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Leeds United: Continuando el Legado

Started on 22 November 2021 by Jack
Latest Reply on 26 January 2022 by J_ames

Phillips pens new 5-year deal with Leeds

Leeds United are delighted to announce Kalvin Phillips has signed a new long term contract with the club.

The 25-year-old has put pen to paper on a new five year deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2026.

Over the course of the summer transfer window, Phillips was subject to high profile interest from a number of fellow Premier League sides, with the club rebuffing multiple offers in excess of £50m.

The club has maintained throughout that Phillips would not be sold, with the midfielder being integral to plans for the future, and the immediate goal of consolidating our place in the English top-flight.

As a club, we are thrilled that Kalvin shares the same vision and potential for Leeds United, which has been demonstrated by committing his long term future to the Whites.

Leeds born Phillips joined the Leeds United Academy as a 14-year-old and has progressed through the ranks, going on to amass 226 senior appearances for the club.

He made his debut against Wolverhampton Wanderers in April 2015 and netted on his home debut against Cardiff City.

Following the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa in July 2018, Phillips flourished in a deeper midfield role under the Argentinian and has continued to do so with England’s national team and under new manager Mateo Pérez.

James: Absolutely, good to get Spurs, Man U and Chelsea all out of the way in the first two months and finishing off with a victory hopefully raises morale and belief in the idea that we're now over the start of season slump.
Ramos: In a season that has started as poorly as this, I don't mind being out of a cup competition this early to be honest! Hoping to get the team in the right gear and really push on from here!
Oz: He has Bielsa's blessing at the very least!
Fantastic news for the club, and it's a move that at least guarantees them a monstrous fee if Kalvin is to eventually depart. Hopefully that doesn't happen! It's very rare to see a 'one club player' these days, so it'd be wonderful to see him remain at the club for the entirety of his career.

Here we go. Great news keeping Kalvin in the club.
Very nice to keep a homegrown talent like this. A 5 years deal means that he can whine as much as he wants, he's not leaving that early hahaha
I'm loving this story so far man and it's this story that inspired me to start writing again and to try a different style from what I normally do, keep it up man

October - November 2021

Despite a winning end to September, the months that followed were not very pleasing at all as morale seemed to drop with every opportunity of a victory being missed throughout October.

Despite mounting a comeback to lead 2-1 going into the final 10 minutes against Leicester City, we were shut down right at the death with a Kelechi Iheanacho equaliser in the 85th minute, snatching a very important win out of our hands.

Another away trip followed Leicester as we travelled to Merseyside to face Everton at Goodison Park. Yet again, we were closed off from a 2-1 lead against the home side before Michael Keane equalised for Everton from a Lucas Digne corner ball, sending us home with 2 points from two games.

We returned to Elland Road for the first time in October, facing Watford who were led by Claudio Ranieri. It was full of early action with Josh King scoring the opener for the visitors, but quickly cancelled out by Rodrigo just four minutes later. Watford returned home with a point and for us, it was our third disappointing draw in a row.

Manchester City’s arrival in Leeds proved to be a tense affair, with Raheem Sterling bagging the only goal of the game just before the half-time whistle. Chasing Liverpool and their city rivals Man United at the top of the table, Pep Guardiola was relieved to see his team secure all three points.

Our fifth league draw of the season came against Arsenal in a boring 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium in North London.

Our search for our first win of the two months continued at Villa Park, but it was not to be as we collapsed to an Ollie Watkins brace in the second half, sending us further down the table into 16th place as our men looked devoid of much inspiration following the two suckerpunches delivered by the Villains.

We finally managed to deliver a positive result against Wolves in our final match of the month, boasting a 3-1 win at Elland Road with Klich, James and Bamford all on the scoresheet in what was a huge easing of emotions after six consecutive matches without a win in the Premier League.

Our single league win in two months meant we dropped further down the table from 12th in September to 15th as we head into the last month of the year.

Thankfully, relegation seems to be far away due to the poor quality at the bottom of the table giving us an 8-point gap between us and 18th placed Crystal Palace, but we must not let that make us complacent at this stage. We need to start picking up wins and rapidly, with the fans already discontented.

