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One year after Premier League elite interest can Leeds keep Jansson?

The Swedish international has not been at his best all season, but Leeds will still fear his exit.



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Leeds United take on Wolves tomorrow night with both clubs facing differing Championship prospects. Wolves are looking set for promotion whilst Leeds’ hopes of a Premier League return are in tatters.

A shattering 3-0 loss to Middlesbrough last week seems to have killed off any hope Leeds have of making it into the play-off picture.

This time last year Leeds looked set for the top six. However, they were the unlucky side who ended up being leapfrogged by the brilliant form of Fulham.

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Now, nearly one year on, Leeds appear to have gone backwards. So will they be able to keep hold of their star players?

One man who will undoubtedly find his name in the gossip columns this summer is Swedish defender Pontus Jansson.

Last season the Swede was sensational for Leeds. After arriving from Torino he became an instant fan hit. Not only passionate and brave on the pitch, but adept and composed on the ball.

That form saw him linked heavily with moves elsewhere. Swedish paper Kvallsposten suggested that the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool, Southampton and Tottenham were all interested in signing the Swedish international.

Such illustrious interest may not be forthcoming this season. Jansson’s displays for Leeds this season have not been as eye-catching as they were last campaign. Alongside Kyle Bartley he built a strong relationship but a similar partnership has not developed with Liam Cooper.

But he will still feel he has what it takes to play in the top-flight. Jansson’s desire to play in the Premier League is no secret but at the moment it looks increasingly likely that Leeds will not be playing top-flight football next season.

Jansson may have only signed a new five-year deal in October, but if a top-flight team comes calling it will be tough to keep the Swede at Elland Road this summer.


After under-23 heroics it’s time for Leeds United to give Sam Dalby first-team shot

The 18-year-old striker has been in fine form and deserves a Leeds United shot.



Leeds United’s season has fizzled out to a mid-table finish. After initially pushing for the play-off places the West Yorkshire side have plummeted down the table in 2018. The club have changed managers, with little impact, and their final games of the season have little meaning.

With that in mind, perhaps it is time Leeds gave some more of their youngsters a first-team opportunity. The likes of Bailey Peacock-Farrell and Tom Pearce have taken their chance this season with aplomb. Leeds have also used the likes of Paudie O’Connor this term, whilst Callum Nicell has made the bench.

One problem area for Leeds United is the striker position.

The club never fully replaced Chris Wood, with the likes of Pierre-Michel Lasogga, Caleb Ekuban and Jay-Roy Grot all struggling.

So should Leeds give one of their young players a chance in the first-team, namely Sam Dalby?

The 18-year-old striker was signed by Leeds in January from Leyton Orient. Dalby had impressed in League Two last season and Leeds decided he was worth bringing to Thorp Arch in the winter. The fee paid for the player was undisclosed but it is now looking like money well spent.

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Dalby has been in fine form Carlos Corberan’s under-23 side this season. That form continued yesterday, as he put Bristol City’s youngsters to the sword at Ashton Gate.

The rangy striker, who has been compared to Harry Kane in playing style, scored twice as Leeds won 4-o against their rivals.

Leeds have plenty of talent waiting in the wings for an opportunity in the first-team at Elland Road. With the campaign slowly but surely coming to an inconsequential end, Leeds now have the perfect opportunity to bring in some fresh faces.

Considering the current options cannot buy themselves a goal and Lasogga seemingly on his way out this summer than throwing Dalby into the first-team seems like a good idea from Paul Heckingbottom.

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Leeds United should learn from play-off contenders and sign Gavin Whyte

The Crusaders could be an excellent signing for Leeds United this summer.



This week saw Leeds United almost inadvertently linked with a move for Northern Ireland winger Gavin Whyte. The Belfast Telegraph reported him as a Leeds United target in a match report after his Crusaders side drew 1-1 with Cliftonville in the NIFL Premiership.

Whyte has had a fantastic season with his club. The winger has scored 24 goals in 43 appearances this season. In the past, the likes of Everton, Celtic and Dundee United have all been linked with the player so Leeds would be smart to bring him over to England while they can.

Of course, there is bound to be some trepidation among Leeds fans.

They want to see players with Championship experience arriving at Elland Road this summer. Bigger names who can help Leeds push for the play-offs is the desire for most fans at Leeds. Whilst Whyte is an interesting prospect, he is unproven in English football and Leeds should not bring him in.


But signing players from Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland can be a massive success. Stuart Dallas, who joined Brentford from Crusaders, is one fine example and is now a consistent performer at Leeds United.

The recent match against Preston North End should also have Leeds fans thinking. Leeds lost that game 3-1. One goal apiece was shared by Preston players Sean Maguire and Alan Browne. The former has scored 10 times since heading to Deepdale from Cork City in September of last year. Browne has also been a revelation at Preston. He joined from Cork in 2014 and has now established himself as a regular in the Preston line-up. It has certainly done Alex Neil’s team no harm, as they remain in the hunt for the Championship play-offs with two games remaining.

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There once was a time when bringing over players from Irish football was a common theme in the Football League but that has recently been forgotten, with clubs looking into Europe instead.

But Whyte would be a cheaper alternative to many of the options in Spain, Germany and Italy that Leeds are likely to be linked with again this summer. He would also already speak the language and relish the chance to play in England.

Signing Whyte could be a no risk all reward situation for Leeds and one they should capitalise on.

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Should Leeds United consider selling Samuel Saiz this summer?

The Spanish playmaker has been in poor form for Leeds United since the turn of the year.



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Leeds United have had a tough 2018. After narrowly missing out on promotion last season, it looked as though Leeds were set to be in the mix for the play-offs again this season under Thomas Christiansen.

However, they suffered an enormous dip in form at the turn of the year. Leeds have won just three times since the most recent victory coming against Barnsley at the weekend. The manager has been replaced and plenty of the Leeds first-team have performed below par.

One player whose form dipped off since January was Spanish playmaker Samuel Saiz.

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The summer signing from Huesca started the season with a bang. He was looking like becoming a cult hero among the Leeds faithful with his mercurial performances. But then it all went wrong.

Saiz was suspended for six games at the start of the year, following a spitting incident in the FA Cup defeat to Newport County.

During his absence, Leeds suffered and fans were excitedly awaiting his return to first-team action. Many felt that once Saiz was back, Leeds might recapture some of their best form.

That has simply not been the case. Saiz has struggled to find anywhere near his best form since returning to the Leeds fold. At the weekend, as Leeds defeated Barnsley, it seemingly came to a head.

With the Whites 2-1 ahead Paul Heckingbottom decided to pull Saiz from the action, bringing on the more defensive-minded Adam Forshaw.

That decision did not go down well with the Spaniard. He stropped his way off the field before kicking a water bottle in frustration.

It was just another example of Saiz’s often troubling attitude and the question must be asked, would Leeds happily sell Saiz this summer?

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Since the turn of the year, the Spanish star has looked nowhere near as good as he did in the first half of the season. Saiz has struggled under the new management and has not scored since November.

The incident v Newport showed that Saiz can be a liability but if he had returned in style, fans would have quickly forgiven him. That has not been the case and Leeds fans are now questioning whether he should still be at the club.

Leeds will need to make some big changes in the summer if they are to challenge for promotion next season. One of those will have to be a huge attitude change from perhaps their most talented player.

Whilst Leeds should not be actively looking to get rid of Saiz, there will undoubtedly be some interest in his services following the impressive start to his campaign.

If his attitude does not change, then a handsome offer would be hard to reject from the Leeds hierarchy.

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