LUFC: Ten things we've learnt this week #3 TSS August 27, 2010 Leeds United 9 Comments #01 – Leeds United can tame Lions Millwall had become somewhat of a bogey team for Leeds United over the two seasons previous, and with the Lions leading the Championship after two games it was set to be an herculean task defeating them this time. Leeds’ lion-tamers rose to challenge though as Millwall came with a roar, and left without so much much as a whimper giving Leeds their first victory of the season. #02 – Who cares about the cups? Well, apparently we do! After a dismal defeat to Leicester at Elland Road on Tuesday, Leeds’ dreams of another big third round tie were banished with Simon Grayson admitting afterwards that he had hoped for another good cup run this season. #03 – Yellow boots make you play better Conclusive proof this week that yellow boots make you play better, with Davide Somma, Lloyd Sam and Sanchez Watt providing the evidence. #04 – “…Stop… Somma-time…” Davide Somma had less than twenty minutes to make an impression on his league debut for the club and didn’t fail to impress (admittedly aided by his yellow boots). With the game against Millwall tied at 1-1, Somma came on and tapped home to put Leeds in the lead, before rounding things off with a selfish solo effort in injury time. Three days later, and he was at it again as Leeds’ only scorer in the 2-1 League Cup defeat against Leicester. “…can’t touch this…” #05 – You can never have too many strikers With Luciano Becchio performing better than ever, Davide Somma bursting onto the scene in style, Max Gradel back from suspension, Mike Grella available for back-up and Billy Paynter yet to return, you’d think Leeds would be content with the striking options available? Obviously not though, as it was revealed the Whites have had a bid accepted for Cardiff striker Ross McCormack. #06 – Agents can’t be trusted When the club revealed they had, had an offer for McCormack accepted, Leeds fans were puzzled as to why the veil of secrecy had been lifted? New open regime at Elland Road, perhaps? Of course not! It turned out McCormack’s agent had already “leaked” the information to Sky, leaving Ken and Larry furious that he couldn’t keep a secret. After removing the agent from his Christmas card list, Bates revealed how he was disappointed that the agent was trying to drum up interest in his player. It’s almost like the agent was doing his job? #07 – The Football Association video referee A minor case of handbags during our trip to Nottingham resulted in fines for both clubs as someone, somewhere had seen it on Sky and didn’t like it. Chris Gunter also received a three match ban for his stamp on Sanchez Watt’s lovely yellow boot. Hardly undeserved, but whatever happened to the referee’s decision is final? #08 – The game has gone crazy! We learnt this week that the game has officially gone crazy after Craig Bellamy moved to Cardiff and Edgar Davids came out of retirement to join Crystal Palace. Other deals expected to be completed this week include Steven Gerrard to Sheffield United, Cech Fabregas on a season long loan to Norwich City and Lionel Messi signing for Leeds (undisclosed fee, naturally) #09 – He might be crocked, but we like him We learnt this week that Calum Davenport is training with the club on a trial basis whilst he tries to recover his fitness. Simon Grayson admitted that Calum is a long way from full fitness after being out of the game for a year, but he believes the 27-year old could be a major asset to the club if he is successful. #10 – The Glazer’s continue to kill the Scum We laughed this week, as the Glazer’s continuing debt problems spiralled out of control. It was revealed that the American’s have defaulted on the mortgages for four of their troubled malls, and that the interest rate on the loan used to purchase Scum has risen from 14.25% to 16.25% as their troubles worsened. Plans to throw a street parade through Leeds in the Glazer’s honour are at an advanced stage, and a key to the city is being commissioned.