Some talk of Adam Clayton returning to Leeds has surfaced on twitter but the source of the information is what has caught the attention. Graeme Bandeira, part of the Yorkshire Evening Post team and well connected to the club he supports Middlesbrough has heard it from Clayton himself, not that it’s happening, but not to rule it out.
“Straight from the horses mouth” is what he described it as Leeds fans clawed to ask where his sources were. Bandeira is a popular figure, he has been very vocal about Boro on social media for a while and he is a huge supporter of the reds. What connects him to Leeds is the job, and his interaction with Phil Hay and Leeds fans on a constant basis. He knows his football, no doubt about that and he tweeted a couple of days ago something to get the fans of both clubs talking, “Clayton to Leeds”. The fact that Adam Clayton told Bandeira not to rule it out would suggest there is something there from Clayton, and Leeds United’s point of view. He went on to say that Clayton lives very close to Leeds.
The questions are then simple, can Leeds afford him? Do Leeds want him? You would hope that both are true, well in my opinion anyway. Clayton won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, he didn’t sign a new deal with Leeds and left to join local rivals with Huddersfield and unlike Howson and Snodgrass, he doesn’t get the reception the others do on return to Elland Road. For me it’s an area that needs work. Klich was to be the player to come in if we needed but his time at Elland Road looks likely to come to an end as soon as January and it leaves us light. Ronaldo Vieira in the deep role and Kalvin Phillips more advanced is the best partnership, but if we had Adam Clayton on the ball ahead of Vieira it would certainly benefit us.
Clayton left the club and made the short trip to Huddersfield but in his time he made a very positive impact. He partnered Jonny Howson in the middle of the park and between them they dominated games. It was a side that included Max Gradel, Bradley Johnson and Robert Snodgrass, with Luciano Becchio up front. Clayton joined on loan from Manchester City but it was made permanent just weeks later with him impressing Simon Grayson behind the scenes. He kicked on at Huddersfield and got a big money move to Boro where he currently plays. He is very good on the ball and has a wealth of experience in this league, one of Boro’s key players during their promotion season. The reason for a move would be the lack of football, this could change now Tony Pulis has taken over.