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Leeds United: The Radrizzani Revelation

It has come a time now where there is not much a Leeds United fan has not experienced. From winning the top flight to falling to the third tier of English football; a feat that was later coined ‘doing a Leeds’ which would be made reference to if any other club should achieve a similar fall.

Since being out of the top flight it has been corrupted owners to deducted points, homegrown talent being roped in to the Premier League and once the rumours started circulating that insane Italian, Massimo Cellino would leave the club, whilst the most part of the fan base wanted him out no one could help but ponder what on earth could be next. It was known for a long time last season that a business associate of Cellino’s, Andrea Radrizzani would eventually buy a 100% stake in the club but the truth is no one seemed to know an awful lot about the man.21175996_1648400795171595_167756639_n

Once the summer began rumours popped up that Radrizzani wanted to buy back the stadium which was simply reacted with a large yawn and ‘we’ve heard it all before’ from the proud supporters of Leeds United. However lo and behold, just a month into his tenure the news broke that Elland Road had been bought back for a sum in the region of £20,000,000, news that touched every Leeds fan in the country and created a sense of the club being back in the hearts of the city once again.




It did not stop there for Andrea, he interacted well with fans on Twitter, held down the club’s most promising youngsters with longer contracts and made a total of thirteen summer signings which have all had promising starts to the season. When the news broke over a week ago that last season’s top scorer Chris Wood would be leaving the club for Premier League club Burnley, there was not the same feeling of despair amongst the fan base that usually occurs,  it was more of a ‘Radrizzani will pull this off’ kind of feeling and to be fair, Leeds are currently the only unbeaten side in the football league in all competitions scoring a total of sixteen goals and conceding just four.

21208840_1648400718504936_2086354372_nDespite the selling of a big player, this season has seen the flourishing of twenty-one year old midfielder, Kalvin Phillips, forward Kemar Roofe already topping his goal tally from last season and new signings, Samuel Saiz and Ezgjan Alioski swiftly make their marks on the Championship. In terms of a replacement for Wood, Radrizzani certainly is not in the market to be panic buying and does not seem to be interested in overpaying for a domestic based player, due to the nature of the inflated market we have now become apparent with. Club’s are much more interested, rightly or wrongly, in going for foreign based players, which in my opinion it is the inflated market that is wrong, most clubs just cannot afford to compete with it. The man to replace Wood, who is all but confirmed to be a Leeds player on a season-long loan at the moment is Hamburger forward Pierre-Michel Lasogga. He is a former Germany under-21 international and has earned senior call-ups also although later pulling out with injury.

It is still early days but it I can assure it has been an incredible amount of time since there has been this sense of aspiration around Leeds United. Andrea Radrizzani is doing all the right things at this stage and despite appointing a virtually unknown manager in Thomas Christiansen things are really paying off, a man who Andrea says created a presentation of everything that went wrong last season and how he would correct it, during their meeting in Madrid. Whether they are top of the table or 15th in the Championship the fans will be travelling in huge numbers wherever they go and for whatever lies ahead this season those fans will be playing a big part.

Liverpool Agree A Club Record Deal to sign Red Bull Leipzig’s Naby Keita from 1st July 2018

Liverpool Football Club will sign Naby Keita from the runners up of The Bundesliga, RB Leipzig, for a club record fee of £48 million, the release clause in the Guinea internationals contract from next summer. On top of the £48 million, Liverpool will pay an undisclosed premium for getting the deal done early.

Liverpool have already had 2 bids rejected for the midfielder believed to be in the region of £66 million. This is the second time Jurgen Klopp’s side have broken the club record transfer fee after the arrival of Mo Salah from Roma for £36.9 million.

Despite not joining up with the squad this season, Keita is Klopp’s 4th summer addition after Andy Robertson, Dom Solanke and Mo Salah.

RB Leipzig apparently rejected a £75 million bid from Barcelona for Keita as the player was already undergoing a medical ahead of his move to Liverpool.

Naby Keita told Liverpool’s club website:

“I am delighted that an agreement has been reached which will allow me to join Liverpool Football Club next summer, when I will become part of a project that excites me greatly,” he said.

“My commitment to RBL remains absolute for the remainder of my time at the club. I have given my all every time I have worn the shirt – that will be the case until the final whistle, in my final appearance.

“Having my future resolved means I can now focus on helping RBL achieve great things this season. Until I join my new club, next summer, I will remain an interested supporter from a distance.”

The 22 year old scored 8 goals for the German outfit in his 31 appearances last season. He also chipped in with 7 assists for his team mates.

