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06 Nov 2019 13:21:38
On the possible sale of the club to QSI, bearing in mind to take most of these stories with a pinch of salt. Saying that the story is not going away and at the end of the most recent article from L@Equipe the most telling line for me was.

"L'Equipe reached out to Radrizzani for an update, but they were told the Italian would not be able to comment on the ongoing discussions. "

If this is the case and while a sale might never happen, stating that Radrizzani would not be able to comment makes me think negotiations are currently taking place and he is bound by a confidentiality agreement, which is normal in these circumstances.

Leeds1970

1.) 08 Nov 2019 13:33:40
Or he is just busy doing other things and a Journo wants to make a story out of nothing.


 

 

06 Nov 2019 12:10:36
On the ongoing negotiations, the entourage added: "There are real discussions, but it's a slow-moving file. But it can go faster tomorrow. "
L'Equipe are of the belief Leeds are estimated to cost QSI around €60-80m and responding to it, QSI source stated: "That's not wrong. "

If the deal to take over Leeds materialises, it will give QSI a potential future headache as UEFA rules don't allow two clubs involved in a European competition to be owned by a single entity.

"The right people will ask themselves the right questions to know how to do it, but we are very far from it, " the entourage said.

Meanwhile, L'Equipe reached out to Radrizzani for an update, but they were told the Italian would not be able to comment on the ongoing discussions.

Leeds1970

1.) 07 Nov 2019 20:48:36
I imagine that if QSI are looking to purchase Leeds United Football Club for approx £75m then they must be taking on all the incumbent debt too. By which I mean the remaining payments on all the recent outgoing transfer fees etc.
To my mind the low-ish transfer fees that have come in (Viera, Taylor etc) , in recent times, seem to hint at most of the money has been paid up front and there will be little if any further payments coming in. Nothing for QSI to offset against those that need paying in the future.

Also, at that price, i hope they are buying Elland Road, which isn't actually owned by LUFC.

Otherwise that is a lot of money for a EFL team that only manages to break even despite the largest share of TV revenue and a global fanbase.


2.) 08 Nov 2019 13:35:12
I doubt we got transfer fees up front. Didn’t usually work that way these days.


 

 

02 Aug 2019 20:35:52
All I can think is Rads appears to be doing a Bates at the moment. This is not good.
Starting to rapidly lose faith in Rads.

Leeds1970

1.) 02 Aug 2019 22:13:55
Leeds player sales: 9m Clarke, 3.5m BPF, Pontus 5.5m, 7m Roofe, Saiz 2.5m. Plus a few million for Wilkes, Halme etc. We've got a bjt of a war chest!

Call me an optimist, though if we end the transfer window by signing Gayle 12m, Kent 10m and a CB then that would be a great window and we'd be stronger than last season.


2.) 02 Aug 2019 22:14:47
thats ok 70, i started that process about 18 months ago 😂😂, Eventually everyone will see he ain't the answer .


3.) 03 Aug 2019 01:51:44
So who would you be happy with Chris? Prob no one is the real answer.


4.) 03 Aug 2019 08:18:36
Gayle.


5.) 03 Aug 2019 09:44:04
I would be very happy if we could break this run of chairmen we have had now for over a decade and a half . The definition of madness is repeating same process repetitively and expecting a DIFFERENT outcome . Seriously do you feel radz is any diff to GFH or Mass? . Is been 15 year now since we crashed are you not feeling we deserve better? . That's almost 2 generation of kids who haven't seen a Premiership home game that for me is real bad .


6.) 03 Aug 2019 10:10:51
Chris Insinuating that Radz is possibly like GFH is beyond ridiculousness and outrageous. Radz is the best Chairman we've had since Leslie Silver.


7.) 03 Aug 2019 10:41:32
best of a bad lot, we are where we are and that ain't changing, Good will at beginning of season amounts to nothing come end of it . When here we are again stuck in Limbo, obviously you must be happy with the current status quo, but myself and a good few others on here would hope for better from the man who controls the money.


