Leeds United played to a 4-2 victory against Yorkshire minnows Harrogate Town in yesterday’s pre-season friendly. And while the first half was all Leeds, the team seemed to get sloppy and allowed Harrogate to score two goals, matching the two goals that the Leeds United team scored.
Speaking to LUTV after the game, Leeds boss Thomas Christiansen hinted that more players would be arriving at Elland Road soon.
“There is a lot of competition and there are still some new players to come in, but everyone should have an opportunity and these games are for that.
“The new players will need some time to adapt to the team, some players may also go out with players coming in, so we will see what the situation is at the weekend with regards to selection at Guiseley.”
While it was interesting to see that even a new manager to the English game sounds exactly like every other manager when speaking about friendlies, Christiansen may have inadvertently spilled the beans a little bit about upcoming transfer news. While it’s no secret that Leeds have been linked to a number of players during the summer transfer window, only a few moves have been confirmed. Most notably, new youth signings Paudie O’Connor and Madger Gomes both shined in their debut with the club, with Gomes scoring the only goal from open play in the first half. Matuesz Klich also started the first half against Harrogate, with new keeper Felix Wiedwald starting the second half of the friendly.
And while it’s too early to read the tea leaves as the status of players, it is interesting that Marco Silvestri, one keeper that has been linked with a move away, did not play while the other senior keeper that has been linked with a move away, Rob Green, did play. Of course, Guiseppe Bellusci did play and it appears that the club would prefer that he transfer elsewhere, so maybe there isn’t necessarily a rhyme or reason to who started between the sticks.
Anyway, it sounds like some transfer news will be breaking soon. What a time to be a Leeds fan.