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.
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.
Three years after Rangers exit is Lewis MacLeod finally ready to shine?
Rangers fan Lewis MacLeod left Ibrox in January 2015, but has struggled since his Glasgow exit.
Scottish midfielder Lewis MacLeod left Rangers amid their off-field troubles back in January 2015. He signed English Championship side Brentford in a deal worth around £850,000. It was a move he was reticent to make, considering his love for the Ibrox club. However, he made the move, considering the problems at the Glasgow club.
It came after he had helped the club rise from the Third Division in Scotland up to the Championship after they had previously plummeted due to financial issues.
“When you’re a Rangers fan, it’s hard to let go and I’ve never experienced anything else in football up to now.
“I definitely wasn’t eager to get out the door but when the opportunity came, with everything that was happening outside football at the club, I leant towards moving away.
“I’d love to go back to Rangers later in my career.”
The move away from Rangers has failed to be an immediate success.
He arrived at Brentford with a hamstring problem which never truly healed. Falling down a rabbit hole did not help.
It was not until 13 months after signing for Brentford that he made his debut. Two weeks later he suffered knee ligament damage which plagued him for months. In his first two-and-a-half seasons at Griffin Park, he played just 14 times.
But last season he showed some better form and even scored his first goal for the club. Yesterday, MacLeod started Brentford’s opening game of the season and showed just why Rangers had such high hopes for him as a youngster. The midfielder was excellent in the fixture. He scored one, bagged an assist and had a deflected shot turned home by Neal Maupay as Brentford beat Rotherham United 5-1.
Rangers were left gutted when MacLeod left and many were disappointed with his decision to leave. However, watching his promising career suffer the way it has will not please any Ibrox fan.
Hopefully, this can be the start of a renaissance for a player who openly admits he would like to return to Glasgow and his beloved Rangers one day.
Brentford’s Ryan Woods is the midfield enforcer Leeds are crying out for
With the sale of Ronaldo Vieira confirmed on Wednesday, Leeds United may be expected to add another midfielder to their squad before their season kicks off on Sunday evening against Stoke City and that man could be Brentford’s Ryan Woods.
The holding midfielder is in high demand and was mysteriously absent from an open day at Griffin Park this week, sparking further speculation that he may be on his way out of the club.
“Ryan Woods is dynamic holding midfield player. He is a talented young English player and we can help him develop and move on to the next level at Brentford. Ryan plays with his head up and looks to attack. He tries to pass the ball forward and that fits in well with the way we want to play football.”
A deep-lying midfielder, the 24-year-old has been at the heart of all of Brentford’s progress and development over the past two seasons, breaking up play and spraying the ball all over the park to the wingers and attackers in his team.
With wing-backs bombing down the wings and a poacher in Patrick Bamford up-front, Leeds would relish having such service in their side with Woods adding bite and steel into midfield as well as an attacking outlet.
Averaging 5.8 long balls per game, Woods’ style may not immediately fit into Marcelo Bielsa’s more artistic style of football, but he does have all of the attributes required to be a success and offer a plan B to the Argentinian coach.
Swansea may have financial power to challenge Leeds and have recent Premier League history to point to, but Leeds’ fanbase and ambition is worth pointing to as the club must look to complete a deal for Woods if they are to strengthen all departments required.
Incoming Brentford star Bjorn Engels rejected Arsenal in 2016
The Belgian is set to join Brentford this week.
It appears that Brentford are on the verge of bringing in a new centre-back, with Bjorn Engels on the way to Griffin Park. As reported by Sky Sports, the Belgian defender is being targeted as a replacement for John Egan, who recently joined Sheffield United.
The signature would be something if a coup and at a great price, with the Daily Mail suggesting he will cost around £3.5 million.
Of course, not many Brentford fans will be familiar with the Olympiakos stopper. However, fans of Arsenal probably are.
Because Engels was once heavily linked with joining Arsene Wenger’s side. In the summer of 2016, it appeared that Arsenal were all set to get their hands on the then Club Brugge talent.
But he reportedly rejected a move, explaining why to Het Laatste Nieuws.
“That is a bridge too far for me at the moment.”
– Bjorn Engels on why he did not join Arsenal
Engels felt he was not ready for Arsenal two summers ago and last summer headed to Greece.
But after one season his time in Greece is at an end. He disappointed in the Greek Superleague. Olympiakos had a poor campaign, finishing 3rd, and many of the club’s foreign players were told to no longer attend training at the club. Engels, however, was not one of those players – playing in the final four games of a disappointing season. But his form was patchy and he did find himself in and out of the squad.
But Brentford have an excellent ball-playing defender on their hands who perhaps just needs to take a step back before he takes another one forward. Engels could be a star in South-West London.
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