6-month loan).


Signing number 11 – Eunan O’kane

Aug 31st O’Kane becomes signing number 11 LUFC are delighted to announce the signing of Republic of Ireland international midfielder Eunan O’Kane for an undisclosed fee from AFC Bournemouth. O’Kane, who is currently away on international duty with the Irish squad ahead of their forthcoming World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign, has penned a two-year deal at Elland Road to become our 11th signing of the summer. The 26-year-old, who made 16 Premier League appearances last season, spent time in Everton’s Academy as a youngster before beginning his professional career with Northern Irish outfit Coleraine. O’Kane was born in Northern Ireland and represented their youth teams before opting to play for the Republic of Ireland at senior international level. He made his name in England during a two-year stint with Torquay United and was subsequently snapped up by then League One side Bournemouth in 2012, going on to make 115 appearances and helping the Cherries achieve top-flight promotion. O’Kane will link up with his new United team-mates at Thorp Arch next week upon his return from international duty. Disappointing window at the end when we needed another central defender and striker brought in and just got a midfielder on top of a lorry load of midfielders.

Sat Aug 27th. FOREST 3 (Kasami 16, Perquis 71, Burke 90+4), UNITED 1 (Phillips 83) (The City Ground, 3pm kick-off) Forest team: Henderson, Pereira, Mancienne, Perquis (Mills 79), Lichaj, Burke, Lansbury, Cohen, Osborn, Kasami, Vellios (Cash 84). Subs: Smith, Traore, Vaughan, Ward, Veldwijk. United team: Green, Ayling, Cooper, Bartley, Taylor, Bridcutt, Vieira (Phillips 65), Hernandez (Mowatt 80), Sacko (Roofe 70), Antonsson, Wood. Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Jansson, Doukara. Referee: Geoff Eltringham. Booked: Vieira, Bridcutt (United) Att: 20,995 (1,925 United) United slipped to a 3-1 Sky Bet Championship defeat away to Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon. Oliver Burke wrapped things up for the hosts deep into stoppage-time at the City Ground after a stunning free-kick from Kalvin Phillips had led to United throwing everything forward in a bid to overturn the two-goal deficit inflicted by goals in either half from Pajtim Kasami and Damien Perquis. Chances were scarce for both sides during the early exchanges but Forest managed to open the scoring on 16 minutes as Oliver Burke flicked a corner into Kasami’s path to send a side-footed volley beyond Rob Green and into top corner. United looked to respond and Hadi Sacko’s cross was almost fumbled into his own net by Stephen Henderson, but the Forest ‘keeper recovered to gather at the second attempt. Clear-cut chances remained limited as the first half progressed and Green dealt comfortably with a curling free-kick from Kasami, while Marcus Antonsson saw his effort blocked from a tight angle on the turn after being threaded into the area by Pablo Hernandez. Charlie Taylor smashed a volley well over Henderson’s bar after meeting Hernandez’s corner from 20 yards out, before United’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes fell to Antonsson in the second minute of added time, with the Swedish striker denied by Henderson at full-stretch from inside the area. United started the second half on the front foot and started to put the hosts under a spell of pressure as Chris Wood fired over before Hernandez lost his footing at the vital moment after being slotted into a dangerous crossing position on the left. Ben Osborn poked wide at the opposite end but United continued to threaten as Sacko fired over from 20 yards out before Taylor drilled a low effort wide from a tight angle. It was Forest who claimed the second goal of the afternoon, however, with Perquis’ downwards header at the back post finding its way into the United net from a corner after 71 minutes. The visitors refused to let heads drop, though, and Wood nodded wide from a floated Hernandez cross before Phillips, a replacement for Ronaldo Vieira, pulled one back with a swerving free-kick from range seven minutes from time. It prompted a wave of United attacks during the closing stages, with Kyle Bartley heading wide from a corner and Antonsson again denied by the reflexes of Henderson, but Forest were able to seal it in the fourth minute of added time as Burke slotted under Green from close-range.

Aug 23rd LC LUTON 0, Leeds 1 (Denton 23) (7.45pm kick-off, Kenilworth Road) Luton team: Walton, O’Donnell, Mullins, Rea, Potts, Lee (Vassell 75), McGeehan, Smith, Gray (Cook 57), Hylton (Mpanzu 66), Marriott. Subs: King, Justin, Cuthbert, McQuoid.. United team: Silvestri, Coyle, Jansson (Cooper 74), Bamba, Denton, Murphy (Phillips 57), Grimes, Hernandez (Mowatt 67), Dallas, Roofe, Doukara. Subs: Green, Ayling, Sacko, Antonsson. Referee: Kevin Johnson. Booked: Lee (Luton), Grimes, Coyle (United). Att: 7,498 (1,510 United)


