Pedraza arrives into Leeds having fought off stiff competition from Sp Gijon and Newcastle Utd

Tues 31st of Jan. No centre forward but Leeds bolster attacking options Leeds United swoop for Pedraza and Barrow before window shuts Alfredo Pedraza Phil Hay 22:30 Tuesday 31 January 2017 08:24 Wednesday 01 February . Have your say Leeds United bolstered their attacking options before last night’s transfer deadline with loans deals for wingers Alfonso Pedraza and Modou Barrow. Read invented by Teads The club sealed both transfers in the last seven hours of the January window, landing Pedraza from Villarreal and Barrow from Swansea City until the end of the season. Pedraza has joined Leeds on a deal which could become permanent in the summer while the arrival of Barrow re-unites him with a head coach in Garry Monk who signed him as manager of Swansea from Swedish club Ostersunds in 2014. Monk, however, drew a blank in his search for an out-and-out centre forward after West Ham United pulled the plug on offers for Ashley Fletcher.


Gambian International Mo Barrow was a late arrival on Deadline night probably because Fletcher’s proposed move fell through

Leeds trailed Fletcher throughout January, hoping the arrival of new strikers at the London Stadium would allow them to take the Keighley-born 21-year-old, but West Ham manager Slaven Bilic ruled out any chance of Fletcher leaving having first vetoed a plan to sign Scott Hogan from Brentford.United reacted by moving in to sign Barrow who had been previously been targeted by Newcastle United amid doubts about whether the Tyneside club would strike a deal for Crystal Palace’s Andros Townsend. Barrow, a pacey Gambia international who has played up front in his career, made 18 Premier League appearances for Swansea in the first half of this season but was allowed to go out on loan after recent backroom changes at the Liberty Stadium. He and Pedraza were registered too late to feature in Leeds’ Championship game at Blackburn Rovers tonight but will be eligible for Sunday’s Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield Town. The signing of Spain Under-21 international Pedraza came after Leeds met the cost of buying him Pedraza out of a prior loan deal at Spanish second division side Lugo, a fee in the region of £300,000. United will pay around £8.5m to sign Pedraza permanently if they win promotion to the Premier League in May.The 20-year-old said: “I’m very grateful for this new opportunity to continue to progress as a footballer. It’s a great dream for me to land in English football and especially at a club as historic as Leeds United.” Lugo were persuaded to break Pedraza’s loan after his appearance in a league game against Real Zaragoza on Sunday evening, a few hours on from Leeds’ FA Cup defeat to Sutton United. Pedraza produced six goals and eight assists in 23 outings for Lugo.He and Barrow fulfilled Monk’s demand for new wide options in January but having missed out on striker targets before the end of the summer window in August, United’s head coach arrived at last night’s deadline minus additional back-up for top scorer and 20-goal forward Wood. Monk had sought to limit the additions to a squad who have held a Championship play-off position for almost three months and wanted to avoid disrupting what he saw as a tight-knit group but he left no doubt that cover was needed for his first-choice lone striker. Speaking in mid-December after Wood suffered a minor hamstring strain in a 2-0 win over Reading, Monk said: “Striker’s one area, definitely. I said that in the summer and it’s one area we need to strengthen.” Last night’s 11pm cut-off passed without any announcement on the long-term future of on-loan Torino centre-back Pontus Jansson but Leeds are set to officially seal his permanent move to Elland Road at the end of this season.United have agreed a fee of £3.5m with Torino and finalised a contract with Jansson, understood to run to the summer of 2020. The club’s option to sign him permanently – activated by his 22nd appearance against Nottingham Forest last week – remains in place until the end of Jansson’s year-long loan and Leeds intend to formally trigger it before it expires in June.Monk, meanwhile, emerged from the transfer window with left-back Charlie Taylor at his disposal having promising at the start of January that the defender would not be sold. Taylor, who is continuing to interest Liverpool and West Brom with his deal due to expire on June 30, carried an Achilles injury through January and last played in a 1-0 victory over Brentford in mid-December.The past month saw Alex Mowatt leave Elland Road in a £600,000 move to Barnsley while Luke Murphy and Toumani Diagouraga accepted half-season loans to Burton Albion and Ipswich Town respectively.With the deadline behind him, Monk takes Leeds to Blackburn this evening to resume their Championship campaign after Sunday’s unflattering FA Cup defeat at non-league Sutton United.Centre-back Liam Cooper serves a one-match ban following his late red card at Gander.

Jan 31st Here is a club by club guide to January transfer window moves in the Championship

