Leeds United’s on loan midfielder Barry Bannan has revealed that he turned down other Championship clubs before joining the Whites last week.
The 21-year-old Scot joined United on Monday from Premier League Aston Villa and will be aiming for a second straight promotion after a successful spell on loan at Blackpool last season.
Bannan told The Sun that he had no hesitation in joining the Whites when he heard of their interest: “I looked at my options and there were big clubs who came in for me. I chose Leeds ahead of Cardiff, Nottingham Forest and Derby”, he said.
Bannan sees similarities between Leeds and Blackpool and hopes for the same happy conclusion that he had last season: “The big thing Blackpool had in their favour last season was the togetherness,” Bannan stated, adding: “The spirit is the same and Leeds have some good players so, hopefully, we can do what Blackpool did. It would be great to go up again and automatic promotion is what we are looking at. But, if it’s the play-offs, then we’ve the strength to do well.”
Lichaj extends deal.
Eric Lichaj, United’s other loanee from Aston Villa has extended his deal and will stay with Leeds until the end of the season.
The US full-back was signed on an initial month’s loan as cover for Paul Connolly, United’s first choice right back, who has been out with a hamstring strain.
Lichaj has impressed in Connolly’s absence, and with the former Derby County skipper still not match fit, Simon Grayson was keen to re-sign the 22 year old.
Lichaj himself was more than happy to stay at Elland Road, telling the Yorkshire Evening Post: “The manager told me that he wants me to stay and I’ve really enjoyed it here. Of course I want to stay and I think it’s looking like I will. It’s a great club and the supporters are fantastic.”
Leeds however will not be able to call upon Lichaj should they reach the playoffs, as the deal can only run until the 7th May, the final day of the league season.
Grayson frustrated after draw.
Simon Grayson was frustrated following Leeds United’s goalless draw with Ipswich Town but feels that the East Anglian side will have a big say in the promotion shake-up.
Ipswich still have to play fellow promotion contenders Burnley, Norwich City and Swansea City and the United boss is sure that there is potential for points to be dropped by their rivals. Grayson told the clubs official website: “They are experienced, they have organisation, they have internationals and players who have played in the Premier League. They will get plenty of good results between now and the end of the season.”