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Eric who will be laid to rest on Friday, Feb 2nd near his beloved Elland Road

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Thurs 18th of January Eric’s funeral  The funeral of Eric Carlile will take place on Friday, 2nd February at Cottingley Crematorium (LS11 0EU) at 3-40 pm. The family would like a rough idea of how many will be attending and also who will be joining them afterwards at Elland Road in order to arrange catering.

 

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United’s new midfield signing for £2.5M Adam Forshaw

Thurs 18th of January 2018. Two promotions, a possible England call-up and a broken jaw – a dozen things you might not know about Leeds United-bound Adam Forshaw -YEP

Adam Forshaw made just two appearances for Everton but the midfielder savoured a debut as an 18-year-old when starting as the Toffees suffered a 1-0 loss at home to Bate Borisov in a Europa League dead rubber in December 2009. His only outing for Everton in the Premier League came 17 months later when brought on as a substitute in the 83rd minute of a 3-0 win at Wolves in April 2011. Adam Forshaw made 35 appearances for Middlesbrough in the Premier League including this one against Burnley 3. Rejected contract at Everton Forshaw was offered a new contract at Everton by then boss David Moyes in 2012 after the midfielder returned from a short loan spell at Brentford. But Forshaw was behind Marouane Fellaini, Leon Osman and Tim Cahill in the Toffees pecking order and knew first-team opportunities would be limited, despite being voted Everton’s reserves player of the season. Instead, the midfielder joined Brentford permanently on a three-year deal in May 2012. Boss Gareth Southgate reportedly ran the rule over Forshaw during Middlesbrough’s victory against Bournemouth in October 2016 ahead of the friendly against Spain. Lee Sobot 4. League One player of the year Forshaw made 53 appearances in league and cup during his first full season for Brentford who were beaten in the League One play-off final by Yeovil. The midfielder also scored three times, the first three goals of his career. But an even better campaign was to follow the next year with Forshaw named the League One player of the year as the Bees finished second, ending their 21-year absence from the Championship. Adam Forshaw playing for Middlesbrough against Sheffield United earlier this season (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage) Forshaw netted eight times in his second season at Griffin Park. 5. Short spell at Wigan Forshaw ended two years at Brentford when signing for Championship club Wigan for around £2.5m in September 2014, joining the Latics on a four-year deal. The move reunited Forshaw with former Bees boss Uwe Rosler but both saw their stays at the DW Stadium shortlived. Rosler was sacked in November and Forshaw then joined Middlesbrough on a three-and-a-half year deal in January 2015 for a fee in the region of £2m. 6. Second play-off final defeat Adam Forshaw spent time on loan at Wigan After making 20 appearances for the Riversiders in the second half of 2014-15, Forshaw was an unused substitute as Boro lost 2-0 to Norwich City in that year’s Championship play-off final. Rich compensation awaited the following year. 7. Promotion to the Premier League Forshaw made 29 appearances in his first full season at Middlesbrough who were promoted to the Premier League as Championship runners-up behind Burnley. That meant a second promotion in Forshaw’s young career. 8. Thirty-five games in the Premier Middlesbrough’s return to the Premier League ended in tears as the Riversiders were swiftly relegated but Forshaw was a regular component of the Boro team, making 35 appearances. His early-season form was particularly strong with the midfielder signing a new four-year deal with Middlesbrough in August 2016. But Forshaw has made only 11 league appearances back in the Championship so far this campaign under former boss Garry Monk and now Tony Pulis. 9. Close to England call Forshaw has never received a call up to the England squad but his early season form in the Premier League last term saw the midfielder touted as a possible call-up for the Three Lions. Boss Gareth Southgate reportedly ran the rule over Forshaw during Middlesbrough’s victory against Bournemouth in October 2016 ahead of the friendly against Spain. 10. Liverpool fan Forshaw might have spent 13 years with Everton but the midfielder supported Liverpool as a boy, holding a season ticket. The midfielder told the Middlesbrough Gazette in October 2016: “We all still love Liverpool but my dad and older brother come and watch me a lot, so they don’t have a season ticket anymore. My younger brother (Tom) still has the season ticket and sits in the Kop where he always has.” 11. Surgery – and a broken jaw Forshaw underwent surgery to correct a long-standing ankle problem while at Brentford in April 2014. He also suffered a broken jaw in Brentford’s clash against Rochdale in March 2012 when he was initially on loan from the Toffees. 12. Sent off twice Forshaw, who is five foot eight and a half, picked up the first red card of his career when shown a second yellow in Brentford’s 2-1 win at Crawley in Febraury 2013. The midfielder also picked up two yellows in Brentford’s 1-0 loss at Swindon Town the following April. Forshaw has been booked 24 times so far in his career. In total, the 26-year-old midfielder has made 222 appearances, scoring 14 times. Now lets get in a decent striker and a goalkeeper.

