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…)
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.
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…)
Turkish side Besiktas are reportedly interested in Leeds United man Chris Wood.
The Whites striker has caught the eye of CoachSenolGunes. Daily Express claims the manager sent scouts to watch the player in action and report back before they can proceed with the deal.
Gunes wants Wood to serve as the replacement for Vincent Aboubakar. The 27-year old is valued £20 million by United so the Turkish side would need to break the bank to land him.
In other transfer news, Derby County want Foxes player Tom Lawrence. They submitted a bid of £7 million but Leicester City value the midfielder more than that. The player in question was on loan to Ipswich Town last season where he scored 11 times and won the club’s Player of the Year award. (more…)
Garry Monk is doing something that has not been accomplished in a significantly long period of time as the English manager is pushing Leicester City to the top 5 spots of the English League Championship.
This is a huge improvement for Leicester City as they finished the previous season of 2015-2016 in the 13th position but with the arrival of Garry Monk and his appointment as the new head coach of Leicester City, has seen the club being consistently positioned in the top spots of the 2nd tier of English football.
Monk took over Leicester City on June 2 of 2016 as he replaced Steve Evans and even though it has not even been 1 year since he has arrived to Elland Road, fans of the club have already taken a liking to the English manager and want to see Garry Monk stay in charge of the club for an extended period of time than what his contract has stated.
The current contract of Garry Monk expires in the summer and for the past few weeks, discussions and rumors have been going on involving what is going to happen with Monk when his contract with Leicester City reaches it’s end and if he is interested in staying beyond what his original deal established. (more…)
Aston Villa captain Micah Richards is set to remain with his club despite numerous links away from the club, reports say.
The defender was believed would exit the side during the window but would now remain beyond the winter window.
Steve Bruce still has him in his plans and he featured the player during the 2-2 draw with Preston North End on Matchday 18. Premier League side West Ham were willing to snap up the veteran. Hull City and Sunderland were also linked to the star last summer but the player decided to remain.
He struggled to get action time during former boss Roberto Di Matteo but seems to have hope with Bruce in charge, possibly why he decided to remain at the club.
Richards still has two years and half on his current deal and it seems the 28-year old hopes for a renewal with time. He only just recovered from a knee injury and would hope Bruce selects him for forthcoming games. (more…)