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Lewis Baker’s Dutch heroics must encourage Leeds United fans

The England under-21 international could thrive at Leeds United next season.

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Leeds United completed their first arrival of the summer yesterday, with Chelsea’s playmaker Lewis Baker arriving on loan.

For many fans, looking at his 2017-18 season, it is an underwhelming recruit. Baker was fit for the entire season but played just 14 times during a loan spell at rivals Middlesbrough.

However, his time in Holland should be the indicator Leeds look to for inspiration. The Chelsea star spent two seasons at feeder club Vitesse Arnhem in the Eredivisie. During his time at the club, Baker became one of the best players in Dutch football.

The playmaker featured 73 times for the club and, in his second season in particular, developed a reputation as an ice-blooded star. For Dutch fans, it was often a surprise to discover he was English.

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In the 2016-17 campaign, he scored 15 times in 39 games and became well known for his excellent set-piece ability, something Leeds United currently lack in their current fold.

Last season Baker arrived at Boro under the management of former Leeds boss Garry Monk. when he was surprisingly sacked and replaced with former West Brom boss Tony Pulis, things changed. Pulis barely used him and Baker’s season became a blight on his young career.

Now, at Leeds under Marcelo Bielsa, Baker will be encouraged to play his game and get involved in the attacking game.

If he can perform like he did two seasons ago, then Leeds United have found themselves an absolute gem.

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Apparent Boaz Myhill interest highlights what Leeds United still need despite Jamal Blackman deal

The Leeds goalkeeping department is lacking experience.

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One area where Leeds United have been needing to improve this summer has been in goal. WIth Felix Wiedwald and Andy Lonergan leaving the club after poor one season stints plenty of names have been mentioned. It seems that Jamal Blackman will be the man to take the reins.

However, according to Hull Live, it seems Boaz Myhill was also on their radar.

Hew left West Brom this summer after his contract with the Baggies came to an end and the club suffered relegation.

It now appears he is off to Bolton Wanderers, but should Leeds have been more forceful in their interest?

The one concern, if Leeds go with Blackman and Bailey Peacock-Farrell next season, will be a lack of experience in the goalkeeping department.

(during the FA Cup Quarter Final match between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park on March 7, 2015 in Birmingham, England.

At 35-years-old Myhill would have been a brilliant addition to the pack. The wily veteran could have added the experience necessary to help Blackman, still young at 24-years-old and the talented but raw 21-year-old.

Of course, Myhill would not have wanted to play second or even third fiddle for a Championship side. So Bolton, on his part makes perfect sense. He will be a regular in some of the final years of his career.

But hearing of Leeds apparent interest earlier this summer does highlight the need perhaps for another recruit. A 30-plus stopper willing to play a bit-part role and help the young Leeds keeper department improve and develop.

If Leeds can find such a player, they would be wise to snap him up.

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Leeds United round-up: Vieira wanted, Radrizzani buying Bari and Antonsson leaves

All the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.

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Vieira wanted

Cardiff City want Leeds United midfielder Ronaldo Vieira this summer. The Sun on Sunday reports that the England under-21 international has become a target for the newly-promoted Premier League side.

Neil Warnock wants to add some stability to their midfield. He is now ready to make a move for the player, in a deal which could be worth around £8 million.

Leeds will not want to sell the player considering his importance to the team and his youth.

(during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Leeds United at iPro Stadium on February 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

Radrizzani new club

It is reported that Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani is about to add to his footballing portfolio – according to Repubblica.

It appears he is part of a partnership with Ferdinando Napoli to save the Italian side Bari. they are in financial trouble and the mayor of Bari is pushing for the deal to go through.

It would be interesting to see if a deal would then develop into a link between the two clubs.

Antonsson departs

Marcus Antonsson has left Leeds. He has headed back to Sweden, joining Malmo.

The striker struggled to settle into life at Elland Road and could not find the net regularly in the Championship.

He was a success with Blackburn Rovers last season on loan and will now join former Leeds boss Uwe Rosler’s new team.

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Leeds United must not sell Ronaldo Vieira despite £8m windfall

The England youth international is a future star for Leeds.

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Leeds United are reportedly having to fend off interest in one of their players from newly promoted Cardiff City. According to the Sun on Sunday (15/07/18, pg 59), Cardiff are keen on signing Ronaldo Vieira from Leeds this summer. A £8 million fee is even being mentioned with Neil Warnock keen on bringing the England under-21 midfielder to South Wales.

The move will no doubt tempt the player. The chance to play in the top-flight is an alluring one. It will also tempt Leeds. That amount of money could be used wisely to invest in new players, maybe even help them get the Matej Vydra or Abel Hernandez deals over the line.

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But both the player and Leeds must resist the temptation.

For Vieira, a move to Cardiff would be a mistake. He would not be a regular and his development would be impacted. Also, despite Cardiff proving many doubters wrong last season, it is hard to see the Bluebirds staying up next term. A Premier League position may only be temporary.

As for Leeds, it may be an enticing figure but Vieira could be worth much more one day. The Guine-Bissau born star only turns 20 this week and should be a player Leeds build the side around going forward, rather than letting him go.

Leeds fans are fed up of seeing their homegrown talent leave. Sam Byram, Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor. Vieira must not join that list.

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