The Leeds fans in the Transfer Tavern have been left reeling today as the news has broken that yet another youngster has been loaned, this time the highly rated defender, Paudie O’Connor. The news was broken on the Leeds website and the fans are all having their say.
| #LUFC defender Paudie O’Connor has joined League One side Blackpool on a season-long loan deal
— Leeds United (@LUFC) 6 July 2018
The Irish defender came to Elland Road in 2017 and was made the captain of the club’s U23s when he arrived. The 20-year-old signed a two-year extension last week but he will now be continuing his development at Bloomfield Road in League One with Blackpool. The fans will be expecting a new centre-back is signed now though, with a whole host of defenders leaving on-loan this summer.
The club has now loaned both Tyler Denton and O’Connor, two promising defenders who could have staked a claim for a starting birth in the senior squad, however, they’ll both be forced to continue to develop out on-loan in the lower leagues. When the fans fill Elland Road come the start of the season it will be interesting to see how Marcelo Bielsa sets up with an obvious lack of central-defenders proving to be a real issue at the moment.
You can read our local Whites’ thoughts on O’Connor’s loan here:
How many we got for first game? Shall I bring my boots?
— Matt James (@MattJLufc) 6 July 2018
When Pontus gets back to Thorp Arch pic.twitter.com/2JozEVXFBs
— (@lufc_) 6 July 2018
— Tom Holynski (@ThommHol) July 6, 2018
— Wayne (@wayneleedsfan) 6 July 2018
Paudie was a rare gem last season, showed brilliance. Must definitely be big replacements planned if he's been loaned out. #lufc
— Mital (@Mital_KE) July 6, 2018
Surely means we have inbound at CB? Cough**Bartley**cough
— Lee Maspero (@Leemo_LUFC) 6 July 2018
The new Chelsea
— LukeLufc (@lwhiteleyl) July 6, 2018
Whilst most Leeds fans have been wishing O’Connor well, a lot of them are wondering what’s going to happen at the core of their defence next season.