ASTON VILLA Ins: Sam Johnstone (Manchester United, loan), Henri Lansbury (Nottingham Forest, £3million), James Bree (Barnsley, undisclosed), Birkir Bjarnason (Basle, undisclosed), Conor Hourihane (Barnsley, undisclosed), Jacob Bedeau (Bury, undisclosed), Neil Taylor (Swansea, undisclosed), Scott Hogan (Brentford, undisclosed)   Outs: Rudy Gestede (Middlesbrough, undisclosed), Pierluigi Gollini (Atalanta, loan), Aly Cissokho (Olympiacos, loan), Aaron Tshibola (Nottingham Forest, loan), Ashley Westwood (Burnley, undisclosed), Kevin Toner (Bradford, loan), Jordan Ayew (Swansea, undisclosed), Ross McCormack (Nottingham Forest, loan) BARNSLEY Ins: Gethin Jones (Everton, loan), Matt James (Leicester, loan), Alex Mowatt (Leeds, undisclosed), Callum Elder (Leicester, loan), Ryan Hedges (Swansea, undisclosed) Outs: Sam Winnall (Sheffield Wednesday, undisclosed), James Bree (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa, undisclosed), Stefan Payne (Shrewsbury, loan) BIRMINGHAM Ins: Lukas Jutkiewicz (Burnley, £1million), Craig Gardner (West Brom, loan), Emilio Nsue (Middlesbrough, undisclosed), Dan Scarr (Stourbridge, undisclosed), Jerome Sinclair (Watford, loan), Krystian Bielik (Arsenal, loan) Outs: Alex Jones (Bradford, undisclosed), Charlie Cooper (Forest Green, loan), Diego Fabbrini (Spezia Calcio, loan), Jonathan Spector (Orlando City, undisclosed), Paul Caddis (released), Luke Maxwell (Grimsby, loan), Reece Brown (Chesterfield, loan), Viv Solomon-Otabor (Bolton, loan), David Cotterill (Bristol City, loan) BLACKBURN Ins: Lucas Joao (Sheffield Wednesday, loan), Marvin Emnes (Swansea, loan)   Outs: John O’Sullivan (Carlisle, free), Scott Wharton (Cambridge, loan), Ben Marshall (Wolves, undisclosed) BRENTFORD Ins: Florian Jozefzoon (PSV Eindhoven, undisclosed), Sergi Canos (Norwich, undisclosed) Outs: Emmanuel Onariase (Cheltenham, loan), Sam Saunders (Wycombe, free), Scott Hogan (Brentford, undisclosed) BRIGHTON Ins: Fikayo Tomori (Chelsea, loan), Chuba Akpom (Arsenal, loan), Glenn Murray (Bournemouth, undisclosed) Outs: Jake Forster-Caskey (Charlton, undisclosed), Kazenga LuaLua (QPR, loan), Rob Hunt (Oldham, loan), Rohan Ince (Swindon, loan), Jesse Starkey (Swindon, undisclosed) BRISTOL CITY Ins: Jens Hegeler (Hertha Berlin, undisclosed), Milan Djuric (Cesena, undisclosed), Bailey Wright (Preston, undisclosed), Fabian Giefer (Schalke, loan), Freddie Hinds (Luton, undisclosed), Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers, undisclosed), David Cotterill (Birmingham, loan) Outs: Diego De Girolamo (Cheltenham, loan), Taylor Moore (Bury, loan), Richard O’Donnell (Rotherham, undisclosed), Wes Burns (Fleetwood, undisclosed), Ivan Lucic (Aalborg BK, loan), Luke Freeman (QPR, undisclosed), Tin Plavotic (Cheltenham, loan) BURTON Ins: Marvin Sordell (Coventry, free), Luke Varney (Ipswich, free), Luke Murphy (Leeds, loan), Lasse Vigen Christensen (Fulham, loan), Cauley Woodrow (Fulham, loan), Michael Kightly (Burnley, loan) Outs: Stuart Beavon (Coventry, free), Callum Reilly (Coventry, loan) CARDIFF Ins: Greg Halford (Rotherham, undisclosed), Ibrahim Meite (Harrow, undisclosed), Allan McGregor (Hull, loan) Outs: Kieran Richardson, Marouane Chamakh, Lex Immers (all released), Tom James (Yeovil, free), Eli Phipps (Colchester, undisclosed), Tommy O’Sullivan (Colchester, undisclosed), Semi Ajayi (Rotherham, loan), Ben Wilson (Rochdale, loan), Adam Le Fondre (Bolton, loan), Emyr Huws (Ipswich, loan), Stuart O’Keefe (MK Dons, loan), Matthew Kennedy (Plymouth, loan) DERBY Ins: Julien de Sart (Middlesbrough, loan), David Nugent (Middlesbrough, undisclosed), Kyle McAllister (St Mirren, undisclosed) Outs: Lee Grant (Stoke, £1.3million), Callum Guy (Port Vale, loan), Farrend Rawson (Coventry, loan), Chris Weale (released), Andreas Weimann (Wolves, loan), Charles Vernam (Coventry, loan), Jamie Hanson (Wigan, loan) FULHAM Ins: Thanos Petsos (Werder Bremen, loan), Gohi Cyriac (KV Oostende, loan), Outs: Sean Kavanagh (Hartlepool, loan), Cameron Burgess (Bury, loan), Jozabed (Celta Vigo, loan), Marek Rodak (Accrington, loan), Stephen Humphrys (Shrewsbury, loan), Lasse Vigen Christensen (Burton, loan), Cauley Woodrow (Burton, loan), Matt Smith (QPR, undisclosed) HUDDERSFIELD Ins: Isaiah Brown (Chelsea, loan), Collin Quaner (Union Berlin, undisclosed) Outs: Will Boyle (Cheltenham, free), Ivan Paurevic (released), Flo Bojaj (Newport, loan), Joe Murphy (Bury, loan), Rekeil Pyke (Colchester, loan), Jacob Hanson (Bradford, undisclosed) IPSWICH Ins: Kieffer Moore (Forest Green, undisclosed), Jordan Spence (unattached), Toumani Diagouraga (Leeds, loan), Steven Taylor (unattached), Danny Rowe (Macclesfield, undisclosed), Dominic Samuel (Reading, loan), Emyr Huws (Cardiff, loan), Outs: Luke Varney (Burton, free) NEWCASTLE Ins: Outs: Macaulay Gillesphey (Carlisle, loan), Sean Longstaff (Kilmarnock, loan), Callum Roberts (Kilmarnock, loan), Freddie Woodman (Kilmarnock, loan), Alex Gilliead (Bradford, loan), Ivan Toney (Scunthorpe, loan), Tim Krul (AZ Alkmaar, loan), NORWICH Ins: Mitchell Dijks (Ajax, loan), Yanic Wildschut (Wigan, undisclosed) Outs: Harry Toffolo (Scunthorpe, loan), Martin Olsson (Swansea, undisclosed), Carlton Morris (Rotherham, loan), Sergi Canos (Brentford, undisclosed), Robbie Brady (Burnley, undisclosed), NOTTINGHAM FOREST Ins: Joao Teixeira (Benfica, loan), Aaron Tshibola (Aston Villa, loan), Zach Clough (Bolton, undisclosed), Ross McCormack (Aston Villa, loan) Outs: Tyler Walker (Port Vale, loan), Henri Lansbury (Aston Villa, £3million), Gerry McDonagh (Cambridge, loan), Ryan Yates (Shrewsbury, loan), Jorge Grant (Notts County, loan) PRESTON Ins: Tyias Browning (Everton, loan) Outs: Ben Davies (Fleetwood, loan), Bailey Wright (Bristol City, undisclosed), Eoin Doyle (Portsmouth, loan), Liam Grimshaw (Chesterfield, loan) QPR Ins: Kazenga LuaLua (Brighton, loan), Sean Goss (Manchester United, undisclosed), Luke Freeman (Bristol City, undisclosed), Matt Smith (Fulham, undisclosed), Pawel Wszolek (Hellas Verona, undisclosed), Ravel Morrison (Lazio, loan), Outs: Ben Gladwin (Swindon, loan), Sandro (Antalyaspor, undisclosed), Sebastian Polter (Union Berlin, undisclosed), Brandon Comley (Grimsby, loan), Joe Lumley (Bristol Rovers, loan), Brandon Adams (Persatuan Bola Sepak Perlis, loan), Tjaronn Chery (Guizhou Hengfeng Zhicheng, undisclosed), Ariel Borysiuk (Lechia Gdansk, loan), Olamide Shodipo (Port Vale, loan), Osman Kakay (Chesterfield, loan), Axel Prohouly (Port Vale, loan), Nasser El Khayati (ADO Den Hagg, loan) READING Ins: Tiago Ilori (Liverpool, undisclosed), Adrian Popa (Steaua Bucharest, undisclosed), Jordon Mutch (Crystal Palace, loan), Reece Oxford (West Ham, loan), Lewis Grabban (Bournemouth, loan) Outs: Jake Cooper (Millwall, loan), Niall Keown (Partick Thistle, loan), Stuart Moore (Luton, loan), Dominic Samuel (Ipswich, loan) ROTHERHAM Ins: Richard O’Donnell (Bristol City, undisclosed), Alex Bray (Swansea, loan), Semi Ajayi (Cardiff, loan), Ben Purrington (Plymouth, undisclosed), Carlton Morris (Norwich, loan), Outs: Dominic Ball (Peterborough, loan), Greg Halford (Cardiff, undisclosed) SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY Ins: Morgan Fox (Charlton, undisclosed), Callum McManaman (West Brom, loan), Sam Winnall (Barnsley, undisclosed) Jordan Rhodes (M’bro £10M) Outs: Sergiu Bus (Astra Giurgiu, free), Filipe Melo (Pacos de Ferreira, loan), Sean Clare (Accrington, loan), Lucas Joao (Blackburn, loan), Modou Sougou (Moreirense, loan), Matthew Penney (Bradford, loan), WIGAN Ins: Jakob Haugaard (Stoke, loan), Callum Connolly (Everton, loan), Marcus Browne (West Ham, loan), Jamie Hanson (Derby, loan), Matt Gilks (Rangers, undisclosed), Alex Bruce (Hull, loan), James Weir (Hull, loan), Mikael Mandron (Eastleigh, undisclosed), Josh Laurent (Hartlepool, undisclosed), Gabriel Obertan (free agent), Jack Byrne (Man City, undisclosed), Omar Bogle (Grimsby, undisclosed) Outs: Craig Davies (Scunthorpe, undisclosed), Nathan Byrne (Charlton, loan), Jordan Flores (Blackpool, loan), Jordi Gomez (Rayo Vallecano, free), Billy McKay (Inverness, loan), Yanic Wildschut (Norwich, undisclosed) WOLVES Ins: Andreas Weimann (Derby, loan), Helder Costa (Benfica, undisclosed), Ben Marshall (Blackburn, undisclosed) Outs: Ola John (Deportivo, loan), Prince Oniangue (Bastia, loan), Jed Wallace (Millwall, loan), Will Randall (Walsall, loan), Aaron Simpson (Portsmouth, loan), Sylvain Deslandes (Bury, loan


