It has been a whirlwind few days for the Leeds fans in the Transfer Tavern…
After a disappointing end to the campaign, many in the pub were hoping for a period of stability under the managership of Gary Monk. However, those hopes have now taken a pretty big hit – with confirmation coming on Thursday that Monk had resigned as manager of The Whites.
Indeed, for many in the pub, it was the worst case scenario, but the good news for them is that there are a host of managers available at present. One such man is Aitor Karanka, whom has been linked heavily with the post. Should he make the move he would certainly be well experienced and versed for the role, but he will need to make a few major changes to make things happen. He could well look to sign a few recognisable faces, and our landlord reckons that Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas could be right up his street.
For those uninitiated, Kalas did, of course, make his name at Chelsea – his parent club – when he started a Premier League game out of the blue against Liverpool, performing spectacularly against Luis Suarez on the day. Though not particularly highly-rated amongst Blues fans, the defender really impressed. Following that he spent some time on loan under Karanka at Middlesbrough – and he really flourished.
A hugely influential figure for the side, he was a very steady hand for the manager during the year-long stint, and it was easy to see how highly-rated Kalas was by him. Following that, this year he spent a year on loan with Fulham, and similarly, he has made a huge impact. A key component of the Fulham first team, the defender’s quick, agile and technical prowess at the back has really helped the London-based outfit.
The good news for Karanka, though, is that his loan at Craven Cottage is at an end. He will have a big decision on his hands with regards to his future, and if Karanka is appointed as the new Leeds boss, a move for Kalas – a trusted hand – makes a lot of sense.
Leeds fans – thoughts?
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