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LUFC Gradel still got part to play

Leeds United manager Simon Grayson says that Max Gradel is still very much part of his plans despite starting the season in the stands.

Gradel will miss the first four games of the new Championship season after being sent off in the first half of the last game of the season against Bristol Rovers.

The midfielder picked up an automatic three-match ban for violent conduct after stamping on a Rovers defender and picked up an extra game ban from the FA after refusing to leave the pitch.

Jermaine Beckford and Mike Doyle had to manhandle Gradel off the pitch after his dismissal to stop him getting at referee Graham Salisbury.

Speaking on Radio Leeds, Grayson said, 'He's going to suffer by having a four game ban and he's been fined by the club.
'He knows he's let himself down, me down and the fans down.'

Gradel joined from Leicester City last season, initially on a three-month loan deal and then signed a two and a half year deal when the transfer window opened in January.

He became an instant hit with the Leeds faithful with his cameo appearances from the bench during his loan spell.

Gradel played a big part in the run in to the season when he earned a regular starting place upfront alongside Luciano Becchio; he scored three goals in the final seven games of the season to transform Leeds stuttering promotion push.

All that could have been undone on the final day of the season with his sending off, luckily for Gradel the ten men remaining on the pitch dug deep to come from a goal down to win 2-1 and clinch the final automatic promotion spot.


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Writer: Dazza71 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday July 5 2010

Time: 3:22PM

Your Comments

He's a very lucky man, he would have become public enemy number one had we not gone up last season. Still couldn't believe that he said he did nothing wrong a few days after the game. He showed last season that he can be a match winner but he also showed that his got a short fuse. I think if he steps out of line again then he will be quickly disappearing from the first team. Grayson showed Kandol last season that you don't get too many chances and its rumoured that is why he was quick to offload Sheehan on loan last seasonbecause of his temperament.
dazza71
He was very very lucky on the final day of the season. If Leeds had failed to get promoted I don't think he would have started the season at Elland Road.
king billy
But you have to admire the lads commitment every game, i think its good to have a guy like that in our team. He was lucky we went up though or he would be on the transfer list long ago!
theboss1919
He very very nearly cost us promotion - and he could very easily of got red cards for Doyle and Beckford as well ...the guy needs red and black stripes in his hair this season - cos he's a menace !!
simonfire1
There's a difference between commitment and just being plain stupid.
dazza71
He;s got the plain stupid needs to harness the commitment and channel hus agression properly
Tiny T
After the signing of Lloyd Sam I think that puts him further down the pecking order.
king billy
 

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