Thursday 18 January 2018 Phil Hay: Why Leeds United will have to bite the ‘promotion bullet’ soon  AS SEASONS and different faces go by, all of them converging in much the same ballpark, it gets harder to avoid the conclusion that Leeds United’s only way out of the Championship is to do what Wolves are doing: go big on players, hit the league with a sledgehammer and walk away from it without a scratch. Do that and you take out the uncertainty, the tension and the pressure which always infects the air at Elland Road. If the science was so exact then every club would be doing it and the list of those who went big and blew up is why owners look for alternative routes. It is often said that the best way to make a small fortune in football is to start with a large one and there is no knowing how long Fosun International could fund Wolves in the Championship in the way that it has. With 62 points from 27 games, it is not a question the Chinese conglomerate will have to answer. Leeds and Andrea Radrizzani are big on sustainability and big on the idea that funding in one season should not create problems with funding for the next. It was spelled out in Radrizzani’s sales pitch when he bought into Leeds last January, saying he was “not here to make big losses for many years” but promising to “reactivate the engine” of a club who have done no more than exist for a decade. Stability is the most prevalent cliche going at boardroom level but Leeds are establishing ways to find it: a transfer budget with limits and a wage structure which peaks at around £15,000 a week for their highest-earning players. GFH talked about stable management and paid Luke Murphy a higher salary. The bank’s goose was cooked within 12 months. Gjanni Alioski. United’s outlay and financial controls go a long way to explaining their activity in the transfer window last summer. Their strategy is value-driven, with an emphasis on finding players whose price falls into a certain bracket but falls below their intrinsic worth. It follows the largely-proven theory that European markets offer better margins than England. Samuel Saiz was the biggest win, a £3.5m signing whose present valuation on the basis of half a year in the Championship is markedly higher. Pierre-Michel Lasogga ought to have ticked the same box given his background: in principle a snip of a loanee after Hamburg agreed to pay 70 per cent of his wage. Gjanni Alioski, Caleb Ekuban, Pawel Cibicki, Mateusz Klich, Jay-Roy Grot: all signed by Leeds in the belief that the club were striking bargains. The result has been decidedly mixed. It is mixed in the sense that while several individual signings look questionable, Leeds have spent the entire season either inside or within stone’s throw of the Championship’s top six. Leeds talk regularly about the ‘medium term’, about the success of their transfer business becoming apparent in the long run and they are obliged to vindicate that confidence but half a season for the enterprise to click is a small window of grace. Phil Hay Radrizzani might consider that satisfactory for his first six months as owner but he is unlikely to be oblivious to the clamour for him to turn the screw in this transfer window. Leeds are seventh in the league and many on the outside want signings. Contrary to last summer, they want a certain type of signing; players of proven Championship stock, like Adam Forshaw, who can walk through the door and make their presence felt immediately. Players who cost what Championship players cost, which is never an inconsiderable amount. Leeds like what they see in Preston North End’s Jordan Hugill and have kept an eye on him for a while but the board at Deepdale will not answer the phone to offers of less than £8m. Leeds are not sold on his ability at that price but orshaw, at £2.5m, is a cost they are ready to pick up. History heightens the strain further. Leeds have been a Championship club for so long that even League One looks like a black-and-white film. They have threatened the Championship play-offs so infrequently that every missed opportunity feels like a criminal waste. January transfers were few in 2011 and again last year. Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Leeds had the play-offs at their mercy on both occasions and finished seventh. The past fortnight, amid dropped points, two ludicrous red cards and a bad injury to Luke Ayling, has created the unavoidable sense that the club are losing their grip again. They need goals and in the eyes of most, they need another centre-forward. No solution is more obvious than pressing Radrizzani to throw his money at it. This, though, is his first season in the chair and it is premature to call out his ambition on the basis of six months. There are doubts about Leeds’ ability to last the pace this season and questions too about the impact of Victor Orta, whose spell as head of recruitment at Middlesbrough is a perplexing story, but Radrizzani paid to control Leeds and his investment bought him the right to devise his own plan and pursue it for a sustained period of time. Leeds talk regularly about the ‘medium term’, about the success of their transfer business becoming apparent in the long run and they are obliged to vindicate that confidence but half a season for the enterprise to click is a small window of grace. For now it is Radrizzani’s prerogative to allow his ideas to play out. You buy the shares, you call the shots and it could yet be that the play-offs materialise at the first time of asking. What he cannot allow is for the same debate to be taking place this time next year; for the quality of United’s squad and recruitment to be contentious again or for under-performing fringe players to be excused as ‘medium-term’. Because medium-term eventually brings a club to the question: how soon is now?
Mon Jan 15th 2018 Tributes to Eric, a gentleman and loyal Leeds United fan- YEP Eric Carlile, Moving tributes have been paid to Leeds United Supporters’ Club stalwart Eric Carlile following his death at the age of 89. Retired export manager Eric, who served as secretary of the supporters’ club for 50 years until 2008, died peacefully on Friday afternoon after a short illness. Eric Carlile with United star Chris Fairclough. The club’s current co-chairman and treasurer, Phil Beeton, said today: “He was a top man and we are all missing Ericand2Eric1him like hell. “He helped so many people over the years with tickets, advice and so on. Nothing was too much trouble for him.” Many United fans took to social media over the weekend to pay tribute to Eric, who lived in Holbeck. Writing about him on Twitter, David Purvis said: “A gentleman who went out of his way to help supporters clubs and ordinary fans throughout the world. The man was also Leeds to the core.” . Rob Endley, meanwhile, tweeted: “RIP Eric Carlile the epitome of all that was great about our club & fans.” The first Leeds game that Eric attended was a fixture against York City in 1943. He became assistant secretary of the supporters’ club in 1958 before taking on the secretary role later that year. He was made vice president of the organisation after stepping down as secretary a decade ago. Eric famously appeared on the front cover of the Radio Times ahead of the start of the 1970-71 season when the magazine asked supporters from various clubs for their thoughts on how the campaign would go.

