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Leeds United – The Scout Report


A sell-out crowd will welcome the visit of Benitez’s Newcastle at Elland Road this weekend, the first of its kind for six years. It is one of the most hotly anticipated fixtures of the season due to the historic rivalry between the two clubs, and looks set to be a fiery affair.

Leeds United – Factfile 

Founded: 1919

Nickname: The Whites

Stadium: Elland Road (37,890 capacity)

Head Coach: Garry Monk

2015-16: Championship, 13th 

Major Honours: First Division (1968-69, 1973-74, 1991-92), FA Cup (1971-72), League Cup (1967-68)

 

Notable Signings

Pontus Jansson – CB – Bruising enforcer Jansson is a tall, tough-tackling Swede who has become a firm favourite at Elland Road for his valiant defensive performances. Signed only on loan, Jansson previously plied his trade in Serie A with Torino and in his homeland with Swedish Champions, Malmo FF. Jansson has been capped by the Swedish national team on nine occasions and with a host of top displays, looks set to add to that tally.

Kemar Roofe – LW/ST – One of the standout performers in the EFL last season for Oxford United, Roofe was snapped up by Leeds in the summer as he looks to make his way up the Football League pyramid. The £3m man signed a four-year deal and at only 23, has potential to grow into becoming a quality player.

 

Hadi Sacko – RW – French youth international Sacko joined on loan from Portuguese giants Sporting Clube de Portugal as he aims to continue his development. Monk has assembled a young squad at Elland Road this campaign and Sacko fits the bill at only 22. The winger is an explosive, pacey attacking player with an impressive engine and causes even the top Championship defences problems.

 

Notable Departures 

Lewis Cooke – CM – Midfield metronome Cook was one of Leeds’ hottest young prospects and impressive players over the past few seasons. However, Bournemouth parted with £7m to acquire his services in the summer transfer window, for the man who despite being just 19, had already made 85 first team appearances for The Whites. 

Mirco Antenucci – ST – Many Leeds fans will agree that watching Antenucci was a task at times due to his tendency to be on hot form for a few weeks, before going missing from action for an extended period of time. Antenucci managed 19 goals in a Leeds shirt during his time at Elland Road and averaged a goal once every four games before being released in the summer. Frustrating at times, but oddly reliable when it came to popping up with a goal or two when it mattered, Antenucci’s influence will be missed by some, and not by others.
 

Key Players

 Chris Wood – ST – Leeds United’s resident New Zealander has been a prolific force in front of goal for The Whites, averaging a goal almost once every two games, which is an excellent record despite the managerial and boardroom turmoil that has seen the turnover of a number of different manager in the short space of time he’s been at the club. Wood is a stocky, abrasive forward who isn’t afraid to use his weight in the penalty area, a difficult one to contain.
Charlie Taylor – LB – Full-back Taylor is a youth-team graduate at Elland Road and has racked up 90 first team appearances since his debut in 2011. Taylor claimed the 2015-16 Leeds United Player of the Year Award for a number of stellar defensive displays. Taylor also has a tendency to get forward on occasion and is known for being adept at crossing for teammate Chris Wood.
Robert Green – GK – Veteran goalkeeper Robert Green needs little introduction to many football fans, as the former England international has played for a number of clubs across the country in the Premier League and the Championship including Norwich City, West Ham and QPR. Now at age 36, Green is approaching the twilight of his career but will still be a key character and figure in Monk’s dressing room which is full of youthful talent.

 

 Last Six Results

Derby County 1-0 Leeds United – 15/10/16

Leeds United 1-1 Wigan Athletic – 18/10/16

Wolves 0-1 Leeds United – 22/10/16

Leeds United 3-2 Norwich City (AET) – EFL Cup – 25/10/16

Leeds United 2-0 Burton Albion – 29/10/16

Norwich City 2-3 Leeds United – 5/11/16
Manager – Garry Monk

Monk is best known for his time at the helm of Welsh club Swansea City, guiding them to a number of impressive finishes in the Premier League. Only his second job in management but with a wealth of experience from a career climbing the Football League, Monk knows what it takes to grind out results in what is described as the toughest division in England, having gained promotion with Swansea in 2011 as a player. Monk is known for his tough-talking approach and expects the very best from his players, not afraid to fall out with the occasional member of the squad who he feels is not performing well enough. This could translate well in his young Leeds squad who will be aiming to impress their new boss who has guided them currently to a place in the Play-Offs, a position that infamous owner Massimo Cellino would be more than happy with at the end of the season. Whether Monk manages to keep his job for that long before the Italian chairman swings the axe, remains to be seen.

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About Harvey Jamison (5 Articles)
Student broadcast journalist at Nottingham Trent University. Trying to gain as much experience and practice I can in sports reporting. Currently I am the Editor at Read Golf and freelance editor for ClickOnGolf which is part of the successful Clickon network. As far as football goes I'm a big Newcastle fan so you'll find my work across numerous fan forums and websites. I am a senior writer at Read Newcastle as well as a writer for NUFC360 and TFF Newcastle. My newest position sees me as one of the Editors for 'The Spectators View', where I am the staff journalist and deal with anything ranging from the latest club news, transfers, team selections and matchday news. When it comes to TV and Radio broadcasting I am very involved in both aspects. I am the Head of Sport and a presenter at Nottingham based Trent TV as well as a weekly radio presenter on FLY FM and FLY FM Sport. You can find all my work and views on my Twitter, @HarveyJamison, it would be great if you could follow!

1 Comment on Leeds United – The Scout Report

  1. Ashley preece // December 1, 2016 at 4:18 am // Reply

    Iv bin a massive leeds fan all my life because of my dad.. we live in stoke but he take me to as many games as he could of many good memories and we still talk about the champions league home and away games.. Barcelona.. but the best thing from them days was the young players coming thru and playing.. no other club who play them because it was alot more fight in players then.. now could tackle like that.. days like Vieira and Keane.. they would get thru the first half these days.. but I loved how dave o’leary took a massive risk and playing young players.. he made massive stars like alan smith James milner.. Jonathan woodgate.. Paul Robinson.. was so many but iv bin going leeds still thru the bad times but finally we got a top manager in now and playing good football.. the club iv loved all myself look like they are starting look like a team they belong in the premier league 1 day at a time..
    But I want ask if u can ask ur scouts look at brendon daniels he plays for afc fylde he’s a really top player.. he played for harrogate last season and smashed it.. he played wiv luke Murphy who’s at Leeds now.. played at Crewe 2gether
    Please take a chance and look at him thank you for reading this

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