Left winger Pedraza will be January’s first arrival for the Whites

Monday 30th of January Villearreal winger Pedraza set for Leeds medical Villarreal winger Alfonso Pedraza is preparing to fly into England and undergo a medical ahead of a half-season loan to Leeds United. The 20-year-old is due to complete a move to Elland Road ahead of tomorrow’s transfer deadline after cutting short a previous loan at Spanish second division club Lugo.Villarreal have paid around £300,000 to buy Pedraza out of his deal with Lugo, a side he joined in July and represented for the final time in a league game against Real Zaragoza last night. Leeds are set to pick up the cost of terminating his loan and have negotiated a deal which will see them sign Pedraza permanently for a fee of around £8.5m if they secure promotion to the Premier League in May. window.The Spain Under-21 international is a quick, left-sided player who came through the youth team ranks at Villarreal. He has featured infrequently for his parent club but made 23 appearances for Lugo.United hope Pedraza will arrive in Leeds this evening to begin a medical and finalise the transfer.Head coach Garry Monk has been chasing a winger and a striker throughout the January window but is still waiting for Leeds to conclude their first signing.United remain hopeful of agreeing a loan deal for West Ham United forward Ashley Fletcher, whose situation could be altered by the sale of Dimitri Payet from West Ham to Marseille. Payet’s exit yesterday should see West Ham conclude a £12m deal for Brentford striker Scott Hogan, potentially allowing Leeds to step in and take 21-year-old Fletcher on a temporary basis.Leeds have also shown an interest in Norwich City’s Sergi Canos but the Carrow Road club are holding out for permanent bids for the out-of-favour 19-year-old. United have made an offer to sign Canos on loan with an option to buy him in the summer.Speaking after yesterday’s FA Cup defeat at Sutton United, and asked if he would see arrivals before tomorrow’s 11pm deadline, Monk said: “I hope so. It’s very clear. I’ve said it all along we need these players but maybe the club are best to answer when and where that’s going to happen.”

Sun 29th of January Sutton United 1 (Collins 53 pen) Leeds United 0 Sutton: Worner, Amankwaah, Collins, Gomis, May, Eastmond (Traore 90), Bailey, Spence, Deacon, Biamou, Downer. Subs not used: John, Fitchett, Gueye, Monakana, Tubbs, Shaw. United: Silvestri, Denton, Cooper, P. McKay, Coyle, Phillips, Dallas (Sacko 56), Grimes, Whitehouse (Roofe 72), Doukara (Wilks 59), Antonsson. Subs not used: Vieira, Ayling, Vann. Booked: Cooper, Denton, Sacko (Leeds), Deacon, Bailey (Sutton) Sent Off: Cooper (Leeds) Referee: S. Attwell Venue: Gander Green Lane Attendance: 4,997 (739 Leeds) Report from LUFC Jamie Collins’ second half penalty was enough to knock Leeds United out of the Emirates FA Cup, as National League side Sutton United’s remarkable run in the competition continued. Head coach Garry Monk made ten changes from Wednesday’s Sky Bet Championship victory over Nottingham Forest, with Stuart Dallas the only survivor, as Billy Whitehouse and Paul McKay were handed debuts. The hosts nearly got off to a great start inside seven minutes, forward Roarie Deacon had the ball in the back of the net for Sutton, however his effort was ruled out for offside following Maxime Biamou’s flick on. Deacon then tried his luck with a long range effort, bringing the best out of Whites goalkeeper Marco Silvestri, who tipped the ball over the crossbar. Forward Deacon continued to threaten the Leeds defence in the first half, again playing his hand in decent chance for Sutton. Deacon pounced on a poor goal-kick from Marco Silvestri, charging into the area, he played in Bedsente Gomis, but the Leeds goalkeeper made up for his effort with a brilliant save to keep the scored level. Following Sutton’s chance Leeds broke, Whitehouse played a really good ball into Dallas who controlled brilliantly before firing on goal, but he was denied by Sutton stopper Ross Worner. Kalvin Phillips was next to test the Sutton goalkeeper, from a free-kick after Tyler Denton had been fouled on the edge of the box, but the Whites youngster couldn’t get the better of Sutton’s number one. Just before the break Deacon fired at goal from the edge of the box and Leeds once again had Silvestri to thank for the scores being level, before Craig Eastmond fired wide. Half Time: Sutton United 0-0 Leeds United After the break Leeds came close to a breakthrough, debutant Whitehouse did well to cut into the area, but his effort deflected wide. However a massive mix-up in the Leeds defence, followed by a Lewie Coyle trip on star man Deacon, led to the home side being awarded a penalty. Captain Jamie Collins stepped up to take the spot kick and sent Silvestri the wrong way, to give Sutton the lead. Young forward Mallik Wilks who signed professional terms with the Whites in December was then brought on to try and change the match, along with Hadi Sacko making a comeback from injury. Matt Grimes attempted to find a leveler for the Whites when he shot from range, but he was unable to keep his effort down. In the 77th minute, Grimes again tried his luck from distance, but his low effort was well saved by Worner in the Sutton goal. The chances of Monk’s men getting an equaliser took a blow in the 82nd minute when Liam Cooper picked up his second yellow card of the game for a foul on Eastmond, reducing the Whites to ten men. Adam May tried his luck from the angle of the box on the half volley to secure the tie, but his effort went just wide of Silvestri’s left hand post. Marcus Antonsson then shot from 25 yards, to try and pull Leeds level, but he could only fire over, as the Whites bowed out of the FA Cup. INEXCUSABLE Garry Monk : “It was a very disappointing result and a very frustrating performance,” said Monk. “Nothing went right for us, that is what led to the defeat, a poor performance and a poor result. “I take full responsibility, I am the one who selects the team and I made a lot of changes, it didn’t work out, it backfired. “We have a game against Blackburn Rovers in three days time and I had to try and get the balance right to make sure there is a freshness and energy. “In February we have a lot of games coming up, so I tried to make the right decision, but maybe it was one change too many. “I stand by my decisions, sometimes you make good decisions and sometimes you will suffer with decisions, but that is life. “All credit to Sutton, we wish them all the best in the next round, we didn’t want that to happen to us, but it has and we have to deal with that. “I’m not a very good loser and we have a winning mentality here, so when we lose we take it hard. “Whenever we have suffered a negative result this season we have bounced back in the next game and we have to be focused to do that against Blackburn. “It is for me to take on the chin, I will make sure the players dust themselves down and get ready for Wednesday’s game, it is key we put this performance right.”

