Forewarned is forearmed and Leeds United fans are definitely that latter when it comes to this summer’s transfer window.
Whites owner Andrea Radrizzani has already gone on record to dampen their ardour saying that the club will be running what he calls a ‘difficult’ window.
With fans not expecting much, and incomings relying on funds generated by outgoings, there’s much consternation as to whether the side can his the dizzy heights they climbed to last season.
Paramount in any decisions must be making sure that Marcelo Bielsa stays in order to carry on that good work that turned an underperforming, mediocre side that finished 13th into one that reversed their fortunes and finished 3rd.
Leeds United, wracked by injuries, relied heavily upon the Under-23s at Elland road. This was, in part, due to Bielsa’s insistence on running with a pared-down, lean squad.
It is at Thorp Arch level that there has been most action at Elland Road. Players are signing contracts/extending deals and the latest one to do so is young keeper Harrison Male.
As carried by the club website, it is a one-year deal that will commence on July 1 this year and run until the end of the 2019/20 season. He made five appearances for Carlos Corberan’s Under-23s last season, as well as two run-outs with the Under-18s.
The website article says that Male will continue his development with Corberan’s Under-23s. It is also a deal that Male is happy with, something he got over when speaking to the club.
“I am very proud, I’ve been at the club for 10 years now. It is a happy moment for me and my family to get my first professional contract here and hopefully it is the first of many. The vibe is good in the club, the Under-23s have been doing really well along with the Under-18s and we’ve achieved a lot over the last couple of years.”
Male retweeted Leeds United’s original Twitter announcement (above), and it was a retweet that gained some traction amongst Whites supporters. Here’s what some of these fans have been saying.
Leeds United fans comment after Male tweets news of first contract
Welcome to the biggest and best rollercoaster ride you will ever travel on , hold on and enjoy the ride MOT👍
— david owen (@davidowenlufc) May 24, 2019
Well done Harrison, the hard work starts now, head down and learn mate, you will go far #number1
— Andy Tunstall (@TunnyMOT) May 24, 2019
Congrats with the contract Harrison! MOT
— Jay 💙💛 (@JLP0302) May 24, 2019
Thought you were class when you played in the u23s a few times, good luck lad. Work hard and who knows what could happen. Well done 👏
— Bailey (@BaileyyLUFC) May 24, 2019
Well done. Be good to see a bit of Brid saving a pen at the Kop end one day!
— Ted Atkinson 💙💛 (@tedatkinson) May 24, 2019