Great day for Denton

A superb first-half strike from debutant Tyler Denton sealed United’s progression to Round Three of the EFL Cup with a 1-0 victory away to Luton Town on Tuesday evening. Denton’s curling 23rd-minute effort proved to be the difference as United once again avoided a cup upset at the hands of lower league opposition to secure a place in Wednesday evening’s draw. Garry Monk made 11 changes for the Round Two tie at Kenilworth Road, including first United starts for Denton and recent loan signing Pontus Jansson in defence. It was the League Two hosts who were first to threaten on a balmy night in Bedfordshire, Jake Gray heading over from Jonathan Smith’s deep cross, before Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez saw low efforts blocked in a crowded penalty area at the opposite end. Olly Lee and Cameron McGeehan both sent well-hit strikes whistling over the recalled Marco Silvestri’s bar from range for the Hatters, but it was United who opened the scoring on 23 minutes as Denton announced himself to the travelling supporters in some style, curling an unstoppable effort beyond Christian Walton with the outside of his boot after some fine build-up play down the wing. And United’s advantage could have been doubled within just six minutes as Kemar Roofe rattled the Luton bar on the turn from inside the area before Walton beat away Stuart Dallas’ rebound with a strong, two-handed save. The half ended with decent chances for both sides, with Walton thwarting Souleymane Doukara after the striker had surged into the area, before Jack Marriot blazed over after attempting to round Silvestri. Souleymane Doukara bent an effort wide of the far post after cutting inside on the edge of the area, but Luton soon started to assert some early second-half pressure and Silvestri was called into superb reflex saves to deny McGeehan twice in quick succession – first palming away the midfielder’s goal-bound free-kick before turning his curling effort behind with the slightest of fingertips. Roofe saw low strikes held by Walton at the opposite end as United looked to catch their hosts on the break, before the Hatters spurned a golden opportunity to equalise as Marriot raced through, only to poke the ball beyond the post with Silvestri rushing off his line. Luton continued to push forward but United remained among the chances as substitute Alex Mowatt saw his right-footed strike held by Walton before the Hatters’ goalkeeper continued to keep his side’s hopes alive in stoppage time with a close-range block to deny Roofe.

Sat Aug 20th Sheffield Weds 0, Leeds 2 (Antonsson 63, Wood 85) (Hillsborough, 12.30pm kick-off) Wednesday team: Westwood, Pudil, Lees, Hutchinson, Lee, Abdi (Hooper 45), Hunt (Buckley 72), Wallace (Jones 64), Bannan, Forestieri, Fletcher. Subs: Wildsmith, Palmer, Joao, Sasso. United team: Green, Ayling, Cooper, Bartley, Taylor, Bridcutt, Vieira, Mowatt (Roofe 77), Sacko (Phillips 87), Antonsson (Doukara 69), Wood. Subs: Silvestri, Coyle, Bamba, Hernandez. Referee: Simon Hooper. Att: 29,075. Booked: Vieira, Bridcutt (United)


Antonsson continues his good start to the season with a goal

Second-half goals from Marcus Antonsson and Chris Wood saw United secure their first Sky Bet Championship win of the season. Thursday Aug 18th 2016 Pontus Jansson becomes signing number 10 We are delighted to announce the signing of Swedish international defender Pontus Jansson on a season-long loan from Torino.


Pontus Jansson becomes signing number 10 and more importantly adds height and presence to our back four

Jansson, who becomes Garry Monk’s tenth summer signing, finalised his switch to Elland Road on Wednesday evening after taking in our Sky Bet Championship encounter with Fulham the previous night. The 25-year-old, a six-foot-five centre-back, has previously worked under United assistant boss Pep Clotet during his time with homeland outfit Malmo FF, where he began his professional career. Jansson, who has eight senior Sweden caps to his name and was named in their Euro 2016 squad this summer, spent five years with the Malmo first-team before making the switch to Italy in summer 2014. The defender featured 15 times in Serie A prior to linking up with the United squad, where he takes shirt number 18. “It feels really good to be here,” Jansson told leedsunited.com. “I heard about three or four days ago that Leeds were interested and I spoke to the coaches. “I know Pep well from my time with Malmo in Sweden two or three years ago – he’s a good person and a good coach. I’m looking forward to working with him again. “I need to play football regularly and I know that Leeds are a big club with big ambitions – they also have a lot of fans in Sweden, so I’m really happy to be here. “I know the club has a lot of tradition – they won the league in 1992 and I know about the really good team with the likes of Mark Viduka and Harry Kewell. I’m going to learn even more in the coming days! “I want to help take Leeds back to the Premier League as soon as possible. I’m an aggressive defender and I always give more than 100% for the team that I play for.”