Weds 25th of January Leeds United 2 (Wood 55, Doukara 74) Nottingham Forest United : Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, O’Kane (Vieira 75), Bridcutt, Hernandez (Mowatt 80), Dallas (Doukara 72), Roofe, Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Coyle, Phillips, Antonsson. Forest: Henderson, Lichaj, Pinillos, Mancienne, Assombalonga (Brereton 76), Osborn, Fox, Ward (Bendtner 67), Vaughan, Hobbs (Lam 57), Cash. Subs not used: Stojkovic, Pereira, Carayol, Worrall.Booked: Ayling (Leeds) Referee: T. Harrington Venue: Elland Road. Attendance: 24,838 Report from LUFC Chris Wood’s 20th goal of the season and a wonder volley from Souleymane Doukara secured Leeds United a 2-0 victory over Nottingham Forest. United head coach Garry Monk shuffled his pack, making three changes from Saturday’s loss at Barnsley, with Pontus Jansson, Eunan O’Kane and Stuart Dallas returning to the starting line-up. It was the returning Dallas who almost gave Leeds the lead inside 30 seconds of the match, Kemar Roofe put in a wicked cross, but the Northern Ireland international couldn’t make the desired contact at the back post, with the ball going wide. The visitors almost took the lead through talisman Britt Assombalonga, he superbly turned and shot on the half volley, forcing Rob Green into a top quality save, tipping the ball over the crossbar. Leeds saw a goal disallowed in the 13th minute. Hernandez won and delivered a free-kick into the box and the ball was flicked on to top scorer Wood who converted the chance, but he was in an offside position. Hernandez was next to go close, he fired an effort from 25 yards, but it was wide of the target. At the other end, Assombalonga continued to threat, he found space inside the area, before shooting on the spin, but his effort went over the bar. Gaetano Berardi then tried his luck, he played a neat one-two with Wood, but his effort sailed over. Roofe then did well to cut inside and create room for a shot from 20 yards and he came very close to finding the top left corner, but neither side could get the important breakthrough before the break. Half Time: Leeds United 0-0 Nottingham Forest Leeds came close to taking the lead after the break, Hernandez put a free-kick into the box, Roofe made contact with a glancing header, but he couldn’t direct it on target. United took the lead in the 56th minute, Hernandez put in a corner, Kyle Bartley’s header landed at the feet of Wood who fired home his 20th goal of the season from six yards out. Assombalonga who found himself isolated in the second half, showed his frustration when he shot from 40 yards, but his effort was well over. United doubled their lead from another corner. The ball was headed out to the edge of the box and substitute Souleymane Doukara unleashed an unstoppable sensational volley which flew into the top left corner, erupting Elland Road. Wood was given the opportunity to score his second of the match in the 79thminute, he was played through one-on-one with Forest stopper Stephen Henderson and shot from 25 yards, but couldn’t find the target. Roofe then went close with a volley of his own, Wood teed him up from the edge of the box, but his effort went just wide of the post. The win was United’s sixth in succession at Elland Road, along with clean sheets, as the Whites move back to third in the Sky Bet Championship table.

Sat 21st of Jan Barnsley 3 (Bradshaw 45, Kent 48, Hourihane 54) Leeds United 2 (Wood 18, 68 pen) Barnsley: Davies, Bree, Jones, Roberts, MacDonald, Scowen, Hourihane, Watkins, Kent, Bradshaw (Hammill 78), Armstrong (Williams 90). Subs not used: Townsend, White, Jackson, Moncur, Payne. United: Green, Berardi, Bartley, Ayling, Coyle, Bridcutt (Dallas 84), Hernandez, Vieira (O’Kane 58), Roofe, Doukara, Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Antonsson, Phillips, Denton, Mowatt. Booked: Hourihane, Watkins, Scowen, Armstrong (Barnsley), Bartley, Roofe, O’Kane (Leeds) Referee: M. Dean Venue: Oakwell Attendance: 17,817 (5,241 Leeds) Match Report LUFC


