Leeds United have signed Michael Tonge on loan until December. Neil Warnock made no secret of his desire to use the loan market to shore up a skeletal squad even before injuries to Michael Brown and David Norris caused an injury-crisis in midfield.

Tonge signs for Leeds after being left out of Stoke’s 25-man squad again, and is another who has experience of playing for Neil Warnock having made 262 appearances for Sheffield United between 2001 and 2008. Despite signing for Stoke City for around £2m, Tonge has made only 2 appearances for the club since summer 2009. He’s made 40 appearances since then on loan at Preston North End, Derby County, PNE a second time, and most recently Barnsley last season where he made 10 appearances.

Michael Brown’s hamstring strain, however, might not keep him out of contention for Cardiff, while Rodolph Austin is expected to return to Leeds from international duty in time to compete.

Meanwhile Aidy White, Tom Lees and Ross McCormack have all returned from international duty, with Tom Lees receiving glowing praise from England U21 coach Stuart Peerce.

21 Responses

  1. TSS

    Warnock’s u-turn on loan signings tells you how difficult the situation is at the club. A man who doesn’t believe in building a team of loanees has already had his hand forced, much like Simon Grayson before him.

    • MattBB2

      if LUST are to be believed the deal is far closer now in terms of the takeover with the indemnity issue seemingly resolved, but youre right this is a disgraceful way to treat an experienced manager like Warnock, whose respected throughout the game.

      • Lee B

        I agree.
        What is the point in bringing in the most respected and successful manager in this division, indicating that promotion is ‘expected’ and then not backing him?

        The only thing I’m surprised about this year is that Warnock hasn’t chucked it all in.
        Whilst I’ve never been a fan of his and I didn’t want him to become the manager in the first place, he’s gone up in my estimation by several notches.

        Kudos NW…

      • mrbigwheels

        In total agreement with you and…. Neil has had a hell of a fight for this one.
        The one good thing is Neil and Mick have the faith, getting on with the job with no thoughts of leaving, whatever Mr Castles may say. NW does a pretty good two fingered gesture… a bit simular to the foot stamping stuff. Seriously though… Thank heavens Warnock is here to deal with Bates. I’m confident NW sees new owners in this window and is just waiting like many of us for the flag to be dropped… rather belatedly to his expectations.

      • Matthew

        Warnoch has the advantage of being one of the most outspoken men in English football and a man respected in the football world. Grayson however was an unknown, had he spoken up sooner he would of lost his job quickly enough. Pretty much proven by the fact the moment he spoke about his hands being tied Bates sacked him and gave some bullshit excuse.

      • Colin

        MrBigWheels – Warnock – suck suck suck. Be interesting to see if you’re still blowing smoke up his arse if he doesn’t get many points from the next set of tough fixtures.

        ‘Thank heavens Warnock is here to deal with Bates’ – Warnock is Bates’ mate. Bates tried to get him at Chelsea. He hasn’t said a word against Bates, despite the fact that 2 deals this week haven’t happened due to funds not being available. He’s a patsy in the same way that Grayson was.

        And if NW had a hell of a fight in getting Michael Tonge, I’d like to know who with? All the other teams fighting over who gets him?? NW got him because he’s cheap. The preferred options were vetoed by Bates.

        ‘Thank heavens Warnock is here to deal with Bates’

        Yeah, right. He has dealt with Bates and missed out on his preferred signings and got Michael Tonge.

        Well done Neil. Well done. You hero.

    • djedjedje

      I’m sure lack of finances answers not being able to get anyone else in. The difference between Tonge and Livermore is that Tonge has something to prove to his critics and probably himself too. He looked to have a great career in front of him and then went to Stoke and stagnated. Has he still got it? I doubt it for the match against Cardiff – where I just can’t see us getting anything but well beaten – but Tonge’s only 29 (somehow!) so we could get a few months out of him.

      Ok, I’m being overtly optimistic, lol

      • Irving08

        Backs to the wall at Cardiff might get us a draw. Put Lees in defensive midfield and play Byram at right back moving Peltier into the centre.

  2. trueyorxman

    I pity the daft buggers still chucking money at Ken Bates, this is a case of ‘you get what you deserve’

  3. Dacourt

    Warnock knows Tonge’s capabilities, lets hope he can do a job for us until January transfer window! MOT

  4. Matthew

    If Michael Tonge proves good, sign him up permanently, would make a good squad player.

  5. henrymouni

    That will do for me.
    NW knows him well, and Tonge knows what will be expected from him from the off.

  6. Matthew

    I’m seeing comments from people slating Tonge as he can’t make the bench at Stoke City, and people refering to Stoke as a poor team(Not true), why do some people need to be so ridiculus and whiny in that regard? Stoke aren’t a bad team, he hasn’t had the best of luck clearly at them, but had a pretty long and successful run under Warnock at the Blunts. Worthy of the benefit of the doubt with over 300 league appearances at 29 years of age which isn’t half bad.

    • nikki

      Tongy couldnt even get in team at barnsley hopr hes playing for ys wen we play ya cos the 3 points r deffinatly coming bak t barnsley pal from nikki the pye ave red

  7. Will23

    Well some very good news then….it’s not Jenas!

    Tonge is a good honest player, puts in a shift, works hard and that NW knows him well is a bonus too.


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