Sunday, December 23, 2012

Warnock - I don't want to spend stupid money

Leeds United boss Neil Warnock says he will not want to spend stupid money when the transfer window opens in just over a week`s time.
Leeds finally announced new owners on Friday, with Dubai based investment bank, GFH Capital taking over the reins at Elland Road.
Warnock has been promised support in the January transfer window by the new owners but the Leeds boss feels it is a matter of getting in the right players at the right price, rather than spending what he calls 'stupid money`.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Warnock said, "I think they know I don`t want stupid money. I won`t be spending stupid money for the sake of it.
"It is a matter of trying to get the right two or three players in, wheeling and dealing, because that is what I have done all my career and nothing will change. I am never going to spend five million on a player; we need to walk before we can run.
"I just need the support for the type of players I am trying to get in, that is what is important to me.
"We have targeted a certain number of players and we will try and bring them in."
Warnock says his priority is a striker to give Luciano Becchio competition and he is already being linked with big money moves for strikers.
Southampton striker Rickie Lambert is the latest to be linked to Leeds in a £1.5 million move according to the Daily Mail.
Lambert helped fire Southampton to back-to-back promotions in the last two seasons, finishing top scorer in the division in both seasons.
He netted 31 times last season as Southampton won promotion to the Premier League.
He has been a regular in the saints side this season and he has netted six goals in the Premier League so far this season.
Midfielder Paul Green was forced off through illness at half time in the win over Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Aidy White replaced Green at half time after Green complained to Leeds boss Neil Warnock that he felt unwell.
Warnock explained on Yorkshire Radio after the game that Green had told him close to half time that he felt unwell. "He came to see me about ten minutes before half time and said he felt terrible, felt sick and he didn`t feel like he had any energy.
"I asked him to stop on until half time as to not give anything away to Middlesbrough."
The Green withdrawal forced a change in the Leeds system with Byram moving up into the right midfield position in place of Green. Lee Peltier reverted to his recognised position of right back with White slotting in at left back.
Warnock says it is like having a new player after Davide Somma made his return from a long-term injury.
Somma was a surprise inclusion on the bench on Wednesday night against Chelsea after eighteen months out after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury in the summer of 2011.
He was an unused substitute on Wednesday night, with Warnock saying he did not want to risk Somma after putting in so much hard work in returning to full fitness.
Somma made his reappearance for the club, when he came off the bench for the final twenty-two minutes of the game against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The South African international striker showed glimpses of the form that saw him net 12 goals in 18 starts in his only full season in the Leeds first team.
Warnock was delighted to have the striker back and he feels it is like signing a new player after so long out of the side.
Speaking on Yorkshire Radio, Warnock said, "I thought he looked sharp. He has done well in training and he is like a new signing for me."
The return of Somma is a huge boost for Warnock who is looking for a striker to add competition for places in attack.
Luciano Becchio continues his great form this season. The Argentinian scored twice in the win over Middlesbrough to take his tally to seventeen for the season.
Fellow striker Ross McCormack was once again a frustrated spectator as he was an unused substitute.
Andy Gray wasn`t amongst the eighteen players named for the Middlesbrough game and he could be seen as surplus to requirements when the transfer window opens in just over a week`s time.