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Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« på: August 27, 2021, 15:24:53 »
Da har han signert!



Defender joins the Whites.

Leeds United are pleased to announce the signing of Leo Hjelde from Scottish Premiership side Celtic for an undisclosed fee.

Hjelde celebrated his 18th birthday this week, by signing a four-year-deal at Elland Road, running until the summer of 2025.

The defender last season spent time on loan from Celtic at fellow Scottish Premiership side Ross County, completing a move in the January transfer window.

He went on to make 12 appearances in all competitions at Victoria Park, helping the Staggies secure their top-flight status.

Hjelde also scored one goal during his time with Ross County, which came in the 3-2 victory against Kilmarnock.

At youth level, Hjelde has won international caps for Norway at Under-16, 17 and 18 level.

He becomes the club’s seventh signing of the summer transfer window and will initially link up with Mark Jackson’s Under-23 side.
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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #1 på: August 27, 2021, 15:26:42 »
https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/football/leeds-united/leeds-united-new-boy-leo-hjelde-a-relegation-battle-and-non-stop-grief-over-comparison-to-liverpools-virgil-van-dijk-3362496

Leeds United new boy Leo Hjelde, a relegation battle and 'non-stop' grief over comparison to Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk
Leeds United have agreed a deal worth in excess of £1m to take centre-half Leo Hjelde from Celtic, an 18-year-old with some Scottish Premiership experience.
By Graham Smyth Friday, 27th August 2021, 2:01 pm

"I know exactly what you're going to say," laughed Callum Morris, before the question was even asked.

Morris played alongside Leeds United new boy Leo Hjelde last season at Ross County, where the on-loan teenager from Celtic left a lasting impression on his team-mates and manager John Hughes.

Hughes was so impressed, in fact, that he said this: "I 100 per cent believe he will reach the Premier League. Leo is going to be the next Virgil van Dijk, trust me on that, trust me."

It was as perfect a line for newspaper headlines as it was relentless training ground ribbing.

Dressing rooms around the country would kill for such ammunition - enough to fuel the grief for weeks.

"Non-stop," Morris told the YEP.


"Non-stop. A lot of the boys were like 'surely not gaffer, you can't be saying that' and in training Leo got it all the time - any time he gave the ball away he got the van Dijk shout. It probably helped him out, when there's something like that in the changing room for a young boy, it means he gets a bit of banter with everyone. Some might shy away but he thrived on it, enjoyed it. It shows the character of the lad."

Carrying the weightiest of comparisons around his neck had about as much impact on Hjelde's demeanour as anything else he faced as a 17-year-old tossed into the deep end of a Scottish Premiership relegation battle.

"He's old beyond his years," said Morris.

"He came into a really experienced, older changing room. Normally, when we've had a few loans from the Old Firm, they're quiet and timid when they first come in the door, until they start playing. Leo was just straight in. It was like he'd played about 400 games. He F***ed in straight away, quite lively and bubbly, spoke to everyone - it was actually refreshing.

"When he played, he did really well. When he made a mistake it didn't faze him, he just got on with it. It was great to have him around the place in a really tough season, a relegation battle. He stood up to it quite well."

Morris saw enough to convince him there was a very good player in the teenager.

"He's a cultured defender, very good on the ball, his positioning was very good, his left foot is also pretty refined, he'll find a pass," said Morris.

"As he gets older he's only going to get better, with the mentality he has, with games he'll get better and better. He has little things you probably couldn't teach players: the composure, the want to play football all the time. He's not scared of getting the ball anywhere, he'll keep playing. Little things he's got can take him that extra bit to the top."

Veteran Morris, who was also a highly rated teenage defender once as a Newcastle United academy team-mate of Andy Carroll and Sammy Ameobi, sees Leeds as a place where Hjelde can try and reach the top.

"Am I surprised Celtic are letting him go? Because of his ability probably a little bit, but they're in a transition, whereas going into Leeds, where they're well structured, with a very obvious way of playing and a manager who will tell him exactly what he needs to do, will benefit him. He'll thrive. For him it's a perfect move."

It's a move that took its time. Leeds have tracked the Norwegian youth international for a while and finally reached an agreement with Celtic last week on a deal in excess of £1m.

