Good Morning. It's Tuesday 20th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road
Trio set for contract talks
Plans are to be put into place, to tie down three players to long term contracts. Jack Harrison, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk are all now entering the final two years of their contracts, and Victor Orta is keen to see all three pen new long term deals.
Harrison, in particular, has had a great start to the season. According to Whoscored.com, he is the highest-rated English player not part of Gareth Southgate’s latest squad. Leeds are believed to have turned down several offers for the 25 year old this Summer, but is bound to attract more attention during the Winter transfer window unless Leeds can secure new terms.
Koch too has been impressive, and is quickly becoming one of their most reliable players, which Struijk has been a revelation at left back in Firpo's absence. Elland Road journalist Phil Hay is adamant that Leedswill be desperate to tie down all three.
They’ll want to keep all of them. I’m not sure it’s happened yet but I was expecting them to get into contract talks with Harrison as soon as the window closed. They are going to have to extend his deal otherwise they are going to be in a situation by the end of the season where he’s got 12 months left and in no way could they be asking for £40million from anybody.
I noticed Robin Koch had been left out of the Germany squad which I think will come as a bit of a surprise to him. I think he’s probably played as well in this period as he has at any stage with Leeds. But Struijk, again, they will want to keep Struijk without a doubt.
Table shows a steady start for Whites
With just under a fifth of the season already completed, the top flight table is beginning to take form. Few would have thought that Leicester City would be propping up table, but with six losses and a draw, the 2015/16 Premier League Champions find themselves in that very precarious position. Nottingham Forest were always going to find it difficult to make the step-up, but by bringing in 22 new players at a cost of almost £150m, you'd think that they'd have a few more points by now.
Surprisingly, West Ham occupy the final drop zone position. They too, spent big in the Summer (£164m spent - £16m departures) yet have lost to the likes of Everton and Nottingham Forest. Other notable mentions go to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, who great things were expected from this Season. Leeds recent form in the past few games have given us cause for concern, but if they can end the season in 11th, would you consider that to be a success, or do they need a top half finish?
Skubala delighted for Gnonto call-up
Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen, Tyler Adams, Mateusz Klich, Diego Llorente, Luis Sinisterra and Wilfried Gnonto have all headed out on International duty with their respective Countries; and with the World Cup just two months away, are desperate to make an impact.
The most surprising call up (apart from Llorente) has to be Gnonto, who at only 18, isn't even expected to break into the Jesse Marsch's line-up anytime soon; however Italian National Coach Roberto Mancini has other idea's. With four senior caps to his name already this year, the former Inter Milan and Zurich starlet has a great chance of making it to Qatar in November, and Leeds U21 Coach Michael Skubala is delighted for him...
What an amazing learning experience for him, and to bring those experiences back, share them with the group, share them with the players, you know, you want your players playing at every standard they can be. "It's only going to help him to become a Premier League player and that's what we want him to be.