This week saw Neil Warnock complete a deal for another piece of his Leeds united jigsaw in the shape of Paddy Kenny.
Kenny immediately took to Twitter to tell the fans exactly what they could expect from him, declaring – ‘’New chapter now and I can’t wait I promise you all you will get 110% from me every week, and get this massive club back to the prem’’ Which is more-or-less exactly what you want to hear from a new signing.
Warnock is clearly building a team of hard workers, a team that he knows he can rely on week after week. Some of these signings have failed to really get the fans juices flowing, but we have to look at the bigger picture. The man knows what type of player to look for, so any signings he makes should be looked at with positivity, as they are all part of Neil Warnocks promotion master plan.
For once, the week has brought about more player rumours than takeover rumours. The latest player related news is that Leeds have made a bid of around £200,000 to SK Brann for Rodolph Austin.
The Jamaican international is refusing to extend his contract, which expires in December, and would be somewhat of a bargain at the amount reported. Originally, we were told that the bid was rejected, but when questioned, SK Brann would only confirm that a bid had been made, not that it had been rejected.
I must admit, I hadn’t heard of Austin prior to this, though a quick check on Youtube made me feel an almost instantaneous like for the man.
In one particular video, he chases down a winger, makes an inch perfect tackle which also wipes the winger out, before Austin gets to his feet and picks the other player, looking dazed and a little confused, back up on to his feet before carrying on his business. Compare this to Adam Clayton and you start to see things the Warnock way.
In other news, Andy Gray is training with us, though it was at Gray’s request, not Warnock’s. The 34 year old was believed to be close to signing for Bradford, though it could be that he fancies his chances of impressing at Leeds.
Another player training with us is Martin Crainie, who left Coventry at the end of the season after rejecting new terms. The ex England U21 defender is also keen on a move to Elland Road.
With our first pre season game getting closer by the day (funny how that works) I thought it’d be interesting to have a quick look at what our potential first 11 could be. With it only being a hypothetical team I’ve included one or two players that we’re known to be close to completing deals for.
Goalkeeper – Paddy Kenny
Right back – Lee Peltier
Centre back – Tom Lees
Centre back – Jason Pearce
Left back – Adam Drury
Right wing – Robbie Rogers
Central midfield – Paul Green
Central midfield – Michael Brown/Rodolph Austin
Left wing – Aidan White/Luke Varney
Attacking midfield – Robert Snodgrass
Striker – Luciano Becchio
The defence looks strong and you know what to expect from Becchio and Snodgrass, but it will be interesting to see how the midfield do. Robbie Rogers has had little chance to impress, Michael Brown will probably be sent off at some point and there is nothing to say that Aidan White will still be a Leeds player by the time the game comes around, showing an alarming lack of depth in midfield.
So that’s the potential team, but I’m interested in who you think Neil Warnock should target to improve each area. Three players that you think would be the key to promotion.
Leave a comment below with one defender, one midfielder and one striker from any league, but try and keep it realistic!..