Leeds are rumoured to be making some high profile signings in the transfer window as they look to learn the harsh lessons that last year taught them. Some of the names linked are several steps up from previous seasons and are the types of players that the Leeds fans can firmly get behind. Top name linked is previous loaner Kyle Bartley, with the Swansea man seemingly keen to return. Next is Hull striker Abel Hernandez, out of contract shortly, a signing that would be a major coup for the Whites. Man City’s highly rated goal keeper Angus Gunn is also on tha radar for a loan move, whilst Liverpool’s Harry Wilson is also a loan target. The list doesn’t end there-highly rated Hibs midfielder John McGinn is a top quality player who is another on the radar and Crusaders winger Gavin Whyte has also received a lot of interest. Definitely going to be a busy few weeks..
Despite the season been over for quite w long time in terms of league places, there is still very much to play for for the current squad. Places for next season are on the line and boss Paul Heckingbottom will still be looking at one or two players to see if they are in next seasons plans. With a squad overhaul needed next season (not as easy as it could have been with long contracts given), several of the current squad may not be seen in the Leeds shirt again.
Fringe players have had chances to impress, but several have failed the audition, whereas youngster Peacock-Farrel, oO’Conner and Pearce have grasped the opportunity given to them with both hands. There is every chance that we may see one or two more u23s in the next couple of games..
Leeds’ 2-1 victory over Barnsley at the weekend lifted an little bit of the pressure on boss Paul Heckingbottom. Facing his former club, Hecky has had a torrid start to his Leeds career, picking up a handful of points and failing to stop the rot that saw Thomas Christiansen lose his job.
To be fair, the manager has been hit by a shocking amount of injuries, primarily to his back line, however, it may be that it’s actually a stroke of good luck as the youngsters brought in are picking up all the plaudits. Young left back Tom Pearce op bed the scoring, showing some of the attacking prowess that has been so successful for the u23’s. Pearce, signed from Everton and wanted by Liverpool had another strong outing, as did keeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell, with on stunning save just before the break.
Leeds won it when Alioski forced the ball home after some stunning play from Kemar Roofe.
Leeds held on in a nervy last 10 minutes as Heckingbottom will have breathed a huge sigh of relief. Still no guarantees he’ll be here next season-in fact, there’s a very good chance he won’t, but for now he can take satisfaction in the win with just 2 games to go.
Leeds face Barnsley on Saturday as the pressure continues to mount on under fire boss Paul Heckingbottom. Several website and twitter polls are suggesting the majority of fans want a managerial change, and the last thing he needs is the visit of former club Barnsley. The Tykes will be desperate to put one over on their former boss who quit in February to take over at Leeds. With Barnsley fighting for their Championship lives, and Leeds in the middle of an awful run of form and injuries, a defeat will massively crank up th pressure and maybe leave chairman Radrizzani with a decision to make..
leeds are down to the bare bones for tomorrow’s trip to in form Aston Villa. The first 7 choice defenders all look to be out-Ayling, Jansen, De Bock, Cooper, Shaunassy and Pennington are all injured with Beradi suspended. It’s likely to leave the back four of Dallas (a winger), Daiz (0 starts), O Connor (2 starts) and possibly Anita (a midfielder) as the back 4!! Add to that the absence of the impressive Forshaw and Roberts (yet to start since January transfer), a young goalkeeper with a handful of appearances, and you can see why even the most optimistic Leeds fan isn’t expecting much from the game!! Samu Saiz should come back into the line up after resting his hamstring on Tuesday night, but there’s not a great deal that Heckingbottom can do in regards to personal-expect to see a few more u23s on the bench!!