Championship Season Preview 2006/07 – Leeds United

Report by David Walker

Leeds United

Odds: nine/one

Last 5 Seasons2005/06 – five (Championship), 2004/05 – 14 (Championship), 2003/04 – 19 (Premiership, Relegated), 2002/03 – fifteen (Premiership), 2001/02 – 5 (Premiership).

2005/06 Cup ProgressFA Cup Third Round (replay) vs Wigan Athletic (h) – misplaced 4-2 on penalties with the score at three-three right after added time.Carling Cup 3rd Spherical vs Blackburn Rovers (a) – misplaced 3-.

Leading Objective Scorer 2005/06: David Healy and Rob Hulse (strikers) – 14 ambitions.

Gamers InKevin Nicholls (Luton City – £700,000), David Livermore (Millwall – £400,000), Sebastien Carole (Brighton &amp Hove Albion – Totally free)

Players OutRob Hulse (Sheffield United – £2,200,000), Simon Walton (Charlton Athletic – £500,000), Danny Pugh (Preston North Finish – £250,000), Jermaine Wright (Southampton – Free), Michael Ricketts (Southend United – No cost).

Following a spirit crushing 3- play off final defeat versus Watford in May possibly, Leeds United should bounce back again stronger this time and really should be in much better form to tackle the Championship at the third try.

Supervisor Kevin Blackwell has marketed midfielder Simon Walton, who manufactured his debut in Blackwell’s initial match in cost as a sixteen year outdated at the commence of the 2004/05 time, to Premiership aspect Charlton Athletic. But whilst the youngster made 33 appearances for the club he only featured 5 occasions final time.

Even with losing the talented youngster, the squad, on the complete, has improved. Luton City captain Kevin Nicholls arrived for a £700,000 price to bolster the centre of midfield despite the fact that Leeds had a bid for striker staff mate Steve Howard turned down.

Another captain joined the ranks in the type of Millwall skipper David Livermore for £400,000. Predominantly a left sided midfielder, Livermore has also played in central defence for the Lions and can also operate at left again if necessary.

Brighton &amp Hove Albion midfielder Seb Carole arrived on a totally free transfer right after producing 40 appearances for the relegated Seagulls last period. Carole activated a release clause following Brighton’s relegation following becoming a member of them from Monaco last summer season.

Other than Walton, a number of other fringe players have been shipped out to harmony the books. Midfielder Jermaine Wright joined Southampton on a free of charge transfer following spending 4 months on loan at St Mary’s at the end of very last season, even though previous England worldwide Michael Ricketts signed for Championship new boys Southend United. Ricketts invested time on mortgage at Cardiff Metropolis and Burnley last time.

VerdictIt could be a situation of patience becoming a virtue for Leeds United. Subsequent two difficult seasons in the second tier manager Blackwell is building a facet able of difficult at the top rated of the table. The Whites have strikers who can score targets in David Healy and Rob Hulse whilst much more steel has been added with the arrivals of Nicholls and Livermore. They are great worth at ten/one to win the division outright.

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