5M. Leeds have a surplus of midfielders and Bridcutt was used only sporadically during close season.

Sunday August 20th Search is on for a replacement for Chris Wood – Phil Hay Yorkshire Post Thomas Christiansen revealed that Leeds United had already begun approaching replacements for Chris Wood after conceding defeat in their fight to keep the striker at Elland Road. Wood is set to join Burnley in a £15m deal tomorrow having undergone a medical over the weekend and Leeds are under pressure to reinvest the money with the transfer window due to close in 10 days’ time. United rejected two bids from Burnley but accepted a third valuation of £15m plus add ons after Wood turned down their offer of a new three-year contract on Friday night. His decision to refuse an extension to his deal came after he travelled with Christiansen’s squad to a hotel on Wearside ahead of yesterday’s Championship game against Sunderland. Wood was subsequently left out of the fixture at the Stadium of Light and posted a message on Twitter saying: “Due to strong interest from a Premier League team, the ongoing discussions with the club, and given that it has always been my ambition to play at the highest level, I don’t feel it is right that I play today.”Leeds claimed an impressive 2-0 victory in his absence, beating Sunderland and maintaining Christiansen’s unbeaten start as head coach through goals in either half from Samuel Saiz and Stuart Dallas, and the United boss admitted afterwards that a list of potential signings had been drawn up once the possibility of losing Wood to Burnley first arose.

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Chris Wood goes close against Fulham

Christiansen, who saw forward Caleb Ekuban join a growing injury list during the second half yesterday, said: It’s obvious that we need to sign a striker. We’re in a little bit of a hurry and we need to be fast. There is also the situation with Caleb.”The good thing is we knew about the rumours a while ago. We knew there was a possibility to keep the player (Wood) but there was also the other possibility that happened on Friday and for that, everyone was prepared. We’d been working on looking at players and we have a list of players who we have approached.” Ekuban, the Ghanaian who joined Leeds from Chievo in July and made his full league debut in place of Wood at the Stadium of Light, is being assessed after pulling up midway through the second half.Christiansen said he had taken the decision to omit Wood against Sunderland once he learned that the New Zealand international had refused an attempt by Leeds to replace his existing deal which ran to 2019.Wood remained with United’s squad until shortly before kick-off at Sunderland but travelled south ahead of a planned medical with Burnley today.His arrival at Turf Moor on a four-year deal is likely to be confirmed in the next 24 hours and will follow on from left-back Charlie Taylor’s £7m move from Leeds to Burnley last month. Christiansen said: “I cannot tell you everything I know but it’s right that he had an offer, a very good offer (of a new contract). He rejected it and if he rejected that offer it means his mind is not on Leeds.”I only count on players who want to fight for the shirt, the badge and their team-mates. That was behind the decision not to have him in the squad. He travelled because there was a possibility he might play.”Everyone can understand the situation. The possibility to go to a Premier League club is interesting for him and probably the money is also much better. He was a recognised and appreciated player at this club and everyone has to respect his decision. He’s a professional and if that’s his thought, we have to respect it.” Despite the situation surrounding Wood, Leeds turned in their most convincing performance to date under Christiansen, whose side hold only one of three remaining unbeaten records in the Championship.”I don’t know if it’s the best performance so far but it comes in the best moment,” Christiansen said.As I said in the changing room, there is no-one above Leeds. Everyone works for the same goal. This proves that we are not winning because of individual players but as a team.”

