Leeds fans pursuit of transfer happenings is truly impressive
On Tuesday, a couple of ardent followers of Leeds United caught up with the transfer rumblings in a rather unforeseen manner. Instead of waiting for an official statement from the management, they went one step further and clicked pictures of a pending arrival at their club’s training facility.
What followed was an intense scrutiny of their collection to decipher the identity of their new man.
With only a snapshot of the player’s back to go on, the supporters matched the hairstyle and used ‘wet floor’ signs as a scale for calculating height to narrow down the suspect list to Matthew Pennington of Everton.
The tenacious followers posted about their findings online and were found to be absolutely on the mark with their prediction, as the club announced the deal shortly afterwards.
Elland Road has been a busy place this summer with a plethora of transfer activity taking place. Armed with inquisitive patrons of social media, the fans are doing their bit in putting the spotlight on internal negotiations. Gone are those times when clubs hoped to do their dealings behind closed doors, it seems.
Check out the brilliant scientific analysis from the Leeds fans below-
Liverpool fans have been facing repeated breakdowns every time they come across news relating to hot target Naby Keita, who is said to have dominated the Reds’ shopping list for several weeks now.
Media reports have only taken the midfielder away from Merseyside, taking along with them all the patience fans’ could muster in hopes of his transfer.
Things turned from bad to worse recently when RB Leipzig’s owner virtually killed chances of Keita’s move to Anfield by declaring: “We don’t sell any of our players just to get money. Lately we got a €75m offer for Naby Keïta. No way! He has a contract and he will accomplish it.”
Another imminent outcry from Reds supporters is understandable, but perhaps they would be assured to know how their manager has been handling all these issues lately.
Beautifully articulated by @AnfieldRd96, here’s Jurgen Klopp’s reaction to the news of Nabi Keita’s bid being rejected yet again. Maybe the Liverpool fans need to take a leaf from his book –
Manchester United made it two out of two in the 2017/18 pre-season tour in U.S as the reigning Europa League champions edged out Real Salt Lake in a narrow 2-1 victory. The game marked Romelu Lukaku’s first goal for his new club, which was also a talking point post the match.
So was Jesse Lingard’s backfoot flick.
Though the Belgian robbed all the limelight with his maiden strike, Lingard made a strong case for himself with a cheeky backfoot pass which has left the fans in an awe of him. It may not have resulted in a goal, but the attempt was simply fabulous.
Just five minutes ahead of the break with United already leading 2-1, Paul Pogba made a looping backhead pass which set Lingard afloat in the air and lay off for an ambushing Lukaku with a back pass that was out of this world.
The 24-year old is often one of the unsung heroes for United with a self-effacing personality. Never hogging the limelight. But that pass, that one pass from him, is now wreaking havoc online. Fans are in an absolute delirium and cannot stop throwing bouquets at him.
Just watch that flick once. And then, watch it again –
Chelsea began their pre-season campaign by annihilating cross town rivals Fulham 8-2 in a match played behind closed doors at Chelsea’s training ground Cobham. It was a game full of positives for the Premier League champions and they will be looking to build upon the performance and carry the amazing form to the upcoming China and Singapore tour.
One person who would particularly be looking to impress Conte this pre-season in order to get more playing time will be Chelsea’s Spanish pass-master Cesc Fabregas, and it looks like his latest training ground exploits will mean that the Italian coach will surely be spoilt for choice when it’ll come to choosing players for the team’s Central Midfield.
The ex- Arsenal man is known for his creativity and pinpoint passing, but even by his standards, his assist in one of Chelsea’s recent training sessions was commendable.
He received a pass from out wide, lifted the ball, and provided an amazing lobbed backheel assist to set up a goal for the incoming player at the near post. The outrageous alertness projected by the man, coupled with the magical backheel had all the ingredients for a mesmerizing piece of play.
Fabregas was regularly used by Conte as a substitute last season, and still managed to rack up an impressive figure of 13 assists. With the arrival of Bakayoko, the ex-Barca man will have to fight hard to get a place into the starting line-up. Although, if he continues providing such wordlie assists, he will surely get a place on the team sheet.
Check out pure skills from Fabregas below –
Leeds United had to make do with a hastily-arranged training match with Turkish side Bursaspor at a very short notice after a pre-arranged clash against Germany’s FC Ingolstadt was cancelled at the last moment on Sunday.
Blame it on lack of an opportunity to study their opponents at the eleventh hour, or simply accept the fact that the Peacocks were under prepared: Leeds were humbled with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Bursaspor in their first pre-season under Thomas Christiansen.
Despite good performances from veterans as well as new signings, the loss only went on to raise questions on Leeds’ preparations and fitness levels. But there was one moment in the game that will make fans believe in their club’s potential again.
Defender Liam Cooper produced a sublime pass right from the half line that went on to find Dallas Stuart perfectly, although it was ruled off-side by the referee eventually.
