Adam Clayton

Clayton - one for the future?

Young midfielder Adam Clayton has been sent on a month’s loan to Peterborough United.

Clayton was signed by Leeds early in the season from Manchester City but has been restricted to just four substitute appearances. Clayton spent much of last season playing for Carlisle in League One and will go straight into the Peterborough’s squad for their trip to Southampton.

It is thought that the opportunity of first team football will be beneficial to the youngster who is tipped as being a player for the future by Simon Grayson and has been suggested by many fans as a potential replacement in the first team for the outward bound Bradley Johnson.

The move comes the day after Aidan White was loaned out to League One side Oldham. Both players will be aiming to impress on their loan spells in an attempt to work their way into Simon Grayson’s plans.

  • jasonhLUFC

    Think he was put under too much pressure when he first came and looked low on confidence so hopefully peterborough can do us a favour and give him lots of playing time and then he can replace Trojan foot Johnson :)

  • Mark R

    A good move for him.Then back in January to challenge for a place.

    MOT

  • Dje

    I have to say it is a sign of our slow return when we loan out players such as White and Clayton.

    For the last half dozen seasons there is no way we would have been in a position to loan out players like White – and we would struggle to stop nothing Premiership teams or even Championship sides from coming in to pinch them from us for pennies.

    Likewise for Clayton, brought in and room to maneuver to then send him out on loan as ‘one for the future’.

    Either that or it is all positive spin.

  • Colin

    Have I missed something but I thought Clayton was a central defensive midfielder and Johnson mainly plays on the left wing for us.

    How is Clayton a replacement for Johnson? Or have I got it completely wrong?

  • Dje

    @colin

    I think Clayton is supposed to be a right back / defensive midfielder

    Jury is still out where Johnson should actually play.

    • Colin

      @djedjedje @mikelufc
      so why are so many posters saying replace Johnson with Clayton (in the long term) – are they all wrong or am wrong in saying that Clayton could never play as a replacement for Johnson?

      Johnson’s a left footed attacking player either in att. midfield or LB. Clayton is a right footer who is defensive.

      At the moment it’s Gradel who’s on the left wing so any Johnson hole is filled by Gradel, surely?

      • Dje

        @colin

        I amy be wrong, but as far as I am concerned, Johnson is by default a central midfielder who is prone to stray out of position and get giddy when the chance to shoot (arguably) presents itself. He was a left back but was more eager to be a left winger. Then when we were playing 4-4-2 he got his chance on the wing, and we lost as many as we won. Now we play 5-5-1 and Sam and Gradel (or Snodgrass if needs be, and God knows Grayson probably would also try Somma and McCormack) are more genuinely attack minded wingers than Johnson is likely to ever be. So that leaves him with the inner three of the five in midfield. Howson has been liberated to roam forward (with success) so that leaves two from Faye, Kilkenny and Johnson to play defensive and central midfielders. Johnson is more physical and combative in the air than Kilkenny, and Faye is still short on fitness – so there is still a case to say that Johnson has a role to fill in our 4-5-1. I imagine Clayton is being preened for the Faye defensive midfielder position, but if he comes good as a right back then no loss there as Connolly isn’t really the future fix for the right back berth.

        And yes, I agree, Johnson should have been transfer listed on the quiet and offered to clubs – if needs be – behind doors. I seriously doubt professional clubs rely solely on the LUFC website or Newsnow for their information about who is available or likely to be made so.

  • Mike

    Johnson is a goalie

  • Colin

    And I reckon Johnson will want to play. He’s in the shop window and if he can start banging some goals in and Leeds keep playing well, then there will be pressure on Leeds to come to some sort of compromise – not wanting to change a winning team and all that.
    Likewise, if Grayson drops him and we get beat by Norwich, which is quite possible, or start to stumble in the next few games, then there will eventually be pressure to play him.

    Stupid decision for Leeds to go public on Johnson and transfer listing him. They should have kept it in house. They did exactly the same thing with Beckford. They transfer listed him at the start of last season and had to make a U-turn and take him off the transfer list.

    Now I’m not saying Johnson is anywhere near as good as Beckford, but don’t make the same mistake twice and go public and risk making the manager look stupid.