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Saiz celebrates his fourth (and 1st league) Leeds United goal of the season after a delightful finish

Saturday August 19th Sunderland 0-2 Leeds United: Impressive Whites show there is life after Chris Wood – Yorkshire PostA Leeds United side without Burnley-bound Chris Wood moved up to fifth as goals from Samuel Saiz and Stuart Dallas recorded an excellent 2-0 win at Championship hosts Sunderland. Just one minute after a superb header from Liam Cooper had diverted Lewis Grabban’s goalbound on to the crossbar, United took a 21st-minute lead when Alioski fed Saiz who clinically finished into the bottom left corner. And despite Leeds losing Wood’s match-day replacement Caleb Ekuban to injury, United doubled their advantage 14 minutes from time when substitute Dallas brilliantly heaed home a Saiz cross. Sunderland opened up United’s defence in the sixth minute when Brendan Galloway raced to the byline and the winger’s cross narrowly failed to find Grabban who was looking to slide the ball home. Pontus Jansson then saved Leeds two minutes later with a fine tackle on James Vaughan who had just Felix Wiedwald to beat after Vuron Anita’s clearance had been charged down.Leeds were then saved five minutes later by a brilliant header from Liam Cooper which diverted Grabban’s goalbound shot on to the crossbar And just one minute later United took the lead when a mistake by Lamine Kone allowed Gianni Alioksi to feed the ball into SSaiz who skillfully found space in the area before rifling home a low shot into the bottom left corner.After United lost Pablo Hernandez to injury and the Spaniard was replaced by Kemar Roofe, Leeds squandered another fine chance just after the half hour mark when Kalvin Phillips played in Alioski whose low shot sailed harmlessly past the left-hand post. Leeds were dominating but Sunderland would have levelled in the 39th minute but for a decent save from Wiedwald who reacted quickly to smother a low effort from Lee Cattermole that was destined for the bottom left corner.Sunderland attempted to build up a head of steam at the start of the second half but Leeds held firm with a cleared header from Jansson whizzing narrowly wide for a corner.

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Dallas wraps up the points with a clever header back across the goal

United’s options upfront then became even lighter when Ekuban pulled up injured and had to replaced by Stuart Dallas as Roofe was sent upfront.But Leeds continued to create chances andJason Steele held firm to keep out an Alioski free-kick before another low shot from Alioski was saved from a Whites counter attack. And Alioski then sent Leeds on their way to doubling their lead in the 76th minute when racing away down the right flank before passing to Saiz who delivered a powerful cross which Dallas managed to head home into the far corner.From then on, United rarely looked threatened and Sunderland’s only real remaining chance came in the 90th minute when Billy Jones could only find the side netting at the far post from McGeady’s cross. Teams : Leeds United: Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Anita, O’Kane, Phillips, Alioski, Saiz (Klich 81), Hernandez (Roofe 25), Ekuban (Dallas 62). Subs not used: Green, Borthwick-Jackson, Shaughnessy, Vieira.Sunderland: Steele, Jones, Browning, Kone, Galloway (Matthews 55); Honeyman, Cattermole (Asoro 74), Ndong, McGeady; Vaughan (Khazri 55), Grabban. Subs not used: Ruiter, O’Shea, Gibson, Gooch. Referee: Andy Davies. Attendance: 31,237.

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Chris Wood refused to play against Sunderland because he wasn’t in the right frame of mind – disappointing way to end his Leeds career

Sat 19th of Aug Wood to sign with Burnley after refusing to play against Black Cats Chris Wood has ruled himself out of Leeds’ game at Sunderland as a move to Burnley appears to draw closer, saying: “I do not feel it is right that I play.”The New Zealand striker, who scored 30 goals last season, has been the subject of three bids from the Premier League side this summer. It has been reported that the third has been accepted by Leeds – betting was duly suspended – and progress appears to have been made after Wood ruled himself out of the evening kick-off at the Stadium of Light. “Due to strong interest from a Premier League team, the ongoing discussions with the club, and given it has always been my ambition to play at the highest level, I don’t feel it is right that I play today,” he wrote on Twitter. “I wish the team all the best and hope the lads can pick up the three points.” Leeds signed Wood from Leicester in the summer of 2015 for a fee believed to be £3million. They could get that back by up to 500 per cent with Burnley’s third bid said to be worth north of £15m. Wood has been with Leeds at their hotel in Sunderland since Friday night. Personally I think £15m is huge money for Wood but he is leaving under a cloud and with a sour taste among Leeds fans after effectively refusing to play for the team and the fans. Very disappointing. Now lets invest the money wisely. This team isn’t too far away.

