Well, that’s certainly one way to endear yourself to the fans.
And all he’s done so far is go through his introductory press conference, that really is some effort on his part. New signing Jean Kevin-Augustin has already done a bit to make himself popular with the Leeds United fans, but this bit of news might just be the icing on the cake.
According to a report from David Ornstein at The Athletic, Manchester United made a late bid to try and bring him to Old Trafford rather than Elland Road, but the deal with Leeds was too far down the road for him to change his mind.
Now Leeds United fans know that it’s never too late to call off a transfer at the last minute, so whilst the report says that it was because the deal was ‘too advanced’ for him to change his mind, it’s not it would have been impossible.
So when news came out that he had turned down Manchester United to push through his deal with Leeds, there was plenty of celebrating to be had at the expense of their rivals.
— Gary from the KOP (@GarethHuxall) January 28, 2020
— mightywhites1966 (@mightyleeds1966) January 28, 2020
How to make Leeds fans love you even more than they do…
Turn down a last minute move to Man Utd and sign for us…
Cult hero and hes not kicked a ball
— Paul Wilson 💛💙 (@paulwillyping) January 28, 2020
Sounds like he’s had a lucky escape
— Trickyfandango 🇮🇨🇮🇨 (@Trickyfandango) January 28, 2020
— chris booth (@chrisbooth23) January 28, 2020
Already a Leeds Legend is @33_augustin 😀
— roaldv (@ArthurNuman1) January 28, 2020
Players choosing us over manure. You love to see it.
— Saádiq (@_Saadiq) January 28, 2020
Wow, so Man Utd scouting now involves checking who Bielsa/Orta are after and trying to trump us à la Dan James
— James Clark (@clarkjames70) January 28, 2020
Can Augustin disrupt Bamford's stay as our leading striker?
Now do you reckon that says more about us, or about them and their decline? I’ll let you work it out.