The weekend saw one of Leeds United’s top talents linked with a move to the Premier League. As reported by the Sun on Sunday [15/07/2018, page 59], Cardiff City were said to be keen on an £8 million move for England under-21 midfielder Ronaldo Vieira.
It was a move that would have left Leeds fans livid. Whilst Vieira did not have a great season last term he is still a hot prospect for the future.
But Leeds fans can, it seems, rest easy. Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock, a former Leeds manager with a rather low opinion poll at Elland Road, has confirmed his club are not interested in signing Vieira this summer.
“We’ve been linked quite a few times with him and from about four different agents I think, so I don’t know which one of them put it in the press!
“When I read a couple of things in the papers, I think ‘have I not said no about this player before?'”
This development from Warnock is great news for Leeds. Not because they are not making a bid, but because it would have been hard to turn down for the talented midfielder.
If Cardiff were keen, there is every chance Vieira would have pushed for a move.
As has been seen in the past, Leeds youngsters are not always prepared to wait for a chance in the top-flight.
Sam Byram, Charlie Taylor and Lewis Cook have all forced moves to the Premier League in recent memory and Vieira might have been the same if there was genuine interest.
Now it seems there isn’t, the 20-year-old can hopefully thrive under Marcelo Bielsa in 2018-19.
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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