Tuesday 15th Leeds 0-0 Fulham Entertaining scoreless draw at Leeds Leeds and Fulham maintained their unbeaten starts to the season with a hard-fought draw at Elland Road. Fulham had the better of the first half with Aboubakar Kamara’s going close and Ibrahima Cisse striking the base of the post with a drive from 25 yards. David Button saved one-on-one from Chris Wood before Leeds’ Felix Wiedwald made a similar stop from Sone Aluko. Kalvin Phillips and Wood missed late chances for Leeds as the sides played out a fifth successive league draw. Leeds and Fulham had drawn their previous four league games by a 1-1 scoreline, but Wood and Aluko both spurned great chances for their sides in a stalemate. The visitors dominated the opening stages, but could not beat Rob Green’s replacement Wiedwald in goal as Stefan Johansen, Kamara and Cisse were all off target. Leeds responded after the break but Phillips fired wide and Wood could not get on the end of a late Stuart Dallas cross, as Thomas Christiansen’s side drew a blank for the second time in four days. Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen: “It’s another clean sheet and I believe the team played a very good game. “We have to recognise that we played against one of the best teams in this league. They started very well and we were not fast enough. “At the end of the first half we controlled the game a bit more and in the second we deserved more. “We need to be a bit more dangerous up front but at the end I’m satisfied with that result.” Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic: “We showed different faces. “We opened the game very well and created chances but they pressed us better at the start of the second half and the result was fair at the end. “It’s positive that we haven’t lost any games but it’s a bad thing we haven’t won any games in the start of the season.” Transfer Talk (Tuesday 15th of August ): Leeds eye German if Chris Wood goesYEP. Leeds United are understood to be making contingency plans for if Burnley come back with an offer that is too good to refuse for striker Chris Wood.

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McCormack – One of a number of strikers Leeds are linked with when and not if Wood leaves

The Clarets are considering upping their offer to £20m for the Kiwi international, who struck 27 goals in the Championship last season, while West Bromwich, Stoke and Swansea are monitoring events at Elland Road. If they do sell, Leeds could go back in for old boy and Aston Villa’s Scotland striker Ross McCormack or Hamburg’s Pierre-Michel Lasogga. The 25-year-old Lassogga, with 30 goals from 107 appearances for Hamburg, is being linked to a season-long loan deal with a view to making the move permanent next summer. Sheffield Wednesday, meanwhile, are also heavily linked with players coming in and going out but their pressing need is for central defensive cover.That was underlined when Glenn Loovens departed with a back injury against QPR on Saturday, leaving just Tom Lees as their specialist centre-back.A move for former Arsenal defender Johan Djourou fell through after talks broke down but head coach Carlos Carvalhal is scouring the European market to find cover.

