June 19, 2024

Following a weekend of contrasting emotions in Yorkshire our panel discuss what happens next for Leeds United, Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley.

Leeds United’s relegation from the Premier League after three seasons was confirmed on Sunday with a 4-1 defeat at home to Tottenham Hotspur, with the inquest beginning quickly after as to where it all went so wrong for the Whites.

Coming the other way to meet them in the Championship in 2023-24 are Sheffield Wednesday who, after finishing third in the League One standings with 96 points, got their just rewards with promotion via the play-offs.

The elation for Darren Moore’s Owls came at the expense of derby rivals Barnsley in a memorable Wembley final, with the Reds now looking to ensure they can go one better next time around.

The YP’s football writers, Stuart Rayner and Leon Wobschall, join host Mark Singleton to discuss all three clubs’ 2022-23 campaigns and what they need to do next.

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Leeds set to be ‘denied’ crucial £15m windfall for promotion push as cheap exit on cards

Leeds United are poised to auction off a cluster of their first-team stars before gearing up for a season in the Championship.

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani is poised to pay the price for the club’s relegation to the Championship in more ways than one. Diego Llorente is among those expected to be sold on this summer, but AS Roma reportedly hope to use the Whites’ weak negotiating position to strike a bargain deal for the Spanish defender.

Llorente arrived at Elland Road in an £18million deal back in 2020, but persistent injury issues made it tricky for the centre-back to build up any kind of momentum. They sent him on loan to Roma back in January, but game time remained hard to come by in Serie A.

Despite making only eight league appearances under Jose Mourinho, Corriere dello Sport claim that the Giallorossi are keen to make the move permanent. Unfortunately for Leeds, however, they have no intention of doing so by activating their £15m buy option.

Instead, the Italian giants will reportedly look to exploit Leeds’ need to sell by negotiating a bargain deal for the 29-year-old

Every penny will count for Leeds as they look to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. But Roma are supposedly only willing to buy ‘under certain conditions’, and finding another buyer for a player who hardly set the Premier League alight may prove tricky.

It remains to be seen just how low the Whites would be willing to go in offloading Llorente, who has 10 Spain caps on his CV along with four years on the books of Real Madrid.

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