8.) 03 Aug 2019 10:57:11
Chris

Great rant. Totally followed your logic. And every poster on here deserves to be read at least

However. I am with George. Your fixation on the chairman is mildly uncomfortable and as he hasn't been with the club all those 15 years you speak of I can't see how he is to blame for the lack of premiership football

Last pre-season he was chastised for bringing in a foreign coach who "knows nothing of how to get out of the Championship". Can I remind you that we have had our best finish in those 15 years you mentioned.

Also last pre-season he was howled at as he sold our best young midfielder to a foreign giant and kept Klich. Now we have the best midfield in the division with every member of it worth more than Viera.


9.) 03 Aug 2019 11:16:42
axe_on_tour Are you seriously trying to tell us that there is some logic in selling your best central defender, seemingly our best forward Roofe (both unlikely to be replaced) for fairly poor money in the case of Pontus having a similarly small squad then last season and expecting better results.


10.) 03 Aug 2019 16:54:19
Chris x2, Not sure what you are talking about. I am with George and Axe, Radz is bar far the best Chairman we have had in years. Yes I would like a chairman to bring in Neymar and Bale, but it ain’t going to happen, but last year was the best year we have had in terms of performances and results for a long time, and that starts at the top.
Selling Pontus had to happen if he was a bad apple, no matter how good, club comes first! If we land Gayle, Kent and perhaps another CB, will Radz then become a legend?
Cockerney, I would say, if Roofe goes and Gayle comes in, that’s a result!


11.) 03 Aug 2019 18:04:50
cheers axe and great to read your post also pal in which your points are clearly made, on radz, my. fixation on him is two fold, firstly as we all know on here he's the boss, so as we all know how it works ultimately its the boss who controls the cash . Radz is the man who could have changed all this last January axe, had he just released the cash to buy some additions to squad chances are we wouldn't be talking about the championship season now.
Leeds were i think the first team that were top xmas day that didn't go up in 12 seasons i think .

We had the. top scorer in the championship in our hands (Vydra ) and we let him go to buy Bamford . The mind boggles .
Secondly indeed Radz has not been here throughout all our rubbish last 15 but that fact don't change, the fact we have been here and really a lot of us feel like its time enough to move on, and as i said that only happens, by buying players like Vydra and not Jay Roy + Caleb (no disrespect ) but their not good enough as we have seen time + again.

Anyways i on the del boys here in spain currently and am looking forward to game tomorrow
After all fundamentally we all want same thing LUFC back in big time, cheers pal.


12.) 03 Aug 2019 20:41:36
With GEORGE on this one Radz probably the best we have had for a long time, but does not mean he much good. Bubs is the one doing the business Cellino for all his faults would have put his money in last Jan and gone for it.


13.) 03 Aug 2019 22:55:44
Cockney he wasn’t our best defender as stats prove, look at his behaviour today? I have a 5 yr old who acts better than janson.


14.) 04 Aug 2019 09:00:05
Cockney

I agree that Pontus was our best defender last year. Being the tallest, with the most weight, and actually quite fast, he played well for us. However I think Cooper wasnt far behind. And I thought I watched centre backs from other less prominent teams play equally as well as Pontus.
I wished we had received more money for him, but life is what it is

As for Roofe, I have always admired his football. He works hard. He thinks about the game. He is versatile. But.

I sincerely believe that any Championship level striker would have scored the same number of goals from the number of chances Leeds created last year. In a nutshell, he can be replaced, and £7m is a good amount for a Championship level player in his final year.


15.) 04 Aug 2019 09:02:58
Chris Chris

I also would have liked to have seen Vydra at Leeds, but it wasnt to be

I think Leeds are hoping to spend less, on a few players, and find a Vydra in the making

That's were we sit in the financial status.


16.) 05 Aug 2019 03:48:28
Re: Vydra.

It was Bielsa who pulled pin. Vydra was in Leeds and Radz was reading to 'splash the cash' but when asked in an interview about his football Vydra said staying in the Championship was 'ok', but he believed he should be playing for a Premier League team. Bielsa decided he wasn't commited enough so pulled pin.


