Leeds Utd news – Stewart extends deal, Gradel contract talks stall, Crucial weekend

Crucial weekend.

Leeds United face a critical weekend in their quest for a second successive promotion. The match against Norwich City, the side who beat them to the League One title last season, can quite rightly be labelled as a six pointer. A win would see Leeds leapfrog the Canaries in the table, defeat would see the gap between the two sides stretch to five points, and leave Leeds looking over their shoulders at the chasing pack. Leeds United boss Simon Grayson is well aware of the importance of the game, and the need for his side to make a good start. Talking in his weekly press conference Grayson told the assembled media: “Against a team like Norwich you have to try and get on top of them from the off. We did that against Bristol City last week and came away with the win. The first goal is significant in any game, though it doesn’t always pan out that the team scoring it wins the game.”

Stewart extends deal.

Leeds United have extended the trial period of Scottish midfielder Michael Stewart. The former Manchester United, Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian player has been at Elland Road for two weeks, and Simon Grayson has decided he would like to see more before making a decision on the 29 year old. Speaking to leedsunited.com Grayson said: “He’s done okay while he’s been here and he’s shown the qualities that have seen him play for the likes of Manchester United and Hearts. Because he’s done well and fitted in well, we’re going to take more of a look at him and see how things go.”

With the contracts of current players Bradley Johnson and Neil Kilkenny up in the summer and a lack of experienced back up in midfield, Stewart may well prove to be a useful acquisition.

Gradel contract talks stall.

Leeds winger Max Gradel is reported to be stalling over holding talks about a new improved contract.

The Ivorian winger is tied to the club until the end of next season, having signed a 2 and a half year deal when joining from Leicester City last January. However according to Skysports.com, discussions regarding a new deal have been put on hold until the end of the season. Gradel has produced a string of impressive performances and netted his 10th goal of the season in the 2-0 win over Bristol City last week. Newcastle United were reported to be interested in bidding for the 23 year old in January, and Gradel could be waiting to see where Leeds are next season before committing his future to the club.

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