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Leeds United attacker takes step forward, prize asset's reminder and teenager's off-camera backheel — YEP 21/7/24

By Graham Smyth Leeds United showcased something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue in Sunday morning's training session in Germany. The old was an inescapable part of pre-season that players moan about but know deep down they have to do: running. There was lots of it. There was lots of football, too, but in between fast-paced and intense six-a-side games the players were gathered in the middle of the training ground for repeated sprints, having bookended their session with jogs around the perimeter. The new was represented by a classy black staff training kit, which outclasses last season's horrid green effort by some distance, and the greenhorn teenagers joining the first team for this camp. Farke is giving training opportunities to 15, 17 and 18-year-olds and after watching their peer Archie Gray fly last season they will be dreaming of following in his footsteps. The club's new breakthrough star could be set to show himself between now and t

Leeds United new boy set for Friday night routine swap and giving Whites something different — YEP 21/7/24

By Graham Smyth Joe Rothwell has traded Friday nights watching Leeds United on the box for Friday nights under the lights, playing for them. Last season the Whites became an unintentional part of the attacking midfielder's weekend routine. For most footballers operating at a certain level, Friday and Saturday nights will be spent in a team hotel watching whatever game happens to be on. Nine times last season that Friday night game did indeed involve Leeds United, so as Rothwell and his Southampton team-mates were relaxing ahead of their own match they tuned in to watch the Whites. Rothwell has now had plenty of opportunities to see his new team-mates in the flesh, up close, and just like last season he likes what he sees. Speaking to the YEP after the first session of the Whites' training camp in Germany he said: "I've been really impressed. Obviously I watched a lot of them last year. Leeds seemed to always be the team that was on TV last year, so you spend your

Five years of the ‘new’ goal-kick law – this is how it has transformed football — The Athletic 21/7/24

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By Jordan Campbell It was in the autumn of 2017 when goal kicks first started to become viewed as a legitimate attacking instrument. After signing from Benfica, it soon became clear that the left leg of Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson was more of a trebuchet than a human limb, capable of striking the ball 80 yards over the top of the opposition defence to set up goals. The ploy befuddled teams, as it was something that had not been seen before. City’s entire front three would position themselves 20 yards beyond the opposition back line, safe in the knowledge they could not be offside from a goal kick. There are an average of 16 goal kicks in a Premier League match, which makes the scenario the third-most-common set piece behind throw-ins and free kicks. Until 2017, however, presumably because geographically in terms of the pitch they start just about as far from the opposition net as possible, goal kicks had largely been performed off the cuff and without much thought, se

JAYDEN BOGLE: IT’S A MASSIVE CLUB AND OPPORTUNITY — Leeds united.com 20/7/24

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Defender gives his thoughts on signing for the club. Leeds United confirmed the arrival of Jayden Bogle, who joined the club on a four-year deal from fellow Sky Bet Championship side, Sheffield United. The 23-year-old made the switch from South to West Yorkshire and will bolster Daniel Farke’s defence, with his experience and abilities on the right side. After putting pen to paper at Elland Road, Bogle gave his thoughts to LUTV on signing, and told us more about himself as a player. He said: “It’s amazing [to sign for Leeds]. It’s a great feeling, a massive club and a massive opportunity, I can’t wait to get going. “I knew there was interest and since I heard it, this is where I wanted to be. As I said, it’s a massive club and opportunity, a fantastic team, great staff, so I am really excited. “I am comfortable on the ball, I like to get forward and create chances, but be defensively solid and strong. “I like to have good positioning too, and just be a big part of the tea

Leeds United reveal 'attack minded' signing and contract length after £5m deal — YEP 20/7/24

By Graham Smyth Leeds United have handed ‘attack minded’ £5m defender Jayden Bogle a four-year contract at Elland Road. The Whites made significant progress in their negotiations with Sheffield United on Friday night and Bogle made his way to Thorp Arch for a medical on Saturday as the deal was finalised. Two earlier bids had been rejected by the Blades, who are in the midst of a takeover, but with a year left on the 23-year-old’s contract they eventually came to an agreement with Leeds. A club statement said: “Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Jayden Bogle from Sheffield United for an undisclosed fee. The 23-year-old full-back has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at Elland Road, committing his future with the Whites until the summer of 2028.” Bogle had spells with Reading, Swindon Town and Derby County’s academy systems and made his senior debut for the latter against Oldham Athletic in the 2018/19 campaign. He made 40 Championship appearances that seas

'Slow' - Daniel Farke on Leeds United base formation change, Harrogate verdict and Germany plan — YEP 20/7/24

