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Leeds United keen on signing Patrick Erras
Leeds United are looking forward to signing Nurnberg midfielder Patrick Erras. They have been keen on signing him but the deal comes with the condition of whether Leeds will be promoted in this season or not. Leeds had discussions with the player and is been proceeding with the process.
Erras was the main interest of Newcastle United in the last transfer window and his current contract with Nurnberg will come to an end at this year. With the contract ready to end, many of the English clubs have shown interest to him. Brentford, Blackburn Rovers, and Bristol City have shown interest on the player and has discussions with him.
Patrick spent his youth career in SV Raigering from the age of five and he stayed there until 2007. Later on, he was transferred to Nurnberg FC where he is currently playing. Erras made his debut on the first team on 2015 for a match against Greuther Furth. He in this season for Nurnberg has appeared in 18 matches and have scored twice for the club.
Leeds will be determining the targets based on whether they will secure promotion to the Premier League or not. With the advent of coronavirus, the club has suffered many financial constraints and the clubs will be looking forward to signing free transfer as they are more financially safe ones.
Leeds have suffered from the suspension of football activity due to COVID 19 pandemic. They were planning to return to Premier League after 16 years of waiting. But after the suspension, they have had major drawbacks. They are very much desperate for the promotion and they are the currently leading team of Championship table.
Leeds are one point ahead of West Brom and seven points ahead of third positioned Fulham. Their first match after the suspension of football activity is against Cardiff City on June 21.
Bent fancies Bamford to Stay with Leeds
Football Insider pundit Darren Bent has backed Patrick Bamford to remain with Leeds United for the next five years at the least, having cemented his spot as the first-choice striker under Marcelo Bielsa. The former Chelsea graduate has netted only 13 goals from 36 outings this term but he has been a regular up front under Bielsa, who has been impressed with his tireless workrate.
As a result, Arsenal loanee Eddie Nketiah was barely able to make the starting XI during the first half of the season and he was eventually recalled by the north London giants. Jean-Kevin Augustin arrived on loan from AS Monaco in January to compete for the centre-forward position but he has suffered the same fate and has managed less than an hour’s action in the league. (more…)
Bielsa wants Nketiah to Stay
Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has talked up the possibility of keeping Eddie Nketiah at the club beyond the current campaign. The England youth international made the season-long loan move from Arsenal during the summer transfer window and he has since made an impact with five goals in all competitions.
In the Championship, he has largely played second fiddle to Patrick Bamford for the centre-forward role but he was handed with a maiden league start earlier in the month before he picked up a stomach bug. Nketiah is due to make his comeback this weekend and Bielsa believes the striker could be better served staying with the club on loan next term. (more…)
Bielsa talked about the difficulties in QPR game
Leeds United might have been able to register a victory over QPR in their most recent Championship fixture, but their head coach Marcelo Biesla had no hesitation in accepting the fact that it was not a clinical performance by his team by any stretch of imagination and that they were not the dominant out of the two sides in the games despite them emerging the victorious.
According to Biesla, there were phases when his boys played well and the proceeding were under their control, but then there were phases where the opponents bounced back hard and particularly in the dying stages of the game, they shifted the pressure back massively. The leveller was not too far away from their reach, but Leeds somehow weathered the storm and remained in advantage of one goal when the final whistle blew.
Leeds are on course to finish the year at the top of the table, and pushing for a spot back in the Premier League – one of our top tips for this weekends football is to back them to beat Bolton on Saturday, which will see them hit the top spot, because rivals Norwich City don’t play until Sunday.
Biesla also stressed that there was a lot of physicality involved in the game and it was a factor which defined the day’s play. The kind of build most of the opposition players carried, especially those in the defensive line, it was really difficult to handle them. And because of the presence that they had, they were threatening a goal all the time. From Leeds’ point of view, they never had the advantage of more than one goal. So they were not quite in a comfortable frame of mind. They were constantly under pressure.
“We had too many tall players in front of our box, so we had to solve this problem and as we were only winning by one goal the result was at stake.” Biesla was quoted saying by LeedsLive.
Leeds is at no. 2 in the Championship standings at the moment with 42 points in 21 games. They have won 12 games and have drawn 6.
Leeds United can turn things around
Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips said that Leeds United has enough quality to end their poor run and that he is sure that they will turn things around. Indeed the Championship is in a poor run of form that has seen him only win one game out of five.
Leeds United made a strong start to the campaign and there were talks that the team can finally mount a serious push for promotion to the Premier League but things have changed for the worse in recent weeks. Their last result was against a weakend Brentford side on Saturday where they were held to a 1-1 draw. (more…)
Can Leeds Keep This Up?
After losing star striker Chris Wood just a couple of games into the season it seemed as though it could be the start of another tough campaign in the Championship for Leeds. But two months later they are top of the table – having only recently suffered their first defeat – and confidence is high at Elland Road.
It is obviously very early in the season to make bold predictions but can Leeds keep up this good form and make a play for promotion this season? And are they missing Chris Wood at all? (more…)