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Leeds United should be trying to hijack any Joel Robles deal

The Spanish stopper is leaving Everton on a free transfer this summer.

Mathew Nash

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This week it has been reported that Joel Robles will indeed be leaving Everton in the summer.The Spanish stopper is out of contract this summer and has played second fiddle for most of the season to summer recruit Jordan Pickford.

Reports in Spain suggest Getafe will be his next destination. Diario AS is suggesting Robles will rejoin the side where he spent two years as a youth-team player. That would of course be a great move for the keeper and Everton fans would undoubtedly wish him well.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Felix Wiedwald of Leeds United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

But Leeds United are missing out on an excellent opportunity.

The Whites need a new goalkeeper this summer. Felix Wiedwald arrived last year from Werder Bremen as Leeds went in a new direction between the sticks. Rob Green was moved on and the German has struggled to fill his gloves. Veteran Andy Lonergan has not been suitable as back up and Leeds tried to sell him to Sunderland in January. With his back to the wall, Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom has turned to youngster Bailey Peacock-Farrell in recent weeks.

Robles would be the perfect addition for Leeds. The Spaniard would fit in with the new regime at Leeds, with Victor Orta director of football.

On his day Robles is an excellent goalkeeper. The Spanish stopper has Premier League experience with both Everton and Wigan Athletic and is exactly the type of goalkeeper Leeds need between the sticks next season.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – MAY 12: Joel Robles of Everton embraces two young Everton fans that invaded the pitch during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on May 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

It seems Getafe are in pole position to sign Robles and that would be a real shame. Not making a move for the Spaniard would represent a massive missed opportunity for Leeds, who could have solved their biggest positional problem for nothing with a swoop for the 27-year-old.

This summer Leeds have to bring in a new goalkeeper. If there is still a chance it could be Robles then the West Yorkshire side must act fast and try to keep the Spaniard in England for the foreseeable future.

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

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Leeds United round-up: De Bock interest, O’Kane to Charlton and managerial shortlist

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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De Bock option

Laurens De Bock has an option to head out of Leeds United before the end of the month. The Belgian has struggled to have an impact at Leeds since arriving in January.

The left-back has now dropped down the pecking order at Leeds, with youngster Tom Pearce and summer signing Barry Douglas overtaking him.

According to Voetbal24, he could be heading to Israel. Beitar Jerusalem are said to be keen on the player, where his former manager Guy Luzon is currently working.

IPSWICH, ENGLAND – JANUARY 13: Eunan O’Kane of Leeds United leaves the field after being sent off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Leeds United at Portman Road on January 13, 2018 in Ipswich, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

O’Kane wanted

Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane could still be heading to Charlton Athletic. The Irish international has been frozen out at Leeds and is expected to leave Elland Road before the end of the month.

League One Charlton, managed by former Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer, have been linked with a move earlier this month.

Now, as reported by the Yorkshire Post, the Addicks will continue looking for his signature over the next week or so.

Managerial shortlist

Leeds’ managerial shortlist before the start of the season had a number of top names present. Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani confirmed that the likes of Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Martinez were all considered for the manager role at Elland Road.

Leeds eventually appointed Marcelo Bielsa and his impact has been dramatic and immediate in West Yorkshire.

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Leeds United should consider sending Yosuke Ideguchi to KAS Eupen

The Japan international looks unlikely to play a major role at Leeds this season.

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Leeds United’s excellent start to the season has been largely down to the management of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine has worked wonders with his new players. He even brought in the likes of Mateusz Klich from the cold, with aplomb.

However, another player who spent the second half of last season loaned out elsewhere was Yosuke Ideguchi. So far, the Japanese international has not received a chance under Bielsa.

It looks as though he might be sent out on loan before the end of the month, but interest from these shores looks scarce.

VALLADOLID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 03: Yosuke Ideguchi of Cultural Leonesa warms up prior to the LaLiga 123 match between Valladolid and Cultural Leonesa at Estadio Jose Zorrilla on February 3, 2018 in Valladolid, Spain. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Last season he spent time with Leeds partner club Cultural Leonesa. The two teams have a strong link through director Ivan Bravo and the Aspire Foundation.

But Cultural was a waste of time for Ideguchi. He barely played and they were relegated to the third-tier. The Spanish side are not, however, the only Aspire team in Europe.

KAS Eupen of Belgium’s top-flight also have a connection with Bravo and Aspire. If Leeds want to help Ideguchi get better, perhaps sending him here is a better shout.

Not only would he playing a similar style of football to that in England, but he would be doing so under one of the best central midfielders to play the game in England.

BRUGGE, BELGIUM – JULY 29: Yuta Toyokawa pictured in action during the Jupiler Pro League match between Club Brugge and KAS Eupen at Jan Breydel Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Vincent Van Doornick/Isosport/MB Media/Getty Images)

Claude Makelele is the manager at the club. The former Chelsea star would undoubtedly have a lot of knowledge to pass down to a young midfielder.

He would also have the added advantage of a Japanese team-mate. Yuta Toyokawa joined the club in January, amid controversy surrounding an apparent move to Leeds. He is a similar age to the Leeds misfit. Having him around could help the pair settle in their new surroundings.

If Leeds cannot find someone in the UK to take on Ideguchi, then sending him to Eupen looks like being the next best thing.

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Marco Bielsa is already setting records at Leeds United, with last season’s team

The turn around at Elland Road in the opening weeks of the season has been remarkable.

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Four games into his Leeds United tenure and Marco Bielsa is already setting records with his new team.

After a 2-1 victory over Rotherham on Saturday, the Argentine head coach becomes the first boss at Elland Road to win the club’s first four games at the start of a domestic season, in all competitions.

The standards being set by the 63-year-old since his arrival have been somewhat remarkable with the playing style he has quickly been able to implement proving mesmerising, even to those who are typically opposed to the club.

But, perhaps the most impressive quality about the performances Championship fans are witnessing, is the fact Bielsa has set this record with practically the same team that took to the field, and could only achieve a 13th place finish, last season.

At Elland Road this weekend, the starting XI only contained one summer signing, which just goes to demonstrate the impressive work Bielsa has carried out with the players over the summer period.

Already being referred to as a ‘ready-made Premier League side’, after years of heart break at Elland Road, there will now be a genuine believe that the Whites can return to the English top flight come the end of the season.

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