Wood’s brace not enough for any points as United were off the pace

Two goals from Chris Wood couldn’t prevent Leeds United from suffering a Yorkshire derby defeat at Barnsley. United head coach Garry Monk named an unchanged side following the 1-0 victory over Derby County for the trip to Oakwell. Chances were limited for both sides early into the match, Adam Davies did well to gather Pablo Hernandez’s cross turned shot and Rob Green was called into action to save Ryan Kent’s dangerous low cross. United took the lead in the 18th minute, Hernandez countered well to win Leeds a corner. The Spaniard delivered and Wood volleyed home into the bottom right corner. Leeds continued to press for a second goal winning a series of corners, Wood went close to putting United further ahead when he was found at the back post by Hernandez, but the striker saw his effort cleared off the line. Souleymane Doukara was next to go close in the 26th minute, he turned superbly before firing on goal and Davies was at full stretch to tip the ball around the post for a corner. Barnsley then threatened from a set-piece, Ryan Kent delivered and Angus MacDonald saw his header saved really well by the diving Green. From another set-piece the Tykes again went close, Kent again delivered, Marc Roberts got his head to it but couldn’t find the target, with his header going over the crossbar. The hosts however did level before the break, Adam Armstrong crossed and Tom Bradshaw headed home into left corner. MacDonald then had another opportunity from a Tykes corner, however this time he was unable to find the target. Half Time: Barnsley 1-1 Leeds United Barnsley resumed after the break from where they left off in the first half and took the lead three minutes into the second period when Kent found the bottom left corner of the net with a driven low strike from the angle of the box. Tykes captain Conor Hourihane then extended the Red’s lead. Josh Scowen was tripped by Roofe 25 yards from goal and Hourihane found the top left corner from the set-piece. Bradshaw then went close following James Bree’s cross, but the striker was unable to extend his goal tally for the evening. United were given a lifeline in the 67th minute, Marc Roberts was penalised for handball after pressure from Wood and Leeds were awarded a penalty. The New Zealand striker stepped up to take the penalty and was successful from 12 yards. Hernandez then did well in the Reds penalty area, he cut inside before having his shot blocked, the ball fell to Leeds substitute Eunan O’Kane, but he could only blaze his effort over the bar. Bradshaw then had an opportunity when he went through on goal, but Green made a really brave save to keep Leeds in it. Doukara then showed good control on the edge of the box before firing a half volley on goal, but Davies denied him. Leeds then had a great chance in the first minute of added time, Stuart Dallas put in a really teasing cross and Roofe at the back post couldn’t finish the chance. Dallas then tried a spectacular effort from the edge of the box, but his effort went just inches wide of the top left corner, as United suffered a first defeat since December.


Radrizanni new 50% owner with Cellino

Fri 13th of Jan Leeds United co-owner Andrea Radrizzani vows to modernise Whites for Premier League tilt New Leeds United co-owner Andrea Radrizzani outlined his plans today by promising to create “a modern structure, a modern club” and prime Leeds for promotion to the Premier League. Speaking publicly for the first time since acquiring a 50 per cent stake in United, Radrizzani said he had invested with the immediate aim of “bringing more stability” to Elland Road, describing the past decade as a catalogue of “roller coaster experiences. “The 42-year-old Italian finalised a co-ownership deal with Massimo Cellino in December, ending seven months of negotiations to buy into the club. He and Cellino appeared together alongside each other at a press conference at Elland Road this morning, less than 24 hours after a rousing 1-0 win over Derby County moved Leeds to third in the Championship table. It couldn’t be a better start for me,” Radrizzani said. “It was a beautiful evening, a lot of emotion. I knew what being a football owner was in the last 60 seconds because they were never ending!”I’m honoured to have the opportunity here and I’m grateful to Massimo for giving me the opportunity. This club have been unlucky with roller-coaster experiences and different owners in the last decade so the first objective in my ownership and management will definitely be to bring more stability to the club. “I’ll bring this club (forward) gradually to be a modern structure, a modern club and be ready for when we are back in the top league.” Radrizzani said he had harboured ambitions of investing in a football club for many years but had not intended to pursue a deal “in this particular moment of my life” until he became aware of Cellino’s intention to sell a stake in Leeds last May. Radrizzani’s investment deal includes a clause which could see him acquire full control of United at the end of this season but he said Cellino had shown no desire to exit Elland Road completely when discussions between them first began.He also revealed that he was kept in the loop by Cellino about proposed changes to the coaching staff and playing squad during the summer as talks continued. Garry Monk was named as head coach two months after Radrizzani and Cellino opened negotiations.Cellino admitted that a split of authority was a “new experience” for him but Radrizzani, who built his reputation selling sports media rights, said: “So far we never had any issues to decide. Since May, even though I wasn’t a shareholder of the club, he always involved me in any important decisions about the building of the team. He was really fair to me in this period. Until now we never had a problem.”Now we really are partners so we will start to have different agendas and discussions about the progression of the club in the future but we can easily manage Leeds together if we give responsibility and delegate to the management. We have a good team here. “From the beginning it was clear to me that Massimo didn’t want to sell the club entirely. He has strong passion for Leeds and he’s a fighter. He wants to do something good for the club before he gives up. He would never give up the club.”We found a way to start together and hopefully to continue together. For me it’s a perfect solution because I have time to learn about the club and football gradually, not in a rush. I start now and I have time to learn and be ready for next season.” Cellino first bought a majority share in Leeds in April 2014 and has dealt with endless controversy at Elland Road. A stable season, however, has given United a serious chance to rejoining the Premier League for the first since their relegation in 2004.Cellino, nonetheless, said: “It was the right time to take someone on board, someone who comes from my country. If we have to fight we fight better in Italian!”This is the best thing I could do for the club because the numbers in the Championship are a little bit scary. It takes a lot of money to fix this club. With two owners maybe it’s easier to do it than by myself. Andrea has good experience in marketing, televised business and he’s got a good background. He’s 20 years (younger) than me. That’s important because I’m getting a little bit old. For us he gives a longer future than you have with me.”Leeds’ win over Derby strengthened their hold on a play-off position and also put the club in contention for a top-two finish, midway through the January transfer window.Monk said after the game that he was looking for two signings this month to give his squad the “best chance” during the Championship run-in.Asked about transfers, Cellino admitted he had told Radrizzani not to invest immediate funds for players, saying: “I don’t let him invest nothing yet. We are 50-50. I told him ‘don’t spend nothing.’”We have many players. Don’t get in a mess. Sometimes we want to have too much. As owners we want to participate in games and sometimes it’s a disaster.”The team is playing good, they’re growing. They should get better and better. Sometimes buying players, you think it makes a team stronger but maybe we break it up. Sometimes spending money can hurt the club.” Radrizzani said: We are aligned completely, me, Massimo and Garry on what we need. We don’t want to touch the balance of the team.”The performance on the pitch and also inside the locker room, everything is working really well. We are looking at potentially one or two players who Garry mentioned. We’re working on that.”

Friday 13th of January Leeds United 1 (Wood 45) Derby County 0 United: Green, Berardi, Bartley, Ayling, Coyle, Bridcutt, Hernandez (Mowatt 89), Vieira, Roofe (Dallas 79), Doukara, Wood. Subs not used: Silvestri, Antonsson, O’Kane, Phillips, Denton. Derby: Carson, Bryson, Shackell, Keogh, Ince, Bent (Nugent 68), Baird, Johnson, De Sart (Hughes 46), Camara (Vydra 46), Hanson. Subs not used: Mitchell, Russell, Pearce, Weimann. Booked: Bartley, Hernandez (Leeds), Baird, Ince, Johnson (Derby) Sent Off: Johnson (Derby) Referee: S. Duncan Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 25,546 Report from LUFC Garry Monk’s Leeds United recorded a huge 1-0 victory over Derby County, to move eight points clear of the seventh placed Rams thanks to Chris Wood’s header, in a dominant performance at Elland Road. United had a great chance inside eight minutes, Pablo Hernandez put in a neat dinked cross to the back post looking for Kemar Roofe, but Richard Keogh made a really good clearance, heading the ball over the crossbar.