Check out Cooper’s stunning pass below –
Lazio forward has heart set on West Ham move
In the transfer merry go round, where social media activity is intensely scrutinized for rumours and speculation, Keita Balde Diao is leaving no stone unturned to showcase his interest in a transfer to the Premier League.
West Ham have submitted a bid for the left forward which could be rising upto £26 million and if his social media preferences are anything to go by then the former Barcelona youth product will be trading the Roman outfit for Claret and Blue very soon.
The current Lazio young gun has been noted for commenting on Pedro Obiang’s posts and following him & Chiekhou Kouyate on Instagram, both being West Ham first team players. Slaven Bilic will be hoping to fend off interest from rival parties and such social media stunts by the Senegalese would surely delight him.
Since the departure of the talismanic Dimitri Payet, Hammers have struggled to find quality output from the left side of the pitch and view Kieta as the ideal replacement having scored 16 and assisted a further 3 in the Serie A last season.
Linked with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham and AC Milan for an eternity, it seems West Ham have outbid them by making a significant offer for the winger in bringing him to the Olympic Stadium.
Check out the screenshots below –
Another day, another little ray of hope for Liverpool fans to see Virgil Van Dijk donning the famous red jersey soon. The internet has been filled with rumours about Van Dijk’s future since the beginning of the transfer window, and frankly, no one can be blamed because the saga has taken so many twists and turns that it looks like something straight out of a Hollywood movie.
Back in June, the Van Dijk deal was almost complete, with only personal terms remaining to be confirmed, when suddenly Southampton accused Liverpool, who also happen to be their most loyal customers in the transfer window, of approaching their man illegally. The Merseyside club immediately apologised and pulled out the deal.
One of Van Dijk’s close friends though, who goes by the username ‘philipuby’ on Instagram, has been in the news amongst the Liverpool fans, and his latest social media activity will only make the whole episode more intense.
He had earlier uploaded an Instagram post along with Van Dijk with a cryptic message (see above) few days ago.
And now, to make matters more interesting, VVD’s friend was spotted liking a comment on the same post which translated to ‘Dream = Liverpool ’. Check out the screenshot below –
Not very long ago, Philip caught the eye of supporters when he liked a photoshopped image of his dear friend in new Liverpool home kit.
What will happen next is still uncertain, but the fans will hope that their club signs the Dutch defender soon and put an end to this endless story.
Spurs make a howler in setting ticket prices for friendly
The preseason match between Tottenham and Juventus, is set for an exciting showdown at the Wembley Stadium. However, Spurs fans are absolutely livid with the pricing scheme that has been presented to them, scoffing at the the starting seat value, which has undergone an increase from £10 to £24. An approximate 150% hike from last campaign.
It seems that the Tottenham Supporters Trust has not been consulted for the preseason pricing strategy and it could result in a massive boycott on match day. With a total capacity of 90000 at Wembley, it is a perfect opportunity to demonstrate the club’s stature by encouraging the crowd to turn up in huge numbers, but by inflating the costs, Tottenham have surely missed a trick.
A third party, named ‘Ticketmaster’ was chosen to manage the sales, leading to a lot of flak on social media from the old faithful who believe they are being exploited for the sake of profit. The North London Club are moving on from their beloved White Hart Lane and will have to use the National Team stadium for a part of the new season and if this is a sign of times ahead then the COYS chanters are in for a severe hit on their pockets.
Check out the pricing below –
One can always expect die-hard football fans to have posters of their favourite clubs and players take precedence over pictures of their families when it comes to personalizing their workstations in offices.
But for those employed by Leeds United, every part of their office is a dream work place, as the club’s registered corporate office at Elland Road has been named as one of the best workspaces in the country.
Compiled by advertising company Agent, the list of 10 best workspaces in the northern part of England featured Leeds office for focusing on fan involvement and making it look absolutely swanky.
Complete with a little Astroturf pitch as a carpet in the visitors’ lounge, the club crest emblazoned on walls and windows, and a mural of Elland Road, the office resembles a shrine for all fans to drop by at least once in their lifetimes.
Check out a picture of Leeds United’s office below –
Following the acquisition of Alexander Lacazette from Olympique Lyonnais in a whopping deal, manager Arsene Wenger has apparently claimed to be open for a few more signings. Though Thomas Lemar’s name wasn’t explicitly mentioned, his recent activity suggests the move may just be on the cards.
Supposedly on a vacation, Lemar was spotted in Switzerland where a fan donning an Arsenal shirt clicked a picture with him and also described the former’s excitement in doing so. If anything, this is seen as an indirect indication of his impending move to Emirates.
The Frenchman has been tight-lipped about his future, although the talks of a move to Arsenal have been in the air even before the 2016/17 season came to a conclusion. Nor have Arsenal made anything public about this.
Yet, this picture does come at a time when the cream is rising to the top. Just when a deal may be finally struck. With the summer window just 18 days since ajar, there is still a lot to come and a lot to go.
Arsenal fans can only hope. But after this pic, even believe. Check out the tweets from the fan below –