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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 12:02

Leeds United - Young Guns Special

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Leeds United were looking forward to Season 10 with great anticipation and ready to add more silverware to their closet after a strong showing in the second half of season 9. Alas, after a promising start to the campaign the West Yorkshire outfit went on one of their worst runs in PEN history picking up 1 point from 18, leaving the club in dark times. 
 
 
There was a lot of headscratching at Elland Road at board level, with the senior directors wondering if Clough was still the right man to have in charge. They decided to keep faith with the manager after a successful cup run taking Leeds to their second final in consecutive seasons, beating in form league managers Cartesian5th and Sunzibad on route in dominant displays. This form didn’t carry on in the final however with Karlos7 and his men running out 1-0 winners in a lacklustre game decided by a rebound in the first half. 
 
Clough looked at his expensively assembled, large wage burdened squad and decided to bring out the transfer hammer. Players who were picking up wages and not performing were let go as no fewer than 10 players were released in transfers in the space of a week. Big big stars like Riyad Mahrez, Marco Reus and long term captain David Carrico left. Top goalscorer Leroy Sane soon followed to allow others to come in.
 
 
“Marco Reus seemed happy to be leaving Elland Road”
 
 
The faithful Leeds United crowd were dismayed at the release of Carrico after his strong performances in a weak campaign and several online polls appeared questioning Cloughys judgement. Marco Reus was less of a surprise as he had complained in the press several times over getting played in an unfamiliar role as centre forward. 
 
Fans were optimistic when the signings of Rafa Silva, Gonzalo Martinez, Ruben Neves, Jonathan Tah, Emre Mor and the experienced Jan Vertonghen were brought to the club for a combined total of 250m PENce. With the club obviously believing that children are the future, we take a look at the first of these young guns in our 3 part special on the recent transfer activity at the club
 
Gonzalo ‘Pity’ Martínez
 
Gonzalo Martinez joined from the most successful domestic team in Argentina, River Plate where he carried the famous number 10 shirt worn by previous luminaries such as Andres D’Alessandro, Pablo Aimar, Marcelo Gallardo, Ariel Ortega and the legendary Enzo Francescoli
 
With such expectation on the young mans shoulders he showed glimpses of ability and pure genius with his low centre of gravity, electric acceleration and silky touch leaving defenders for dead. This season he had been used primarily on the left wing but was experimented with in an unfamiliar role in defensive midfield against rivals Boca Juniors. An experiment that didn’t pay off in a 4-2 loss at home. 
 
Looking forward to the future Gonzalo has said he is looking forward to the challenge in England and hopes to develop over time and stake his claim for a first team place at Leeds United. With fantastic players at the club already such as Wendell, Kevin Kampl and Leroy Sane, adapting quick and learning from his team mates is key to his success. 
 
 
Lets take a look at some of his recent highlights at River Plate and what we can look forward to seeing at Elland Road - 
 
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