17.) 05 Aug 2019 03:54:16
Also. Radz may not be the richest (personally I think he's done a good job) but he did buy Elland Road back, has brought in El Loco and has invested in Youth. way better than anyone in recent years. ALAW MOT.


18.) 05 Aug 2019 10:15:27
Correct he did buy E. R back but LUFC still don't own it, Radz does privately albeit some holding company prob based in a attic on the Cayman Islands.


 

 

24 Jul 2019 08:05:46
Ed2. The debate is about the money we are not spending and whether the squad is good enough at present. Spending £5m to £10m on 4 or 5 players who have room to develop further, young Gradel, Bechio or Snodgrass types, who will strengthen the squad, would give us a better chance at promotion, would not just be spending money to placate fans. Those 3 players would have gotten us promoted last season . This would not be gung-ho spending either in would be sensible investment in players.

Leeds1970

1.) 24 Jul 2019 10:29:34
That’s not unreasonable 70. Tho I think for those players now, you’d be looking at £30 million, so far toward madness that the market has gone. I believe this is where the idea of investing in youth has come from, so that we create those players.


2.) 24 Jul 2019 12:15:34
Yes BRIGHT create then give away, Halme, Diaz, Wilks, Rey, Nicell and who goes next year Edmo, Bogus, Stevens?


3.) 24 Jul 2019 13:03:36
Apologies to Word-count Aus in advance.

Some on here seem pretty convinced that we will not be buying any more new players this window, and I think someone referred to twitter comments from Phil Hay to back this up. Not sure I've seen the original comments but reports suggest he merely advised we would not be buying anyone at CB, CF or in midfield.

Granted most on here (including me) are keen to see CB addition, but I've seen him rule out any additions to the squad. We know Bielsa took in the Bradford v Liverpool game and that we trialed Max Johnstone in goal v Tad, and that BPF has not got any recent pre-season minutes.

This suggests we may be on the lookout for a no2 goalkeeper and it would seem Bielsa was scouting at Bradford (presumed to be for another advanced wide player) . So we would seem to be in the market, possibly for other positions too.

It could be that Bielsa is thinking that Costa or another winger would be able to play as a Roofe-style striker or perhaps that three wingers could interchange positions throughout a match - causing mayhem to any defence set up to contain our attacking threat - which could explain the supposed interest in another winger. I guess he probably feels Bambam and Edmondson can fill the target-man role when required.

Not saying I'm necessarily happy or if that proves to be the case. Just that we may not be done in the transfer market just yet.


4.) 24 Jul 2019 13:59:15
Love the positive spin, really interesting way to look at the situation.


5.) 24 Jul 2019 16:20:53
As all were ready to move up BIGE, I can only guess a certain MB didn’t think they were going to cut the mustard? And maybe taking up match places of others that he rates as having greater potential? Doubt we gave them away either, all will have commanded a fee. Of course, I’m only speculating here, as no one knows for sure who has been making the calls on these lads.
Of those who have or are going, Nicell is the biggest surprise to me.


 

 

01 Jul 2019 19:39:10
Caceido and Costa, if added to the five from last season, Roofe, Bamford, Roberts, Harrison and Pablo, would give us 7 players to cover our attacking options. Think we would need one more in, after that the pathway for younger players would become too blocked up . As Saiz is still one of our players, I would have him back, especially if we could get back firing to his best. He was the best player in this league for a time. We would have Alioski and Dallas who could cover as well . Plus some of the U23's should be getting very close to competing for game time, there is about six of them who are knocking on the door, on paper the squad is starting to shape up.

Leeds1970

1.) 01 Jul 2019 20:39:24
1970 Saiz is part of our past. He deserted us in our time of need. He must not be allowed to play for our club again. Haven't even mentioned his other problems. Tyler the Creator shall fill his void.