Tuesday 15th of August Leeds United 0 Fulham 0: Christiansen happy as Whites earn a point Leeds United extended Thomas Christiansen’s unbeaten start as head coach with a battling 0-0 draw against Fulham, leaving the Elland Road boss to insist: “We deserved more.” Leeds overcame a tense start to go toe-to-toe with a club who pipped them to a Championship play-off place last season and take a point from a lively meeting with Slavisa Jokanovic’s side. Fulham struck a post in the opening exchanges but United striker Chris Wood failed to convert a one-on-one chance in the first half and saw a finish ruled out by an offside flag shortly before the interval. Neither team were able to force a goal in an end-to-end second half but Christiansen, whose side’s stalemate followed on from a frustrating goalless draw at home to Preston North End on Saturday, was more enthused with Leeds’ performance against a Fulham team who he again described as “one of the best in the division”. “It was a draw and another clean sheet but I believe the team made a very good game,” Christiansen said.We had to recognise that we were playing against one of the best sides in the league, who started very well. We weren’t fast enough and we didn’t close the space to begin with. They combined very well with their passing. “But towards the end of the first half we competed more and in the second half I think we deserved more. We dominated. We didn’t let them play as they wanted. I’m satisfied with the result.”Leeds have taken five points from Christiansen’s first three league games and he said: “If you’re unbeaten it’s okay. Of course we would have liked to have taken wins not draws but we have to look at who we faced. Preston were very good and Fulham are one of the best teams.” Christiansen, meanwhile, heaped praise on 20-year-old Conor Shaughnessy who was thrown into a full league debut after centre-back Liam Cooper missed out through injury.”He did very well,” Christiansen said. “I’ve said before that he’s a young player with not much experience but he did well and he was under big pressure against a good team. “It was a good way to test him against one of the best teams in the league.”

Tuesday August 15th of August Phil Hay’s verdict: Leeds United 0 Fulham 0: Promising signs as United draw blank. Two goalless draws in four days at Elland Road but this one will not cause Leeds United angst. There are few Championship teams with Fulham’s fluency and Leeds’ success in fronting up to them last night provided a blueprint for other clubs in the division. At times in the earliest moments of the game Fulham looked like cutting loose but there is never much separating these clubs and their neck-and-neck scrap for a play-off position last season continued in the fifth straight draw between them. There was talent aplenty on the pitch – Chris Wood, the subject of bids from Burnley, and Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon who rated as a £25m left-back by Tottenham – but nobody able to decide a match which rarely drew breath.

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Chris Wood goes close against Fulham

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Saiz goes down after a challenge

