Leeds Utd news – Midfielder joins, Naylor makes comeback, Faye leaves club

Midfielder joins.

Leeds United made their second signing of the January transfer window on Tuesday. With the signing of experienced Andy O’Brien from Bolton Wanderers already sealed, Leeds visited the other end of the spectrum by bringing 18 year-old midfielder Zach Thompson to the club from Everton. Thompson has signed a 6 month deal after impressing on trial. He has played for the Under 18’s and has played in behind closed door games.

Naylor makes comeback.

Leeds United club captain Richard Naylor made his first steps on the comeback trail in the reserve team encounter against Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night.

The skipper, who has been out of action with a knee injury since the 2-1 defeat to Leicester City, was one of a host of players returning to action in the game. Alan Martin (Barrow), Lubo Michalik (Carlisle), Liam Darville (Tranmere), and Mike Grella (Carlisle) all returned from loan spells and joined new signing Zach Thompson in the game, which ended in a 3-0 win for the Whites.

Davide Somma opened the scoring from the spot, before Grella scored twice to seal the win.

Faye leaves club.

Leeds United have released midfielder Amdy Faye after they revealed they were not going to extend his contract.

Faye was signed on a short-term deal in October and made eight appearances for the club. His last outing for the club was in the 2-2 draw against Leicester City on Boxing Day, and Simon Grayson explained the reasons for his departure: “He really needs to play more games than he’s been able to while he’s been here, and opportunities have been limited for him” he told the clubs official website.

While Faye left the club, central defender Patrick Kisnorbo returned to the training ground for the first time since he injured his Achilles against Milwall last March: “Its good to have him back around and we’re delighted he’s here. He’s a big character to have around the place” said Grayson.

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