Here are the Leeds United evening headlines on Tuesday, August 10, 2021.
Leeds must be wary of Grealish example
Leeds United chief executive Angus Kinnear believes the Whites must heed Jack Grealish’s recent transfer to Manchester City as a warning sign.
The Whites CEO has drawn comparisons between Grealish and Leeds talisman Kalvin Phillips and says the club will ‘vigorously defend’ their players in the transfer market.
The lure of trophies was too much for the former Villa midfielder, who opted to make the switch to reigning champions City.
Kinnear told the Square Ball Podcast: “The reality is that ultimately, and this has been proven by Aston Villa, a hugely ambitious club, really well run, really well backed, but the lure of Champions League and playing for a team that’s going to win trophies turned the player’s head.
“I know from Christian [Purslow], Aston Villa’s CEO, that they didn’t have to sell him, even at that value, and they wanted to keep him but when the player wants to go you have a problem.
“Our job, which I think Marcelo, Victor and Andrea are fantastic at, is making sure all the players feel wanted and valued and they can grow at Leeds United.
“Kalvin is a long-term pillar for the club. We’ll work with him and his representatives to make sure he feels valued and motivated and wants to be at Leeds United.
“At the moment he’s got three years on his contract, it’s a healthy contract and we don’t need to rush into any of these things. But we defend interest in our players very vigorously in the market place.”
Elland Road plans update
Leeds chief executive Angus Kinnear has revealed Elland Road development plans will lead to a new 60,000 capacity, with the West Stand likely to be redeveloped first.
The Whites have been in dialogue to expand the capacity of their ground since promotion to the Premier League, originally shelving plans to build a new training ground in favour of an Elland Road expansion.
With the demand to see Leeds in Premier League action higher than ever, the club decided to prioritise growing their historic ground, in a move that was given the green light by the City Council in June.
In a Leeds Livesurvey with over 5,000 participants, 65% of voters insisted that the West Stand should be redeveloped first.
That’s an opinion shared by Kinnear, who has shared his vision for a ‘bowl’ arena at Elland Road, which can hold up to 60,000 supporters.
You can read more here.
Bielsa shares hopeful Leeds injury update
Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds are just days away from their 2021/22 curtain-raiser at Old Trafford.
The Whites return to the home of arch-rivals Manchester United, looking to banish the ghosts of last December when they were beaten 6-2.
Pre-season preparations were concluded last week with Leeds holding Europa League champions Villarreal to a 2-2 draw, while Man United defeated Everton by four goals to nil.
This week has seen new addition Jadon Sancho finally join up with Saturday’s opponents, following his £73 million transfer from Borussia Dortmund – but Raphael Varane is yet to meet his new teammates following a Real Madrid switch.
On the other hand, Leeds’ new faces have been in pre-season training for the vast majority of the summer.
Junior Firpo and Jack Harrison have been involved at Thorp Arch from the first week of July, meanwhile Kristoffer Klaesson has been integrated into the first-team group having sealed a move from Valerenga in Norway.
You can read more here as Bielsa offers the injury latest and other updates.