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Leeds United fans will fear Garry Monk approach for Pablo Hernandez

Former Leeds United boss Garry Monk has taken over at Birmingham City.

Mathew Nash



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Garry Monk is back in work again. The former Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough manager has taken over from Steve Cotterill at Birmingham City, after his sacking at the weekend.

Monk has also taken long-term working partners Pep Clotet and James Beattie with him to St Andrews as they aim to stay in the Championship.

For Leeds United fans there must be a fear this could see one of their favourite stars depart.

Pablo Hernandez was undoubtedly Monk’s signing at Leeds. He has worked with the Spanish international at Swansea. When Hernandez arrived from Qatari side Al Arabi it was a shock, but clearly Monk had a huge role to play in the recruitment.

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The playmaker has since gone on to establish himself as a firm fan favourite at Leeds United.

Fans at Elland Road love his enigmatic and cultured style of play. However, his advancing years mean long-term contracts are not on offer for the player. Hernandez is in fact the only member of the Leeds United first-team whose current deal expires in the summer.

Leeds fans are already concerned that the club’s new hierarchy may decide to move on from Hernandez, given that he turns 33-years-old next month.

Birmingham City would therefore be primed to swoop. Monk and Clotet know Hernandez well and the player is enjoying his football in England.

In an ideal world, Hernandez has already made it clear that he would like a Leeds United stay. It is looking increasingly likely that the veteran may need to look elsewhere. Birmingham, who currently occupy the final Championship relegation slot, would need to ensure their second-tier safety first.

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Doing so would ensure Monk’s position at St Andrew’s and if Hernandez is still waiting for a contract at Elland Road it would make perfect sense for Birmingham to come calling.

Leeds fans want to see Hernandez remain and, with Monk out of work that always seemed more likely. Now the Spaniard’s long-term colleague is back in a Championship hotseat Leeds fans must be fearful the writing is increasingly being added to the wall.

As for Birmingham, right now fans of the Blues will just hope Monk can keep them in the Championship. If Hernandez is a reward of that fact come the summer, they will hope it turns out to Leeds’ detriment.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.


One winner and one loser as Florian Jozefzoon chooses Derby over Leeds

The 27-year-old looks set to sign for the Rams.

Max Cohen



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When Brentford confirmed on Wednesday that the club had accepted a bid for attacker Florian Jozefzoon, it seemed Derby County were the frontrunners.

However, reports of a Leeds United bid added to the transfer drama, before Jozefzoon eventually chose the Rams over Elland Road, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The reported decision would come as a severe blow to Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United, as the club would miss out on yet another transfer target this summer.

However, Frank Lampard and Derby County will be delighted at another transfer coup, as the allure of the England legend is proving to be a great way of attracting players to Pride Park.

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Loser: Leeds fans

Although there are still a number of weeks left in the window, Leeds supporters are right to be worried about the lack of permanent signings.

So far, the club have made just two loan agreements with Lewis Baker and Jamal Blackman of Chelsea. While the two are certainly smart acquisitions, they are not of the quality that will fire Leeds to promotion.

There is still no need to panic, as Marcelo Bielsa will surely attract some top talent as well— but to see their direct Championship rivals beat them to Jozefzoon will be worrying.

Winner: Frank Lampard

The Chelsea legend has done it again. After securing the double loan swoop of promising youngsters Harry Wilson and Mason Mount, Lampard looks set to acquire the services of the former Dutch Under-21 international.

In his first transfer window as a manager, Lampard has done well to convince key targets to join his project at Pride Park, a valuable skill that will serve him well in his coaching career.

Derby now look set to mount a serous promotion challenge; Leeds will have to strengthen further to be able to say the same.

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Leeds United round-up: Heckingbottom on Bielsa backing, Jozefzoon miss and Diagne wages

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

Mathew Nash



Heckingbottom speaks  

Former boss Paul Heckingbottom has spoken publicly for the first time since departing Leeds United in June. He was let go at the start of June after failing to turnaround Leeds results significantly in a four-month spell.

He told talkSPORT that he suffered from a ‘change of direction’ from the club.

He was replaced by Marcelo Bielsa this summer and hopes the Argentine will get the backing he deserves at the club.

“He should be saying the same things I was saying and hopefully he gets the backing and the support to make changes and give the fans there what they’re crying out for.”

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Jozefzoon to Derby

Leeds United will not be signing Florian Jozefzoon this summer. The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Elland Road this summer. Yesterday, it was reported a deal had been agreed between his current club Brentford and an unnamed Championship side.

That team is not Leeds, but Derby County.

As reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the winger is set to join the Rams for a fee in the region of £2.75 million, despite Leeds showing late interest.

Diagne wage trouble

Leeds have been linked with a move for Kasimpasa striker Mbaye Diagne this week. However, a report today suggests a stumbling block.

Turkish Football suggest he will cost around £3.6 million but that Leeds will struggle to afford his wages as talks get advanced.

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After Instagram hint would Kenneth Omeruo be a great recruit for Leeds United

The Nigerian has been excellent on loan spells and could fit in perfectly at Leeds United.

Mathew Nash



Earlier this week Leeds United secured the signature of Jamal Blackman on loan for the season. He was the second former Middlesbrough loanee signed from Chelsea this summer, after Lewis Baker arrived earlier in the summer.

Another player with a similar history then appeared to hint he could be next. Kenneth Omeruo commented on Blackman’s Instagram post about the move stating, “wait for me.”

What the Nigerian international meant by the comment is up for debate but, at the moment, there is no sign that Leeds are in fact interested in signing the player.

But should they be?

Omeruo could be a fine addition to the Leeds first-team.

First things first, Leeds are short at the back. Last season proved that another defender is needed at Leeds, even if Kalvin Phillips appears set for a dual midfield-defensive role.

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Omeruo could also be perfect for Leeds’ new system.

It appears Marcelo Bielsa is adopting a fluid formation at Leeds. When in defence they look a solid four. But when in attack, the full-back’s push on and a midfielder drops in, creating a three.

Omeruo showed at the World Cup this summer that he is more than adept at playing in a back-three. Nigeria’s performances improved greatly when he joined William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun in triumvirate at the back.

Capable of playing at full-back as well the 40-cap international could be a great recruit for Leeds United this summer.

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