1) Leeds want another five or six additions
Leeds United are still ‘five or six’ additions short of having a completed squad for the current season, according to a report.
#lufc Expecting another busy week in the transfer market. So many names mentioned but no one confirmed as MC says he wants 5 or 6 more in.— Adam Pope (@APOPEY) August 18, 2014
The Whites lost 2-0 on opening day to Millwall and ever since Massimo Cellino has decided that his squad needed drastically strengthening.
The outspoken Italian has already brought three players in during the past week, but he is still targeting six more before the end of the month as Leeds look to build upon their win against Middlesbrough at the weekend.
One of the six players to come in is thought to be Adryan – who is expected to complete a move from Caliagri in the near future – but the rest of the potential additions are unknown at this stage.
2) David Hockaday looking to prove detractors wrong
David Hockaday is determined to prove that he is the right man to be in charge of Leeds United, after a barrage of criticism in his opening time as head-coach.
Hockaday’s lack of experience of managing in English football has proven a concern for Leeds fans and, as such, the move to appoint him as head-coach has been a controversial one with the pressure already building on him.
However, the head-coach is aiming to show that he is capable of taking charge of a club as big as Leeds and proving that Massimo Cellino was correct to select him after the side’s first league win of the season at the weekend – a 1-0 victory over Middlesbrough.
“I just want to prove the president right,” he said. “The president’s done his homework and he’s picked a British coach and we’re great knockers of ourselves, but there are great coaches in this country if they’re given a chance."
“I’ve been given a chance and I want to prove the president right."
“I want to be positive. I want to make the Leeds fans proud of their team which they should be (against Boro) and I’ll work as hard as I can to get as much out of them as I can."
“I’ve been in football for 40 years so pressure’s my middle name.”
3) Steve Evans frustrated by Agard speculation
Rotherham United manager Steve Evans has urged teams to meet the requisite price to sign Kieran Agard or end their interest.
The striker has been linked with a host of clubs over the transfer window – including Leeds United most recently – but has not yet left the newly promoted side and Evans thinks that admirers need to start putting their money where their mouth is.
“I keep reading about other clubs saying they’re doing this and doing that," Evans said.
“Get your chequebooks out or shut up and go away. That’s your choice. You have to pay the rate that we want or we keep him.”
Agard came on as a substitute in Rotherham’s 1-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers at the weekend.
4) Hutchinson hails team spirit
Sheffield Wednesday new-boy, Sam Hutchinson, has hailed the Owl's team-spirit after an unbeaten start to the new campaign.
Wednesday went into the season as rank outsiders for promotion, but a win over Brighton and a draw with Derby County has given optimism to supporters that they may be able to spring a surprise.
Hutchinson certainly thinks that they can and says that the group is the closest he has worked with during his time as a professional.
“The lads are really motivated for this season,” he said. “I think the management and staff have got us all together. For me personally, this is the tightest group I’ve ever worked with. I think that can only bode well for the team and the fans.”
“It has to be down to the manager and the players he’s brought in and the ethos he’s got."
“Stu [Stuart Gray] treats everyone as individuals. We’ve come together as a team. I think he has to take a lot of credit."
“All of the boys to a man are great and they know where we want to go.”
5) Clough bemoans lack of a settled squad
Nigel Clough says that Sheffield United are nowhere near a settled side, following the club’s dismal start to the campaign.
The Blades went into the season as favourites to win the League One title, but they have lost both their opening fixtures and there are concerns starting to emerge that they won’t be able to live up their billing.
Clough was particularly disappointed with the side after they lost 1-0 to Coventry City this weekend and he admits that the squad isn’t where he wants it to be yet.
“We’re nowhere near a settled side,” he said.
“First half an hour we were very good indeed, but I don’t know what happened in the last hour."
“It went as good as it could in the first 30 minutes and then went as poor as it could in the last 60. I don’t think there were many chances in the whole game, certainly we didn’t create many.”