Hjelde celebrated his 18th birthday yesterday being poked, prodded and scanned at Living Care in Leeds city centre, the Thorp Arch gym and a cardiovascular screening clinic in Manchester, before arriving at Elland Road to sign a four-year deal that was announced this afternoon.

It was former Ross County manager Hughes who first revealed Leeds' interest and he's glad to see it followed through to a conclusion.

"They've got themselves a star, an absolute cracker," he told the YEP.

"He needed to go and play in men's football and it was a real challenge at Ross County but he came out on top. Technically very, very good, really quick, great left foot, great range of passes - Leeds will suit him. There's no other club that will suit him more than Leeds.

"I'm just hoping he goes right onto the first team training pitch, stretches himself and lets the first team players like big Cooper the captain bring the best out of him. Working with Bielsa is what he needs. He's in the right club."

What Leeds have in Hjelde is high potential, but not a Premier League ready operator.

While Hughes was delighted to see the youngster integrating well with the senior players at Victoria Park, he sensed respect was getting in the way.

"I felt, and I had to speak to Leo, that he was holding back a wee bit in terms of being respectful to the senior pros in training, not wanting to be leading the way," he said.

"I said be who you are, you lead. He plays well beyond his years - some of the passes, the long diagonals he can produce, he's a footballing centre-half but very, very humble. I just felt at times, because of the respect, he was holding back. I'm hoping they bring that out of him at Leeds and say give it everything you've got."

For all the ability on display and an attitude that undoubtedly ticked a box for Leeds, Hjelde did not coast through his time in the Highlands.

"It wasn't always easy, sometimes in Scotland it's a physical battle and he handled it," said Hughes.

"If he didn't, he came back for more. The physical stuff will come. He's never out of the gym, he's 6ft 2ins and it'll come as he matures. He's nowhere near the finished article, but he's humble enough to listen and hungry enough to implement what's required."

So, about that van Dijk shout, then.

"I've seen a lot of him and a lot of van Dijk," said the former Celtic and Hibs player.

"He's not got the physical presence, that'll come later but he's got the stature. He's got the pace, the passing range, he's a natural lefty and has a desire to defend. We tested him every day one-on-one in training and when I'm getting all the stats, Leo was well up there for running and effort. He never shied away from it once."

Morris is still not completely sold on the comparison, but his hopes for Hjelde align entirely with Hughes'.

"Virgil van Dijk is a bold statement, like," he said.

"Having played against van Dijk and played with Leo, I think van Dijk is a bit ahead of him but then again Leo is a lot younger. I'd like to think he could go right to the top to be honest with you.

"I wouldn't question that he'll make it, not at all. How high he goes is up to him."

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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #2 på: August 27, 2021, 15:27:01 »
Født i Nottingham, faktisk!
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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #3 på: August 27, 2021, 15:30:16 »
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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #4 på: August 27, 2021, 16:54:10 »
Strålende signering!  Og nå får vi enda mer oppmerksomhet her hjemme med to norske i stallen.  ;)
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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #5 på: August 27, 2021, 18:31:22 »
Født i Nottingham, faktisk!
Derfor han snakker engelsk flytende?

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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #6 på: August 27, 2021, 18:40:47 »
Født i Nottingham, faktisk!
Derfor han snakker engelsk flytende?

Utfra farens wikipedia flyttet familien til Norge da han var fire år gammel...
Og han returnerte til balløya og Celtic da han var 15.
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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #7 på: August 27, 2021, 22:59:28 »
Født i Nottingham, faktisk!
Derfor han snakker engelsk flytende?

Utfra farens wikipedia flyttet familien til Norge da han var fire år gammel...
Og han returnerte til balløya og Celtic da han var 15.
Gode gener, lightversjonen av Håland, far & sønn.
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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #8 på: August 28, 2021, 00:15:37 »
Strålende signering!  Og nå får vi enda mer oppmerksomhet her hjemme med to norske i stallen.  ;)

og vi pøser på med venstrebeinte spillere.. :D

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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #9 på: September 11, 2021, 20:26:40 »
U23-debut i dag.

Mark Jackson issues verdict on Leo Hjelde's Leeds United Under-23s debut against West Ham United
Leeds United's latest academy recruit Leo Hjelde was handed a first chance to impress for his new club this weekend.
By Joe Urquhart Saturday, 11th September 2021, 7:19 pm


The Whites signed the 18-year-old defender from Scottish Premiership side Celtic on a four-year deal last month and the development visit of West Ham to Thorp Arch offered the opportunity for competitive action.

