Leeds United picked up a rare 2018 win in the Championship yesterday, defeating relegation-threatened Barnsley 2-1 at Elland Road. A first senior goal from Tom Pearce gave Leeds the lead before youngster Paudie O’Connor put the ball in his own net to level the scores. But Ezgjan Alioski finished from close range after Kemar Roofe’s excellent run to give Leeds the win they deserved against the Tykes.
For Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom it was obviously a very important game. Barnsley, of course, was his last club and so defeat would have made him look a fool for jumping ship to West Yorkshire.
His Barnsley past has also seen him linked with plenty of the players in red, so Leeds fans got a chance to see them in action.
Oli McBurnie and Tom Bradshaw have both been linked with moves to Elland Road recently, as has defender Andy Yiadom.
The Ghanaian full-back is out of contract in the summer and, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post last month, Leeds are set to offer him a deal at Elland Road.
The versatile 26-year-old, who can play as a full-back or winger on either side of the pitch, looks to be a good recruit for Leeds on paper.
Leeds have had issues at the back this season, with injuries, suspensions and poor form all impacting the likes of Gaetano Berardi, Laurens De Bock, Vurnon Anita and Luke Ayling.
After excelling in the lower leagues with Barnet he has become a staple of the Barnsley defence. Such consistent form saw him pick up his first caps for the Ghanaian national team.
But based on his performance yesterday, fans were not overly impressed with the idea of him becoming a Leeds player.
In the second-half he struggled to deal with Leeds attacker Roofe, who had one of his best games in a Leeds shirt for some time. It was his mistake that allowed Roofe to power into the box and lay on Leeds’ winning goal for Macedonian attacker Alioski.
Yiadom did not have a particularly poor game but Leeds fans are just hoping for a little more than a player who has battled relegation his entire Championship career.
If Leeds are going to fight for promotion, the feeling is that more illustrious options should be considered by the Elland Road management.
Here is some of the best fan reaction to Yiadom’s display against Leeds United…
Only 20 mins but if #LUFC interested in yiadom and mcburnie based on what I’ve seen let’s get a proper a coach and pass they are very poor
— Leeds Fan in Chicago (@ChicagoWhite) April 21, 2018
Yiadom though, no thanks. #lufc
— Craig Reeves (@vivareeves) April 21, 2018
— Mark Philmore (@IdlePastimes) April 21, 2018
Yiadom was awful today and he was playing in his best postirion
— Aaron (@AaronLUFC__) April 21, 2018
3pts but another inept performance against a poor team. If we’re really after players like Yiadom and Mcburnie we’re going nowhere #lufc
— markcally (@markcally8) April 21, 2018
Watching 3 players from BFC who have been linked with LUFC. #lufc Bradshaw. No thanks. McBurnie, yes please. Yiadom ‘doubts it’.
— Dr.T (@DoctorT1992) April 21, 2018
Pmsl …Yiadom really was below average yesterday . Marriott untested at this level just as roofe was .
— wayne mace (@lufc_macey61) April 22, 2018