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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #1050 on: May 22, 2021, 10:38:53 AM »
I note we are losing two of the mainstays of the team over the last number of years - Pablo Hernandez and Gaetano Berardi.

In football terms, a sad day, as they have been two central figures in the last years of the odyssey to get Leeds promoted. Pablo was always a touch of class in the team. Scored some very significant goals with the standouts being the goal after 17 seconds against promotion rivals West Brom, a late winner at Bramall Lane after a howler by Dean Henderson and of course the late, late winner last year against Swansea which was huge in terms of sealing promotion and removing any nerves.

Berardi was a tough, uncompromising defender who always gave full commitment. I associate him with the plethora of Italians who came in five or six years ago - Antennuci, Slivestre, Bellusci - when the Club was in a constant orbit of mid table Championship mediocrity. The memory I will have of him will be his bawling out Jansson after he tried to stop Villa equalising, in contravention of the manager's wishes.

Two great servants - just a pity they could not get to fully enjoy the fruits of their labours by playing regularly in the Premier League in front of full houses.     


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #1051 on: September 18, 2021, 10:08:30 AM »
It's been a less than convincing start to this season. Two absolute scalpings from Manchester Red and Liverpool, simply highlighted to me the vast gap there is between the top (richest) clubs and the rest. That gap is not going to close anytime soon. You could argue that we are unbeaten against the teams that we should be challenging with, but let's face it, we are going to need more than draws.

Iíll confess Iíve been nervous about this season on the basis of the degree of investment made in the last transfer window. Firpo was bought as essentially a like-for-like replacement for Alioski and Daniel James purchased which allowed Helder Costa to be released on loan to Valencia. At face value therefore, I donít see any significant strengthening of the squad. That means that we are still to a large extent dealing with a small squad, based on many players that were considered mid table Championship players about two or three years ago. Donít get me wrong, they were magnificent last year in the top flight, but Iíd have my concerns about their ability to continually perform at that level. I hope Iím wrong.

Last night, the absence of Striujk, Llorente, Koch and Harrison highlighted again the thinness of the squad, but despite that there were enough chances to win that match. Paddy was very quiet up front and the defence did not convince and looked on numerous occasions to be ready to ship more than the one we did concede. Furthermore our old habit of spurning great opportunities came back to haunt us. I assume Raphinha went off with some sort of injury which is a further immediate cause for concern.

West Ham up next; a team that gave us a couple of trimmings last season and look to be threatening the top six / seven. I would not be confident.

Plenty of time of course, and I would still have great faith in the manager, but a win or two would help settle the nerves.


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #1052 on: October 04, 2021, 05:47:42 PM »
It was a big result at Elland Road on Saturday, and should have steadied the ship after going the first six games without a win. Leeds were not playing badly but the combination of wasting chances at one end, conceding sloppy goals at the other and missing key players can easily lead to a relegation struggle. Although Watford were poor, it all seemed very similar to the last couple of seasons in the championship when Leeds would dominate matches, fail to put opponents away and drop crucial points. It would be a relief if Rodrigo managed to get on the scoreboard soon as it looks like it could be a while before Bamford is back, and, apart from Raphina, we have few other reliable finishers. However, the next run of fixtures should offer the potential for at least some further progress.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #1053 on: October 31, 2021, 08:46:56 PM »
The fact that Leeds fans were celebrating so enthusiastically today after a narrow win over the worst team in the division shows what a tough season it has been so far. It was still a crucial result, as we could otherwise have been in the bottom three after ten games. Injuries and loss of form have hit a small squad very hard and we have to hope that Bamford in particular is back shortly. The next three games, at home to Leicester and away to Spurs and Brighton, were all lost last season so there is a long way to go. However, Raphinha is playing out of his skin, and, if he stays fit, we have a chance of edging up the table. It is likely that he will be on his way in the summer and the transfer fee should be the biggest the club has ever received by a huge margin.