2.) 01 Jul 2019 21:55:31
I so agree with George, from the outside it’s impossible to get the full story about how a player does or doesn’t fit in, but my bet is that Saiz doesn’t and Bielsa will not want him back. However good his football could be, he had to be inThe right frame of mind to produce it and often wasn’t . The spitting and ban came at a crucial time of the year for the club. The personal reasons took him back to Spain at another crucial time for the club. He goes to a club pushing for the 4th champions league spot in Spain, they don’t do it and his contribution is minimal in an opportunity and place that was absolutely perfect for him! If he is going to find a happy place for him to play, it’s not going to be in Leeds and to be honest I’m not sure where it will be if he couldn’t make it work in Madrid where he wants to be! I think he could have been a really superb football player but just don’t think the desire, determination or professionalism is there.


3.) 01 Jul 2019 23:34:19
Well said George. However if he were to come back he will need the full support of all Leeds fans. Can’t see it though!


4.) 02 Jul 2019 08:21:19
He needs to get the desire back or he is finished which would be a shame. Not sure who will want him at the moment. He could get his head down and play his best for us next season to try and secure a move to Spain or he could just end up in minor leagues. Would be a plus for us if he came back with determination and i would be happy with that. Then again if Bub feels he no longer has that passion would be happy to see him walk out the door.


5.) 02 Jul 2019 19:12:42
Saiz was relatively old when we brought him in, if he was "all that" he wouldn't have been in the Spanish second division, he did well initially but always seemed to be petty and precious, as if we'd bought a mini Messi 🙄🙄🙄.


6.) 03 Jul 2019 06:46:42
Spot on Al, not sure “ team before self” was properly explained to him inn Spanish!


 

 

 

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04 Nov 2019 08:57:52
Quick question, are we all in agreement that our formation is 3331.
As that is what I believe it to be.
Going on then to discuss, it could be called a fluid 3331, as the formation allows us to defend with six players and attack with six players.
It appears in the way that it operates to give you an extra player on the pitch.

Leeds1970

1.) 04 Nov 2019 10:58:41
Agree its 3-3-3-1. Has worked well for us defensively but i think we need to be more direct when turning defense into attack, which we were against QPR. No need to take 30 passes to get into their box when you can do it in 5. Think Roberts will make the difference there and KP if he can get forward more. Think Pablo and Roberts will be a good pairing. Still think more use should be made of fringe players as it is a long hard season and winter pitches will take their toll on players. We have a good bench just think we need to make more use of it.


2.) 04 Nov 2019 13:39:33
Exactly what I said to George, he was saying about 2 up top, our formation allows us to get more players forward and back.
Its the speed we get the ball and players up top that is more important.
Along with running at defences and getting in behind, chances for Bamford coming on to the ball this way might give better results.


3.) 04 Nov 2019 19:29:45
1970 Not just speed but positioning. All I know is Tyler the Creator and him a bit further up the pitch is going to help a lot. I simply want more directness in our home play.


 

 

03 Nov 2019 12:07:02
After we played QPR last season, it was a bit of a turning point, so very good to put that one away yesterday.
We have all said lots on the Bamford subject, one scenario not being mentioned is, when he fell foul of the authorities last season, he became the target of some very poor decisions against him from the officials.
This has been a contributing factor to his form, confidence has suffered and as a result his goalscoring.
His work rate and contribution is very good.
Chelsea thought he had the potential be a top, top striker.
Our system does not suit him as much as it could in that the team are creating half chances.
If you watch the highlight programmes all the other teams are missing chances.
If he can get his confidence back and the team start creating better chances, he could come good.

Leeds1970

1.) 03 Nov 2019 12:24:13
I disagree with the quality of chances 1970. The chance in the first half was guilt edged and a shot should have been taken earlier.


2.) 03 Nov 2019 13:36:47
100% he is generally treated poorly by referees. Same as Alioski, who has dived so much he doesn't get decisions when he is fouled.
Unfair on Bam as he doesn't dive much at all.


3.) 03 Nov 2019 13:59:34
Notts I'm not saying he hasn't missed good chances, but that all clubs miss them. We are not creating enough clear cut chances based on possession and too many of our chances are only half chances.
Combined with the other factors mentioned, this has had an effect on his goalscoring.
To me his game seems to be a half a second out of sync with some of the other players. That cohesion appears to be missing. Very similar to Wood.