Ibrahima Cisse struck a post in the opening exchanges as Fulham were allowed to play their game but Wood failed to put away a one-on-one chance for the second game running and the cost of that, as in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Preston North End, was another goalless scoreline. Leeds held their hands up to a poor showing against Preston, unable to break down a team with 10 men for the last half-hour, but there was less to criticise in yesterday’s effort. Thomas Christiansen remains unbeaten after four games as head coach and the point accrued against Fulham was banked despite an ever-diminishing pool of defenders. Already without Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington, Christiansen lost Liam Cooper ahead of kick-off but was dug out of a selection quandary by a remarkably calm full league debut from 20-year-old Conor Shaughnessy. A midfielder during his days with Reading’s academy, Shaughnessy dropped in at centre-back with extraordinary ease and emerged with a creditable clean sheet. When an end-to-end second half dried up, neither side had cause to complain with the result. It was a year to the day since Wood lit the fuse on his finishing with an overhead kick in the same fixture last season and the scrutiny on him now is as intense as it was then, albeit in a more positive sense. Twelve months ago he was fighting scepticism about his capacity to operate as a lone centre-forward. In the past week he has been the subject of two bids for Burnley, both of them in excess of £10m and both rejected by Leeds.Christiansen dismissed the suggestion after Saturday’s draw with Preston that the attempts to sign him might serve as a distraction and Wood’s inclusion last night was never in question. It will not be in question after his failure to beat David Button in the first-half. Elsewhere, Leeds were more stretched. Injury accounted for Cooper and Shaughnessy was thrown into a debut which never came his way at Reading. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, named on the bench, was United’s only other fit defender The threat to Leeds came from Fulham’s pace, as it was bound to do, and there were signs of it early on as the game settled in the way the visitors intended. Stefan Johansen drove a 20-yard shot narrowly wide after United got into a tangle inside their box and a volley from Aboubakar Kamara, Fulham’s debutant striker, deflected behind after Ryan Fredericks cut through the left side of Leeds’ defence.In the 18th minute, Leeds were saved by the frame of their goal. Another quick Fulham attack ended with players camped outside United’s area and Ibrahima Cisse’s shot beat Felix Wiedwald before smacking against the German’s left-hand post. There was one team in it for 20 minutes as Leeds struggled to put pressure on Fulham goalkeeper Button, an isolated figure in front of the South Stand. Button was exposed for the first time when Pablo Hernandez slid a clever pass to Samuel Saiz whose cut-back towards Wood was scrambled away by Tim Ream and that chink was enough to inject some life into United’s football. An attacking line of Saiz, Hernandez and Gianni Alioski had been made to look lightweight in the initial stages but their flair began to seep out as the first half wore on.On 32 minutes, the best chance of the half fell to Wood in the same fashion as the crucial moment in Saturday’s goalless draw with Preston. Fulham lost their shape as Alioski fed the ball through their defence and Wood advanced on Button one-on-one and at pace. Having failed to beat Preston’s Chris Maxwell with a low effort, Wood attempted to dink a chip over Button but was denied by the keeper’s right hand. The house was on Wood and the house lost. Fulham, meanwhile, lost Lucas Piazon to a suspected broken leg soon after, but Slavisa Jokanovic was able to turn to Neeskens Kebano, the Congolese winger who ran Leeds ragged at Craven Cottage in March. The intensity refused to drop and Wood rounded off a full-blooded half by driving a volley from Saiz’s cross beyond Button, only to see an offside flag rise behind him. At the restart there was none of the same respect given to Fulham at the beginning of the game. United plugged the gaps, pressed Jokanovic’s players and watched Fulham run short of ideas. The biggest midweek crowd seen at Elland Road for fully a decade began to scent a win in the offing.Luke Ayling volleyed wide on the hour after Hernandez’s free-kick forced Fulham deep and Saiz dragged an effort wide after skipping away from his marker on 75 minutes. At the other end, a nerveless Shaughnessy appeared in the right place to block Johansen’s strike after a misplaced free-kick from Eunan O’Kane sent Aluko sprinting forward. Aluko went closest to a winner when he burst in behind Christiansen’s defence 12 minutes from time but Wiedwald advanced to meet him and did what Button had done to Wood by meeting the forward’s finish with a strong and resistant hand. Kalvin Phillips also missed a late chance by pulling a rebound across the face of Fulham’s goal. By then it was anyone’s game and by full-time it was nobody’s, as it usually is when these clubs meet.

Sat 12th. Preston earn draw at Leeds Ten-man Preston frustrated Leeds United after Ben Pearson was dismissed as the two sides played out a goalless draw at Elland Road. The visitors had the better chances to win the game before going down to 10 men, Tom Barkhuizen and Alan Browne both going close in the first half. Pearson was sent off for a second booking on 60 minutes. Leeds striker Chris Wood had a number of chances before Preston’s Josh Harrop hit the bar in stoppage time. It was the first time Leeds had failed to score since 17 April, having scored seven goals in their opening two games this season. New Zealand international Wood forced Chris Maxwell into a fine second-half save and failed to put away a Cameron Borthwick-Johnson cross before chances for Stuart Dallas and Pablo Hernandez. But Preston – who have now won only one of their last nine league visits to Elland Road – could have come away an unlikely three points had Felix Wiedwald not got a finger to Harrop’s shot and tipped it onto the woodwork. Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen: When you play for that amount of time with one player more and do not win, it is an opportunity lost. “We have to impose ourselves on our home ground and we did not do that in the first half. “We gave the ball away too easily and when you play against a good team you suffer. We did not have the speed in the game that we should.” Preston manager Alex Neil: “For 60 minutes I thought we were great and were the better side. We controlled the ball, we were aggressive. I thought we dominated which was really pleasing. “Once we went down to 10 men we had to change our approach. They had a man more and that makes it more difficult for us to press. “The lads worked extremely hard and kept their shape and discipline. They showed just how much it means to them individually and collectively.”

