Leeds United news as ex-referee makes Whites red card claim, Lewis O’Brien transfer prediction


Here are your Leeds United evening headlines on Monday 23 August.

Cooper ‘could have seen red’

According to Dermot Gallagher, the ex-Premier League referee, Liam Cooper was correctly adjudged to have fouled Dominic Calvert-Lewin as he gave away a foul for a penalty, which the England striker converted to give his side the lead at Elland Road.

Gallagher told Sky Sports: “Could he have seen red for this? Possibly. I think what’s saved him is that the ref felt [Calvert-Lewin] was not in possession of the ball.”

He continued: “But if Cooper had been sent off for denying a goalscoring opportunity, I do not think he could have had a lot of cause for complaint.”


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Gallagher also felt that the right decision was made as Patrick Bamford was denied a late penalty.

“Without doubt, Cooper wraps his arms around Calvert-Lewin but Bamford is going into Mina; I think they are both culpable.”

O’Brien transfer ‘not likely’

Ex-Leeds midfielder David Norris has given his thoughts on the pursuit of Huddersfield’s Lewis O’Brien.

He feels that the potential deal has taken too long and will be unlikely to happen at this stage.

“I think once it goes too far, there’s obviously an issue, so I can’t see that one happening now. I can’t see them paying £8m-£10m,” Norris told Football Transfer Tavern.

“Some teams attract players for a long period of time and eventually get a deal done, but this one seems like it’s not going to happen, it’s gone on too long.”

With the transfer window now in its final week, Leeds will need to act quickly if a deal is to be agreed.

Injury latest

Following Leeds’ 2-2 draw with Everton, Marcelo Bielsa gave an injury update on his squad.

Importantly, Diego Llorente appears to be close to a return. He said: “It’s probable that he will have chances to compete again next week.”

There are fresh concerns about Rodrigo and Robin Koch though as the German international missed the game with a ‘pain in his pubis’, whilst Rodrigo was included on the bench but not risked after a slight muscle issue in midweek.





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