4/1 Chris Wood heads Leeds to another three points and their 5th clean sheet in a row at ER

Leeds kept Derby pinned in their own half, having a number of corners without managing to get a breakthrough, Souleymane Doukara went close when he turned on the edge of the box and fired low, but his effort went just inches wide. Liam Bridcutt then forced Scott Carson into action, he tried a fizzing drive from 25 yards and with the ball dipping, the former Leeds stopper just managed to palm the ball over the crossbar. From the resulting corner, Kyle Bartley had a free header, bringing out the best of Carson, tipping over the bar, before Bartley had another header at the next corner, which Carson managed to keep hold of. United’s dominance and territory in the Derby half continued with the Whites winning another corner. Bartley was free at the back post, but with the ball at his feet, five yards out, the defender could only put the brilliant opportunity wide. Against the run of play, Tom Ince drove downfield and he forced Rob Green into action for the first time just before the half an hour mark, with the Leeds keeper making a good save to deny him. Roofe was next to go close, he cut inside from the left before firing at goal, forcing Carson into a low save. United took a deserved lead on the stroke of half time, Leeds finally made Derby pay from a set-piece when Wood headed home a Hernandez corner to lift the roof off Elland Road. Derby had an opportunity to hit back straight away through Ince, he cut inside in the area and was only denied by a fine Green save, ensuring Leeds went into the interval deservedly in front after a fantastic first half display. Half Time: Leeds United 1-0 Derby County   Steve McClaren made two changes for the visitors at the break, with Will Hughes and Matej Vydra replacing Julien De Sart and Abdoul Camara. Derby almost had an equaliser five minutes into the second period, Darren Bent charged down a Green kick and the ball went into the back of the net, but the former England international saw the goal ruled out for handball. A Rams counter attack almost resulted in an equaliser, substitute Vydra on the counter attack progressed into the Leeds area and was only denied a shot on target by a brilliant block from Lewie Coyle. Gaetano Berardi saw a corner ball fall to him on the edge of the box in the 66th minute, he struck at goal and fired just over. Carson then kept Derby in the game when he denied Ronaldo Vieira’s 25 yard strike as United searched for a second goal. Former Whites midfielder Bradley Johnson was shown his second yellow card in the 89th minute after hacking down Stuart Dallas, ensuring a miserable return to Elland Road. In the dying minutes Vieira had a great chance to seal it, he played a neat one two with Wood, before firing on goal, but he couldn’t get the better of Carson. United then saw out the dying seconds, to record a fifth straight win and clean sheet at Elland Road, as a huge roar rang out upon the full time whistle, with Leeds moving up to a season high of third in the Championship. Truly awesome performance from Leeds. Only fault that we didn’t take our chances and pjut this team to the sword, probably should have been 5-1. Garry Monk window : ‘I’m extremely proud,” Monk said. Everyone wanted to talk about where we are in the league, about how we could extend the gap over Derby and this and that, but we didn’t take any notice of that. “I challenged the players to show everything we’ve been building. Of course we wanted the three points but the challenge was to show our way. I wanted us to do it in front of the cameras and in front of our crowd, against a very good side. We did that from the first minute to the very last.” We dominated from start to finish. We had a real stranglehold in the first 45 and we didn’t let them breathe. We had everything in it. The whole display was very dominant.”The atmosphere was unbelievable again. It was an old school atmospheric stadium, the fans pushing the players over the line. Everything’s positive for the club right now. We look at it as three points but we killed ourselves for those three points and we’ll do that again for the next three.” It’s January. Nothing’s won in January. I’m not playing it down, that’s the truth. We focuslike that and it’s served us so well.”. “You do think ‘is that goal going to come?’ but it did come,” Monk said. It was an excellent performance and everyone associated with Leeds should be very proud of it.”I had three right-backs in the back four but you wouldn’t have noticed because all of them are very clear about what they have to do. That’s the sign of a very young team who are improving. Step by step they’re getting better.” An honest McClaren said: “The midfield was a huge area. I’m afraid Leeds dominated it. Vieira – wow. Eighteen years old, a great future that one. He ran the show.” Monday 9th of January Cambridge United 1 (Ikpeazu 25) Leeds United 1 (Dallas 56, Mowatt 63) Cambridge: Norris, Taylor, Adams, Dunne, Roberts, Legge, Mingoia, Berry, Clark (Williamson 88), Newton (Dunk 66), Ikpeazu. Subs not used: Gregory, Maris, Pigott, Davies, Darling. United: Silvestri, Denton, Cooper (Bartley 71), Jansson, Berardi (Coyle 46), Phillips, Mowatt, Dallas, Grimes, Doukara (Roofe 58), Antonsson. Subs not used: Green, Wood, O’Kane, Vieira. Booked: Phillps, Jansson, Berardi (Leeds) Referee: C. Pawson Venue: Cambs Glass Stadium Attendance: 7,973 Report from LUFC


Dallas celebrates the equalizer and his first goal of the season

Second half goals from Stuart Dallas and Alex Mowatt ensured there would be no Emirates FA Cup upset at the Cambs Glass Stadium. Leeds almost got off to a great start inside three minutes, Mowatt played in Marcus Antonsson and his dinked effort hit the crossbar. Cambridge almost capitalised on a Leeds defensive error and Uche Ikpeazu was handed an opportunity to strike on goal, but he couldn’t get the better or Marco Silvestri. The hosts were awarded a controversial free-kick in the 24th minute and Pontus Jansson received his tenth booking of the season, meaning he will miss United’s next two matches. From the free-kick Luke Berry’s effort found its way to Ikpeazu and he smashed the ball into the back of the net, firing low via the left post. Mowatt went close to pulling a goal back for Garry Monk’s side, his super long range effort brought out the best of U’s goalkeeper Will Norris to keep the scores level. From the resulting corner Dallas whipped in and Liam Cooper was denied at point blank range by Norris to deny the Leeds skipper. Half Time: Cambridge United 1-0 Leeds United After the break Cambridge almost doubled their advantage at a corner, the ball fell to James Dunne and his lobbed effort was denied by a fine save from Silvestri. Leeds were level ten minutes into the second half, Mowatt floated a fine cross and Dallas headed home into the far left corner. The Whites then took the lead for the first time in the match, Dallas put a corner into the box which was headed towards goal by Jansson and Mowatt did the rest.