At the top of the table, Manchester United have overtaken Liverpool in 1st place with 35 points and a 2-point lead over the Reds. Manchester City follow up in 3rd, 5 points behind the league leaders and their city rivals.

Tottenham Hotspur sacked their manager Antonio Conte in November as they slowly began to drift away from the final European spot which Southampton currently hold, with a 7-point gap emerging between the two.

At the bottom of the table, it is getting scrappier between the bottom four as Burnley, Crystal Palace and Brighton all struggle to pick up points, with Brighton sacking manager Graham Potter in October.

Norwich City already seem to have succumbed to another relegation, failing to pick up any points from their first 12 fixtures back in the top-flight under new manager Vladimir Ilic. As their next opponents, we hope we can keep their beaten run going.

James: Going back to what Phillips said earlier in the season regarding Man City's summer offer, it made sense to renew his deal now just to bump up the asking price, if not just have his services for a much longer period.
Oz: He's a key part to the plan and setup at Elland Road so delighted to keep him.
Tango: Our Kalv isn't too much of a whiner thankfully! :)) Always good to keep the fans happy with an extended deal for a man not too dissimilar to the roots of the fans.
Griffin: Thank you mate, all the best with your own work - looking good already! :D
Great update, Jack. Could you do a little breakdown of your tactics and any changes you've made to help your results?
The results are not the best, but i would say till the games against Watford and Aston Villa they´re okey and not so bad, because you played against good Teams like Arsenal, Leicester and City which are over you from the indviduals and Everton is for me at the moment a little better but not so much.
I think the results will come the next weeks :)
How did you create your matchday graphic? Can you maybe write an PN to me, i like this graphics?
Its been a very tough start there is no doubting that. But from my count you have played 9 of the current top 10 already this season which suggests you have a more forgiving run of fixtures coming up soon. The win over Wolves could be a massive momentum starter. That could be needed if you are to hold on to Phillips in January, assuming the agreement still stands despite the new contract. Great graphics as always.
Been a tough start mate but it should see you jump up the table now you have gotten them out of the way.
The results may not seem all that impressive at times, but I feel you're doing reasonably well at the moment: bar the Watford game! I've still got full faith in Mateo at the moment, but he's going to need to start picking up more points or people will start pointing fingers in the near future. The big question is: has Kalvin seen enough to convince him to not hand in a transfer request in January!?
It seems like your players are losing their heads around full time, allowing the opponents to score. Should tight your end around that time in the future. Nonetheless, I hope the next months will be brighter for Leeds' fans.
it looks like there is a pack that is undeniably worse than you. As much as you look safe now, I'm sure there is another gear there that you can find to put this team up to speed, specially if you plan to keep your best players

January Transfer Window Round-Up

Following a good month of results in December letting us rise higher in the league after 15 points gained from a possible 21, Leeds bolstered their first-team with four new additions to the squad.

The first through the door was Rangers attacking midfielder Joe Aribo, who was transfer listed in December at Ibrox following a discussion with his manager Steven Gerrard regarding a move to a new challenge.

Aribo began his career in the lower reaches of English football, making 25 appearances for National League South side Staines Town between 2013 and 2015 before a move to then-Championship side Charlton Athletic.

It took Charlton’s relegation to League One in 2016 for Aribo to find a starting spot in Charlton’s team, making a total of 97 appearances with 16 goals and 15 assists to his name before a £300,000 move to the Scottish Premiership in 2019 with Rangers where he has since made 100 appearances, scoring 17 times and assisting 15 times.

He joins Leeds United for an up-front fee of £5M and will wear the number 17 shirt at Elland Road.

Leeds bolstered their midfield strength further with the £1.5M addition of Riechedly Bazoer from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse.

Starting his career at PSV Eindhoven, Bazoer made the move across to their rivals Ajax in 2013 where he would first feature in the club’s reserve team before progressing to make 71 appearances for the first-team between 2014 and 2017, scoring 8 goals and assisting 5 times.

Bought for £10.5M in the January 2017 transfer window by Bundesliga’s Wolfsburg, the midfielder failed to make a proper impression at the Volkswagen Arena where he only managed to make one assist in the 27 games he played in the one-and-a-half year spell in Germany before loans to Porto B and a loan return to Netherlands with Utrecht bringing him back into form with 3 goals and 4 assists from 14 appearances.

