Lokomotiv Leeds 2013/14

Ben S profile pic

All over my face: The Lokomotiv Leeds manager

Manager: Ben S (Yorkshire)

Twitter name: @BenCSilver

Since: 2011

Last season: 7th

Trophy cabinet: empty (best finish – runner up in 2011/12)

Sympathies: Leeds

Darts music: Bicycle Race – Queen

Outlook (on 21 August 2013): As reports of managers’ exploits filtered back to Kenna HQ in the days following last weekend’s auction there was one tale of particular note. Whether the incumbent mayor’s most innovative and popular scheme of public transport was designed to get Londoners home after 15 hours on licensed premises is an ethical discussion rather than a footballing one, but what remains clear is that a manager capable of such haphazard decision making in the face of revelry is likely to build a team incompatible with mounting a genuine title challenge.

The Lokomotiv boss will be keen to get back to the heights of his plucky debut campaign two years ago. Last season’s 7th-placed finish was far from the promise of his runners-up medal the previous May, and the manager has bought a team that can score points, although inclined to grind out them out rather than win them with flair. The victorious Dynamo Temple of 2008/09 proved that an unspectacular side can win the Kenna, but that was in the days of just 12 managers rather than 23 hunting for the spoils.

Marquee signing Wilfred Bony has already found the net just as Gabby Agbonlahor appears to have found the form that earned him three national call ups – incidentally during which time he was part of the winning Dynamo Temple team mentioned above.

In midfield, Johnson and Fellaini look to be starters for the season, unlike forfeit player Josh McEachran. The recognised authorities on the matter have already questioned the value Victor Wanyama can bring. At the back it’s steady as she goes, with only Younis Kaboul – formerly sidelined with injury – failing to score less than 90 points last season.

(B) denotes forfeit player awarded under the Titus Bramble ruling

Mignolet, S LIV £11m
Riether, S FUL £18m
Cameron, G STO £6m
Fonte, J SOT £2m
Rafael MUN £11m
McGeady, A EVE £2.5m
Johnson, A SUN £4.5m
Nocerino, A WHU £0.5m
Matic, N CHE £0.5m
Agbonlahor, G AVL £12m
Bony, W SWA £25m

First transfer window – 5 October 2013

Starting budget: £10m, remaining budget: £6.5m, net loss: £3.5m

Out       In      
Pos Player Team Sold Pos Player Team Paid
DEF Evans, J MUN Free DEF Fonte, J SOT £2m
DEF Kaboul, Y TOT Free DEF Yanga-Mbiwa, M NEW £0.5m
MID McEachran, J (TB) CHE Free MID Amalfitano, M WBA £0.5m
MID Wanyama, V SOT Free MID Brady, R HUL £0.5m

Second transfer window – 7 February 2014

Out       In      
Pos Player Team Sold Pos Player Team Paid
DEF Yanga-Mbiwa, M NEW Free DEF Rafael MUN £11m
MID Amalfitano, M WBA Free MID McGeady, A EVE £2.5m
MID Brady, R HUL £5m MID Nocerino, A WHU £0.5m
MID Fellaini, M MUN £0.5m MID Matic, N CHE £0.5m

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