Frustrating season thus far for Alex Mowatt but this winner may be the swing in fortunes he’s looking for

Mowatt then went close to adding a third Leeds goal, he did really well to keep the ball in play at the by-line before shooting just wide from a narrow angle. Cambridge goalscorer Ikpeazu went close to doubling his tally from a corner with seven minutes remaining, however he was unable to guide his attempt on target. Piero Mingoia then struck from range for the home side and Silvestri could only parry and luckily for Leeds, it doesn’t go into the back of the net. Ikpeazu then tried a long range effort at the death, but Leeds held on to progress to the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup to set up an away tie at either Sutton United or AFC Wimbledon. Garry Monk reaction to win I am pleased to get through and pleased for the players,” said Monk. “We played against a good side, we knew it was going to be difficult and the pitch made it hard. “Cambridge started really well, they were very physical as we expected and their striker was a real handful and caused us problems. “We were trying to play our football, but we weren’t doing it smart enough, we were doing it too much around our 18 yard box and too deep in our half. “My team talk at half time was very different to the one at Rotherham United, you can see sometimes the team need a rocket and sometimes they just need a talk, we just talked about how we needed to be smarter and credit to the players. “Cambridge are in great form, you could see their confidence, but once we re-assessed at half time, we looked dangerous and on the front foot and we are into the next round which we are pleased with. “In the second half we scored two really good goals, we played our football higher up the pitch and controlled the game really well and got the win in the end. “We have a long way to go, this group is improving all the time and we are trying to come through the different tests being thrown at us.” Pontus Jansson picked up his tenth yellow card of the season in the win, meaning he will miss United’s next two fixtures and Monk was unhappy with the decision. He said: “I’m disappointed with the referee’s decision to give Pontus a yellow card. “Initially he waved play on, it was only because the crowd shouted that he stopped the play. “Watching it back, Pontus has no idea the player is there, he is focused on the ball and you use your arms for leverage, so I thought it was extremely harsh for him to get booked.” United will now face a trip to either AFC Wimbledon or Sutton United in the fourth round and Monk gave his view on the draw. “Ideally we would have liked a home tie in the next round, but it hasn’t gone our way,” Monk commented. “We have plenty of time to deal and prepare for that, but I’m sure it will be a similar match to this one. “We have come through against Cambridge and we need to make sure we come through the next one, but we will worry about that nearer to the time.”   Jan 4th. Radrizanni buys 50% of LUFC Massimo Cellino talks to on how pleased he is to bring in Andrea Radrizzani Speaking exclusively to, Co-owner Massimo Cellino has commented on how pleased he is to see Andrea Radrizzani become his partner, and a 50% shareholder in Leeds United Football Club. “I have worked hard for the past three years for Leeds United, we are a massive club, and I feel the only way we can get better is for me to bring in a new partner”, stated Cellino on the news that a deal has been completed. Fellow Italian Radrizzani has been a key player in the sports media rights industry since he co-founded MP & Silva in 2004, and Mr Cellino believes this experience is just one of the qualities that his new partner will bring to the club. Mr Cellino added, “Andrea is young and brings a new energy with him, as well as having a good experience in the football media business, which is the future for all clubs. I feel that bringing Andrea in as a 50% shareholder to work with me is the best choice we could have made. We will continue building a strong and healthy football club for the future.” Jan 4th. LUFC announcement Aser Group Holding completes investment in Leeds United Football Club today Leeds United Football Club today confirms the completion of an investment by Aser Group Holding, through it’s acquisition vehicle Greenfield Investment Pte Ltd, in 50 per cent of the Club’s share capital. The agreement is between Massimo Cellino, and Andrea Radrizzani (42), who is Founder and Group Chairman of Aser Group Holding, the successful Co-Founder of international sports media rights company MP & Silva and a leading figure in the sports media industry over the past two decades. Andrea Radrizzani said I am delighted and proud to have acquired a 50 per cent stake in such a prestigious football club as Leeds United. I am excited by the challenge ahead and I will work alongside Massimo and everybody at the club to make Leeds United as successful as possible. “I am fully aware of the great heritage and traditions of Leeds United and I will endeavour to be a fitting custodian on behalf of the many thousands of Leeds supporters, who are the lifeblood of the Club. “I am making a long-term commitment to Leeds United and will work to bring stability through ongoing investment. I aim to bring sustainable growth. I won’t do anything that will put the Club’s future at risk. “Through working in the sports industry for many years, I have developed a great passion for the English game and I am honoured to have become joint owner of one of the country’s biggest clubs. “I am very impressed the job Garry Monk has done this season and I will do all I can to support him and the team moving forward. “The responsibility is on myself, Massimo and the executive management at the Club to work together over the coming months to provide the best platform and environment for Garry and the team to achieve success. “My immediate priorities over the coming weeks are to meet with Garry and the team; the Club staff at Elland Road and Thorp Arch; supporters’ representatives; former players and media.”  Mon Jan 2nd Leeds United 3 (Bartley 47, Wood 66, 79) Rotherham United 0 Leeds: Green, Ayling, Bartley, Jansson, Berardi, Sacko (Vieira 45), Hernandez, Bridcutt, Roofe, Doukara (Dallas 73), Wood (Antonsson 82).  Subs not used: Silvestri, Cooper, Phillips, Denton. Rotherham: Price, Mattock, Broadfoot (Wood 84), Forde (Taylor 70), Frecklington, Ward, Fisher, Newell (Vaulks 76), Adeyemi, Belaid, Brown.  Subs not used: Odemwingie, Halford, Blackstock, Bilboe.       Booked: Jansson (Leeds), Mattock (Rotherham) Referee: S. Martin Venue: Elland Road Attendance: 33,397   Report from LUFC   Leeds United scored three second half goals, in front of over 33,000 at Elland Road to go five points clear of seventh placed Derby County. The visitors almost got off to a flying start, Anthony Forde struck a free-kick at goal which Rob Green did really well to save, from the re-bound of that save former Leeds United midfielder Tom Adeyemi was only denied by the post. Pablo Hernandez had United’s best chance of the half in the 18th minute, he did really well to cut inside, before firing from the edge of the box, but his effort went just wide. Danny Ward went close for Rotherham just after the half-an-hour mark, his deflected effort forced Green into another good save. Darnell Fisher then did really well on the right flank to tee up Izzy Brown, but he could only fire over from 12 yards out. Rotherham then had a good chance from a set-piece, after being re-ordered to take the intial corner, Anthony Forde’s cross Souleymane Doukara tried a drive from range in added time of the first half, but he blazed his effort over the crossbar. Half Time: Leeds United 0-0 Rotherham United United came out of the blocks well in the second period and were soon in front when Kyle Bartley’s bullet header found the top left corner, from a Pablo Hernandez corner. Leeds almost went further ahead soon after, Hernandez sent Roofe down the right flank and he put a fine ball across the box and Chris Wood was just inches away from poking it home. Wood did make a breakthrough in the 66th minute, Liam Bridcutt put a cross in and the front-man chested down before superbly volleying the ball into the back of the net, to double United’s lead. Gaetano Berardi almost added a third, he was played through on goal, he beat Lewis Price, but not the left post. A minute later United did go three goals ahead, Roofe put in a fine low ball from the right flank, before Wood tapped home his second of the match. Danny Ward came closest for Rotherham in the second period, his effort from a narrow angle could only find the side netting. In the final minute of normal time, Dallas was felled, giving Hernandez the opportunity to strike on goal at a free-kick and he saw his effort cannon off the post, as Leeds recorded a fourth straight win and clean sheet at Elland Road. Sun Jan 1st. Vital Leeds – Who is linked to sign and leave Leeds this window Vital Leeds United is once again keeping an eye on all the players linked with a move to Elland Road during the transfer window.  We start by taking a look back at the final week in December ahead of the window opening today. It has already been busy with Leeds being linked with a host of defenders and strikers. Leeds have been linked with a move for Arsenal defender Rob Holding. The Gunners are reportedly ready to let the 21-year-old leave the club on loan in January with a number of Championship clubs, including Leeds, interested. Burnley defender Tendayi Darikwa is also being linked with a move to Leeds. The full-back has struggled to earn a place in the Burnley side this season following their promotion to the Premier League.  Darikwa was a standout player for Burnley last season as they won promotion from the Championship. He had previously been linked with a move to Leeds last summer before joining Burnley from Chesterfield. His arrival would be a strange signing by Leeds with the club already having Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi fighting for the right full-back position and Lewie Coyle also an option when he returns from injury. Another defender being linked with Leeds is German Second Division defender Soren Gonther from St Pauli. Bradford City defender James Meredith is another player being linked with a move to bolster the Leeds back line. The left-back is out of contract at Bradford City in the summer. Partick Thistle defender Liam Lindsay is another being linked with a move to Elland Road. Leeds are once again being linked with a move for striker Ashley Fletcher. The striker was heavily linked with a move to Elland Road in the summer before joining Premier League side West Ham United but he has struggled to gain a regular place in the hammers side. Fellow striker David Nugent is also being linked with Leeds. The vastly experienced former England striker has made just five appearances for Middlesbrough this season following their promotion to the Premier League. The Sunday Express indicated that Leeds are interested in bringing back former players Max Gradel and Fabian Delph as well as Stoke striker Peter Crouch. Leicester City striker Leonardo Ulloa is another striker being linked with a move to Elland Road. Going out of the door at Elland Road, both Ronaldo Vieira and Charlie Taylor are being linked with a move to Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. Vieira is also being linked with a surprise move to German Bundesliga side Red Bull Leipzig whilst Taylor is also being linked with Crystal Palace. Sun Jan 1st Are these players coming to Elland Road in January? Matthew Beedle – Right in the Gary Kellys 2 It’s that time of year again where Leeds are linked with every players’ name under the sun. We feel like it is important to look at the realistic players that Garry Monk could be bring to Elland Road in January. Rob Holding, Arsenal


