Here are your Leeds United morning headlines for Wednesday, September 29.
Hayden Roberts hit at Brighton future
Hayden Roberts has insisted he is focusing on his Brighton & Hove Albion future after being linked with Leeds United.
The defender is highly-rated at the Amex Stadium but is still waiting for his Premier League debut.
After making his debut two years ago in the Carabao Cup, Roberts has his sights set on more appearances for the first-team.
“I try not to think about that game too much because it was just one 90 minutes of my career so far,” he told Sussex Live.
“It was a great experience to come up against that level of opposition and to play in front of our fans for the first time at the Amex, but I want to be looking back when I’ve played 100 or 200 games in the first team.
“Don’t get me wrong, the Villa game is a moment I’m proud of but I want to be creating more memories so I’m not just looking back at that one.”
Hosannah lifts lid on Bielsa opportunities
Pity minutes will not be gifting Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood or Cody Drameh Premier League match time with Leeds United any time soon.
For the duration of Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure, eyes have been on the talented youngsters playing with the under-23s at Thorp Arch and when they may be blooded.
Despite deploying a small senior squad at Elland Road, Bielsa has never bowed to public opinion when it has come to playing youths en masse in his sides.
There have been many debuts and many priceless experiences for youngsters coming out of the academy, but they’ve only come with injury crises or cup contests.
For all of the hype around whoever the next big thing might be, debuts are earned under Bielsa and as Bryce Hosannah can attest, nothing is done with sentimentality.
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Phillips ‘price tag’ makes little sense after Rice comparison
Leeds United hold all the cards should any team try to come to the table with an offer for Kalvin Phillips.
Manchester United are the latest clubs to join a queue comprising of their city rivals, Manchester City, and Liverpool, should reports be believed.
Phillips’ stock has soared in the last 18 months, none more so than in the four-week period between England’s first and last European Championship matches this summer.
It’s little surprise then, that England’s top clubs would be interested in a rare type of midfielder, combative but adept in possession. The ability to control and destroy, in equal measure.
In the Premier League, there are only two similar alternatives that might be acquirable for a Champions League club, Wilfred Ndidi and Declan Rice.