Leeds United In Massive Deadline Day Transfer Coup   –   by Rob Atkinson


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The legends of Leeds United – now being betrayed

Following weeks of transfer speculation, with every conceivable name bandied about in terms of transfer activity both in and out of the club, Life, Leeds United, the Universe & Everything can reveal the identity of the player involved in the Whites’ biggest coup of the transfer window.

The man concerned is Lewis Cook, United’s foremost young talent, who has revealed in the past few days that he will “still be at the club next week”. And this, more than any possible piece of transfer business on the last day of yet another frustrating window of recruitment opportunity, will represent Leeds’ major achievement in terms of their under-equipped squad.

Cook could easily have been sold to any one of several covetous Premier League clubs, for very good money indeed. The apparent fact that he will be staying at Elland Road, there to participate fully in the remainder of yet another season of dire and hopeless mediocrity, will represent the most positive possible outcome for a football giant that is shrinking by the year. And the fact that Leeds themselves seem ready to regard the retention of young talent as the high water mark of their transfer market ambition is a savage indictment of the depths to which the club has now sunk. 

Meanwhile, clubs like Middlesbrough, Derby County and even Bristol City have shown willing to consider the level of investment needed to rise in this dog-eat-dog league. Leeds United, one-time Kings of English Football, show no such resolve. The club as it’s currently run is a betrayal of the golden tradition forged in the sixties and seventies, with a brief revival in the nineties. There is a complacent, decadent air about Cellino‘s Leeds, and nothing short of a major shake-up from the top down seems likely to change that sad situation anytime soon.

But, cheer up – Lewis Cook, subject to any tragic last-minute about-turn, will see out this latest deadline day as a Leeds player, so we will have him to cheer on in the white shirt, perhaps for another season or so. Until he realises, as the likes of Sam Byram have before him, that if his ambition is to match his talent, he will have to seek the fulfilment of both elsewhere. 

Happy deadline day. Maybe there will be a loan or two to mollify us after all the speculation and all the hollow promises. And, let’s not forget, we took over 6,000 to the Macron.

Isn’t life grand?

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5 responses to “Leeds United In Massive Deadline Day Transfer Coup   –   by Rob Atkinson

  1. milano whites

    Now then Rob, hope you are well. Top article again mate and you speak for many of us out there. I am amazed that some seem to have not realised and still back Massimo Cesare Borgais Cellino…free the SS5…I am on hunger strike, refusing to eat the 5 quid pie, until SS is re-opened properly…YRA

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  2. patrick hogan

    So Cook leaving wasn’t a done deal then? Or did you and ‘Lorimer Is A reptile’ mean in the summer? Whatever, for what it’s worth I agree with the sense and sentiment of this article. Sic transit gloria mundi.

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  3. Asim Siddiq

    But you forget that Middlesborough and Derby have spent so much money over the last 3 years and what have they achieved. For me it’s not about how much money you spend or how many players you sign, it’s the quality of the signings but also the system that we play. Look at Bournemouth, no big players and they achieved promotion, they had unknowns who had an abundance of pace and skill, that’s all you need and you will be successful. it’s a very simple formula. Personally I would sign players from the lower reaches who have these attributes and I can gaurantee that we will gain promotion next season. Of course we could also loan youngsters from the PL who also have these attributes, I don’t really care where we get them from, but we must have players with pace, you will always win games with quick counter attcking. Also players need to have the ability to run at defences rather than what our players do which is pass sideways and then backwards. Football is a simple game unfortunately our club seem to make it look hard.

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  4. Well said Rob. We lurch through another season of mediocrity where the only threat of an adrenalin rush is the odd 20 minutes of decent play and one or two goals. Long gone are the days of rolling along on the crest of a wave as we comfortably cruise to a commanding win admiring our well manicured finger nails and well groomed hair, only to arrive back home with the afore mentioned bitten to the bone and lumps pulled from our scalps. Fate has now decided that we won’t go out of the FA Cup in a blaze of glory in front of a frenzy 40.000, but doomed to being dump by one of those less exciting clubs that prop up the Premiere league, although doing quite well this season.
    Those of us in the latter years of our lives who once experienced pure uncontrollable bouts of euphoria and the depths of utter despair through sheer robbery seem doomed to never seeing the likes again.
    How sad to spend your last days wallowing amongst your DVDs of the glory years pointing at the screen and telling your grandkids “Look, you can see me there”.
    Clean away the dirt and grime infesting this cliub and you have a goldmine, a powerhouse . Trying to find a buyer is like looking for life in the universe.

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  5. On the nail again Rob. Byram went because of a derisory contract offer added to his ambition,which you can’t blame him for after Cellino stooping to a personal attack. Cook will stay it seems,but after the summer who knows? I’d like to see where all the money for Byram has gone.

    Our mad presidente’ made much of money pumped into ER,but no ground bought and loan signings a priority over hard cash signings doom us to has beens of the lower championship. How depressing! If it weren’t for a few wins weeks ago i’d be fearing relegation again.

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