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Saiz oozes quality

Weds 9th. Saiz hat-trick sinks Vale – BBC Samu Saiz marked his Leeds debut with a hat-trick as the Championship side overcame Port Vale in the the EFL Cup. The Spanish midfielder slotted home his first after Stuart Dallas’ cross came back off the post. Michael Tonge sent Vale in level at half-time following a long throw, but Saiz rounded the keeper for his second and then fired into the top corner. Caleb Ekuban converted a cross to make it four before Vale’s Gavin Gunning was sent off for a foul on Ezgjan Alioski. Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen made nine changes following the weekend win at Bolton, with loan signing Cameron Borthwick-Jackson from Manchester United in the starting line-up. Despite that, they were on top for most of the game against League Two side Vale, who changed goalkeepers at the interval, with Sam Hornby replacing Rob Lainton and making good saves from Ekuban, Alioski and Borthwick-Jackson before the Championship side made their extra quality count. Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen: “Saiz is a player who enjoys it with the ball. If we have possession, if we move the ball, he has the quality. He’s intelligent and is a good finisher also.”But it’s not only that in football. You also need to work and we need to work on that also, but I’m very pleased with his performance.” “There were several (debutants) and I’m very happy for them,. It’s important that they keep giving me headaches when I have to name the (starting) XI and the squad for the games. “It’s a difficult situation for me to leave players out, but this is my responsibility, I have to take that as it comes.”

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Kalvin Phillips with a brace in his first game could be a huge player this season for Whites

Sunday Augus 6th 2017. Phillips strikes twice to halt Trotters – BBC Kalvin Phillips scored twice as Leeds United opened their 2017-18 Championship campaign with victory at Bolton Wanderers. Leeds, playing under head coach Thomas Christiansen for the first time, went ahead through Phillips’ smart finish. Last season’s top scorer Chris Wood then headed in for 2-0, only for Bolton forward Gary Madine to nod home. But Phillips’ tap-in quickly restored Leeds’ two-goal lead, and they held on despite Adam Le Fondre’s penalty. The former Reading front man smashed his spot-kick down the middle, with Conor Shaughnessy having fouled Madine almost immediately after coming on. But the headlines belonged to 21-year-old Phillips, who doubled his career tally for Leeds during the first half to put the visitors in control. New Zealand forward Wood, who scored 30 goals last season as Leeds narrowly missed out on the play-offs, also opened his account with a clinical header in off the underside of the bar. But there will be some concern over the fitness of defenders Gaetano Berardi and Matthew Pennington, who were both forced off injured prior to half-time. Bolton, promoted from League One in May, were direct throughout but struggled to create anything clear-cut from open play – and also lost midfielder Josh Vela through injury at the end of the game

The new arrivals to Leeds United this season

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Felix becomes new number 1 although he wears number 13

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

Felix Widewald born March 15th 1990 Age 27. The German goalkeeper joined Leeds in the summer of 2017, from Bundesliga outfit Werder Bremen for an undisclosed fee, on a three year deal. Wiedwald started his career at Bremen, before joining Bundesliga 2 outfit MSV Duisburg, where he spent two years. In the summer of 2013, he was snapped up by Eintracht Frankfurt where he spent a further two years, before re-joining his first club Werder in May 2015.Wiedwald will battle it out with Rob Green and Bailey Peacock-Farrell to be United’s first choice goalkeeper during the 2017/18 campaign. he made his debut in a 3-2 win at the Reebok. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson Born Feb 2nd 1997 (Age 20) is a left back who has joined on a season long loan from Manchester United. He made his debut for Leeds in the LC against Port Vale. Jackson has played 10 times for Man United and was on loan at Wolves last season where he made six appearances.

