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Yorkshire Evening Post 30/1/09 Naylor: I'll lead my way By Phil Hay Richard Naylor's voice was hoarse by the time he left Elland Road on Tuesday night, proof if any was needed that he is making himself heard at the centre of Leeds United's defence. Compensation for his sore throat came in the form of the man-of-the-match award presented to him after Leeds' 2-0 victory over Southend United, the latest of three back-to-back wins in which Naylor's performances have been roundly commended. His voice is one that United would like to hear in their dressing room for the 19 league matches to come. The centre-back arrived at Leeds with a reputation for solid organisation and no-nonsense defending and Simon Grayson has not been disappointed. One goal conceded in 270 minutes of League One football with Naylor in his line-up has led to United's most consistent run of results for four months, a fact their manager does not see as a coincidence. Repaired Plans are already afoo
Yorkshire Evening Post 29/1/09 Naylor: I'm open to offers By Phil Hay Richard Naylor today admitted he is open to the idea of a long-term deal with Leeds United – but insisted his family would be a major consideration in any negotiations with the League One club. Naylor is three games into a month-long loan at Elland Road, and the Ipswich Town defender's impressive impact during his short time with Leeds has provoked a clamour among supporters for United to secure him on a permanent basis. Leeds manager Simon Grayson hopes to increase Naylor's deal beyond the initial month agreed with Ipswich, and Naylor has already established himself in the centre of United's defence, carrying the captain's armband for their last two matches. The 31-year-old is out of favour at Portman Road, where he has been a professional player for almost 15 years, but his family are based in Suffolk and the defender has hinted that a secure and lengthy agreement with Leeds would be needed to p
Yorkshire Evening Post 27/1/09 Whites start to make their move Leeds United 2 Southend United 0 Simon Grayson's first priority at Elland Road was to treat and eliminate the rot that had taken hold of Leeds United's season. Six games into his job as manager, his squad look ready to start turning the screw. Grayson could not promise an overnight solution on his arrival from Blackpool late last month, but in footballing terms the improvement seen under the 39-year-old's management has come close to instantaneous.Leeds registered a third straight victory at Elland Road last night, something their squad last achieved at the end of September. Their victory over a depleted and mis-matched Southend United team was set up inside ten minutes and completed with the ease expected of Leeds before their campaign struck a pocket of turbulence. And with Walsall and Leyton Orient next on the agenda, this period is a prime opportunity for United to attack the prize they set out to claim 27 l 26/1/09 BECKS FASTEST FOR 40 YEARS Jermaine Beckford has become the fastest Leeds United player to score 20 goals in a season since Peter Lorimer some 41 years ago. Becks bagged his 20th and 21st goals of the campaign against Peterborough United last weekend, with his second goal of the afternoon proving enough to take him past last season's 20-goal haul. Elland Road legend Lorimer netted 30 goals during the 1967/68 campaign with his 20th goal coming on December 2 1967. It took Becks until January 24, on his 27th appearance, to reach the 20-mark, and had it not been for a double hamstring injury, he may well have been celebrating earlier. In more recent years, Mark Viduka scored 22 goals in the 2002/03 season, but didn't reach the 20-goal mark until April 22. The Aussie also scored 22 goals during the 2000/01 campaign - including four in the Champions League - and on that occasion he hit his 20th on March 31 to secure a 2-0 win at Sunderland. Other 20-goal a sea
Yorkshire Post 24/1/09 Leeds United 3 Peterborough 1: Trundle is ready to prove again he's the best man for United job by Richard Sutcliffe ANDY ROBINSON has urged Lee Trundle to extend his stay at Elland Road and help shoot Leeds United back into the Championship. The two native Scousers, team-mates at Swansea City for four successful years, were reunited this month when Trundle moved to Elland Road on a month-long loan deal after falling out of favour at Bristol City. Robinson was particularly delighted by the signing with the Robins striker being such a close friend that he fulfilled the role of best man at the United winger's wedding last summer. Trundle has made an immediate impact in a Leeds shirt with his goal in a 2-0 win at Brighton having been followed by a superb display against in-form Peterborough that brought a standing ovation from the 22,766 crowd when he was substituted shortly before the end. The home fans' appreciation was understandable with the 32-year-
Yorkshire Evening Post 18/1/09 Grayson's the loan arranger! By Phil Hay Leeds United manager Simon Grayson will continue to turn his hand to temporary transfers during the January window if loan opportunities offer his club more potential than permanent deals. Grayson's first three signings as Leeds boss have all been agreed as initial loan moves, bringing Lee Trundle, Richard Naylor and Carl Dickinson to Elland Road, and the 39-year-old does not intend to overlook his preferred targets for the sake of securing long-term arrivals.United are bidding to fight their way into League One's play-off zone and, after a period of troubled form, are highly likely to make permanent additions to their squad before the transfer window closes on February 2. But Grayson's willingness to use the loan market has already secured him two recruits from the Championship and one from the Premier League.Trundle and Naylor have arrived at Elland Road on one-month deals from Bristol City and Ip 16/1/09 CHAIRMAN REJECTS DELPH APPROACHES United chairman Ken Bates has revealed he has turned down two approaches for teenage midfielder Fabian Delph . Speaking to Yorkshire Radio, the chairman said the approaches came from two un-named Premiership clubs. "We explained to both clubs that we don't deal in petty cash and they were Premiership clubs as well," he said. "We don't want to sell Fabian. "He's happy, we're happy Fabian stays, and unless something unexpected out of the blue happens which we can't forecast, we want him to take us back into the Premiership." Boss Simon Grayson has suggested there could be other departures during the transfer window as, after bringing in three new faces on loan over the past week, he continues to assess his squad. Striker Lee Trundle was followed by the double arrival of central defender Richard Naylor and left-back Carl Dickinson. "We've always said we would need to strengthen 10/1/09 UNITED SLIP TO DEFEAT Elland Road old boys send United to defeat... UNITED 0, CARLISLE 2 (Graham 27, Bridges 35) United: Ankergren, Richardson, Marques, Michalik, Sheehan (Johnson 56), Hughes (Robinson 62), Douglas, Delph, Snodgrass, Becchio, Christie (Trundle 57). Subs: Lucas, Assoumana. Carlisle: Krul, Raven, Livesey, Murphy, Liddle, Taylor (Bridge-Wilkinson 65), Thirlwell, Kavanagh, Jeff Smith, Bridges, Graham (Dobie 59). Subs: Williams, Hackney, Keogh. Referee: K Friend. Booked: Graham, Kavanagh (Carlisle) Att: 22,411 Simon Grayson made just one enforced change from the side which beat Stockport at the end of 2008 with Malcolm Christie making his first league start in place of the injured Jermaine Beckford (hamstring). New loan signing Lee Trundle was named on the substitutes bench, along with Bradley Johnson, fresh from a loan spell with Brighton. Former United striker Michael Bridges was in the Carlisle starting line-up, and he was denied by Casper Ankergr
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