The loan signing of Matthew Pennington has captured the imagination of the Elland Road faithful.
ScottWoottonLeedsLegend, via website
Matthew Pennington is a fantastic signing at centre-back, one more (ideally older, permanent and experienced player like Aden Flint) and we’re sorted in that position.
He was very highly regarded at Everton and Coventry, where he was voted Young Player of the Season, scoring in the Merseyside derby last season. He looks strong and capable.
He’s a good signing, and at last another with experience in English football.
Overall, it’s been a strong showing in the transfer market. We can’t compete with at least five or six clubs in the Championship (Wolves, Boro, Sunderland, Hull? Villa, Sheff Wednesday, maybe more) in terms of budgets and wages but buying smart could get us just as much, if not more talent.
It’s big risk, but there’s huge rewards if it all clicks. One thing we have which we didn’t before – and it will come in defence once we have added more – is depth which is essential for a play-off push.
Deal will benefit both teams
Heckmondwhite, via website
The signing of Matthew Pennington is an excellent one which has seemingly taken some lengthy negotiating, but will benefit both clubs and the player, and a season-long loan gives us security.
However the news that Rob Green could be leaving is not good news. It means that Marco Silvestri will probably be number two to Felix Wiedwald, but it also may indicate that Bailey Peacock-Farrell will stay after Oldham changed their mind about his loan.
I would prefer that Green stays and Silvestri goes, but I would imagine that Green is on top dollar, so that could have a bearing on the decision, and also that Green is quite a bit older than the other keepers.
A really good bit of business
pdleeds, via website
GETTING Pennington is a very good signing for us, for the player, and for Everton. A good bit of business I think. We’re a much stronger club than we were just two days ago.
It doesn’t matter whether he’s a loanee or a purchased player, he’ll be wearing a Leeds shirt and playing for Leeds. The rest don’t matter, especially in a promotion-chasing season.
Next target must be a centre-back
1edgley, via website
The Matthew Pennington deal is good for Leeds United and Everton.
If Everton were to put him on the market they would probably ask for stupid money for him because you always seem too pay over the odds for young British players. He will also will be hungry and want to prove a point.
We still need another commanding centre-back though with experience of this league and that will give us a bit of variety of youth and experience at the back.
The Herd, via website
We looked like a Sunday league side against a poor Turkish team.
We have made a plethora of signings who probably amount to the same price Boro paid for one player. It’s about quality and not quantity.
Iain Alcorn, via website
I watched the whole match (against Bursaspor). It’s far too soon to judge, but the defence looked very suspect – certainly for the first two goals – and there wasn’t a United player within 10 yards of the player for the looping header.
There have been comments that Marco Silvestri was badly positioned. l ask, where the hell was he supposed to be? He was positioned centrally between the header and the goal, the perfect position had the header been directed in any other way other than looped. The problem was that there was no defender within challenging distance.
They will learn much more from this game than the two previous walkovers. I still wish they would go overboard and get Kyle Bartley; he already has a great understanding with the back four, while a new player will take weeks to build one.