Date:Sunday June 24 2012
Tim Steere writes his regular article for Vital Leeds United and after a few signings this week he looks at the takeover and possible deals in the future.
The silence is still deafening from the boardroom, but for Neil Warnock and the coaching staff two signings in 24 hours has kicked things into life a bit.
There was again an air of consternation about if the club was going to be a force in the transfer market thanks to Warnock`s arrival, or another damp squib.
Jason Pearce joining for £500,000 was a staggering step, a whole lot of money being spent on one player. Then it was all quiet on the western front.
No further signings were made before Warnock`s holiday and when the takeover/investment news began to dominate proceedings. No weekly interview on Yorkshire Radio meant Bates wasn`t for talking about what is going on.
Twitter has nearly collapsed in on itself with rumour and counter rumours of who may be about to come in and takeover Leeds.
No transfer fees since Pearce`s arrival have been paid, leading many to suggest that until talks have been completed behind the scenes, Bosmans are the way forward.
Considering recent reports of how Leeds is making a profit (http://swissramble.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/leeds-united-marching-on-together.html) makes the mystery greater, and especially after Pearce`s signing. Does that mean we put all our eggs in one basket with Pearce? Was that the transfer fee pot gone until investors come in?
Suddenly this week, deals started to happen. Bosman transfers yes, but it`s something. What hit me straight away though was the calibre of the signings.
Adam Drury and Paul Green may not be names that set pulses racing, but they are solid, experienced players who may not have stood out massively at their clubs, but they certainly won plaudits for their efforts and consistency. A good standard of Championship player who could make the step up.
33-year-old Drury was a regular left back for Norwich City helping them to get from League 1 to the Premiership. Warnock said, "He`s as good a left-back as you`ll get at this level."
What said a lot about him was the tweets from Norwich fans and players alike over his departure to sign a two-year contract at Leeds.
John Ruddy, Norwich and England goalkeeper tweeted; "Just seen @adamdrury78 is signing for Leeds. They have one hell of a player, honestly the best defender I`ve played with & top top bloke."
Simon Thomas who works at Sky and is a keen Norwich fan; "Sad to see after 11 wonderful years @NorwichCityFC that @adamdrury78 is leaving. A player that has epitomised professionalism. Good luck AD."
And of course Stephen Fry; "A sad and fond farewell to Adam Drury - a loyal and gifted servant to @NorwichCityFC for 11 years. He`s off to Leeds. #OTBC".
Clearly a popular and professional figure with plenty of experience, and a left back. The full back positions has been troublesome to say the least for Leeds, and providing he can stay fit, his knowledge of the leagues may prove invaluable.
As for Green, I confess I don`t know much about him. But to be on the reserve list of the Republic of Ireland squad for EURO 2012 and to come on as a sub against Spain shows a certain standard...(insert joke regarding Irish side).
But the 29 year old according to Warnock says he will play centre midfield and is capable of getting goals. With this in mind, Clayton`s transfer listing may have had a part in this signing.
Again though he was clearly valued at Derby, the Rams wanted to keep him, but he rejected a new deal. Playing 143 appearances and scoring 11 goals means he isn`t a prolific goal scoring midfielder, but his skill seems to lie in creating goals. According to Warnock again, he sees Green as being someone who can create chances. We shall see.
Apparently he also played for Doncaster in the play-off final in 2008. But we`ll gloss over that.
It`s the start of a squad that`s beginning to form, with Paddy Kenny almost certain to join the happy band of Warnock followers soon, providing it seems that the investment talks are concluded soon.
A solid start to the transfer signings but once again our progress is being stifled by behind the scene matters. If it is for the long term good and investment and even a takeover, then most Leeds fans will be happy to wait.
If we have to wait too long and eventually nothing happens, then cue the Bates comments on how this joker said he had this, that, and the other and came up with nothing come the crunch. It`s just happened at Watford, it`s happened to us before.
But if we can`t complete a deal, then does that mean no more significant transfer fees will be spent? Was everything we had really spent on Pearce?
McCormack looks set to leave along with Clayton and White. Three very talented young players, and what can Leeds replace them with without the money?
What state will Leeds be in then? This current takeover saga is maybe more important than I originally thought.
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Date:Sunday June 24 2012
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