‘Absolutely no chance’ – Some Leeds fans react to their reported interest in 29-yr-old

'Absolutely no chance' – Some Leeds fans react to their reported interest in 29-yr-old – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Leeds United are interested in signing the Manchester City player Fabian Delph.

According to The Sun, the versatile midfielder is looking for a fresh challenge after falling down the pecking order at Etihad.

It will be interesting to see if Leeds make a move for the player now.

The former Leeds player might consider a return to Elland Road but the financials of the deal could be an issue.

Apparently, Manchester City will demand a fee of £15 million for him. Also, his wages could be a problem.

Even if Delph agrees to take a pay cut to return to his former club, the deal could collapse due to the asking price.

The versatile midfielder could be a solid addition to Bielsa’s side. He can play as a left back as well.

Delph is only 29 and he could be a leading star in the Championship if Leeds manage to get the deal over the line.

However, the Whites aren’t the only ones after him. Midtable Premier League clubs are keen on the player as well.

Here is how the Leeds United fans have reacted to reports of his potential return.

 

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‘It shouldn’t end like that’ – Leeds United star posts a heartfelt message for the fans

'It shouldn’t end like that' – Leeds United star posts a heartfelt message for the fans – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Leeds United defender Pontus Jansson has sent out a heartfelt message to the fans on social media.

He wrote in an Instagram post that Leeds United deserved more this season and he thanked the fans for their support.

Jansson also revealed that he is proud of the club and the players for their efforts this past season.

His post read: “It shouldn’t end like that. Still don’t understand it today how it all could end so quickly. We gave all every single day and deserved more but sometimes you don’t get what you deserve. I’m proud of my club, teammates and fans that we never gave up. Thanks for all support and all the efforts during the year”.

The Whites crashed out of the play-offs after a defeat against Derby County at home in the second leg of the semifinals.

Marcelo Bielsa’s men were expected to secure promotion to the Premier League instead they will have to settle for the Championship next year.

At one point, Leeds were leading the race for the title but a late collapse has ended up costing them dearly.

It will be interesting to see how Leeds United regroup and rebuild after this.

Marcelo Bielsa will be bitterly disappointed and he will look to strengthen his squad adequately this summer.

The club needs to back him significantly if they want to secure promotion to the Premier League next summer.

Leeds have an impressive core but they need to add more quality and depth to the side.

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17 goals this season: Leeds United plotting summer move for in-demand attacker

17 goals this season: Leeds United plotting summer move for in-demand attacker – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Leeds United are keeping tabs on the Clermont striker Florian Aye.

The talented young striker is being monitored by the likes of Southampton and West Ham United as well.

As per Haberturk (report translated by SportWitness), the 22-year-old has made quite the impression during his debut season with the Ligue 2 club.

Aye has scored 17 goals for his club this past season.

It will be interesting to see if Leeds United make a move for the player anytime soon.

The Whites could certainly use a goalscorer next year. Kemar Roofe’s injury problems affected Bielsa’s side badly this past season.

Leeds could have easily won the Championship with another quality striker. Instead, they will have to spend another season in the second division now.

The likes of Bamford have been inconsistent and someone like Aye could be a handy option off the bench.

Clermont signed the player from Auxerre last summer and they will not want to sell him just yet. However, Leeds should use their pull to convince the player.

The Championship is a step up from Ligue 2 and the player might just be tempted.

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Leeds desperate to sign 22-yr-old this summer, asking price could be an issue

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Leeds United are desperate to sign Jack Harrison this summer.

According to Sun, Manchester City are prepared to sell the player for a fee of around £15-20 million.

Harrison was on loan at Leeds this past season and he was a key player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.

If Leeds manage to sign him on a permanent basis, it would be a good investment for him. However, they might not be able to afford City’s asking price.

It will be interesting to see if the Premier League champions are willing to lower their demands for Harrison now.

The player has no future at Etihad and therefore a sale is inevitable. But Harrison is certainly not worth £15-20 million.

The 22-year-old winger will want his future sorted soon and Leeds should make a reasonable offer now.

If the player decides to force the issue, Leeds could have an advantage during negotiations.

Harrison will want to play regular first-team football and he is well settled at Leeds United. The move to Elland Road would make a lot of sense for him.

Apparently, Leeds would be open to another loan spell for the player but City are keen on a permanent transfer.

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‘All about him’, ‘Not a team player’ – Noel Whelan tears into Leeds United ace

'All about him', 'Not a team player' – Noel Whelan tears into Leeds United ace – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Leeds United crashed out of the playoffs against Derby County earlier in the week.

After an impressive season, Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be devastated to have missed out on promotion.

The Whites had a great chance of winning against Derby and despite being 2-0 up on aggregate, they failed to win the tie.

Poor defending in the second half cost Leeds United dearly in the game.

Popular pundit Noel Whelan has now slammed the Leeds United centre back Pontus Jansson for being selfish.

Whelan also suggested that Leeds United should get rid of the defender as there are better players out there.

He said to BBC Radio: “It’s all about him. He is not a team player, he’s an individual. It is as simple as that. If he is the first to go, fantastic, because there are better defenders. I will tell you what – he is not Premier League class.”

Jansson has had a good season with Leeds United and Whelan’s comments are probably reactionary. He is a key player for Marcelo Bielsa’s side and selling him now would be foolish.

Leeds cannot afford to lose their key players this summer. They need to add more depth and hold on to the best players.

It will be interesting to see what happens this summer. Bielsa will be determined to turn it around and give it another go next year.

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Pundit suggests ‘outstanding’ Leeds ace couldn’t handle the pressure vs Derby

Pundit suggests 'outstanding' Leeds ace couldn't handle the pressure vs Derby – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Former Leeds United player and pundit Simon Grayson has suggested that Leeds struggled to cope with the pressure against Derby County.

The Whites were defeated at Elland Road last night and Derby progressed to the play-off finals in the end.

After an impressive season under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds will be bitterly disappointed not to have secure promotion to the Premier League.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Grayson revealed that even experienced players like Liam Cooper gave in to the pressure last night.

He added that Cooper has had a good season but he made a couple of errors against the Rams.

He said during the programme (via HITC): “It’s amazing what playoff situations can do to players. Liam Cooper has been outstanding all season and yet made a couple of errors. Leeds were on the back foot then.”

The likes of Casilla were pretty poor as well. It seemed that Leeds lost their heads during crucial stages of the game.

It will be interesting to see how Leeds United bounce back from this one.

They will need to add to their squad and keep their key players if they want to secure promotion next season.

The Whites should have secured automatic promotion this year but a late collapse forced them to go through the play-offs.

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