Hjelde swiftly headed away on international duty with Norway's Under-18s after joining the Elland Road ranks on a permanent basis.

He was, though, selected to start against the Hammers in the Premier League 2 encounter, beginning at left-back before moving into his more natural home of central defence in the second half of the 2-2 draw.

The former Ross County loanee grew into the game and really came into his own following the half-time interval.

Hjelde was commanding in the air and claimed one of the standout moments of the afternoon, producing a perfectly-timed last-ditch tackle to deny the Hammers a goalscoring opportunity inside his own area.

He also showed he is bright with his feet after beating three men with a mazy run into the opposition half before feeding in striker Max Dean.

Jackson - who was happy with the fight shown by his side in earning a point - was left pleased post-match by a first outing for his squad's latest addition.


"It's always a challenge for a player to come in and make their debut at the club when they've not been with us long," Under-23s boss Jackson told the YEP.

"He signed and went away on international duty, so he's not trained a lot with us. We know he can play left-back. He played there during his loan spell with Ross County - but ultimately he is a centre-back.

"He showed that in the second half [against West Ham] and I thought his second half performance was really pleasing. He was finding his feet in the first half and he found it tough but he stuck at it.

"Overall it was a good performance."

Asked about Hjelde's visible growth in confidence as the afternoon wore on, Jackson added: "That's important. I spoke to him before the game and he slotted into a left-back position at the start.

"It's not natural to him but he's played it. In the second half I thought he was commanding in the air. We said at half-time we needed to be. He was commanding and he stepped in well with the ball and showed his range of passing."

https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/sport/football/leeds-united/mark-jackson-issues-verdict-on-leo-hjeldes-leeds-united-under-23s-debut-against-west-ham-united-3379903
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« Svar #10 på: September 12, 2021, 11:17:15 »
Bra kamp i går av Leo

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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #11 på: September 29, 2021, 20:05:19 »
Leo kaptein for U23 i går - og det var ikke tilfeldig, sier Mark Jackson...
Same qualities' - Leeds United 23s boss Mark Jackson on nurturing ex Celtic teen Leo Hjelde after academy twice answered Marcelo Bielsa call
Leeds United’s Under-23s have answered the call from Marcelo Bielsa in two separate defensive injury crises by supplying a pair of impressive young centre-backs and Mark Jackson is hard at work nurturing yet another.
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That may well take Jackson’s captain out of the 23s squad when they travel to Leicester City in Premier League 2 action on Friday night, but he handed the armband to another centre-back this week in the EFL Trophy at Oldham.

Leo Hjelde arrived from Celtic in the summer and has already exhibited some of the traits Jackson has witnessed in Cresswell over their years together at Thorp Arch.

“I see good leadership qualities in Leo, I have done for a while, watching him throughout the summer before he signed for the club,” said Jackson.

“He demonstrates good leadership qualities. It was a test for him to come in and take the armband and lead the team. I challenged him to lead the team and organise. It’s a new system of play for him to get used to so that challenge as well will be difficult for him but I’ve got full confidence in him, and I see qualities I can help nurture in him.

“I did that with Charlie Cresswell throughout the time I worked with him, from Under 16s, through the 18s and 23s. I see the same qualities in Leo.”

The Norwegian will already know that the pecking order does not simply come down to a natural fit for a position in Bielsa’s team – Kalvin Phillips and Ayling playing centre-half is proof that he will use the best player available with a profile close enough to that required by the vacancy – but you never know when the phone will ring. He just has to show he’s ready to answer it.
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Sv: Ny spiller: Leo Hjelde
« Svar #12 på: Oktober 17, 2021, 11:39:22 »
Lurer bare på om de var engelske eller norske..  :)

https://twitter.com/GrahamSmyth/status/1449474132865916939?s=20

A pair of Leo Hjelde's mates were on the train to Birmingham, sitting directly in front of a Leeds fan who sang 'Oh Raphinha' to the tune of Cecilia all the way from Southampton Central. They looked like they'd discovered an alien life force. A bright spot on a dark day.

https://twitter.com/GelderdResident/status/1449478826837303296?s=20
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