Leeds United completed their second signing in as many days as Jimmy Kebe arrived on loan today in a deal that will see him remain at the club until the end of the season.

Kebe and Stewart with the stars of Little Britain

Kebe and Stewart with the stars of Little Britain

A Championship winner under Brian McDermott at Reading, Kebe (along with Cameron Stewart who arrived yesterday) provides Leeds United with the width they’ve lacked since the departures of Robert Snodgrass and Max Gradel.

With pace, a bit of flair and the experience of succeeding at this level, Kebe is a major coup for Leeds and a deal which should send a real statement of intent to the rest of the Championship as our new majority owners make good on promises of the funding to sign new players before their takeover has been approved by the Football League.

It must all come as a huge relief to Brian McDermott who no doubt feared a repeat of the stalemate he endured last summer when his transfer targets were lost amidst a takeover and boardroom reshuffle.

Credit then must go to the new guys for managing to work through the formalities of our (still) pending takeover while ensuring the football remains priority number one.

It’s not all been good news for Leeds United today however as Ashley Barnes, a player Brian McDermott admitted interest in yesterday, decided to join Burnley. McDermott’s admission that he was considering a move for Barnes suggests he’ll still be looking to bring in additional players before the transfer window closes and that an additional striker may be where his attention now turns.

  • Martin Badger Chadwick

    Real statement of intent today espec since kebe deal is till end of season with a option of permanent if we get promoted

    • Matthew

      His wages are likely the stumbling block for a long term deal(Thus GFHC not wanting to pay it long term if we’re in the Championship), thus the promotion part. That being said if he’s keen on staying here long term he’ll be playing for a contract and would play to a degree that may get us promoted. Who knows.

  • MOT

    i think thats fantastic bit of business, both are not going to cost us a lot of money but add pace, bit of flair, one young ambitious, one older and has the know-how. i think money spend on a striker (Fondre or Wells for the furutre) plus a good cebtral midfielder we are there. Also, I would be keen to get Schmchael back, good keepr and contract ends at the end of the season, great comp for kenny.

  • Daniel

    Le fondre or wells would be perfect to go with rosco And McCarthy to keep Kenny on his toes. 2 signings that would kickstart 2014. Surely a small investment for a crack at the premiership make do with 2 out of mowatt, Murphy and Austin – but if we have change Dorrans.

    • Matthew

      Alex McCarthy? No chance, he’s the first choice Reading keeper at the moment. I guess McDermott could try for Adam Federici though I doubt Reading would let him go cheap.

  • Ron

    Great caption on the photo. Pissed myself.

  • spellz

    Great additions, along side the stars of Little Britain lmao, I do hope we can get some form back soon as christmas could not have been any worse really but I feel this might be a move in the right direction we can finally get some natural width back in the side and give our team a more attacking dimension as we need it, just imagine how many goals Macca would have had this season if we had the width.

    M.O.T AA

  • Matthew

    Pity Blackstock is injured, he would of made a good third signing, and add a decent CM to the mix and we’d look quite the side. Hard to fault GFH with these signings, we were in urgent need of reinforcements and they delivered.

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  • Irving08

    Brian surely won’t risk 4-2-2 with our present midfield, so 4-3-3, using just one of the flying wingers, Kebe, most likely ? Pearce at left back to accommodate both Lees and the Lithuanian ? (you can see I am not a fan of Warnock and Pugh).

    • Matthew

      4-2-2? Damn, expecting us to get 2 red cards to revert to that formation lol. Okay joking aside 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 would be a decent formation. If McDermott could slap Austin around the face and ask him to stop playing shit, I would play him with either Mowatt or Murphy in the centre with our 2 new wingers on each side.

  • PMH

    These seem like a couple of good wingers. To make them work it seems to me that other changes are needed in the line up. Maybe Rudy can move back and take on more of a defensive role because a play-maker he is not. Don’t know what McD’s plan is because it doesn’t look like he is looking for a midfielder. Hopefully there is a plan, other than hoping fresh faces will spark the team, because that is wishful thinking. Is the idea to attack up the wings and defend from the midfield.? What’s the strategy here?

  • PMH

    Uh oh! We made Rochdale look like Man City and now we made Wednesday look like Real Madrid. Suddenly wingers are completely irrelevant. When everyone is playing poorly there is no point in blaming the players, you have to question the manager’s choices and methods. For a start, playing inexperienced defenders you just acquired seems foolish. My second point is that this is not just a team out of form, it is a broken team that needs fixing. The manager should have been able to tell the difference but maybe a 6-0 drubbing will wake him up. .

  • Reiver

    It isn’t journeymen wingers we need it’s a new manager, a new mid-field and a thorough clear out of all the dross we’ve accumulated.