Liverpool fans will be hoping they can still make another few additions before the end of the transfer window. They have had initial bids for Monaco’s Thomas Lemar rejected, however Divock Origi is being used to persuade Monaco to change their ‘not for sale’ stance.

Liverpool are being regarded as serious title contenders this season, however their defensive frailties remain the same. They are still heavily linked with Southampton’s Dutch international Virgil van Dijk, despite ending their interest earlier in the window after The Saints threatened to report the Merseyside club over an alleged illegal approach, forcing the reds to issue a formal apology.

Terrific start to the season for the Red Devils

Manchester United couldn’t have asked for a better start to the Premier League season. Taking maximum points from their first three games, the Red Devils have scored 10 goals and not conceded. Sitting top of the league table, two points clear of rivals Liverpool heading into the international break will have delighted Jose Mourinho and fans alike.

Starting the season at Old Trafford against West Ham, many thought it would have been a tough fixture as the Hammers recruited very well in the summer. It was anything but though, with United taking full control of the game early on they ended up brushing aside their opponents as they ran out 4-0 winners. New singing Romelu Lukaku got his name on the team sheet as he grabbed a brace for United and Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba chipped in with the other two goals to ensure the Red Devils started with maximum points.

Just a week later United made the trip to Swansea, and it was the same outcome as the Red Devils made it back to back 4-0 victories. Despite Swansea showing some resilience in the first half, Eric Bailly broke the deadlock right on the stroke of half time as he bundled home from a corner, before the trio who scored the weekend previously all grabbed a goal a piece to ensure it was maximum points again.

Heading into last weekends game at home to Leicester City most United fans were confident after the successful start to the season. Despite having the majority of chances including a penalty kick which saw Kasper Schmeichel pull off a terrific save from Romelu Lukaku, it took the Red Devils 70 minutes to break the deadlock. With Anthony Martial starting ahead of Marcus Rashford after his early season form, Rashford had to settle for coming off the bench and he took his opportunity as he grabbed the games opening goal as he beat Schmeichel instinctively, before other substitute Maraoune Fellaini grabbed the second United goal to wrap up another three points.

Heading into the International break and sat top of the league, everybody connected with the club will be delighted with the start and will be hoping that the club are in the mix come the end of the season to win the title.

Who’s been the stand out player so far for Manchester United? Will United be challenging for the title come May? Let us know in the comments section below…

Is Jonny Evans a good fit for Pep Guardiola?

In what I’m sure for some fans is one of the most bizarre transfer rumours of the summer, former Manchester United centre back Jonny Evans is being linked with a 30 million pound move to Manchester City from West Brom.

This may be seen as a strange move from Pep Guardiola who must be desperate to add some silverware this season.

The centre back who is now 29 years of age has been a defensive rock for West Brom over the years and does count towards the home grown player quota having come through Manchester United’s academy, which will appeal towards Guardiola as maybe he can afford to lose Raheem Sterling in a swap deal as he chases Arsenals Alexis Sanchez?

Last season it could be seen that defensively City just weren’t at it with the loss of club captain Vincent Kompany for the majority of the season it was down to Otamendi and young 50 million pound centre back John Stones to protect the fragile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. So if something were to happen to Vincent Kompany again this season City would then at least have four centre backs to rely on should they sign Evans and Mangala stays at the club.

No room for youth?

With the impending arrival of a 29 year old centre back for 30 million pounds the question has to be asked why City need to pay all that money to hire a back up defender when young ball playing prodigy Tosin Adarabioyo is waiting for his chance to break into the first team squad. Having impressed during his pre season spells with the club and also during his Champions League debut against Celtic at the Etihad Stadium he must be wondering where his future lies with the Citizens when it seems Guardiola doesn’t trust him to play a part in the teams defence this season.

What will Evans bring to Manchester City?

Jonny Evans does have experience in playing for a top club as he has made 198 appearances for City’s neighbours Manchester United winning 3 Premier League titles in the process. Evans could become a utility player for Guardiola similar to the roll played by new signing Danilo although it amazes me that Danilo will cost less than Evans having won two Champions Leagues in a row for Real Madrid. It has to be said that at West Brom Evans has made a name for himself as a very reliable no thrills defender who can do a job with and without the ball. So should Man City sign the West Brom man they will no doubt be short of central defenders who can play with the ball.  The Northern Irish defender will not be short of offers though with the likes of Arsenal and Leicester City interested in him.

Should Evans choose Man City over these clubs he will no doubt be receiving a hefty wage increase with the guarantee of challenging for trophies under one of the best managers in world football which may be too good to turn down.


For me I would’ve liked to have seen youth given a chance but if City win a Champions League and Evans has played his part should he sign i doubt anyone will be complaining about it.

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