Tues 16th of August 2016 Leeds 1 (Wood 90+2), FULHAM 1 (Cairney 77) (Elland Road, 7.45pm kick-off) United team: Green, Ayling, Cooper, Bartley, Taylor, Phillips, Hernandez (Mowatt 72), Dallas (Vieira 58), Roofe (Sacko 78), Antonsson, Wood. Subs: Turnbull, Coyle, Bamba, Doukara. Fulham team: Button, Odoi, Madl, Kalas, Sessegnon, Cairney, McDonald, Parker (Tunnicliffe 83), Ayite (Jozabed 88), Aluko, Smith (Woodrow 65). Subs: Joronen, Malone, Ream, Christensen. Referee:  Chris Kavanagh. Booked: Bartley (United), Odoi (Fulham) Att: 21,204 (391 Fulham) report from LUFC Chris Wood netted a stoppage-time overhead kick to clinch our first point of the new season in a 1-1 draw at home to Fulham on Tuesday evening. The visitors had opened the scoring after 77 minutes at Elland Road through Tom Cairney’s curling effort, but Wood powered home a dramatic leveller in front of the Kop to secure a share of the spoils. Fulham enjoyed the better of the first-half chances and were inches away from taking the lead on 19 minutes as Floyd Ayite stooped at the back post to glance wide a cross from youngster Ryan Sessegnon. Marcus Antonsson had United’s best opening of the early exchanges but the Swedish forward dragged a low effort wide of the far post after seizing upon a loose ball to race through on goal. Aluko then came closest to breaking the deadlock in the 33rd-minute after some intricate play saw the Cottagers’ forward slotted into the United area, only to clip the base of the post with his strike. United threatened as the first half progressed with a deflected Stuart Dallas cross just evading Antonsson inside the area and bouncing agonisingly across the face of goal, before Wood headed wide from an offside position on the stroke of half-time.


Chris Wood celebrates his 92nd minute equaliser v Fulham – and boy we needed that

Fulham made a bright start to the second period and Rob Green was forced into a superb reflex save to claw away a strike from Ayite before former United striker Matt Smith rattled the woodwork with a towering header. Kemar Roofe, Chris Wood and Antonsson all came close as United searched for an opener, but it was the visitors who broke the deadlock with 13 minutes remaining as Cairney picked out the far corner with a bending effort from the edge of the area. Many inside Elland Road would have been forgiven for fearing United’s point-less start to the new campaign would be extended when Wood headed over from close-range in the closing stages, but the striker made amends in the 93rd minute with a superb bicycle kick Manager’s view I’m delighted for Woody,” said Monk. “That goal and his mentality epitomised the spirit in the group and what we did in those last 10 minutes.“After losing on Saturday we could have felt sorry for ourselves, and Woody missed a chance just before and could have felt sorry for himself. “But we spoke about desire and spirit right until the end and I’m very pleased for my players. “It can be a big boost for everyone and it will give Woody a lift as well – strikers love to score goals. “I thought it was an even game, both teams had periods. You could see they were confident from the start they’d had and we had to adjust to them, which we did. “We’ve probably had a season’s worth of ups and downs in the first three games but it’s experience for this young group and you could see their spirit in the changing room afterwards. “That last 10 minutes on the pitch was what I was looking for.”

