Leeds United Taking Advantage Of Beleaguered Portsmouth
After completing the signing of Jason Pearce from troubled Portsmouth, Neil Warnock has seemingly decided that there are more bargains to be had and has returned with a bid for Joel Ward, who held talks with the club last week.
The signing of Pearce and the intention to sign Ward has been well received by the majority of the fans, but some are taking issue with signing two defenders from a team that were relegated from the very division we are aiming to escape from. In theory the argument makes sense, but when you take a closer look at the stats it becomes obvious that this isn’t a gamble by Warnock, as last/this season Portsmouth only conceded as many goals as Playoff Finalists Blackpool.
It is also worth remembering that Scott Parker was relegated from the Premier league with West Ham before becoming one of Tottenham’s leading players the season after, suggesting that there really is nothing to fear from signing both Ward and Pearce.
Leeds beat off competition from Premier League Norwich and ambitious Ipswich to sign Pearce and they have a similar battle on their hands with Ward, as there are Ipswich, Crystal Palace and Burnley also in for the young right back. A decision from Ward is expected sometime in the next 48 hours.
One player that would be ‘like a new signing’ is Robert Snodgrass, who is rumoured to be close to signing a new contract. Snodgrass, along with Ross McCormack and Aidy White, has been given until the 1st of June to decide where his future lies, and it is now starting to look like it may well be Leeds after all. White, however, seems less likely to sign and may join the lengthy list of summer departures from Elland Road.
Once again the rumour mill has been in overdrive, with suggestions that Aidy is looking for £15,000 per week and that he has been subject of interest from Arsenal, which would be understandably hard to turn down for any young player.
On the transfer rumour front there hasn’t been a great deal of progress, although the rumours linking Derby County’s out of contract Paul Green with a move to Elland Road are growing by the day.
Again, the majority of fans would be reasonably happy with the signature of Green, though it is hard to believe that he is of any greater quality than Adam Clayton, who looks to be on his way out. Green has also spoken to other clubs and a decision is expected from him by the end of this week.
As you can see, it hasn’t been the most productive week for Leeds, and you have to hope that they pick up the pace quickly in regards to signing new players. On one hand you have Neil Warnock telling everybody how quickly he wants to get his team together, on the other you have Ken Bates telling us all not to expect any movement anytime soon, but of course, as Ken happily reminds us, all the agents and players are on holiday.
For someone that conducts his business from Monaco, you’d wonder what the problem was.
P.s – Congratulations to Manchester City!