Noel: Leeds Must Not Axe Roofe

Noel Whelan says it would be unfair for Thomas Christiansen to axe Kemar Roofe from his Leeds United squad to play Burton at Elland on Saturday. Roofe, who is 24 years old, has led the line of attack in his last two appearances for the Whites in the absence of a natural striker due to Chris Wood’s sale and Caleb Ekuban’s injury. However, the former West Brom attacker has been impressive recently, scoring four goals in those two matches, including a stunning hat-trick against Newport County in the Carabao Cup.

Leeds have since brought in Pawel Cibicki and Pierre-Michel Lasogga at the back end of the transfer window and although Whelan expects the latter to start, he thinks it would be unfair on Roofe. “I think one of the [new] strikers will play,” said the former Whites striker on BBC Radio Leeds, as shown on the BBC website. “I’m probably leaning more towards Lasogga to start tomorrow [Saturday]. “Obviously someone is going to miss out on the wings. Continue reading Noel: Leeds Must Not Axe Roofe


There have been talks of the sale of Barnsley for quite some time but a final deal hasn’t been struck yet and Heckingbottom reckons that the delay is not benefitting anyone, not him for sure.

As per Heckingbottom, because there is no surety who is going to run the club the next summer, he has not been able to plan in terms of transfers.

Paul Hecking bottom talks about the summer transfer window

The head coach of Barnsley, Paul Heckingbottom voiced his thoughts concerning the transfer activities that his club did during the summer transfer window which saw many of his own players making their way out of Oakwell on free transfers.

“Oli is a player that we targeted early this summer and have successfully brought to the club. It’s not been a secret we wanted him. He is a Yorkshire lad and has jumped at the chance to come here on loan for the season. He will add some height, he is 6ft 2, is a goal threat, along with that raw element of being an unknown quantity to Championship defences. I am looking forward to him coming into training and getting started.”

This was the statement released by Barnsley’sHeckingbottom said as he talked about Oliver McBurnie who was signed by Barnsley on the last day of the transfer window.

During the previous English League Championship season of 2016-17, Barnsley finished at the 14th spot as they comfortable avoided the bottom relegation zone which was an impressive accomplishment considering that it was the debut season of Paul Heckingbottom at the helm of Barnsley in this competition after being promoted from the 3rd tier competition in the English League One. Continue reading Paul Hecking bottom talks about the summer transfer window


Barnsley coach Paul Heckingbottom has confirmed that Andy Yiadom has refused to agree to fresh terms from the club.

The offer would reportedly make him one of the best paid at the club but he decided to put it off amid interests in him.

Huddersfield Town have submitted a bid that was rejected but they are expected to return with an improved package. Reading and Swansea are reportedly keen on the right back as well. Heckingbottom said the club has not received an official bid for the 25-year old aside the rebuffed deal rom Huddersfield. The coach adds that the player remains part of his plans despite the strong speculations that he could exit soon.

Heckingbottom is disappointed that Yiadom and his reps turned down the offer from the Reds as he insists on seeing off his current deal. Continue reading YIADOM REJECTS BARNSLEY OFFER

Heckingbottom wants to build team

Barnsley’s manager Paul Heckingbottom said that he wants a chance to build a team at Barnsley.

He said that the team would go nowhere if they keep selling their best players and that they need to rebuild at the start of each season.

He said that understands that the club is a small one and that the only way to survive is to sell their best players, but he feels that as a manager he needs to be given a chance to build a team over a period of time.

He said that he wants people to judge him after he has managed to build a team over a period of time rather than to judge him after each season where he starts with some new faces.

He believes that the club needs to take a decision about their objectives. Either they become a selling club that keeps on selling their best players without any objectives of their own, or they want to become a successful club by building a team that will be able to compete with the other teams in the league. Continue reading Heckingbottom wants to build team

Paul Heckingbottom is preparing for a busy summer

The summer transfer window will open on July 1st of the ongoing year and the head coach of Barnsley, Paul Heckingbottom has recently stated that it will be an intense and complicated period of time for him.

Paul Heckingbottom is the head coach of the English League Championshi club Barnsley and there is an issue that the 39 year old tactician has to resolve in order to avoid seeing his squad ending up with a severely limited amount of players.

Adam Armstrong, Matty James, Ryan Kent, Callum Elder, Gethin Jones and SaidyJanko are all of the Barnsley players that will have to make their return to their parent clubs as their loan deals with the English League Championship club is going to expire in the summer.

To make matters even worse for Paul Heckingbottom, there are a significant amount of Barnsley players that will have to extend their contracts or leave the club as their deals are nearing their respective end. These players that only have a few months left on their contracts are: Marley Watkins, Josh Scowen, Ryan Williams and Aidy White Continue reading Paul Heckingbottom is preparing for a busy summer