Lokomotiv Leeds 2017/18

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All over my face: The Lokomotiv Leeds manager

Manager: Ben S (Leeds)

Twitter name@BenCSilver

Since: 2011

Home ground: Bellend Road

Training facility: The Train Shed

Trophy cabinet: empty

Form
2011/12 – 2nd
2012/13 – 7th
2013/14 – 12th
2014/15 – 4th
2015/16 – 14th
2016/17 – 17th

Sympathies: Leeds

Darts musicBicycle Race – Queen

What the chalkstripes in Kenna HQ speculations department are saying: Came to the Kenna with great fanfare but despite showing early promise has struggled to compete at this level for some time – 40/1

Auction XI (3-4-3)
Remaining budget: £6.5m

Pickford, J EVE  £4.00
Bellerin, H ARS  £8.00
van Dijk, V SOT  £3.00
Smith, T HUD  £0.50
de Bruyne, K MCY  £32.00
Moses, V CHE  £4.00
Antonio, M WHM  £3.00
Dembele, M TOT  £1.00
Firmino, R LIV  £28.00
Martial, A MUN  £8.00
Deeney, T WAT  £2.00
     £93.50
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Lokomotiv Leeds 2016/17

Ben S profile pic
All over my face: The Lokomotiv Leeds manager

Manager: Ben S (Leeds)

Twitter name@BenCSilver

Since: 2011

Home ground: Bellend Road

Training facility: The Train Shed

Trophy cabinet: empty

Kenna Index rating: 0.294 – 3rd
2011/12 – 2nd
2012/13 – 7th
2013/14 – 12th
2014/15 – 4th
2015/16 – 14th

Sympathies: Leeds

Darts musicBicycle Race – Queen

Starting XI – August auction

Valdes, V MID £4.00
Mustafi DEF £5.00
Shawcross, R STO £0.50
Lovren, D LIV £0.50
Willian CHE £13.00
Ayew, A WHM £12.00
Mkhitaryan, H MUN £21.00
Lamela, E TOT £10.00
Borini, F (sold TW1) SUN £2.00
Long, S (sold TW1) SOT £9.00
Wilson, C BOU £15.00
£92.00

First transfer window – Friday 7 October 2016 (18th)

In
Matthew Lowton – Burnley defender – £0.5m
Marc Albrighton – Leicester City midfielder – £4m

Out
Fabio Borini – Sunderland striker – free
Shane Long – Southampton striker – sold for £0.5m to Cowley Casuals

Formation: 4-5-1
Remaining budget: £9m

Second transfer window – Friday 10 February 2017 (17th)

In 
Marco Gabbiadini – Southampton striker – £15m

Out
Marc Albrighton – Leicester City striker – free

Formation: 4-5-1
Remaining budget: £4m

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Manager: Ben S

Nationality: Le Rosbif

International honours: none

Formation: 4-5-1

Akinfeev, I RUS £5m
Srna, D CRO £7m
Darmian, M ITA £11m
Ramos, S ESP £16m
Guerreiro, R POT £0.5m
Arnautovic, M AUT £12m
Pogba, P FRA £23m
Mertens, D BEL £12m
Draxler, J GER £7m
Xhaka, G SUI £0.5m
Ward, J NIR £0.5m
£94.5m
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Lokomotiv Leeds 2015/16

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All over my face: The Lokomotiv Leeds manager

Manager: Ben S (Leeds)

Twitter name@BenCSilver

Since: 2011

Home ground: Belland Road

Training facility: The Train Shed

Trophy cabinet: empty

Kenna Index rating: 0.294 – 3rd
2011/12 – 2nd
2012/13 – 7th
2013/14 – 12th
2014/15 – 4th

Sympathies: Leeds

Darts musicBicycle Race – Queen

Season preview in one sentence (on 13 September): Rosicky, Carroll, Phil Jones: one expects this is the last time the manager misses the auction.

Butland, J STO £6m
Ward, J CRY £4m
Francis, S BOU £1m
Nyom, A (TW1) WAT £0.5m
Simpson, D (TW2) LEI £?m
Khazri, W (TW2) SUN £?m
Doumbla, S (TW2) NEW £?m
Ward-Prowse, J SOT £0.5m
Dembele, M (TW2) TOT £?m
Niasse, O (TW2) EVE £?m
Paloschi, A (TW2) SWA £?m
£?m

First transfer window – Friday 2 October 2015

In
Nyom, A – Watford defender – £0.5m
Morrison, J – West Brom midfielder – £8m
Dyer, N – Leicester midfielder – £0.5m
Heung-Min, S – Tottenham striker – £14m