Tues 16th of January 2018. Forshaw to sign for Whites – Phil Hay

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ADAM FORSHAW will undergo a medical with Leeds United on Thursday morning after the club hijacked a bid by Cardiff City to sign the midfielder from Middlesbrough. United are hopeful of completing a deal in time for Saturday’s clash with Millwall following lengthy negotiations with Middlesbrough today. Adam Forshaw, right, is set to join Leeds from Middlesbrough. Leeds entered the running to sign the 26-year-old after Championship rivals Cardiff moved to meet Boro’s £2.5m valuation at the start of this week. Cardiff boss Neil Warnock was intent to taking Forshaw to Wales and maintained his interest despite City signing another midfielder this afternoon with a loan deal for Liverpool’s Marko Grujic. Forshaw, however, favoured a transfer to Leeds and the Elland Road club have finalised a fee with Boro tonight, opening the door for Forshaw to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical. United head coach Thomas Christiansen wants the midfielder on board for this weekend’s game against Millwall having lost Eunan O’Kane to a three-match ban after his dismissal at Ipswich Town last weekend. O’Kane’s three-match suspension weakened Christiansen’s options with Ronaldo Vieira recovering from a knee injury and Kalvin Phillips one yellow card away from a two-match ban. Out with the bad, in with the good Healthy eating isn’t about denying yourself the things you love, it’s about finding healthier alternatives that fit into your life. Forshaw, whose professional career began at Everton, was surplus to requirements at The Riverside and made his last appearance for Boro in a 2-0 win over Ipswich at the start of last month. He has played over 100 times, however, since signing from Wigan Athletic three years ago and featured in both Boro’s Championship promotion season in 2015-16 and their subsequent Premier League campaign. He is tied to Boro until the summer of 2020. Forshaw’s arrival would free Leeds to send Mateusz Klich out on loan, seven months after the Poland international joined from FC Twente for £1.5m. Klich has made one league start under Christiansen having failed to impress United’s boss and the 28-year-old is the subject of foreign interest.ast summer and the Poland international is attracting interest from abroad. Klich has been hugely disappointing, CB Jackson hasn’t worked out, but Forshaw’s more direct style and experience of his division will be an asset to the team. Looks like a decent signing. Now for a striker and ‘keeper. 