His performances back in his homeland didn’t convince Wolfsburg to keep him on, as they sold him to Vitesse for £1.25M in the summer of 2019 where he has since played regularly.

Bazoer’s position has shifted further backwards since his return to the Netherlands, playing 12 times as a defensive midfielder out of 25 games in his first season at the GelreDome and has since spent the past two seasons consistently playing at centre-back a total of 68 times.

It is unknown where Mateo Pérez plans to play Bazoer, but with a lack of options in midfield it could be suggested that a return to the middle of the park is on the cards for the 25-year-old.

Leeds made arguably their most significant signing midway through the month of January, bringing in Argentinian winger Thiago Almada from Vélez in a transfer worth £14M.

The 20-year-old has been heavily linked with some of Europe’s elite clubs and was previously linked with Leeds upon their promotion due to former manager Marcelo Bielsa’s link with the Argentinian top tier.

However, following 12 goals and 3 assists in the past 35 games for the youngster, Mateo Pérez has finally capitalised on the opportunity to bring the Argentina U20 international to West Yorkshire.

Thiago Almade has signed a four-and-a-half year deal with Leeds and will wear the number 8 shirt for the remainder of the 21/22 season.

Leeds’ final move of the window came as they snapped up Napoli striker Andrea Petagna for a total £8M fee, split in half with £4M paid immediately and the remaining fee to be paid next January.

The move derived from Patrick Bamford’s move to Newcastle United, with the Magpies’ new Saudi-based owners opening their chequebook within the region of £215M so far this season.

Following impressive spells in Serie A with both Atalanta and SPAL, Petagna was signed by Napoli for £17.5M in 2019. However, it never really worked out between the two parties after his return from his agreed loanback spell to SPAL in 19/20.

Petagna struggled in 20/21 with only 5 goals and 3 assists from 36 games. He continued his journey for more goals this season, with only 3 goals from 17 games (16 games being an oncoming substitute).

The one-time Italian international made his feelings clear before January that he wanted to seek a new club to prove his quality once more and when Leeds came calling, he was instantly interested in the possibility of a move to the English Premier League.

Signing a three-and-a-half year deal with Leeds, Petagna takes the number 9 shirt from the outgoing Patrick Bamford.

In total, Leeds’ net spend in January only added up to around £1M, with Patrick Bamford sold to Newcastle for £11.5M before Robin Koch’s departure to Napoli for a fee of £15.5M.

The only other action outside of the first-team was Cuba Diboe’s reported £25,000 transfer to Newport County, followed by Connor Ferguson’s move to Luton Town. U23 player Lewis Bate also moved on loan for the rest of the season to Austrian outfit WSG Tirol.

In the wider transfer window, Newcastle were responsible for the two highest transfer fees of the window, signing Diego Carlos for £64M and Matheus Nunes for £51M from Sevilla and Sporting Club respectively.

Harleygator: Thank you! I will be doing a breakdown of Mateo's first season in charge at the end of the season (if I get that far :)) ) so that will be when I will be looking at how my tactics have evolved throughout.
Ramos: I can only hope that you're right and I wish that I had your positivity :P as for the graphics, I use a template that I created myself on Photoshop, it might take a while to understand.
Seb: I hadn't noticed your point about the amount of top 10 teams we have faced which could be playing a big part in our lack of perceived quality so far, we'll see in the coming weeks.
James: A tough run of games is the last thing a new, seemingly inexperienced manager needs and we have suffered through that. Hopefully Kalvin can see some light once we play some weaker teams and try build our way up the table!
Oz: It has always been disappointing towards the end of the two halves, we seem to let our guard down despite my best efforts from the touchline at those times. Hopefully something I can work on regarding game management moving forwards.
Tango: The bottom 4 have been thankfully woeful so far, however, we can't rely on those to fail for our own improvement. I'd like to think we're a lot better than doing that. Looking forward to the winter period!
A few of the vibes shortlist for sure. A good set of additions to the squad in particular Aribo and Almada in my opinion. Surprised to see Bamford on his way out but I'm sure Perez has his reasons.

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