ICYMI: 10 players tied down to new deals

It’s been a busy summer at Elland Road. 16 new faces have walked through the door along with a new coaching staff as Andrea Radrizzani stamped his mark on the club.

While Leeds were busy moulding their squad for the 2017/18 season they were also busy tying down some of their key players and future stars.

You may have missed the fact that nine players had signed new deals so we thought we would take a look at the players who have committed their futures to Leeds over the summer…

Ronaldo Vieira, 4 years

Ronaldo Vieira

Vieira was the first player to sign a new deal under Radrizzani’s regime and it was a huge statement from the new owner.

The midfielder had been attracting interest from numerous clubs including Red Bull Leipzig but those rumours were soon put to bed while Vieira was on international duty at the Toulon tournament.

He hasn’t had much of an opportunity so far this season as Thomas Christiansen is looking to ease him in following a busy summer.

Lewie Coyle, 2 years

Coyle was next to sign a new deal as Radrizzani clearly had sights on tying up Leeds’ younger talent.

The right back has made 22 appearances for Leeds and is only 21 years old. With Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi limiting his chances in the first team, Coyle was sent out on loan to Fleetwood to gain much needed experience in League 1.

Bailey Peacock-Farrell, 3 years

Peacock-Farrell is very much part of Leeds’ future and it seems he will eventually become the number 1 at the club. He put pen to paper to a 3 year deal a week after Coyle did the same.

The clubs’ idea was to send Peacock-Farrell on loan like Coyle but Oldham pulled out of a deal late in to negotiations to take the 20 year old goalkeeper.

By the time Peacock-Farrell cements his place in Leeds’ side he will have gained the experience to do so having worked with numerous goalkeepers at such a young age.

Kalvin Phillips, 4 years

Just days before Leeds kicked the season off at Bolton it was announced that Phillips had extended his stay at the club tot he end of 2021.

Phillips featured 40 times last season and seems to have caught the eye of new coach Thomas Christiansen as he has started every league game so far alongside Eunan O’Kane.

The young midfielder marked signing his new contract in the perfect manner as he netted twice in Leeds’ opening day 3-2 win at the Macron Stadium.

Tyler Denton, 3 years

Denton has found his first team opportunities fairly limited after scoring on his debut at Luton and like Coyle was loaned out after signing his new deal.

The left back joined Michael Brown’s Port Vale side in search of first team experience.

 Gaetano Berardi, 3 years

Unfortunately for Berardi he dislocated his shoulder in the opening game at Bolton so hasn’t featured since, much to the disappointment to the Leeds fans as the Swiss full backs reputation continues to grow.

Fans were soon cheered up just two days later as Berardi put pen to paper to a new three year deal after making 83 appearances for the club since his move from Sampdoria.

Liam Cooper, 4 years

Cooper has taken his fair share of criticism since joining from Chesterfield for £800,000 yet he has survived the numerous managerial changes and has always been apart of their plans, some naming him captain.

He’s well thought of by his fellow team mates and some describe him as a natural leader. Cooper has had a very impressive start to the campaign and he’s slowly proving what a consistent run of games can do for a player.

Eunan O’Kane, 4 years

Massive news for Leeds. O’Kane has been another player who has set the bar this year for performances and his interactions on social media have made him one of the fan favourites. He’s another player who ‘gets’ the Leeds United way.

O’Kane’s impressive performances this season brings up the question again… why was he missing for so long last year?

Malik Wilks, 1 year

Wilks signed a new 12 month deal and soon headed out on loan to Accrington Stanley where he scored a 89th minute equaliser on his debut for the club.

Stuart Dallas, 3 years

Dallas signing came as a relief to Leeds fans. The Northern Irishman was linked with a late move to Norwich City but that was another rumour that came to nothing.

Instead Dallas committed his future to Leeds and he will be vital if Leeds want to mount a promotion charge this season.

Reporter | Matthew Beedle