    If Leeds want to sell Johnson and there’s a buyer, then fair enough. But it’s November, not January and Leeds can’t sell him and there can’t be a buyer yet, so why go public.

  • Mike

    And I reckon Johnson will want to play. He’s in the shop window and if he can start banging some goals in and Leeds keep playing well, then there will be pressure on Leeds to come to some sort of compromise – not wanting to change a winning team and all that.
    <b.Why would he all of a sudden start banging them in!
    Likewise, if Grayson drops him and we get beat by Norwich, which is quite possible, or start to stumble in the next few games, then there will eventually be pressure to play him.
    <b. Larry hasn't the balls to drop him, wait and see

    Stupid decision for Leeds to go public on Johnson and transfer listing him. They should have kept it in house. They did exactly the same thing with Beckford. They transfer listed him at the start of last season and had to make a U-turn and take him off the transfer list.
    <b. No they didn't, they decided he was needed and were prepared to lose him for nowt, a good decision in retrospect, he got us up

    Now I’m not saying Johnson is anywhere near as good as Beckford, Ooh! I am glad Colinbut don’t make the same mistake twice and go public and risk making the manager look stupid. He doesn’y need any help there

    If Leeds want to sell Johnson and there’s a buyer, then fair enough. But it’s November, not January and Leeds can’t sell him and there can’t be a buyer yet, so why go public They dont want to sell him, He wants more than tight arse wants to pay, so they let everybody know he will be available in the window if anybody will pay, I doubt it, for sure an undercover deal will be done and as usual we will get nowt

    • Colin

      @mikelufc – you need to add your first goalscorer to the post on the predictions forum, you’ve got the score down, but no scorer.

    • les irwin

      stop whining mikey moan moan moan ,

  • trueyorxman

    We bring in a kid from Man City then ship him out to Peterborough without giving him a chance. Meanwhile Johnson carrys on performing like the League One player he is and yet may become a Premiership player in Jan (Stoke & Bolton interested!!). Words f**king fail me, right honest

  • Mike

    @Colin

    You Sure? :-)

    • Colin

      :) :) :)

  • Hugh Fox

    whats the point in signing him if we going loan him out just a few months later!

    • Dje

      @foxy101

      I’m sure the same was said about Somma when we packed him off to lowly Lincoln City last season.

  • Mike

    Surely it is clear, Larry doesn’t want to change anything but still wants him to get fit, I suppose the player agreed.

  • lar

    bringing a player in on loan and then loaning him out sounds like some one is very confused.thought white would anchor a place in the first team and has to be better than some of,sorry..all,the lads in the back four.31 conceded is a big hole.well lets hope we can keep a clean sheet to morrow.will johnson be playing…its got me thinking….leeeeeedddddssss.

    • Craig

      @lar

      If White was anything other than a left sided defender/midfielder he would stand a great chance of getting a game. As it is, George McCartney has been an excellent addition at left back and we have more seasoned choices in left midfield.

      I think Grayson has got it right to send him on loan so he’s fit and ready in case we lose McCartney in the New Year.

  • paulg

    When Johnson was bought he was supposed to be an attacking midefielder, not a left back. Clayton’s seen as a replacement for Johnson because, at the moment, Johnson’s the only midefielder we have who can (a) stay fit, and (b) actually win a tackle every now and again …….

  • les irwin

    good result really 1 apeice at norwich

  • Mike

    @number1inyorkshire

    There has to be a counterbalance to unreasonable optimism :-)

  • Colin

    I really want to see that challenge on Kasper – from the football league show highlights, all i could see from the corner which Norwich scored from, was Kasper flat out on his arse. From the audio commentary, he was pushed and he was a very angry goalkeeper, letting the ref and linesman know exactly what he was thinking.

    I like an angry goalkeeper – off the pitch he seems like a nice and well mannered young man, but on the pitch he sounds like an absolute monster. And he jumps around like an absolute lunatic, which i guess he has to as he’s just under 6ft. More of the same please Kasper. I mean keep up the aggression, not sitting on your backside.

  • Colin

    Looking at the fixtures, now come the tough games – Reading, Burnley, Palace – those sort of strange games that could go either way – could be a win loss or draw. And then comes QPR.