14 September 2020 20:30

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Leeds United's under-23s side begin life in the Premier League 2 tonight when they visit Stoke City. Leeds are in with the country's best academy sides in the Premier League 2 now following the category one certification of the club's Thorp Arch academy earlier this summer. While the club are yet to replace Carlos Corberan who left his position as under-23s coach for the top job at Huddersfield Town at the end of the season, they have been active in recruiting plenty of promising new players for the side. The likes of Joe Gelhardt, Sam Greenwood and Cody Drameh have all arrived as England youth internationals and will be looking to make their first appearances in a Leeds shirt. Marcelo Bielsa's men opened up the 2020/21 season in dramatic fashion with a 4-3 defeat at champions Liverpool on Saturday evening.

Get the latest Sheffield United stories straight to your inbox with our new personalised newsletter Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Jamie Carragher believes if Marcelo Bielsa can even somewhat replicate the job that Chris Wilder has done at Sheffield United, then people will be 'raving' about him. Wilder took over at Bramall Lane back in 2016, when the Blades were in League One, and led them to the Championship, where they would finish 10th in their first season. Sheffield United were then promoted to the Premier League in the following season after finishing in second-place during the 2018-19 campaign. Wilder's side were one of the favourites to be relegated back down to the Championship, but the former Blades defender led his beloved team to a ninth-placed finish. Bielsa, meanwhile, has led Leeds United to the Premier League for the first time in 16 years and Saturday's exciting performance has earned him plenty of plaudits.

The Whites were beaten 4-3 at last season's champions Liverpool, but showed an attacking brand of football against the Reds. Carragher, formerly of Liverpool, drew comparison to Wilder and Bielsa and believes the latter will do an amazing job if he can do "anything near" what the Blades boss has done. Sign up to our Sheffield United newsletter for latest transfer updates Why you should sign up? It's going to be a busy couple of months for Sheffield United as they prepare for a second season in the Premier League and Yorkshire Live will bring you the very latest. By signing up to our Blades newsletter, you will receive a once-daily email, with the latest transfer news, interviews and opinion on the club.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article or any article on the Sheffield United section of Yorkshire Live. "We're talking about Bielsa coming into the league, we're all excited for him and the Leeds team. If Bielsa does anything near what Chris Wilder's done, we'd all be raving, doing columns, talking about him consistently," Carragher explained on Sky Sports. "Because Wilder brought Sheffield United up, the job he's actually done, bringing them through the leagues, as Bielsa's done, because it's Bielsa, there's a bit more mystique about it. "But the job Chris Wilder has done has been outstanding.

The problem is if Sheffield United finish 12th now, it will almost look like they haven't done as well, or had a poor season, but actually, it's still a great job if they do finish in those positions. Leeds United are back where they belong. After 16 long years away from the Premier League they finally made their return over the weekend and looked very impressive in the process. While they fell to a 4-3 defeat against Liverpool, Marcelo Bielsa's side gave Jurgen Klopp's side plenty to think about throughout. Based on that evidence, they could be in store for a big season. The Whites certainly haven't wasted any time in the transfer market this summer, and that's going to be a big factor this term. Robin Koch started the game at Anfield after joining the club, while Rodrigo came on as a second half substitute after his big-money move from Valencia. But Bielsa knows that he needs more players, and crucially, more quality. Plenty of players have been linked, but none more than Rodrigo De Paul. The Udinese star has been heavily linked with a move to Elland Road as the club look to add some creativity to their midfield. Valued at £27million by Transfermarkt, it could be Leeds' biggest signing of the summer if the two clubs can strike a deal. Based on the latest reports, it seems that the signs are encouraging. Leeds Live reported that De Paul was left out of Udinese's squad on Sunday night for their friendly with Vicenza - a game that they lost 1-0. While it's open to interpretation what this means for his future at the club, it certainly fuels the speculation that a move could be on the cards. GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says... Okay, this isn't a real transfer update but it certainly fuels the ongoing speculation. Leeds United's pursuit of Rodrigo De Paul has rumbled on for several weeks, and it seems that a move could be edging nearer. There's obviously plenty of work to do if Leeds are to get it done. It seems that the 26-year-old is tempted by the move to Elland Road, and that could make it difficult for Udinese to keep hold of him. Never miss a thing after Whites clinch Premier League promotion - sign up for free email updates Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Invalid Email Leeds United fans were left feeling aggrieved about one particular refereeing decision in their 4-3 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday. Marcelo Bielsa's men put on a spirited display at Anfield but ultimately came up short in their first Premier League outing for 16 years. Though, Leeds did help Liverpool on their way, conceding two penalties in the defeat. The second of the spot-kicks and the winning goal couldn't have been much clearer, Rodrigo Moreno clearly catching his man in the box. Sign up to our Leeds United newsletter for Marcelo Bielsa updates Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United have proven to be a perfect fit, with the legendary Argentine guiding Leeds back to the promised land. However, if recent history is anything to go by, Bielsa and Leeds will have an explosive impact. In each Leeds United bulletin from Leeds Live, we'll be bringing you the latest breaking news, transfer features and comment pieces, as well as the key talking points for fans, straight to your inbox - and of course, we'll have EVERYTHING from Bielsa. Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article - or any article on the Leeds United section of Leeds Live in fact - labelled 'Get the biggest daily stories by email' and click 'Subscribe'. And that's it, you're all set to keep right up to date with Marcelo and Leeds United For more details, click here. But the first penalty was cause for debate with many Leeds fans unhappy about the way the handball rule was enforced for the incident involving Robin Koch. The Premier League rules read: "Premier League players will be allowed extra leeway when it comes to ricocheted handballs. "It is often impossible to avoid contact with the ball if it has deflected off the body of an opponent, teammate, or even another part of the own player. "So a handball will not be awarded if the ball touches a player's hand/arm directly from their own head/body/foot or the head/body/foot of another player who is close/nearby." (Image: (Photo by Phil Noble - Pool/Getty Images)) But there's a little more to it than that, and further explanation from UEFA's head of referees Roberto Rossetti helps clarify why the incident was called correctly despite the ball ricocheting off Koch's thigh and onto his arm. Rossetti said: "The big challenge is the position of the arm...If the defender is making the body bigger in order to block the ball it is not fair. "It is different if the defender is challenging or playing the ball and it rebounds." "If he is looking to block a cross or a shot on goal and the player is trying to spread his body then it is a handball." Due to the fact Koch's arm was outstretched, intentionally or not, and because he wasn't making an honest attempt to play the ball, the penalty call was correct by Michael Oliver despite the deflection. Last season, that likely wouldn't have been the case with the Premier League using its own rules for defensive handballs. But ahead of this season, FIFA instructed the Premier League to use UEFA's rules, making this incident a handball and the correct call regardless of that nick off the thigh.