Aug 16th Bridcutt is part of the answer but not the outright solution- Phil hay YEP Protracted signings like Liam Bridcutt come to define a club’s transfer window. Leeds United won’t labour this long on any other player. Massimo Cellino is not known for sticking with months of convoluted talks. Bridcutt earned that effort and as such the midfielder can think of himself as Leeds United’s prime target.The drawback for him is that the hardest of deals create the most expectancy. After such a fight to re-sign him from Sunderland, it would be easy to think of Bridcutt as a silver bullet; the answer to every shortcoming in Garry Monk’s team. Talented though he is, he will not be that but Bridcutt is part of the answer. And Monk needed answers after Saturday’s defeat to Birmingham City. The past few days brought to mind the week in 2014 when the penny dropped and Leeds realised that they were sending David Hockaday out to face machine guns with a wooden stick. What Hockaday would have done with a machine gun himself is open to debate but a quick look at his line-up on the first day at Millwall was enough of a warning. Before long, Cellino was getting into deals for Mirco Antenucci, Billy Sharp, Liam Cooper and Giuseppe Bellusci. The performance and the result at Millwall gave the strength of Hockaday’s squad some proper context.The same has been true of Monk’s first handful of competitive games. If Cellino was using those matches to test the water, the lesson from two league defeats was fairly plain. It is not that Monk is using square pegs in round holes but some of his pegs are a loose fit. There is a big issue in the centre of defence and a concern about Sol Bamba’s form – enough of a worry for Monk to drop him on Tuesday. It is asking too much of Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips to lock the gate and specialise in that position as Bridcutt does, especially when United’s midfield are outnumbered as they were against Birmingham. Vieira especially needs to find his niche and his feet in his own time. Bridcutt is a player who can do the job now. And as a by-product, Monk’s favoured number 10 – Pablo Hernandez – can revert to number 10.Leeds were exposed in certain positions when this season began and the talent in their squad failed to compensate for it. A lively, fluent first half against Birmingham should not have been disregarded on the basis of a lame second but the worst parts of Saturday’s game demanded a response in the transfer market. It was difficult too to deny that Fulham’s superiority on Tuesday came down to simple quality. Monk’s anger post-Birmingham, his outspoken criticism, was unusually harsh so early on, comparable to Kevin Blackwell’s takedown of his players two games into the 2006-07 season. Blackwell went on the attack after Leeds conceded a late equaliser at Queens Park Rangers. He gave his side a going-over, even though their first two fixtures had yielded four points. In the circumstances, his comments seemed disproportionate and indicative of something else. He slated the performance but Blackwell’s real concern, his real frustration, was the underlying feeling that the resources available to him were some way below what was needed in the Championship. On Saturday it felt as if Monk’s message was the same: that the second half was poor, that the second half was unacceptable but more to the point, that the weak spots in his line-up – weak spots which everyone watching could see – were costing him and preventing his style from taking hold. Bridcutt had to happen and talks reached a conclusion by early afternoon on Monday. It was a necessary reaction and a positive one, bringing to a head a deal which was dragging to the point of becoming ridiculous. Another central defender is a given and Torino’s Pontus Jansson, a Sweden international, is about to join on loan. Monk’s trust in Chris Wood, meanwhile, is not the same as saying that an extra goalscorer wouldn’t help.The transfer window closes in two weeks’ time and in that period Leeds must get their numbers right. At FIFA’s behest, Championship teams are facing a long slog through to the start of January. There is no loan window and no way of plugging holes once August ends. Club who get it wrong will suffer. It is no bad thing if the start of the season has warned United against taking that risk.


Liam Bridcutt becomes signing number 9………………………eventually

Aug 15th. Bridcutt becomes signing number 9 We are delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Liam Bridcutt on a two-year deal from Sunderland. Bridcutt, who impressed during a loan stint with United last season, returns to Elland Road for an undisclosed fee to become Garry Monk’s ninth signing of the summer. The Scotland international, a product of the Chelsea Academy, featured 27 times in all competitions for United during 2015/16 after arriving from the Stadium of Light in late November. Bridcutt, 27, established himself as a regular fixture in the side and went on to be shortlisted for United’s Player of the Year award at the end of the last campaign. “It feels good to be back,” Bridcutt told leedsunited.com . “It’s been a long time coming but now I’m really glad to be here and I’m just looking forward to playing football again. “I enjoyed myself here last season. The boys made feel very welcome and it’s a club I’ve enjoyed playing for. “I was very happy here and there was a persistence from Leeds this summer which made me feel wanted, and that’s always a good thing. “The fans were also a key aspect of me signing here again. They were brilliant with me last year – I felt like I connected with Leeds as soon as I came here and it was a team I wanted to play for. “Every time I run out for Leeds I’ll give 110% and I’ll aim to get better each week. I just can’t wait to get back out onto the pitch.” United boss Garry Monk added: “I’m very pleased to have Liam on board. When I first came into the club, I analysed all the games from last season and Liam contributed really well. “I’m very happy to get the deal done. Liam brings a wealth of experience, a good level of quality to the group and something that we need. “He has that bit of leadership and personality that will help the group. I’m very pleased to have him through the door – I know what he’s capable of.” Bridcutt will not be eligible for Tuesday evening’s Sky Bet Championship clash at home to Fulham but could feature away to Sheffield Wednesday this Saturday.and do not regret it. Now,I do not hide it, it has not been as expected. “Still, it has made me grow and I have not lost hope to impose myself there. My progress was delayed, but I’m not deHadiSakoHadiSakoad.” He added that when he signed with Sporting, he had no inkling he would be sent to play for the B Team, instead of the first team squad. Sacko added: “If I had HadiSakoHadiSakoknown … No one told me. Perhaps there is someone better than me. At the beginning, I admit I had some difficulties regarding the language, but I adapted.” In total he made only four appearances for Sporting’s first team, playing 54 times for their B Team instead, scoring 10 goals. His spell on loan at Sochaux was more productive, playing 14 times for the first team after signing on loan in January, netting twice, but was at least back to playing more competitive football. Hopefully he will be more of a Becchio and not a Pierre Laurent.