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Morning Leeds-in for 4 January: Eunan O’Kane thinks the squad is good enough to get promoted

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Eunan O’Kane sounded optimistic about Leeds United’s chances for promotion, with or without any more signings in January.

In regards to the question if the squad is good enough as it is now to go up, O’Kane was quoted by the Yorkshire Evening Post:

I think so. I think we have a very good squad.

Obviously everyone has good and bad days and people will fire some days and other days have an off day.

But I think we have got a very good squad here and we have the tools to be successful in this league and to move higher up than that sixth position. I don’t think we have anything to be afraid of from any of the teams that we have played. We have given a good go to everyone and if people come in then they come in, that’s great to help us forward. If they don’t then we will pick ourselves up and go on with what we have.

On the one hand, it’s great so see that the Republic of Ireland international thinks that the club has enough to go up. On the other hand, of course he’s gonna say that. This is one of the reasons I don’t get too excited about athlete interviews, because they all basically trot out the company line no matter what, and try not to say anything that could get them, the manager, or the club in trouble.

So carry on then. O’Kane thinks the squad can go up, unless the board brings in a new player or two, and then those players will be welcomed with open arms and they will be exactly what the club needs.

Whatever.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Ouasim Bouy is recalled from his unhappy loan spell at Cultural Leonesa. [Through It All Together]

Tyler Denton is back from his loan spell at Port Vale. [Through It All Together]

Leeds sign young Finland centre-back Aapo Halme. [Through It All Together]

Leeds announced a formal partnership with the Aspire Academy. [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

Arsenal drew 2-2 with Chelsea last night in a fairly entertaining match. [The Short Fuse]

This is disgusting. The “incident” between West Bromwich Albion’s Jake Livermore and a West Ham United fan was because of a comment made about the death of Livermore’s infant child. [The Independent]

FIFA is “investigating” a claim that an England player, Morgan Gibbs-White, was racially abused by a Spanish opponent during the U17 World Cup. Don’t hold your breath. [The Guardian]

World Football Links

Real Salt Lake signed Alfredo Ortuño, the 26 year-old Spanish striker that was rumoured to be signed by Leeds to help with Cultural Leonesa’s efforts to avoid relegation. [RSL Soapboax]

Club Tijuana preview for the 2018 Liga MX Clausura. Do the Xolos have what it takes to make the Liguilla after missing out in the Apertura? [FMF State of Mind]