Steve Evans believes Leeds’ victory over Hull has set them up for a “massive Christmas” – and remains confident that the club will back him in the January transfer window if results keep their season alive.
The Elland Road head coach said he wanted to give owner Massimo Cellino “a problem” next month by maintaining a consistent run of form which keeps his squad safely amongst a congested pack of mid-table teams.
A win at Charlton this weekend could lift the club nine points above the bottom three and Evans said his players had been given “another chance” after following up back-to-back wins over Cardiff and Huddersfield Town with frustrating losses to Rotherham United and Queens Park Rangers.
Manchester United have joined Tottenham in showing a strong interest in Fulham’s Moussa Dembele. The forward is on the radar of both Premier League clubs after scoring nine times in all competitions for Championship outfit Fulham this season. Representatives from both United and Spurs are thought to have made checks on the availability of the 19-year-old, who also has the offer of a four-and-a-half-year contract on the table at Craven Cottage. United boss Louis van Gaal have been following Dembele since last summer and their scouts have been impressed by his recent form for the Cottagers.
Bolton boss Neil Lennon has been lifted by the news that Zach Clough and Wellington Silva are now nearing a first team return.
But this weekend’s trip to Hull City could come too soon for the attacking pair.
Lennon has been without Clough since September when he dislocated his shoulder in a home draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
The 20-year-old has since had surgery and has been out on the training ground for the last week stepping up his fitness.
On loan Arsenal winger Wellington suffered a bad hamstring tear a month later in the 1-0 defeat to Birmingham City and has sat out the last seven games.
“They are not far away at all,” he said.
“It’ll be good to have them back because it’s clear to see we’ve missed them a lot.”