4.) 03 Nov 2019 14:30:50
We have a poor conversation rate, I believe that before yesterday we had had a period of over 100 shots but only two goals. The pressure on Bamford to score has increased due to others not contributing and supporters believing that due to his price tag he should take that responsibility. Bielsa's expectation of what Bamford should be doing actually doesn't help him to score goals as he is ploughing a lonely furrow up front but is personally desperate to score goals. My feeling is that he needs to be a bit more efficient in his running so that when the opportunity presents it's self he has the energy and acceleration to get on the end of chances and start to be a tad more selfish whilst concentrating on hitting the target. Goals will then come.


5.) 03 Nov 2019 14:52:04
Agree, very like Aldridge for Ireland . 1 goal in first 28 internationals or something along those lines.


6.) 03 Nov 2019 15:07:49
Radz should be looking at hull city's Bowen as a January purchase. Bowen been a consistent scorer in the championship and with him in our ranks would I believe he a better option than bamford.


7.) 03 Nov 2019 15:24:22
I still believe Paddy will score 15 plus this season if he stays fit. And obviously stays in the first eleven!


8.) 03 Nov 2019 17:03:46
Bowen is not a centre forward, so I don't think a like for like purchase would be in the offing there

He is a wide player, and as such I am with you on the idea of a purchase, but in that position.

I do think we should be looking at a better quality centre forward, so that our dominance in this division is underlined, but also because Bamford should be a bench option should we gain promotion.
Our problem is to attract a top quality CFO whilst in the Championship.


9.) 03 Nov 2019 17:19:29
Way he is used does not help but he has chances which other strikers would bury. He may not have many clear cut chances but who does. the ones he gets he needs to score if they are at such a premium. Yes he puts a shift in but he has to score as well, think he will be lucky to get 12 this season, if that. Think its become a mental thing with him as well now which will only make it harder for him. At least midfield took some weight off his shoulders this weekend.


10.) 03 Nov 2019 19:08:27
I believe or maybe it’s a hope but he can score 15 plus this season. All it takes is a goal off his arse or shin as it’s a confidence thing and the goals will follow. The lad showed last season and early this campaign he can score although I realize he’s probably not a one in two scorer but hopefully he can be a one in three.


11.) 03 Nov 2019 19:10:19
When I say last season I realize he was injured a lot but he did score some excellent and important goals.


12.) 03 Nov 2019 19:26:39
Chelsea sold him though when they realised he would not make it high enough.


13.) 03 Nov 2019 20:48:30
Bowen was valued at £20m in the summer. Not going to happen in Jan for us, I don’t think.


 

 

01 Nov 2019 13:43:41
Been on this site for a number of years, came over from the Teamtalk site, when it went pony.
Nobody should have to quit posting because they end up getting too much stick
Bermo ended up in a situation where he was answering every post.
Instead of ignoring the thread and not posting for a few days to let the discussion move on, his point of view became the discussion.
Hopefully he is reading the posts and will come back, even if he changes his username.
After all we all have one thing in common and that is a successful Leeds Utd.
Maybe one of the Ed's could pm him and suggest it as I don't anybody wanted the banter to result in him leaving.
Hopefully like an actor resting between jobs he is resting between posts.

Leeds1970

1.) 01 Nov 2019 15:30:51
Never was offended by his opinions, largely his comments were good banter, even if he is completely wrong about Phillips and Biesla, in my opinion, but of course he is entitled to his also. I think in his own words he did say, if you don’t like my comments then you should grow a spine. Probably should apply that to himself.
I think his repetitiveness was becoming irritating to some. We all have differing opinions, make it and move onto the next I say.
Looking forward to the game this weekend, hopefully welcoming back Shacks and Cooper. ⚽️⚽️ nil.


2.) 01 Nov 2019 17:24:32
Nor was I offended by anything he said. Never said anything abusive either, if I recall. You’re right, he should’ve just ignored some posts, then he wouldn’t have become so repetitive. Wouldn’t, and won’t have a problem with the bloke if / when he comes back. ALAW?!