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Pennington a highly rated centre half arrives from The Toffees on loan

Matthew Pennington Born October 6th 1994 (Age 22) Defender Matthew Pennington joined Leeds United on a season-long loan from Premier League outfit Everton, becoming the club’s 10th signing of the summer. The young defender has a wealth of experience, having had three loan spells at League One level, with Tranmere Rovers, Coventry City and Walsall. Pennington has made nine first team appearances for Everton and scored his first goal for the club in April 2017, in the Merseyside derby against Liverpool. His arrival boosts the United defence ahead of the 2017/18 campaign. He made his debut at Bolton in the first game of the season.

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Anita is a versatile player who won promotion with Newcastle – a quality signing

Vurnon Anita Born April 4th 1989 (Age 28) joined Leeds United on a free transfer from Newcastle United in the summer of 2017. The versatile Dutch international who can play in midfield or at full-back, joined the Whites on the back of helping the Magpies to win promotion from the Sky Bet Championship to the Premier League, featuring 27 times during the league campaign. Anita made his breakthrough with Dutch giants Ajax, for whom he made over 100 appearances, before joining Newcastle for a fee close to £7m in 2012. Capped four times by the Netherlands, Anita will be hoping for a second successive promotion with the Whites come the end of the 2017/18 season. Made his debut as sub against Bolton.

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Alioski (likes a good pose) hope he scores as many as he did in Switzerland

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Samuel Saiz has all the pedigree to do well. Let’s hope he can

Ezgjan Alioski Born Feb 12th 1992 (Age 25) Leeds moved to sign Ezgjan Alioski from Swiss side Lugano for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2017, beating off competition from several clubs for his signature. The attacking midfielder was the third highest scorer in the Swiss Super League in the 2016/17 season and at Lugano scored 17 goals in all competitions, providing 14 assists. On the international stage, Alioski is a regular starter for Macedonia and has been capped into double figures. Alioski, who has also had spells at Swiss sides Young Boys and Schaffhausen, penned a four year deal at Elland Road. he made his debut against Bolton. Samuel Saiz Born Jan 22nd 1991 (Age 26) Exciting midfielder Samuel Sáiz signed for Leeds United on a four year contract in the summer of 2017 for an undisclosed fee. Born in Madrid, Sáiz came through the ranks at Spanish giants Real, going on to make appearances for their B and C teams. Spells at UD Melilla, Getafe and UD Almería followed, before he was snapped up by Atlético Madrid in 2014. Sáiz then moved initially on loan to Huesca, before that move was made permanent in 2016. Last season he made 40 appearances, scoring 12 goals and provided eight assists, helping Huesca reach the Spanish Segunda División Play-Offs and the Whites beat off competition from other clubs to secure his signature. Made his debut in League Cup v Port Vale scoring a hat-trick into the bargain.

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A lot is expected from the Polish International at Elland Road this season

Mateusz Klich Born June 13th 1990 (Age 27) Polish international midfielder Mateusz Klich joined Leeds United from Dutch outfit FC Twente in the summer of 2017. Starting his career at Polish outfit KS Cracovia, Klich was snapped up by German Bundesliga outfit VfL Wolfsburg in 2011. Spells at Dutch side PEC Zwolle and German outfit 1. FC Kaiserslautern followed, before moving to back to the Eredivisie with FC Twente. Last season at Twente, Klich scored six goals, helping them to a seventh placed finish and upon arriving at Elland Road signed a three year deal for an undiclosed fee.

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Can Ekuban replicate his form from the Albanian League ?

Caleb Ekuban Born March 23rd 1993 (age 24) Leeds United completed the transfer of young forward Caleb Ekuban for an undisclosed fee in July 2017. The pacy forward joined the club from Italian Serie A outfit Chievo Verona, signing a four year contract with the Whites. Having come through the ranks at Chievo, the striker has also had loan spells with fellow Italian sides FC Südtirol AC Lumezzane and AC Renate. Last season Ekuban spent the season on loan Albanian outfit FK Partizani, for whom he played in the UEFA Champions League and Europa League. He made 34 appearances in the Kategoria Superiore for Partizani, scoring 17 goals, as the club finished runners-up in the division.