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Cameron Borthwick-Jackson

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Klich (like Jackson, hugely disappointing )

Tuesday Jan 16th 2018 Shift in mindset sees Leeds United look to strengthen in January window – Phil Hay
Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s return to Manchester United was not about money – save for Leeds United realising they were throwing good after bad at him – but the premature cancellation of his loan on Tuesday gave the club some financial wriggle room. The 20-year-old’s value to their squad was almost nil but in cutting close to £10,000 a week from their wage bill, Leeds began clearing the decks for the last two weeks of the transfer window. Other fringe players are likely to follow, Mateusz Klich amongst them, amid an acceptance at Elland Road that incoming deals are imperative. It was never United’s intention to be active in January or to focus heavily on first-team signings, but the club are down on form and numbers with the window into its final fortnight and their stance on recruitment has shifted. Adam Forshaw, the Middlesbrough midfielder, became a prime target after Eunan O’Kane’s red card last weekend and is set to join Leeds later today. United have also embraced the idea of signing a new striker. There is a sense of their season hanging in the balance with much to play for and promotion to lose. Results have set Leeds back, particularly the loss of eight points in their last three Championship games, but their selection issues were laid bare by an 18-man squad at Ipswich Town on Saturday which contained every last one of Thomas Christiansen’s senior professionals. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson. O’Kane was sent off in the first half, incurring a three-match ban, and Pawel Cibicki left the field with an injury before half-time. Even if Christiansen had been minded to use Borthwick-Jackson, the defender’s lukewarm loan from Old Trafford was hampered further by a twisted ankle suffered last week. Leeds duly ended his stay on Tuesday night. Borthwick-Jackson played only six times, once in the Championship, and will not be missed. Leeds have an out-and-out left-back waiting in the wings after signing Laurens De Bock for £1.5m from Club Brugge and De Bock is expected to make his debut against Millwall on Saturday, but Christiansen has taken a hit in other areas of his squad. Samuel Saiz’s six-match ban for spitting sidelined the second-highest goalscorer in United’s squad and claimed Saiz’s creativity with it. O’Kane’s suspension means three weeks on the sidelines and while the 27-year-old will be back for a crucial Yorkshire derby at Sheffield United on February 10, Leeds are unexpectedly vulnerable in the centre of midfield. Kalvin Phillips is a booking away from a two-match ban and Ronaldo Vieira – bothered by tendonitis in one knee this season – last played on Boxing Day. Leeds were in a position of strength in late December but the events of this month and the setbacks hampering Christiansen made the case for signing reinforcements. Leeds United head coach, Thomas Christiansen Christiansen has been disinclined to field Klich all term and he used 20-year-old Conor Shaughnessy to alter his line-up after O’Kane’s dismissal at Ipswich, despite Klich’s presence on the bench. The Poland international joined Leeds in a summer move from FC Twente six months ago, a deal which cost United £1.5m, but the club are listening to loan offers for him and Klich is increasingly likely to move abroad shortly. Klich’s future prospects are slimmer again after Leeds succeeded last night in reaching a deal for Forshaw, the former Everton trainee who played for Brentford and Wigan Athletic as a youngster and has been with Middlesbrough for the past three years. Forshaw was out of favour at The Riverside after Tony Pulis’ appointment as manager, but Leeds see him as a proven Championship player and spent yesterday in talks with Boro, wrestling with Cardiff City for his signature. Mateusz Klich. Boro valued Forshaw at £2.5m and Leeds and Cardiff are both ready to pay that sum. Forshaw, however, favoured a transfer to Elland Road and Leeds were quietly hopeful of beating Cardiff to the punch. Forshaw is set to take up a long-term contract in the next 24 hours, in time to make his debut against Millwall. Leeds, and their owner Andrea Radrizzani, did not bank on promotion this season, but the first half of the campaign has made it possible and the sudden increase in activity at Elland Road reflects the folly of United allowing a good position to slip. The club dropped to seventh place in the Championship last week but are within four points of Aston Villa in fourth and the upper end of the division has been tightly packed from the outset, below champions-elect Wolverhampton Wanderers. How to earn money as you spend Get £5 worth of points free today Read MorePromoted by Ice At the end of the transfer window on January 31, Leeds will enter a pocket of seven games which is fated to define their chances. All seven of those opponents are in the Championship’s top half and five are currently inside the Championship’s top six, including leaders Wolves. Leeds were in a position of strength in late December but the events of this month and the setbacks hampering Christiansen made the case for signing reinforcements. Christiansen was initially coy about transfers but spoke more openly about the need for recruits last week, with Saiz’s ban for spitting at the front of his mind. Good article by Phil Hay here. a lot of Orta’s signings have been abysmal. Grot looks more like a boxer than a striker and couldn’t trap a bag of spuds. I’m not going to even mention the big German whose hold up play is like an 8 year old Rock Celtic player and both of our keepers between them couldn’t catch a ball from a corner kick. Let’s hope our new left back is better. Ayling always made two mistakes per game so Berardi is a natural fit for right full. We know Saiz is talented, but the player we miss is most Vieira. If he can add goals to his game he will be some player. A striker is needed badly and we could have done worse than nabbed Camerone Jerome for £1.5M in this window. We missed an opportunity for the play offs last season which was careless. Two season in a row would be unforgivable.

