Another busy week for all connected with Leeds United. Whilst takeover talks remain a secret, ins and outs are this week’s hot topic, with a departure, a come and get me plea and a fan’s worst nightmare possibly on the cards.
Today saw the departure of last season’s number one Andy Lonergan. Signing a three-year deal with Bolton Wanderers, Andy Lonergan completes the circle of goalkeepers, after Jussi Jaaskelainen’s move to West Ham, Robert Green’s move to QPR and Paddy Kenny’s move to Leeds United.
Andy Lonergan was a key part of last season’s drab season, making 35 appearances. Not helped by a calamitous back four, Andy Lonergan famously conceded seven times against Nottingham Forest, re-writing the Elland Road record books in the process. The former Preston North End shot stopper can hold no shame in his time at Leeds United and only a change in personnel has cost him his place at Leeds United, good luck at Bolton Wanderers Andy.
SK Brann star Rodolph Austin has publicly spoken of his desire to join Leeds United. Speaking to BBC Leeds, Rodolph Austin highlighted the influence of ex Leeds star Eirik Bakke as his catalyst for leaving SK Brann. The pack a punch midfielder is now eagerly anticipating a move to West Yorkshire, with the next fan’s favourite possibly just weeks from joining.
What do you call a club that sells its best players to Norwich City? A joke that many Norwich fans could get away with when talking about Leeds United. Having seen Bradley Johnson and former Leeds United captain Jonny Howson both leave for Carrow Road, reports are rife that Norwich have tabled not one but two bids for Scottish star Robert Snodgrass. The classy Glaswegian has spoke of his desire to be ambitious, and whilst the club remains in limbo, ‘Snoddy’ could well be persuaded to fly South so to speak and become a Canary.
Robert Snodgrass has given great service to Leeds United and fans can only pray that a takeover is concrete and the club can finally share the right ambition with the players and fans. With the current bid an undisclosed fee, a ball park figure of £5 million and above could prove too tempting for the current board and Neil Warnock.