3.) 01 Nov 2019 23:25:38
BW is a big lad and feels he needs time away but like all good actors sure he"ll be back. In fact once he gets the KP tatt he will be telling us how much it hurt.


 

 

31 Oct 2019 16:32:43
Come on you Whites!

Leeds1970

1.) 31 Oct 2019 19:02:13
Yes Leeds 1970 . forever.


2.) 01 Nov 2019 07:28:37
Super, super Leeds.


 

 

30 Oct 2019 13:41:18
Bermo, Villa changed to Smith because they could see the manager he replaced was under achieving with the squad he had.
We on the other hand might well be over achieving with the squad Bielsa inherited, it is his coaching that has turned a mid table side into a top six side, while the club sold some good players.
As long as we are not going backwards and continue to improve there is no need to press a panic button.
Like all of us on here can see both our strengths and weaknesses, I am sure the management can see the same.
As George says maybe a little more attacking formation at home should be considered.
A few tweeks to the squad with a Wood, Saiz, Viera and Bamba types brought in would give us more options and strengthen the squad imho.

Leeds1970

1.) 30 Oct 2019 15:24:37
all a matter of opinon

i think we should of gone up this year, i think we must go up this year

i think since his enitial boost Mb has been underachiving. I think he has not done well since last christmas, i think he is taking us backwards, i think he is making the same mistakes and i don't think he will ever get us up, so i would like to get rid

yes we could do worse, but we could also do a hell of a lot better.


2.) 30 Oct 2019 15:24:57
If you want to keep MB you all have to buy into his way no changing the team around or dropping players, he picks the team and players and plays his way, that the end of it, so no more this and that you get what you asked for,


3.) 31 Oct 2019 10:55:50
BW have you seen the league tables in the last 10 years? Explain how MB has taken Leeds backwards? WE was in a very good position to go up last year, why must we go up this year, what gives Leeds the devine right? Has Kopp taken Liverpool backwards, your MB argument applies to him as well doesn't it? Top last year lost league top again now, according to your logic he'll lose it again! Or should we sack MB now as we're getting too close, that would never do for you and your mates! Be they from Bermondsey or the other side of Yorkshire?


4.) 31 Oct 2019 19:00:27
Great post Raggity.


 

 

 

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07 Nov 2019 13:13:44
Chris have you a decent source for this, rather than just journos rehashing headlines from other sites.

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30 Jun 2019 11:49:25
Think JC's advisers were trying to play one off against the other to get as much out of any deal as possible. Don't know if Clarke actually wanted to go, so they had to start a blame game to sell the move to JC, running Leeds down to sell the idea of the move to a reluctant JC might be one way of looking at it. Who knows? One thing that must be remembered is no one is bigger than the Club.

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29 Jun 2019 17:14:18
George, for the benefit of dating of contracts the 1st of July maybe important as a date, it might have a bearing on financial fair play years. The season/ year running from 1st July 19 to 30th June 20.

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02 Jan 2019 18:33:59
Think MB said he was happy with the players, because he did not want to undermine the current players confidence by saying some of them might be replaced . You offer any manager the option of better players and they will want them, it goes without saying. You just don't want to undermine the good players you want to keep.

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10 Nov 2019 14:35:32
That thought crossed my mind.

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Think someone has hacked in on Bermo's account!

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04 Nov 2019 13:39:33
Exactly what I said to George, he was saying about 2 up top, our formation allows us to get more players forward and back.
Its the speed we get the ball and players up top that is more important.
Along with running at defences and getting in behind, chances for Bamford coming on to the ball this way might give better results.

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03 Nov 2019 14:52:04
Agree, very like Aldridge for Ireland . 1 goal in first 28 internationals or something along those lines.

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03 Nov 2019 13:59:34
Notts I'm not saying he hasn't missed good chances, but that all clubs miss them. We are not creating enough clear cut chances based on possession and too many of our chances are only half chances.
Combined with the other factors mentioned, this has had an effect on his goalscoring.
To me his game seems to be a half a second out of sync with some of the other players. That cohesion appears to be missing. Very similar to Wood.

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