Out
Fuchs, C – Leicester defender – free
Can, E – Liverpool midfielder – free
Rosicky, T – Arsenal midfielder – free
Remy, L – Chelsea striker – free

Remaining budget: £3m

Second transfer window – Friday 5 February 2016

In
Simpson, D – Leicester defender –
Khazri, W – Sunderland midfielder –
Doumbla, S – Newcastle midfielder –
Dembele, M – Tottenham midfielder –
Niasse, O – Everton striker –
Paloschi, A – Swansea striker –

Out
Jones, P – Manchester United defender – free
Morrison, J – West Brom midfielder – free
Dyer, N – Leicester midfielder – free
De Bruyne, K – Manchester City midfielder – free
Carroll, A – West Ham striker – free
Heung-Min, S – Tottenham striker – free

Remaining budget: £?m

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Lokomotiv Leeds 2014/15

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All over my face: The Lokomotiv Leeds manager

Manager: Ben S (Yorkshire)

Twitter name@BenCSilver

Since: 2011

Last season: 12th

Trophy cabinet: empty (best finish – runner up in 2011/12)

Sympathies: Leeds

Darts musicBicycle Race – Queen

Season preview in one sentence: Still struggling to follow up an impressive debut three years ago, emerges from the auction with some agricultural defending, hotchpotch midfield options and Ivorians up front: lottery.

Heaton, T BUR  £                0.50
Shawcross, R STO  £                2.00
Moreno, A (TW1) LIV  £               13.00
Cresswell, A (TW2) WHU  £                8.00
Gibbs, K ARS  £                2.00
Colback, J (TW2) NEW  £                6.00
Silva, D MCY  £             25.00
Livermore, J (TW1) HUL  £                0.50
Mane, S (TW1) SOT  £                0.50
Defoe, J (TW2) SUN  £             15.00
Naismith, S (TW1) EVE  £                5.00
     £             81.50m

First transfer window – Friday 17 October 2014

In
Moreno, A – defender, LIV – £13m
Livermore, J – midfielder, HUL – £0.50m
Mane, S – midfielder, SOT – £0.50
Naismith, S – striker, EVE – £5m

Out
Stones, J – defender, EVE – £0m
de Jong, S – midfielder, NEW – £0m
Nzonzi, S – midfielder, STO – £0m
Drogba, D – striker, CHE – £0m

Remaining budget: 9.5m

Second transfer window – Saturday 7 February 2015

In
Cresswell, A – defender, WHU – £8m
Colback, J – midfielder, NEW – £6m
Defoe, J – striker, SUN – £15m

Out
Vertonghen, J – defender, TOT – £10m
Herrera, A – midfielder, MUN – £0m
Bony, W – striker, MCY – £23m

Remaining budget: £23.5m

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Lokomotiv Leeds

Manager: Ben S

Nationality: English

International honours: none

Vorm, M – NED – GK  £10.00 
Ramos, S – ESP – DEF  £20.00 
Kompany, V – BEL – DEF  £15.00 
Garay, E – ARG – DEF  £11.00 
Rodriguez, R – SUI – DEF  £0.50 
Griezmann, A – FRA – MID  £19.00 
Khedira, S – GER – MID  £1.00 
Moutinho, J – POR – MID  £0.50 
Samedov, A – RUS – MID  £0.50 
Suarez, L – URU – STR  £15.00 
Gervinho – CIV – STR  £0.50 
   £93.00 
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Lokomotiv Leeds 2013/14

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All over my face: The Lokomotiv Leeds manager

Manager: Ben S (Yorkshire)

Twitter name: @BenCSilver

Since: 2011

Last season: 7th

Trophy cabinet: empty (best finish – runner up in 2011/12)

Sympathies: Leeds

Darts music: Bicycle Race – Queen

Outlook (on 21 August 2013): As reports of managers’ exploits filtered back to Kenna HQ in the days following last weekend’s auction there was one tale of particular note. Whether the incumbent mayor’s most innovative and popular scheme of public transport was designed to get Londoners home after 15 hours on licensed premises is an ethical discussion rather than a footballing one, but what remains clear is that a manager capable of such haphazard decision making in the face of revelry is likely to build a team incompatible with mounting a genuine title challenge.

The Lokomotiv boss will be keen to get back to the heights of his plucky debut campaign two years ago. Last season’s 7th-placed finish was far from the promise of his runners-up medal the previous May, and the manager has bought a team that can score points, although inclined to grind out them out rather than win them with flair. The victorious Dynamo Temple of 2008/09 proved that an unspectacular side can win the Kenna, but that was in the days of just 12 managers rather than 23 hunting for the spoils.