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Toby – Fair play to all at Leeds and Saiz for giving two of his week’s wages to this worthy cause

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The Captain and the Kid

Weds 17th of Jan Fantastic achievement Leeds raise £200,000 for five-year-old fan Toby Nye’s cancer treatment in heartwarming gestureLeeds have raised a massive £200,000 in aid of a five-year-old supporterToby Nye is suffering from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which spreads. The club achieved their target with Samuel Saiz donating the final £25,000. Leeds have reached their fund-raising target of £200,000 for young fan Toby Nye’s cancer treatment, the club have announced. Toby, five, is suffering from neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer which spreads rapidly across the body, and Leeds launched their One Day for Toby campaign in October. All the club’s players and staff donated a day’s salary and the final £25,000 has been pledged by midfielder Samuel Saiz

RIP Eric Carlile (Secretary, Legend, Supporter, Friend)

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Eric the last time we were all in the Moorhouse

It is with profound sadness that we learn of Eric’s passing. Although 89 years young, one almost felt that he drank from that eternal fountain of Mark Dorian and Friendsyouth (Sovereign Bitter maybe). Eric it seems was almost always among us and travelled to Dundalk quite a few times. He knew our kids names, helped out out with tickets, and although his body became frail in the last 18 months or so, he could more than hold his own at the bar. A gentleman from top to toe. It was never a chore heading out to the Moorhouse at 8:30 PM on the eve of a match, always a pleasure to spend time in the man’s company. He had a word for everyone, with that glint in the eye and always a good story.  When one of our lads was in bad form after a hiding at home that day, Eric’s thoughtful retort was ‘remember there is always another game next week and this one will soon be forgotten’. He really was a class act. Bremner rightly has his statue. The Don has one also. If ever a man deserved to be honoured for a life devoted to Leeds United it is Eric Carlile. Rest in peace dear friend. We all will miss you.