By Lee Sobot Leeds enjoyed a 3-0 win at Harrogate Town in their summer’s first public pre-season friendly. Daniel Farke has explained the reasons behind Leeds United’s ‘base’ formation change in Friday’s 3-0 victory at Harrogate Town - and the chances of the Whites keeping it. Farke predominantly lined Leeds up in a 4-2-3-1 system last season but it became apparent from the outset of Friday’s friendly in Harrogate that United were playing with three at the back. Ethan Ampadu, Joe Rodon and youngster James Debayo formed a three-man centre-back axis, flanked by wing backs Junior Firpo and Dan James and behind a two man centre midfield of Joe Rothwell and Ilia Gruev. Mateo Joseph, Joel Piroe and Georginio Rutter then formed a front three in which Rutter played slightly deeper as a no 10 as Joseph and Piroe linked up as a two-man striker pairing. The Whites took just 12 minutes to go ahead through a close range Firpo strike and then added two more goals after the break in which

Harry Gray sets sights on his Leeds United 'journey' with declaration and Archie Gray verdict — YEP 20/7/24

By Lee Sobot Archie Gray’s younger brother Harry made his Leeds United debut on Friday at just 15 years of age. Harry Gray has declared his Leeds United debut as an “unreal feeling” and an occasion which quickly drew a response from his big brother Archie. Harry, still only 15, was named on Daniel Farke’s bench for Friday night’s pre-season friendly at Harrogate Town, at which fans were singing his name before he was even introduced. Those chants then grew louder as it became clear that the teen was about to be introduced as a 76th-minute substitute, the striker swapping places with record signing Georginio Rutter and immediately taking up the no 9 role. The young striker quickly began pressing Town’s back line and sent an effort over the bar as part of an energetic debut which clearly pleased both United’s fans - and his older brother. Taking to his Instagram page, England youth international striker Harry wrote: “Unreal feeling to make my debut for Leeds United, start of

Everton takeover: Why the Friedkin Group deal is off and what happens now? — The Athletic 19/7/24

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Everton fans, there is no sugar-coating it. This is bad. The club statement about the latest collapse of takeover talks tried to put a positive spin on things by referring to exploratory discussions concluding, “good faith” and “alternative options”, but it is very hard to glaze a sandwich this unappetising. To mix sporting metaphors, this spin ended up being a juicy full toss that Manchester United fans have mercilessly dispatched into the upper deck of the Jarrad Branthwaite Stand. The fact that 99 per cent of the replies to the tweets we posted about the demise of the Friedkin Group’s (TFG) takeover related to United’s pursuit of Everton’s talented centre-back is almost as depressing as the state the 146-year-old club find themselves in today. Almost but not quite because Everton — nine times champions of England, founding members of the English Football League and co-creators of the Premier League, Liverpool’s senior club — are in a deep hole and that is far more serious th

Harrogate Town 0 Leeds United 3 19/7/24

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Leeds United medical booked and Germany flight addition as £5m late night deal agreed — YEP 20/7/24

By Graham Smyth Leeds United are closing in on another summer signing with a medical scheduled Jayden Bogle is set for a medical after Leeds United reached a £5m deal with Sheffield United. Daniel Farke will welcome the right-back to the club's training camp in Germany, which begins tomorrow. The YEP understands the deal moved quickly on Friday evening after our sister title The Sheffield Star reported that Bogle would be given permission to sit out the Blades' Saturday friendly with Chesterfield. Right-back has been seen as a key position and Bogle's arrival is timely, given Farke's need to play three at the back during Friday's friendly win at Harrogate. With Bogle in place Leeds will have a trio of senior full-backs, namely Bogle, left-back Junior Firpo and Sam Byram, who can play on either side of the back four. Bogle is likely to make his friendly debut during one of Leeds' two pre-season fixtures in Germany. The 23-year-old started his youth care

Jayden Bogle set for Leeds United medical as transfer agreed with Sheffield United — MOT Leeds News 20/7/24

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George Overhill Jayden Bogle is set for a Leeds United medical imminently after a deal was agreed to bring him to Elland Road, John Percy reports. According to the Telegraph journalist via X on 20 July the Blades defender is set to join the Whites in a £5million deal after an agreement was reached. He will head for testing thestraight away ahead of joining Daniel Farke’s squad ready for the new Championship season. The 23-year-old will become the second major signing in defence for the German after Joe Rodon’s £10m return from Tottenham. Leeds have been losing players faster than they can fill the gaps and the full-back spots have been looking particularly light this summer. Bringing in Bogle who was a regular throughout Sheffield United’s doomed Premier League campaign should represent a substantial boost assuming there are no issues at the medical. Archie Gray’s big-money move to Spurs robbed Farke of his regular starting right-back from last season while primary back-u

