This summer there were rumblings that Kemar Roofe could have been on his way. Twitter rumours spoke of £7 million interest from Championship rivals Reading. His former club West Brom were also linked. As relayed by the Birmingham Mail, the Sunday People suggested the Baggies were keen on a deal this summer.
In the end, the rumours appeared baseless. But many Leeds fans would not have been overly disappointed if a deal had gone through. Roofe may have been Leeds’ top-scorer last season with 13 goals, but his inconsistency was certainly frustrating.
Put it this way, if Leeds fans were asked at the start of the summer who they would rather sell for £7 million, Roofe or Ronaldo Vieira, the youngster would rarely be the answer.
But the England under-21 star did go and Roofe stayed. At the moment, he is showing just why Marcelo Bielsa has so much faith in him.
He has started the season brilliantly. Yesterday, he tore Derby County to shreds. His first goal was a beautifully placed header. His second, all his own making. His excellent control saw him escape the attention of the Derby defence, before lashing home a left-foot strike.
His work rate up front is pivotal to Marcelo Bielsa’s gameplan and at the moment it appears he will have a huge role to play in Leeds’ season.
If he can keep this form up, Leeds will be pleased Roofe did not head out the exit door.
Leeds United round-up: Pouraliganji linked, Lonergan on exit and Wilks on fire
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.
World Cup defender linked
Leeds United are being linked with a move for Iranian international centre-back Morteza Pouraliganji.
The defender, who can also play in central midfield, impressed at the World Cup for his nation this summer. It was supposed to lead to a move to Trabzonspor. However, after cancelling his contract with Qatar-based Al Sadd a move to Trabzonspor fell through.
The Tasnim News Agency is now suggesting Leeds could sign the free agent before the end of the month.
Leeds were linked with his former Al Sadd team-mate Baghdad Bounedjah earlier in the summer.
Lonergan not bitter
Andy Lonergan has been discussing his exit from Leeds United this summer. The 34-year-old was speaking to the Hartlepool Mail after starring in Middlesbrough’s penalty shootout win against Notts County in the League Cup last night.
He said he cancelled his contract at Leeds as it was ‘not working’ at the club and that there were ‘no hard feelings’.
Lonergan came in as back-up to Felix Wiedwald last season but ended up behind Bailey Peacock-Farrell in the pecking order.
Wilks at it again
Leeds loanee Mallik Wilks continued his hot streak at Doncaster Rovers last night. The Yorkshire side knocked Scunthorpe United out of the League Cup last night at Glanford Park with a 2-1 win.
Wilks opened the scoring. It is his third goal in as many games for Donny as Leeds fans continue to get excited about his potential first-team future.
Leeds United’s Massimo Cellino flop Lee Erwin to embark on Iranian adventure
The Scottish striker has joined Tractor Sazi in Iran.
Back in the summer of 2015, Leeds United snapped up promising young Scottish forward Lee Erwin on a free transfer from Motherwell. It was a move spearheaded by then Leeds chairman Massimo Cellino, who worked hard to bring the Scot to Elland Road.
However, it did not work out for the attacker. He played just 12 times for Leeds and failed to score a single goal. Loan spells at Bury and Oldham Athletic were mixed and last summer he was told he could leave by Thomas Christiansen.
Erwin headed back to Scotland with Kilmarnock, scoring seven times in 40 games for the club. However, one year after being given the boot by Leeds, the 23-year-old is now treading a much lesser known path.
Delighted to sign for Tractor sazi , Cant wait to get started on this exciting new chapter ?? ? pic.twitter.com/9N6QrYezHK
— Lee Erwin (@LeeErwin19) August 14, 2018
As confirmed yesterday, he has joined Iranian side Tractor Sazi. The club are managed by Welsh legend John Toshack. He is also not alone in having British football experience. Former Nottingham Forest midfielder Ashkan Dejagah, Celtic striker Anthony Stokes and Rangers winger Harry Forrester joined the club this summer.
Leeds United fans will not have many fond memories of Erwin. He barely made any noticeable impact at Elland Road.
But fans will no doubt wish him all the best in his brave new adventure.
Some Leeds United fans are raving over Samuel Saiz’s League Cup display
Leeds United have won a third game in a row under the management of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine made plenty of changes to his starting XI for the clash with Bolton Wanderers, but they still proved too strong for the Trotters.
There were some excellent performances on the night for Leeds fans to get excited about. Patrick Bamford scored his first goal for the club. Jamie Shackleton had an excellent evening in only his second senior appearance. Lewis Baker also had a good game in the centre of midfield. But it was perhaps Samuel Saiz who caught the eye the most.
The Spanish wizard was sensational, as always, throughout the game and fully deserved his goal. His trickery left Bolton’s defence bamboozled before a low drive beat Remi Matthews in the opposing goal.
Leeds fans were, of course, delighted with yet another display of excellence from Saiz, who was linked with La Liga sides this summer.
It was perhaps a testament to his excellent display and the esteem he is held in that Leeds fans are so concerned that he briefly clutched his hamstring whilst leaving the field of play.
Fans will hope he is fighting fit for the all-Yorkshire clash with Rotherham United at the weekend.
Here is some of the best reaction to his performance on Twitter…
— MoscowhiteTSB (@MoscowhiteTSB) August 14, 2018
— Emmo Lambe (@EmmoLambe) August 14, 2018
Saiz is different class isn’t he.. #lufc
— Anthony Ward (@AnthonyWard10) August 14, 2018
Samu Saiz is a freak of nature #lufc
— Tariq Jabbar (@TariqJabbar80) August 14, 2018
— Steve Gunn (@SteveGunn11) August 14, 2018
— Paul Milner (@paulmilner365) August 14, 2018
When SAIZ turns up the lad is untouchable ? #lufc
— paul kelly (@paulie_lufc) August 14, 2018
Another Saiz masterclass, he’s on another level #lufc
— Tom Randerson (@TomR_FI) August 14, 2018
Saiz on form the best player in this league by an absolute street. Very few players even at the top end can do what he does ? #lufc
— ?? Kevin Power ?? (@kevinpower93) August 14, 2018
Samuel Saiz could walk into most prem teams #LUFC
— Nathan Styran (@nathanstyran) August 14, 2018
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