Adam Clayton

Adam Clayton

21 year old Manchester City midfielder, Adam Clayton, has joined Leeds United on a month long loan. Clayton, an England U-20 international, spent last season on loan at Carlisle United, making 36 appearances and fans may remember him for scoring against Leeds in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final.

Despite Clayton usually being a more central player the length of the loan suggests he is being brought in to provide cover for the suspended Max Gradel and injured Robert Snodgrass and he could be in the squad to face Derby County on Saturday.

This addition comes a few days after the loan signing of youngster Sanchez Watt from Arsenal, signalling Simon Grayson’s intent to bring in young players from Premier League clubs. With chances few and far between for young players at Manchester City, Clayton should be looking to make a good impression for Leeds in the hope of securing more regular football.

  • TSS

    Good signing, but I expect him to be more of an impact sub from the bench than a first team starter – especially since he’s only here for a month.

    With Watt and Sam available for the wings, I suspect tomorrow will be;

    Sam – Howson – Bruce (holding) – Killa – Watt

    • timm

      I remember him looking a really good player for Carlisle. His loan was up before we played them in the JPT, but he extended it, i remember being worried when he re-signed for them because he looked head & shoulders above the rest of their team.

    • graham allen

      We have plenty of attacking players now with Watt on board. I was wondering who would cover if Kilkenny or Howson get injured. There is no cover for them – perhaps Clayton will cover until we sign a defensive midfielder permanently. You may be right but I have a feeling Grayson will keep Bruce at the back with Kisnorbo when he is fit. I guess it may be clearer after tomorrow

  • Dje

    He was a defensive midfielder at Carlisle – I wonder if we’ll play him in a similar role whilst Gradel and Snodgrass are out of the squad – possibly pushing Howson on to the right and having Kilkenny, Johnson and Clayton in the middle, Sam on the left?

    • TSS

      Forgot about Johnson. He’ll more than likely start over Watt then, but I suspect my above formation will be about right and this lad is here for nothing more than cover.

      • Dje

        I forgot about Bruce actually! I did wonder if Grayson had/has Bruce in mind for the holding role, but might prefer him at the back until Naylor is fit (sadly) and of course The Great Kisnorbo returns?

        • TSS

          Yeah, you could be on to something there (re. Naylor). Bruce and Collins for opening day is definitely a possibility. If that’s the case, I do wonder if he’ll go all out attack at home and play Watt, Howson, Killa, Watt and Sam?

    • Steve Hirst

      Yes I agree with these coments . They make sence ,I wonder how far infront in time Grayson is looking , hopefully long term and with supporting cover in every position . M O T..

  • Dje

    Having said that, I forgot we’d signed Watt – so I imagine Watt and Sam will be on the wings – and three from Clayton, Howson, Kilkenny, Johnson.

  • Loki

    Anyone picked up on this rumour about Jay Simpson?

    • Craig

      Where’s the rumour from?

  • TSS
    • Loki

      Always one step ahead!

  • timm

    Maybe Grayson thinks Adam Clayton will give us The Edge over other teams?!!!

  • les irwin

    dont know why we have signed him for a month or at all really no disrespect to the lad he did ok at carlisle but i cant see him being more than a bench player alright thats better than a reserve player but still .
    unless as someone said earlier we make it permanent next week ..i do like these young guns from the prem though which is why in hoped our signing today would have been simpson from the gooners on a permanent a lots been said about the others deemed to be in for him but i wonder if he is mates with watt and he could swing it ,he is more likely to get 1st team football with us i know there is others but our strikers would be paynter ,becchio and simpson ,

  • Gryff

    @timm, That was bad. So Bad, it made me feel Numb. Please have Mercy on us and stop playing The Fool. ;-)

    As some others, I would probably play Clayton as more of a holding midfielder. Given we literally don’t have a single natural defensive centre-mid on the books (as far as I can recall), I think it’ll be good to have cover there.

    • timm

      I know! Sorry gryff! I was thinking no ONE was going to notice it!

  • Joe -ipswich leeds

    have heard he is a lee bowyer type player.

  • Craig

    How about Andy Hughes? Despite his appearances at the back last season, he prefers holding midfield. Grayson did re-sign him in the summer after all!

  • tim campbell

    I think folk underestimated just how influential a player david batty was in that defensive midfielder role. The amount of ball he won was phenomenal

    • jacko

      Smithy in to do this for us! Anyone got his number I reckon we could persuad him to come back!!

      • Steve Hirst

        Worth a try mate ////

  • Adolfo

    TOMORROW!! i can honestly say im giggling like a schoolgirl being asked to the prom! 3-0, sounds about right to me… Becchio heads us into the lead, then Johnson plants a rocket into the top corner with Sam putting the icing on the cake with a cool tap-in… mmm!!

  • Matt BB

    @timm i heard that rumour too but dont think that its bono fide..

    • timm

      Very good Matt! This could start a whole new thread of U2 related comments!

      • Steve Hirst

        That comment gives us the EDGE………

    • Colin

      @mattbb @timm
      Clayton likes to carry out mazy runs, left then right, then left, then right. In my opinion as a new signing I think…

      IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S ALRIGHT, IT’S ALRIGHT, HE MOVES IN MYSTERIOUS WAYS

      • timm

        Quality stuff Colin! One thing’s for sure, if he comes on & scores the winner it’ll be a BEAUTIFUL DAY!! If he does a good job for us, maybe he’ll STAY? Thank god we didn’t sign Robbie Williams from Huddersfield!