From LUSC website ERic Carliile 1928-2018

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It is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we have to inform you of the death of our Life Vice President, Eric Carlile.Eric passed away peacefully this afternoon on the 12th January at the age of 89.  He served the Supporters Club for 50 years as secretary before he retired in 2008 when he was made a vice president. Eric made many friends over the years both in England and abroad and was well known by Branch officials throughout the country.  He loved his job as LUSC Secretary and enjoyed his involvement with Leeds United.  Eric was elected to represent the Supporters Club, as a council member, on the board of directors at Leeds United in November 1985 and held his position until the end of the 1994/5 season.  In this role he made many friends at other clubs whilst attending  first team and Central League games. Eric will be sadly missed by us all and our condolences go to his family.

Sat Jan 13th 2018 Ipswich Town 1-0 Leeds Report – Phil Hay Leeds United: Wiedwald, Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, Anita (Lasogga 78), Phillips, O’Kane, Cibicki (Sacko 28), Hernandez, Alioski (Shaughnessy 46), Roofe. Subs: Lonergan, Dallas, Klich, Grot. Referee: Robert Jones Attendance: 18,638

Leeds United paid for Eunan O’Kane’sfirst-half red card as a Bersant Celina goal condemned them to a harsh defeat at Portman Road. Celina curled home a sweet finish from 25 yards to break Leeds’ resistance on 68 minutes after United lost O’Kane to an off-the-ball dismissal seven minutes before half-time. The Republic of Ireland international was sent off in the 37th minute for a clash with Jonas Knudsen, appearing to headbutt the centre-back after the ball ran out of play at Ipswich’s end of the field The dismissal came at a time when Leeds were dominating possession and threatening to open the scoring, leaving Thomas Christiansen’s side to fend with 10 men for an hour. Ipswich struck the same post twice late in the first half but Leeds fought bravely after the interval until Celina came up with a fine strike to break the deadlock and a late onslaught from United failed to force an equaliser. Ipswich’s high line gave Leeds an invitation to play in behind their defence from the outset and Pawel Cibicki should have drawn first blood on 20 minutes when Pablo Hernandez left Myles Kenlock standing with a clever touch on the right wing. CRUCIAL MOMENT: Leeds United’s Eunan O’Kane is sent off. Picture: Simon Hulme The midfielder laid the ball off nicely to CIbicki who mishit a finish and wafted the ball wide with Ipswich goalkeeper Dean Gerken badly exposed. Ipswich’s first chance of note came soon after as David McGoldrick lobbed a cross to the far post and Joe Garner drove a volley narrowly wide but the hosts rarely looked like forcing an opener before the red card. Leeds suffered a blow shortly before the half-hour when Cibicki – recalled to the starting line-up as Saiz started his six-match suspension – pulled up injured and was replaced by Hadi Sacko but Kemar Roofe was denied on 33 minutes when he burst clear and cut inside Knudsen before seeing a shot blocked by Luke Chambers. O’Kane, however, halted Leeds’ momentum by clashing with Knudsen and Ipswich twice hit the woodwork before the break with Martyn Waghorn driving a corner against the near post and Celina rattling the frame of Felix Wiedwald’s goal in injury-time. Leeds United head coach Thomas Christiansen arrives at Portman Road. Leeds tried to push forward after the break, despite Roofe sitting in an isolated position up front, but Ipswich came close again on 51 minutes with a shot from Callum Connolly which Wiedwald parried at full stretch. The German, though, could do nothing to stop Celina’s effort when the Kosovan broke away after Kalvin Phillips lost his footing and curled a perfect strike beyond the reach of United’s keeper. Leeds had a glorious opportunity to snatch a point nine minutes from the end when Hernandez laid on a gift of a cross for Liam Cooper but Cooper skied the ball over an empty goal and Hernandez saw a 20-yard effort fly inches over as Christiansen’s fight fought desperately for a point. The game slipped away, however, after Gerken dived to reach an injury-time bullet from substitute Pierre-Michel Lasogga. Ipswich Town: Gerken, Iorfa, Chambers, Knudsen, Kenlock, Skuse (Hyam 76), Connolly, McGoldrick, Waghorn, Celina, Garner. Subs: Crowe, Sears, Drinan, Bru, McDonnell, Smith. Three points dropped against a poor side all because of stupidity by O’Kane. Even with ten men we had enough chances to grab a draw. Cooper’s miss from under the bar was easier to score and Cibicki clean through (one on one) has to score…simple as. Poor, poor and more poor. Time to splash the cash Radrizanni and I worry more and more about TC and his substitutions. As for O’Kane what an idiot. Can rot in Reserves for the rest of the season. He let us all down badly.

