trialist excitement at lufc: marius žaliūkasBack
Leeds fans’ hearts have been set on a winger or a striker, but Brian McDermott has flipped things around by taking a defender on trial from Hearts.
Marius Žaliūkas is out of contract since leaving the club he captained since 2010, because they couldn’t afford his contract. That makes him sound too expensive for us already, but we shall see. Wikipedia puts his height at 6ft 3in, and former teammate Steven Pressley reckons that before arriving at Hearts, Žaliūkas had been on Alex Ferguson’s radar and was watched eight times by his Salford-based club.
Žaliūkas can play as either a centre back or a defensive midfielder, but by far the most exciting thing is that there is a ten minute tribute video on YouTube, which means we can determine straight away that:
1) He’s almost got the Leeds Salute down:
2) He’s as elegant as Paul Madeley in his pomp:
There’s no suggestion that Žaliūkas will turn out against Birmingham, although Phil Hay of the YEP has tweeted that McDermott has been looking for more experience in defence, making a permanent deal for the Lithuanian slightly more than unlikely. El Hadji Diouf definitely won’t be playing against Brum, as he has been given compassionate leave following the death of his former national team manager and ‘father figure’, Bruno Metsu; David Norris has a slight knee problem but Sam Byram is, thankfully, fully fit. (Go and have a look at him on Albion Street if you don’t believe me.)
Here’s the Hearts fan’s tribute video in its full ten-minute glory:
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