Leeds sign player 'he looks good on YouTube' ; QPR bigger than Derby, Forest?

Stephen Pickering gives his opinion on the top news stories of the day. Leeds United, Southampton and QPR, Derby County and Nottingham Forest all involved.

I think it's fair to say that you generally don't usually hear of signings in the championship outside of the transfer windows, which in the Football League involves the loan windows.

Yet, Leeds United went out yesterday and snapped themselves up an unknown in the shape of former Southampton trainee Gboly Ariyibi.

It's safe to say that no-one knows much about him, and the way Leeds fans are ruling the rule over their new man seems all-to-similar with most transfers nowadays... YouTube!!

I think it's fair to say that YouTube is to footballers what trailers are to movies, they usually only show the best parts. I don't think you could ever gauge a true reflection of a player on YouTube, but having seen the video... the kid DOES look good.


 It will be interesting to see how the player really gets on in the Championship.


In the biggest news of the day, QPR look set to depart from Loftus Road to a new 40,000 all-seater stadium in North West London.

When the news was broken it seemed to just be the QPR supporters that wasn't left scratching their head. It is no doubt exciting for the club, but I don't see the logic behind it, neither do many others. 

The newly proposed gate will be more than DOUBLE their average attendance now and hold 5 thousand more than they have ever had at any given home game in their history.

In terms of attendance against their Championship rivals, it will be bigger than any other stadium currently in the second tier. Holding more than Nottingham Forest's City Ground (30,540), Derby County's iPro Stadium (33,502), Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough (39,732), Leicester City's King Power Stadium (32,312) and Leeds United's Elland Road (37,914).

Rangers will go from having one of the more modest grounds in the top 2 divisions, to the ninth largest used in club football.

I'm not convinced it can be filled, but it may be a stroke of genius from the QPR owners that have obviously looked at Brighton as an example to what a new ground can do to a club - I just pray it doesn't turn out like Coventry or Middlesbrough, where trying to fill half the ground is a constant battle.

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