Leeds United Transfer Reliability Guide

It’s certainly been a long time coming for the fans from West Yorkshire, as Leeds have finally made it back to the top tier of English football and consolidated their place amongst the big boys.

Marcelo Bielsa is the man largely responsible for the club’s ascension from the EFL Championship, as he successfully guided the team towards promotion after a 16-year absence from the Premier League.

The club’s rise in stature has made them a more attractive outfit for players looking to ply their trade in England, as they play an expansive brand of football.

One of the best examples of this is how the club managed to acquire Rodrigo Moreno from Valencia for a club record fee of 29 million pounds, when he had a number of suitors across Europe battling for his signature.

So, in today’s short article piece I wanted to talk about the credibility of journalists and media sources for Leeds United.

Without further ado, here are my findings…


Leeds transfer tier of reliability

NameMedia Outlet / CountryTier RankingReliability Rating
Official Club Sourcewww.leedsunited.comTier 0
Phil HayThe AthleticTier 1
Graham SmythYorkshire Evening PostTier 1
Chris WaughThe AthleticTier 1
David OrnsteinThe AthleticTier 1
Henry WinterThe TimesTier 1
Lee SobotYorkshire PostTier 2
Beren CrossLeeds LiveTier 2
The AthleticUnited KingdomTier 2
Yorkshire Evening PostUnited KingdomTier 2
Adam PopeBBC SportsTier 2
Joe UrquhartYorkshire Evening PostTier 2
Sky SportsUnited KingdomTier 3
The IndependentUnited KingdomTier 3
The TelegraphUnited KingdomTier 3
TalkSportUnited KingdomTier 3
The GuardianUnited KingdomTier 3
BBC SportsUnited KingdomTier 3
The TimesUnited KingdomTier 3
Daily ExpressUnited KingdomTier 4
Birmingham LiveUnited KingdomTier 4
Daily StarUnited KingdomTier 4
Daily MailUnited KingdomTier 4
Ghana Soccer NetGhanaTier 5
The SunUnited KingdomTier 5
Football InsiderUnited KingdomTier 5



The Athletic is a pretty credible news outlet when it comes to Leeds transfer reliability, with Phil Hay, David Ornstein and Chris Waugh all being particularly well informed.

A number of reporters from the Yorkshire Evening post are also quite solid, as Graham Smyth features in tier 1 and Joe Urquhart makes it to tier 2 of the guide.

Beyond that however, there’s not many sources to keep an eye on.

I’d take Sky Sports news with a pinch of salt and also not pay too much attention to the British tabloids for Leeds stories.

Samuel Waihenya
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