Leeds fans react on Twitter as three new players on radar of club coaches
By Alex Stevens
Leeds handed trials to three players in a specially-arranged friendly on Tuesday – and supporters wanted to find out more about the mystery trio.
The Yorkshire giants’ Under-23s fielded three new youngsters in the team that lost 1-0 against Burnley at Thorp Arch at lunchtime as the club’s coaches ran the rule over them at close quarters.
Intriguingly, Leeds withheld the identity of the trio, listing them as ‘Trialist A, ‘Trialist B’ and ‘Trialist C’ in the announcement of the starting XI on their official club Twitter account.
? United: Trialist A, M. Taylor, Trialist B, Trialist C, Downing, Nicell, Wollerton, Whitehouse, Stokes, Kamwa, Wilks.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 17, 2017
The only clues given were as to their positions, with the Leeds Twitter account reporting that one was a goalkeeper, while the order of the listed XI suggested the other two are centre-backs.
Supporters were intrigued as to who the mystery three are, with some joking they are members of the ‘Trialist’ family.
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One fan quizzed why Leeds have handed a trial to a keeper when there are already four on the club’s books in the shape of Rob Green, Marco Silvestri, Ross Turnbull and Bailey Peacock-Farrell.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
@LUFC I want to meet Trialist A,B & C!!
— Paul Giles (@GILO1981) January 17, 2017
We have 4 keepers on our books why are we fielding a trialist ?
— Lufc West Midlands (@WestMidsWhites) January 17, 2017
@LUFC ANNOUNCE TRIALIST A
— James Satterthwaite (@superior_james) January 17, 2017
— Stephen Clark (@clarkyboy72) January 17, 2017
— Ryan (@LeedsUtdRyan) January 17, 2017
The Trialist brothers still haven’t found a club then. https://t.co/66yUvm3wfc
— James (@JamesLUFC) January 17, 2017
— Darren Anguige (@Anguini) January 17, 2017
There is a possibility the trialist trio could all be offered contracts by the high-flying club before the 31 January transfer cut-off.
It appears likely they would play for Jason Blunt’s Under-23s side, although there is also the possibility they could be promoted to the first-team squad if they are regarded as good enough by the coaches..
Leeds’ senior team have not yet signed any players in the January window, although manager Garry Monk has said he is keen on attacking reinforcements.
In other Leeds transfer news, an Elland Road icon is in advanced talks to join a Premier League club this month for £3million.