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Alan Tate to start for Leeds United tomorrow after making loan move from Swansea City

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: November 23, 2012

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ALAN Tate has said goodbye to Swansea City — for now — after joining Leeds United on loan until January 1.

Tate, who made his Swansea debut ten years ago today, will start for Leeds against Championship leaders Crystal Palace at Elland Road tomorrow.

The 30-year-old could feature in nine second-tier games for Neil Warnock's men, though he will not be involved in their Capital One Cup quarter-final against Chelsea as he has already played in the competition this season.

Swansea's long-standing vice-captain has been marginalised this term under Michael Laudrup.

The Dane told Tate during pre-season that he could look for a new club, but the former Manchester United insisted he would stay on and fight for his place.

He has played four times for Swansea in this campaign — and started three times — but has not figured since the 3-0 thumping by Everton in September.

He has gone to Yorkshire in search of games, but it seems unlikely this will be the end of Tate's Swansea story.

The versatile defender is contracted until 2015 and is due a testimonial next year.

The County Durham- born star has declared himself an honorary Jack after a decade in these parts and has indicated that he hopes to stay on at Swansea even after his playing days come to an end.

Neil Warnock is a long-time admirer of Tate, and has got his man after a takeover at Elland Road this week freed up transfer funds.

"He is a lad who I've always enjoyed playing against," said the Leeds manager.

"He is a leader and I felt these last few weeks we've lacked leaders. It's great to have him in.

"We're short on bodies in there, so he'll play on Saturday. He's got a great attitude — it's a super club for him."

Leeds are currently 18th in the Championship having lost their last three games.

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  • PaulStuart  |  November 28 2012, 5:32PM

    Seldome read such rubbish.

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  • f1jackarmy  |  November 27 2012, 6:49PM

    Yeah yeah of coarse .

  • sjhoops  |  November 27 2012, 5:51PM

    by f1jackarmy Tuesday, November 27 2012, 5:43PM . "Forgetting all the irrelevant stuff you've included." Exactly the response i expected from you, irrelevant to you but reality to others.

  • sjhoops  |  November 27 2012, 5:48PM

    It was actually a 3rd party of a player who has started every game this term.

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  • sjhoops  |  November 27 2012, 5:47PM

    I for 1 know it certainly wasnt Tatey.

  • f1jackarmy  |  November 27 2012, 5:43PM

    Forgetting all the irrelevant stuff you've included . Are you disputing that squad players who weren't in the team at the time did not talk to the press about the subjects that were printed in the media? Simple answer to a simple question required please ?

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  • sjhoops  |  November 27 2012, 5:30PM

    Unfortunately we do have fans who let us down with their lack of knowledge of the game and what goes on behind closed doors....everyone is entitled to their opinion but when they are as silly as f1jackarmy it makes you think why people like him support Swansea City. So negative its unreal, lets all focus on the bad points and not think of when we were a dire outfit scrapping in the lower leagues without money to pay for decent players to come to the Vetch players like Tatey, Monks and Britts all came from far more successful clubs than we were to play regular football and were youngsters, were they on great money then???...no, did they stay???...Yes, all the way through to nearly 10 years service with the club, through thick and thin not just arriving at the club for 5 minutes and take all the praise now we are in our 2nd year in the top flight, what people need to realise is without the true supporters who saved the club going out of business with their own money back in the day and whether you like it or not the players who have stuck by us like Tatey , Monks and Britts, us as fans wouldnt be having the likes of Man Utd , Liverpool etc coming to The Liberty Stadium and competing in the best league in the world and for sure Michael Laudrup wouldnt be the manager of Swansea City, would he have come to manage The Swans when we could have paid him maybe £800 a week in division 3????..NO. When it comes to some players who wear the shirt of Swansea City you just need to look at it from a football point of view and be happy they love the club as much as you do....whether you like the person or not they are only an employee of Swansea City FC, flip the coin, they may not like you either but they still pose for photos and sign autographs an do charity events etc etc etc, do they have to do that???...NO, but they do because they love Swansea as club and as a place where they live. All the best to Tatey in his loan spell and me for 1 will be hoping whatever 11 players are out on the pitch for the rest of the season do their best to keep us in the Dream of being a Premiership Club. Positive and realistic Jack

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  • f1jackarmy  |  November 27 2012, 4:50PM

    Shut up you clown. Did I refer to the job Tate has done in the past? No I didn't I'm referring to the present day and that means that on and off the field Tate has no place at our club any longer. If you want to be a sentimental old fool then go ahead but Tate was out of his depth in league 1 let alone the premier league !! Unlike yourself I've been watching the swans for 30 yrs not just since we've been Premier league which is probably since you've been going. So according to your very ill written post , without Tate and monk and a ' few others' we'd still be in the lower leagues ? Don't talk such rubbish you fool! I really shouldn't be responding to such an inadequate person who writes such nonsense. And by the way if your going to try and come across as intelligent try to write in a coherent manner and try to ensure your post makes sense before you put it out in the public domain ! What an uneducated , mis informed , glory hunting individual you are.

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  • carpmeister  |  November 26 2012, 5:29PM

    Thank god all Swans fans aren't thick morons like f1jackarmy who has continually showed what a total idiot he is with his stupid comments. Without players like Tate, Monk and a few others the Swans would still be languishing in the lower divisions. The Fact is, the Swans need Tate an awful lot more than they need f1jackarmy and his ill informed rubbish, who would never be missed! f1jackarmy is yet another self important nobody suffering delusions of adequacy!

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  • mahatmacoat  |  November 24 2012, 8:36PM

    No problem Dad !!