'Surgery' - Daniel Farke on Patrick Bamford absence and Leeds United plan for Aaronson and Wober — YEP 20/7/24

By Lee Sobot Patrick Bamford, Brenden Aaronson and Max Wober were all missing from Friday night’s friendly at Harrogate Town. Leeds United boss Daniel Farke has provided updates on Patrick Bamford, Brenden Aaronson and Max Wober after the trio all missed Friday night’s friendly at Harrogate Town. A knee injury kept Bamford out of the last few games of the 2023-24 season and Farke has revealed that the Whites no 9 had surgery on the issue and only returned to team training this week. Bamford, though, is set to fly out with the rest of the squad for the team’s pre-season training camp in Germany this week along with returning loanees Aaronson and Wober. The pair, who have had busy summers on international duty, have only returned this week. Speaking after the 3-0 win at the Exercise Stadium, Farke was asked for updates on the trio and said: “We also need them in the next weeks, there is no doubt about this. Patrick had obviously the little surgery after his injury at the end of

Daniel Farke shares update on Max Wober future and whether he will be at Leeds United next season — Leeds United News 20/7/24

Danny Bloomer Daniel Farke has given an update on Max Wober’s future at Leeds United following the pre-season friendly win at Harrogate Town. The Whites ran out 3-0 winners in North Yorkshire thanks to goals from Junior Firpo, Georginio Rutter and Sam Chambers, in what was their first outing of the summer. Unlike Brenden Aaronson, Wober was not in attendance at the match which raised yet more question marks on where his future lies for the upcoming season. Wober spent last season on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach but they have so far been unable to meet Leeds’ asking price over a permanent deal. Farke had been giving consideration to bringing both Wober and Rasmus Kristensen back, though the latter took that decision out of his hands by joining Eintracht Frankfurt. Wober claimed before Euro 2024 that he had no idea what his future held, before then revealing during the tournament that talks would get underway once he was out. Following Austria’s last-16 exit to Turkey,

Three players added to Leeds United's Germany squad as transfer panic acknowledged — Leeds Live 20/7/24

Leeds United will see Patrick Bamford, Brenden Aaronson and Max Wober added to the group which beat Harrogate Town in a pre-season friendly on Friday night after Daniel Farke faced the media Three players will swiftly reinforce the Leeds United squad that beat Harrogate Town last night. Patrick Bamford, Brenden Aaronson and Max Wober are all expected to join the squad on their imminent training camp in Germany, despite missing Friday’s pre-season win. Daniel Farke’s side defeated their League Two opponents 3-0 in their first public friendly of the summer, but it was a squad that included five youngsters without senior experience. Bamford is still working his way back from the injury that ended his season prematurely, while Aaronson’s and Wober’s summers have been delayed by their international commitments. “We also need them in the next weeks, there's no doubt about this,” said Farke. “Patrick had the little surgery after his injury at the end of last season and was doing lot

REPORT: HARROGATE TOWN 0-3 LEEDS UNITED — Leedsunited.com 19/7/24

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Whites dominate in North Yorkshire. Pre-Season Friendly Harrogate Town 0 Leeds United 3 (Firpo 12’, Georginio 61’, Chambers 90’) Leeds United: Meslier (GK) (Darlow 46’), Firpo (Struijk 46’), Ampadu (C), Piroe (Summerville 46’), Rothwell (Crew 46’), Rodon (Byram 46’), Joseph (Gelhardt 46’), James (Chambers 85’), Georginio (Gray 76’), Gruev (Thomas 85’), Debayo (Gnonto 46’). Sub not used: Cairns (GK). Referee: Andrew Kitchen Booked: Crew (Leeds) Venue: Exercise Stadium Attendance: 3,920 Daniel Farke’s Leeds United got their pre-season campaign off to a winning start with a dominant performance at Harrogate Town’s Exercise Stadium. In sweltering conditions in North Yorkshire, Dominican Republic international Junior Firpo fired the Whites into the lead in the opening stages, before goals from Georginio Rutter and Sam Chambers sealed the victory after the break. Backed by a sold out away end, Leeds dominated possession early on, with quick feet from Georginio on the ed

International seals Leeds United exit by becoming second Whites man to activate contract option — YEP 19/7/24