Arsenal’s Rob Holding – Cental defender

Leeds’ lack of cover at centre back was nearly unravelled last month when Pontus Jansson was suspended and Liam Cooper got injured meaning Luke Ayling had to complete the second half as a centre back against Liverpool. Leeds have been linked with a loan move for Arsenal youngster Rob Holding in the last few weeks. The former Bolton Wanderers centre back has had a lack of first team opportunities at the Emirates following the arrival of Shkodran Mustafi. Holding only joined Arsenal in the summer and made three starts in the league before Arsene Wenger signed Mustafi. Whether the reports are true or not, Holding would be a great back up option to Kyle Bartley and Jansson should the England under-21 international be happy to sit on the bench most weeks. David Nugent, Middlesbrough Another name that keeps cropping up is Middlesbrough striker David Nugent. Leeds fans want him and Nugent is apparently keen on a loan move to Elland Road and it would be a perfect signing.


M’bro’s David Nugent – Striker

The former Leicester, Burnley and Portsmouth has scored vital goals wherever he has played and his experience would be vital for Leeds. Should Leeds sign Nugent on loan then he would link up with former strike partner Chris Wood, who he shared a partnership with as Leicester won promotion to the Premier League. For me this is a signing Leeds must make if they want to push on for promotion and he Nugent would be perfect in the club’s search for promotion Soren Gonther, St. Pauli According to leading German newspaper BILD, Leeds are chasing St. Pauli captain Soren Gonther. Gonther is a defender but at the age of 31 and Leeds already having two centre backs that fit into the squad that he isn’t a player Monk would desire.


St Pauli’s Soren Gunther – Central defender

If Monk is chasing the defender then maybe Monk’s feeling is that he needs an experienced defender to aid his squad through to the end of the season. Again, like Holding, Gonther would find himself on the bench with no one unable to separate the Bartley and Jansson partnership. BILD went all in on David Wagner leaving Huddersfield and that didn’t happen so don’t be surprised if this is another fabricated story. Ashley Fletcher, West Ham United Another player that Leeds have been linked with in the papers in recent weeks as Monk reportedly prepared a £2 million bid for the youngster. Fletcher came through the ranks at Manchester United but failed to make an impression to cement a place in their first team squad. The striker spent most of last season on loan at Barsnley and helped them towards the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and promotion to the Championship. Fletcher’s contract came to an end at the end of last season and numerous clubs were in for the youngster, Leeds included.


West Ham’s Ashley Fletcher – Striker

He eventually joined West Ham where first team opportunities have been limited but he has scored one goal for the Hammers against his former club at Old Trafford. Leeds need goals to help take the pressure off Chris Wood and Fletcher would be another ideal target for Garry Monk. I doubt that West Ham would allow Fletcher to leave on a permanent transfer and therefore would expect him to come to Leeds on loan if he did make the move. It’s another player who knows where the back of the net is and would provide much needed pace to Leeds’ attacking line.


Pontus rapidly becoming a piece of ER folklore

Dec 30th. Pontus would play on one leg for Leeds Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson says he would turn out against Rotherham United next week even if he only had one leg. The on-loan Swedish international looked to be struggling in the first half of the 1-1 draw at Aston Villa on Thursday night after receiving lengthy treatment early in the game. Jansson carried on and he looked to have won all three points for the side after heading them ahead early in the second half. He has endeared himself to the Leeds fans already this season and his latest comments will only galvanise his relationship. Jansson spoke with BBC Radio Leeds reporter Adam Pope after the game and he admitted nothing would stop him playing for Leeds. “I would play against Rotherham even if I only had one leg, nothing will stop me now,” Jansson told BBC Radio Leeds. “I am a little bit tired now, that is normal after a game in the Championship. This type of football kills my body but I like it, I really like playing this type of football.”   Jansson is currently on a season-long loan at Leeds from Italian side Torino and he is set to make his 20th appearance for the club against Rotherham United on Monday, triggering a clause in his loan deal that would open negotiations on a permanent deal being agreed.