Kai Wagner back on Victor Orta's radar

11 Aug 2022 08:09 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Thursday 11th August, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Kai Wagner back on Victor Orta's radar

Leeds face competition from Benfica and Dinamo Zagreb for Philadelphia Union's Kai Wagner. Jesse Marsch is keen to sign a specialist left wing back to create competition for Junior Firpo, and according to Forbes journalist Manuel Veth, the 25yo German is high on Marsch's shopping list.

It is believed that Leeds hold a big advantage over their competition should they wish to meet
Philadelphia's £4m valuation. Not only is Marsch good friends with Union's head Coach Jim Curtin, but Wagner and Brenden Aaronson used to play together, and let's not forget about the influence the 49ers may have!

Wagner has been one of the first names on the team sheet all season, playing all 24 games, providing 5 assists on the way. He has been named to play for the MLS All-Stars in their upcoming All-Star showdown against the Liga MX All-Stars later on today.





James may have a fight on his hands to get in the strongest XI

Speaking ahead of Saturday's clash at St Mary's, Elland Road journalist Beren Cross believes that Dan James could have a fight on his hands to 'get in the strongest XI' once Sinisterra returns to the fold. The Columbian winger pulled his hamstring during the early stages of the 1-1 draw against Crystal Palace last month, but has been working hard on the training pitch to regain full fitness. If Sinisterra can replicate the same kind of form he showed last season for Feyenoord, and Jack Harrison continues to impress, Jesse Marsch may have a dilemma on his hands.

The jury is still out on Sinisterra, we really haven't seen enough of him yet. If he's anything like as good as Raphinha then he starts in that trio with Aaronson and Harrison. James may have a fight on his hands to get in the strongest XI. It's him vs Harrison, for me, if Sinisterra proves his worth at around £25m.




Leeds strongly linked to Watford duo

Italian media outfit 'TuttoMercatoWeb' are claiming Leeds are on the verge of signing two Watford players. Ismaila Sarr, a £30m record signing from Rennes back in 2019 plays predominantly as a winger. In 91 appearances, the 24yo Senegalese International has netted 24 times.

Even more bizarrely though, Joao Pedro has been strongly linked with a loan move to Elland Road. The talented 20 year old Brazilian has been in impressive form since his arrival at Vicarage Road two years ago (from Fluminense), although he has yet to find his striking boots. He made 29 appearances for the Hornet's last season, netting just four times, though his overall performances gained a lot of praise. He is contracted to Watford for another five years (2027). Why Leeds would be linked with either player remains a mystery!




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Jaydog wrote on 11 Aug 2022 09:53 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:47 pm Your comment would read better with a couple of commas :-D
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andrewjohnsmith wrote on 11 Aug 2022 09:47 pm

Jaydog wrote: Thu Aug 11, 2022 9:00 pm Apoplectic spelt incorrectly on 2 occasions above. What with the misuse of apostrophes I think there needs to be some online zoom tutorials with Sara. Disgraceful really tbh
Your comment would read better with a couple of commas :-D

Jaydog wrote on 11 Aug 2022 09:00 pm

Apoplectic spelt incorrectly on 2 occasions above. What with the misuse of apostrophes I think there needs to be some online zoom tutorials with Sara. Disgraceful really tbh

weasel wrote on 11 Aug 2022 08:53 pm

No problem BBGG. Strangely enough I chose apopletic instead of a couple of others phrases including incandescent with rage. I felt apoplectic though was the best fit as I imagined a couple of posters on here foaming at the mouth such was their anger at us spending £5m on Gyabi.

Byebyegeegee wrote on 11 Aug 2022 08:22 pm

weasel wrote: Thu Aug 11, 2022 7:25 pm It all can depend on how you see things.

Wagner never made it in Germany, only a lower league level player. Went to the USA, where albeit the standard is improving, probably wouldn't be on a par with the championship. So a 25 year old who would probably be viewed as having had a decent season at championship level after not really doing anything before that of note.

Gyabi seen as a player with bags of potential. Played for England at youth levels, captained Man City at youth levels. Hiw whole career ahead of him and available at a similar cost to a player viewed as little more than a championship journeyman player.

Wagner does look worth a punt, Gyabi definitely looks worth a punt.
Fair enough weasel, as I say I wasn’t wanting to compare the abilities of the two players particularly I was really trying to point out, probably rather clumsily, that your use of the word apoplectic might have been an exaggeration and therefore given a false impression of some posters reactions to the Gyabi purchase.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with using vocabulary in a colourful and interesting way, I do like to see words used appropriately otherwise using strong words like apoplectic instead of annoyed or concerned and hate instead of critical of, skews the sense of what is being said and means that the strong words themselves become devalued.

Sorry weasel it’s a foible of mine, just ignore me if you wish.