        • pete

          These U2 puns are getting Out Of Control now.

  • Matt BB

    i was hoping for some movement on our paper thin striking department… v disappointed no matter how great this guy is.

    • gallen

      Paper thin up front? Last 3 friendly results look good with single striker supported by attacking midfielders. Where will all the strikers play? When Snodgrass and Gradel are back, with Johnson and Watt, will there be room for 2 strikers? No wonder Grella is talking about being loaned out.

  • Dje

    @gallen

    I sort of agree, but there is always (and always) a case for quality over quantity. Paynter and Becchio are of the similar mould, Grella doesn’t appear to be cutting it as a striker, and Somma and Gradel are as much attacking midfielders/wingers as out and out strikers. So there’s the case for looking for a striker in the mould of Beckford – which could well be this Jay Simpson lad. Therefore I reckon we might well bring one more striker in – possibly on loan, if only to give us an alternative on the bench when the starting XI isn’t happening – and Grella is probably off out on loan.

    What is a bit worrying is the lack of impact on the bench for out first three games. Presuming in midfield and upfront we’re starting with Sam, Johnson, Kilkenny, Howson, Watt, Becchio, then who’ve we got on the bench? Grella, Hughes, this Clayton lad, White (is he fit?) the other keeper and some defenders. Not much if we are chasing the game!!

  • Matt BB

    we are lacking up front. if becchio gets a knock on saturday it leaves one fit centre forward available for example.. we do need some options.

  • Petter-Andre (Norway)

    Only a month… Not much of a chance to make an impact although there are a few games in the next 30 days… On another hand, just read this article at the Daily Mail. You can say what you want about Bates, and I am still reserved about the man, but this article made me laugh several times. Well written by Des Kelly, who actualy says lots of positives about Bates, although Bates have banned him from ER, TWICE! Check it out yourselves:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-1300970/Leeds-United-chairman-Ken-Bates-trademark-blast.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

    Perhaps he’s not the wanker we think he is?

    • TSS

      “But the idea that Bates would ever put himself in a position where he is answerable to others seems laughable. He has spent his entire life ensuring he has control.

      “My guess is that Leeds are owned by Bates and another couple of business backers that he has known for years, and he just likes to be mysterious about it to keep everyone guessing and at arm’s length.

      “Why? No idea.”

      Well, that’s obvious! Because if he owns Leeds United, he bought the club illegally.

    • Dje

      What I find unnerving from that article is the new picture at the top of Bates after laser surgery on his eyes, sat at his desk without the trademark specs.

      Quite simply it isn’t him, it’s Ray Winstone with his hair died white.

      Clearly Bates has popped his clogs and Shaun Harvey has gone all North Korea on us and found Winstone to act as a Bates-stooge until a new ‘not-for-profit’ Chairman can be found (no doubt it’ll be Harvey himself).

      Come on, Ken Bates and Ray Winstone – never seen in the same room together, huh!?

      • les irwin

        do you think the old git died in the summer and he is still haunting us by having ray winstone stand in for him thats the sort of trick he would do

        • Dje

          @number1inyorkshire

          Exactly! Bates is no-doubt laughing at us all from six feet under…

          … or, more likely, considerably further down than that!

  • Tim Wilsom

    I read that a bit ago and thought of posting it in here somewhere, bit of a chuckle, I really don’t mind the funny old bugger.

    • Dje

      I laughed at the thought of Bates getting up in the morning in his swanky bespoke Monte Carlo apartment, and starting the day by catching up with his old friends Christa Ackroyd and Harry Gration on the BBC’s ‘Look North’. For most of us it is a thankless chore.

  • les irwin

    now then love it or loathe it that piece in mail is fantstic “foreign owners ” well at least they knew who they were or are in the case of manu and liverpool .now we can see it the mail chap can see it and im sure the foorball league do not believe him .the serious fraud office should be investigating BATES what he has done is illegal and to all those who were owed money its immoral he is a f*^$ing disgrace and we still continue to give him money .not 1 penny my arse i bet we paid for his F- ING EYE SURGERY it don’t stop him looking a c–t ,just a bog eyed c–t now
    i had to laugh when he said he is now being excepted .put your F-ING glasses on and read this site you knob

    now back to todays game 2-1 leeds

  • Gryff

    @craig i’m not entirely convinced that Hughes is good enough to have a first-team role anywhere. He covered well at left-back and right-back last season given he’s a natural midfielder and was played on a different side of the pitch each week, but that’s all i’d use him for: a can-do reserve.

    As far as Clayton goes, he did impress a lot of pundits in L1 last season and certainly seems to be rated at Man City. I think this is the kind of signing we need. They don’t need to be former-premiership players, they need to be future-premiership players :)

    In re: Ken Bates’ interview in Daily Mail. I loved his quote near the end: “I’ve got a computer, it looks very nice. Never use it, but it looks nice.”

    • TSS

      @gryff Was reassuring to know he doesn’t read TSS. I now feel free to publish without fear of getting banned from ER.