Marquee signing Wilfred Bony has already found the net just as Gabby Agbonlahor appears to have found the form that earned him three national call ups – incidentally during which time he was part of the winning Dynamo Temple team mentioned above.

In midfield, Johnson and Fellaini look to be starters for the season, unlike forfeit player Josh McEachran. The recognised authorities on the matter have already questioned the value Victor Wanyama can bring. At the back it’s steady as she goes, with only Younis Kaboul – formerly sidelined with injury – failing to score less than 90 points last season.

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(B) denotes forfeit player awarded under the Titus Bramble ruling

Mignolet, S LIV £11m
Riether, S FUL £18m
Cameron, G STO £6m
Fonte, J SOT £2m
Rafael MUN £11m
McGeady, A EVE £2.5m
Johnson, A SUN £4.5m
Nocerino, A WHU £0.5m
Matic, N CHE £0.5m
Agbonlahor, G AVL £12m
Bony, W SWA £25m
£93m

First transfer window – 5 October 2013

Starting budget: £10m, remaining budget: £6.5m, net loss: £3.5m

Out       In      
Pos Player Team Sold Pos Player Team Paid
DEF Evans, J MUN Free DEF Fonte, J SOT £2m
DEF Kaboul, Y TOT Free DEF Yanga-Mbiwa, M NEW £0.5m
MID McEachran, J (TB) CHE Free MID Amalfitano, M WBA £0.5m
MID Wanyama, V SOT Free MID Brady, R HUL £0.5m

Second transfer window – 7 February 2014

Out       In      
Pos Player Team Sold Pos Player Team Paid
DEF Yanga-Mbiwa, M NEW Free DEF Rafael MUN £11m
MID Amalfitano, M WBA Free MID McGeady, A EVE £2.5m
MID Brady, R HUL £5m MID Nocerino, A WHU £0.5m
MID Fellaini, M MUN £0.5m MID Matic, N CHE £0.5m
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Lokomotiv Leeds

Manager: Ben S (Yorkshire)

Twitter name: @BenCSilver

Since: 2011

Last season: Runner up

Trophy cabinet: empty (best finish – last season)

Sympathies: Leeds

Darts music: Lokomotiv Anthem

Outlook: Competent team with the potential to mount a challenge in their second Kenna season. All the money’s gone on Rising Sun Kagawa, Sigurdsson, and shoring up a defence that has already bagged two goals. Ryan Taylor’s free kicks a snip at point five. The manager will be hoping to avoid the downturn in form last season, after high flying at Christmas.

Cesar, J QPR £0.5m
Clichy, G MCY £15m
Riise, J FUL £10m
Ivanovic, B CHE £10m
Vertonghen, J TOT £14m
Kagawa, S MUN £26m
Larsson, S SUN £6m
Cabeye, Y NEW £0.5m
Bannan, B AVL £0.5m
Giroud, O ARS £6m
Walters, J STO £7m
 Total £96m

Second transfer window – 1 February 2013

Out     In
Gorkss, K REA £0.5m Vertonghen, J TOT £14m
Sigurdsson, G TOT £20m Larsson, S SUN £6m
McCarthy, J WIG £0.5m Bannan, B AVL £0.5m

First transfer window – 26 October 2012

Out     In
Federici, A REA £0.5m Cesar, J QPR £0.5m
Fabio QPR £0.5m Gorkss, K REA £0.5m
Holman, B AVL £0.5m Cabeye, Y NEW £0.5m
Taylor, R NEW £0.5m McCarthy, J WIG £0.5m
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Lokomotiv Leeds (second window)

Manager: Mr Ben Silver (ENG)

Since: 2011

Trophy cabinet: empty

Sympathies: Leeds United

Foster, B WBA £4m
Skrtel, M LIV £18m
Bardsley, P SUN £5m
Simpson, D NEW £0.5m
Sagna, B ARS £14m
Howson, J NOR £0.5m
Toure, Y MCY £16.5m
van der Vaart, R TOT £5m
Moses, V WIG £3m
Hernandez, J MUN £21m
Sturridge, D CHE £0.5m
£88m
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Lokomotiv Leeds (first window)

Manager: Mr Ben Silver (ENG)

Since: 2011

Trophy cabinet: empty

Sympathies: Leeds United

Foster, B WBA £4m
Skrtel, M LIV £18m
Samba, C BLR £9m
Simpson, D NEW £0.5m
Taylor, N SWA £0.5m
Bennett, E NOR £0.5m
Toure, Y MCY £16.5m
van der Vaart, R TOT £5m
Moses, V WIG £3m
Hernandez, J MUN £21m
Sturridge, D CHE £0.5m
£78.5m
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