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De Bock United’s new left back

Thursday 11th of January De Bock wants trophies – YEP NEW WHITES left back Laurens De Bock set his sights on winning further sliverware at Leeds United after leaving Club Brugge to join the Whites on a four-and-a-half year deal. Former Belgium youth international De Bock has joined Leeds for a fee in the region of £1.5m following five successful years with Brugge who are currently top of the Belgian Jupiler Pro League. De Bock helped Brugge win the title in 2016 with the defender’s side also lifting the Belgian Super cup the same year, one season after winning the Belgian Cup. The 25-year-old could now make his United debut in Saturday’s Championship clash at Ipswich Town and the defender is hoping that further silverware can follow at Leeds. De Bock told LUTV: “I won two cups in Belgium and the league title with Club Brugge for the first time in 11 years. “It was a big thing to win and I hope to win a lot here as well. “I’m very happy to be here and it feels like the next step in my career.” United further bolstered their ranks yesterday afternoon when announcing that forward Oliver Sarkic had turned his half-season loan from Benfica into a permanent deal. Sarkic has been a regular for United’s under-23s this term and the Montenegro youth international has now signed a deal with Leeds until June 2020 with United having the option to extend by a Tues 11th of January Benfica B striker arrives LEEDS UNITED have signed forward Oliver Sarkic from Benfica with the Whites turning the 20-year-old’s half-season loan into a permanent deal. Sarkic has been a regular for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s so far this term and scored a penalty before setting up a goal for Romario Vieira in Thursday afternoon’s 4-3 win against Hull City at Thorp Arch. The Montenegro youth international has now signed a deal with Leeds until June 2020 with United having the option to extend by a further year.further year. Whilst I don’t expect us to be shopping in Marks and Spencers. Surely we can do better than Benfica B players in Lidl. We haven’t replaced Chris Wood and this guy won’t be filling that void any time soon.

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New signing Laurence De Bock will walk straight into the No 12 shirt at left back with Berardi moving to right back

Jan 11th. De Bock can’t wait to get started at ‘beautiful’ Leeds United  Laurens De Bock said he had joined a “beautiful club” with “beautiful fans” after Leeds United confirmed the arrival of the defender from Club Brugge on a four-and-a half-year deal. De Bock was confirmed as United’s third signing of the January transfer window this morning with the 25-year-old moving to the Whites for an undisclosed fee in the region of £1.5m. Laurens De Bock battles for the ball with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The former Belgium under-21s ace will wear the no 12 shirt at United and the defender could make his Whites debut in Saturday’s Championship clash at Ipswich Town. De Bock has been called up to the senior Belgium squad on several occasions though the new Whites recruit is still awaiting his first cap. “I am very happy to be here and it feels like the next step in my career,” De Bock told LUTV. I’m looking forward to playing for this beautiful club with the beautiful fans with the stadium and the atmosphere and everything. I’m looking forward to playing for this beautiful club with the beautiful fans with the stadium and the atmosphere and everything. Laurens De Bock “I’m really looking forward to it.” The defender also revealed that United were highly recommended to him by former players to have featured in England. “I have heard a lot about Leeds United,” he added. “To every player who played in England I asked a few questions and everybody said the same – that it’s a beautiful club. “I also know when I was younger they were playing in the Premier League and everybody has the same beautiful words about Leeds.”