By Lee Sobot Danish international defender Rasmus Kristensen has sealed his Leeds United exit by becoming the second Whites player to activate a contract option. Kristensen departed the club following United’s relegation last summer to join AS Roma on a season-long loan but was set to return to Elland Road upon the ending of his loan deal. Kristensen, though, held the option in his contract to leave on loan again for the 2024-25 campaign and the right-back has now followed another Whites player by activating that option to seal a switch to German outfit Eintracht Frankfurt on loan for next season. Whites winger Jack Harrison also held the option to exit on another season-long loan deal after his 2023-24 spell at Everton and sealed another season-long loan switch to the Toffees last month. Kristensen remains contracted at Leeds until the summer of 2027. Transfer guru journalist Fabrizio Romano reported on Thursday that the Dane’s switch to Eintracht Frankfurt was already a don

'Here we go!' - Fabrizio Romano confirms Leeds United exit set for medical after £12.6m agreement reached — YEP 19/7/24

By Kyle Newbould Leeds United look set to see another of last season’s loanees out the door. Rasmus Kristensen looks to be closing in on a second loan spell away from Leeds United with reports suggesting he will join Eintracht Frankfurt for the season. Kristensen was expected back at Leeds in the coming days, having been away with Denmark at this summer’s European Championships, but speculation over his future began to intensify earlier this week with Frankfurt showing interest. The 27-year-old was thought to be on a shortlist of potential right-back options but talks over a deal have progressed quickly. Fabrizio Romano now reports that a deal is all but done, with Kristensen due in Frankfurt for a medical on Friday ahead of completing his season-long loan move. Talks over a permanent deal hit an impasse due to Leeds’ valuation, believed to be around £12.6million, and in allowing him a year out there temporarily they will hope to see that price-tag met next summer. Kristensen

Ilia Gruev: ‘Losing at Wembley hurt, but I will achieve something at Leeds’ — The Athletic 19/7/24

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By Nancy Froston Ilia Gruev needed to show patience last season and in the end, he was rewarded. After a relatively low-key arrival in the final 24 hours of the summer transfer window on a permanent move from Werder Bremen, the 24-year-old Bulgaria international had to wait two months before an extended run in the team. Once he was handed his chance under Daniel Farke — when preferred No 6 Ethan Ampadu dropped into centre-back to cover injuries — Gruev soon made the position his own. He was so effective that talk of interest this summer from Borussia Dortmund among other clubs sparked fear among regulars at Elland Road that they could lose a real gem in the starting XI. But after heartbreak in the Championship play-off final and a good rest, Gruev is back and determined to make the new season at Leeds a success. “The first two weeks, it hurt after the final,” he says in an exclusive interview with The Athletic. “You don’t want to think much about football so you try to do somet

Why Leeds fans are seeing red at their new kit — The Athletic 18/7/24

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By Nancy Froston There was little surprise in seeing red appear on Leeds United’s new home shirt — but it is a colour that is universally hated in the city and by supporters. Since Red Bull was announced as a shareholder and front-of-shirt sponsor, Leeds fans expected this to happen. The loathing of red — which stems from the club’s rivalry with Manchester United — runs so deep that the McDonald’s on Elland Road does not have any of its trademark colour on its roadside sign. Some fans refuse to wear red clothing on non-matchdays, so the prominence of the red and yellow Red Bull logo on the front of this year’s shirt has been met with mixed reaction. The Adidas-designed strip — classic Leeds in every other sense with its white body and blue detailing on the sleeves and collar — is still said to be selling well. So, is the swell of feeling against the Red Bull logo one of football’s irrationalities? One of United’s more famous fans Gary Edwards, author of Paint it White: Follow

Leeds United confirm Glen Kamara exit as midfielder joins Stade Rennais — YEP 16/7/24

By Kyle Newbould The midfielder spent less than 12 months at Leeds United. Leeds United have confirmed the sale of Glen Kamara to Stade Rennais. Kamara leaves Elland Road after less than 12 months, having signed from Rangers in a deal worth between £4-5million last summer. While the fee is officially undisclosed, the YEP understands Leeds will receive somewhere in the region of £8m from Rennes, almost doubling their money. The club had seen Kamara in their plans for next season but, as with all members of the squad, were open to considering appropriate offers and will bank a seven-figure profit from the Finland international’s exit. Kamara is thought to be excited by the prospect of playing in France and returns to top-flight football, having been unable to achieve promotion under Daniel Farke. A club statement read: “Leeds United can confirm Glen Kamara has joined Stade Rennais in a permanent deal, for an undisclosed fee. The 28-year-old midfielder moved to the Whites last s