It’s Christmas time and there’s no need to be afr……Wait, stop! That season is over and done with for another year, next up us 2018.

Ah yes, the New Year where resolutions last nearly as long as Donald Trump without some childish swipe at someone on Twitter. I promise that I will…suddenly fades away like ripples on the flat, placid surface of a pond. What football fans like about the turn of an old year in a new one is one thing – transfer window time.

Yep, simply put fans get another chance, a second of the season to play football’s version of ‘Guess Who’ as the transfer window throw up rumour after rumour and a few surprises in between. Fans remain ever-hopeful and always-watchful of any news incoming about their club.

Leeds fans just hope to avoid the ‘Don’t go to bed just yet’ tweets sent out in seriousness rather than jest.

Rumours are already flying around that Leeds United are going to sign this one, interested in that one and in the hunt for the other one. It’s nature of the beast when you are a club with such a voraciously-reading fanbase as the Whites have.

Leeds United challenge Manchester City in race for Ethiopian wonderkid

According to Marcus Vilson, writing for Swedish site Njus, Leeds United are said to be battling Manchester City for a Swedish wonderkid of Ethiopian ancestry. Vilson says in his article that 14-year-old Naanol Daniel Tesfaye Chimdessa “has been watched by several Premier League clubs” with football giants Manchester City singled out of the top-tier interest.

Despite now being without a club, so effectively a free agent, Njus’ Vilson, as well as others such as O-Posts, say that the Swedish/Ethiopian youngster (he holds passports for both) “could be close to a move to Manchester City or Leeds United.”

Not long ago we were selling wonderkids, now apparently we are slugging it out in a classic David vs Goliath battle with the might of Manchester City for wonderkids – is there anything more beautiful than reading that – well apart from Pablo Hernández’s free-kick which is more beautiful than all my children.

Apparently there is.

Leeds United in hunt for Benfica starlet

If it isn’t wonderkids with dual Ethiopian/Swedish passports the Whites are after then it is Benfica starlets. Well, technically, singular starlet and his name is Chris Willock. Granted not a very Portuguese name, but he plies his trade for Benfica’s reserve side after a signing this summer from Arsenal’s Under-23s.

According to The Mirror’s live transfer blog (timed at 11:14a.m.) Leeds United are in the hunt for rated Benfica youngster; imagine that eh! According to the Mirror’s transfer countdown blog, Leeds are joined in their attention towards Willock by fellow Championship side Millwall – the latter hoping that the pull of his hometown will lure him to The Den just six months after leaving Arsenal for the Portuguese sun.

Smoggy London and the bitter cawing of the terraces at the Den or the glorious greyness of Leeds and the warmth of adoration from 35,000 loving fans. No competition really, somebody better get on the blower to Benfica and let the young lad know before he makes a right Willock of himself.

The Mirror say that Benfica are ready to “let him [Willock] go out on loan to accelerate his development with regular first team football,” something that he’d more than likely get at Leeds United or Millwall rather than in the pressured demands of the Premier League. But why go to Millwall, I mean really.

Willock is a 43-cap/six-goal England international across all age groups from under-16 to Under-20 level and was a regular for Arsenal’s Under-23 side (40 games/nine goals/nine assists) before leaving for Benfica.

For Leeds fans, the transfer window is like that bath your Missus trusts you to run for your youngest when they graduate from the ‘sink bath’ we all had to the ‘big boy’ bath. You run the water and are meant to test the water’s heat by dipping your elbow in. Trouble with a lot of Leeds fans, we go at it more like a stag do in Benidorm. No careful testing of the water with elbows, that’s like reading the instructions to flat pack furniture. Nope, in we go – full throttle and it’ll be reet.

Have a great New Year and watch out for a transfer falling on your head – they are everywhere.

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