Leeds United manager Simon Grayson has vowed to strengthen his squad following Tuesday night’s 3-3 draw with Barnsley.
Grayson was left fuming by what he saw as a lack of professionalism as his side failed to close out the game when leading 3-2. With midfielder Bradley Johnson suspended for Saturday’s match with Swansea City after his red card, Grayson expects reinforcements to join sooner rather than later: “We’re a body short and there’s every chance I’ll go into the loan market. We’ve got irons in the fire and I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s another player here by the weekend” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
Grayson was spotted watching Manchester City reserves last night renewing speculation that his target is Michael Johnson, who expressed a desire to join Leeds during the transfer window. With Michael Stewart also on trial at the club a signing appears imminent.
Gradel at home.
Max Gradel has told leedsunited.com that he feels a sense of belonging at Elland Road, and feels that the memory of the final day of last season is driving him on to perform for the club.
Gradel was sent off in the dramatic final day win against Bristol Rovers for a petulant stamp on Daniel Jones, leaving his team an uphill struggle to gain the victory they require. After serving a four match suspension at the start of the season, Gradel has been in superb form and his double on Tuesday night against Barnsley took him up to 12 goals for the season.
Talking to the clubs official website, the Ivorian winger said: “After what happened last year I’m very happy to be able to give everything. I feel I have to give something back to the club and to the fans who support me and the manager.” Speaking of the fans, Gradel expressed his delight at their feelings towards him adding: “I’m happy when they sing my name because it means they have forgotten (the sending off). I’m really trying to work hard and do my best and if they’re happy, I’m happy.”
Gonzalez set for exit.
Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini seems certain to recall goalkeeper David Gonzalez from his loan spell at Elland Road.
The Colombian keeper joined Leeds on loan until the end of the season in January, however the news that Shay Given is out for up to three months has left the Premier League club with a lack of cover. Stuart Taylor is now the only experienced cover for first choice Joe Hart, and City are keen to avoid a repeat of last season, when an emergency loan deal was required to bring in Martin Fulop when with Hart on a season long deal at Birmingham, all City’s remaining keepers, including Gonzalez, were injured. Speaking before tonight’s UEFA Europa League tie against Aris Salonika, Mancini, when questioned on the likelihood of a recall answered: “We can take David from Leeds – we don’t have many more options.”