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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #675 on: December 26, 2018, 06:17:38 PM »
Elderly Leeds fans need to check their blood pressure these days as Bielsa has turned us into an indomitable outfit. Two down after 15 minutes away to a club with a massive budget, a long injury list stretched further with Bamford dropping out this morning and Douglas taking ill in the warm-up, and a hiding looking on the cards - not a problem in the end with Roofe's 95th minute winner climaxing a tremendous comeback. It's still only half way through the league, and every Leeds season generally has a calamity at some stage, but the quality of the younger players coming through mixed with the huge improvement among the established figures can take us a long way.

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Dominated the game but could not put Blackburn away and when we conceded in the 89th minute I felt sure we were goosed. However 'indomitable' is the word as we came rushing back in the closing minutes to snatch the points with two injury time goals.

The team is playing well, with confidence, and the young players coming in are doing the business, to help negate the impact of a worrying injury list. However I thought Peacock-Farrell was culpable for their second today, from a long range free-kick, and it is one area that needs looked at. I note we are being linked with Karl Darlow of Newcastle United, so it suggests that the issue has been recognised. 



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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #677 on: December 26, 2018, 11:47:07 PM »
This is a marathon division, and with 22 games left anything can still happen, but there can be no doubt that Bielsa's seven consecutive wins have steered the club into a strong position. We know that we could just as easily have had seven draws, and several of the recent matches could even have been lost, but a run like that does not happen by accident, and we have a squad which never panics, knows it will finish games strongly and has total belief in its manager and his his methods. While there are still questions over the keeper and the quality of the bench, long suffering Leeds fans are entitled to enjoy the last few weeks while accepting that tougher times lie ahead.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #678 on: December 27, 2018, 10:03:10 AM »
Leeds were the best side i've seen at Villa Park in recent years. Villa were very lucky to have been 2 goals up because from about the tenth minute onwards it was all Leeds. Their width and overlaps, along with their high energy, caused problems all day. Fair play to them.  I hope it can be sustained and they finally get back to the PL.  The PL needs more teams like Leeds.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #679 on: January 02, 2019, 09:06:02 AM »
Back to back defeats have started to reawaken old fears of a familiar mid season collapse, so we are entering now a very important transfer window for the Club. We have been undone by a terrible run of injuries, and some bad individual errors and indeed bad luck are beginning to impact. Over the Christmas period, we shipped 10 goals, and but for two stunning comebacks against Blackburn and Villa, we could be conceivably be talking about four defeats in a row.

The loss of Cooper and Berardi at the centre of the defence is having an impact. Phillips has been moved back as a stop gap, which is robbing midfield. We are also suffering from the loss of Bamford up front which is denying a second source of goals. The keeper - and apologies for sounding like a broken record - is becoming a real issue. He was culpable for Forest's decisive third goal yesterday and I think his hesitancy compounded Forshaw's error for the first goal. Leeds can also lament some bad luck, as I thought Forest should have been reduced to ten men when Harrison was brought down when clean through. That was a red card all day long.


A new goalkeeper is an absolute priority. Defensive cover is also required to shore up the defence and an attacking option should be considered, given Bamford's long term injury woes. The good news is we're still top, with Norwich and WBA also hitting turbulence, and in each of the defeats Leeds dominated with more of the ball, more shots, more shots on goal etc. The next few months are obviously huge and in that context, taking a spill at QPR this weekend with a weakened team, would be far from a disaster.


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #680 on: January 02, 2019, 12:13:32 PM »
It's pretty obvious that a new keeper will be arriving, but, although a strong case can be made for at least two outfield additions, Bielsa has a philosophy based on a tight, highly motivated squad in which everyone knows their job and is capable of covering other positions. There are risks involved but his approach has served Leeds well so far and he is unlikely to change it at this stage. Leeds were genuinely unlucky yesterday and, if they display the same spirit and commitment, will soon start picking up points again. The next two league games are tough ones, at home to Derby and away to Stoke, but this division was always likely to go to the wire.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #681 on: January 02, 2019, 02:10:38 PM »
I see Leeds being linked with Hoffenheim's Swiss international midfielder, Steven Zuber, although there are some doubts as to whether he would be prepared to play in the second tier of English football.


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #682 on: January 03, 2019, 11:47:34 AM »
Let's be honest here - they are not playing that well recently, but as you say, neither is anyone else (consistently).  I reckon there are still 10 teams in the promotion race in the division, and there are no easy points.  The main worry for me is that this young squad will run out of energy in the next few months, and they will miss Philips in the middle now with the suspension. 
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #683 on: January 03, 2019, 01:33:09 PM »
Let's be honest here - they are not playing that well recently, but as you say, neither is anyone else (consistently).  I reckon there are still 10 teams in the promotion race in the division, and there are no easy points.  The main worry for me is that this young squad will run out of energy in the next few months, and they will miss Philips in the middle now with the suspension.

If they're not playing well I'd hate to see them firing on all cylinders!!
Leeds play a brand of high pressure football that's very hard to beat but it's also very demanding. A large squad is nearly essential for the Championship at that's just to stay competitive. The next month/six weeks will tell a tale.
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #684 on: January 07, 2019, 10:00:40 AM »
Quite indifferent to yesterday's loss, which is a reflection not just on the continued loss of status of a once great competition, but the much more urgent priorities that Leeds have. The relatively small nature of the squad, together with the energy sapping high pressing game, and the relentless injury list, means that a couple of weekend breaks over January and February will be very beneficial. Indeed the team played yesterday was far from the strongest available which suggests that management will not be having any sleepless nights either.

Huge match coming up on Friday. Appreciate the transfer window still has some way to run, but would like to see some additions sooner rather than later, given the importance of the upcoming games. 


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #685 on: January 07, 2019, 10:44:54 AM »
Peacock-Farrell had a stormer yesterday and saved Leeds from a bigger defeat.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #686 on: January 11, 2019, 01:44:59 PM »
https://www.dcfc.co.uk/news/2019/01/club-statement-3

I see Leeds were bold boys and were out snooping on the opposition ;D

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #687 on: January 11, 2019, 10:56:12 PM »
Shenanigans afoot. Derby City rightfully not happy.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #688 on: January 11, 2019, 11:20:34 PM »
Peacock Farrell with a lousy action as well... Biesla pretty brazen about it as well I hope they get the book thrown at them!!

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #689 on: January 12, 2019, 12:18:54 AM »
Keeping an eye on the opposition preparations may be sharp practice but is hardly unknown - an unlikely figure was found engaging in it before a not so distant All Ireland final involving an Ulster county. While Peacock Farrell deserved to concede a penalty and probably a red card, the Sky coverage proved that Leeds were deprived of two blatant spot kicks at the other end. Bielsa was wrong to ask someone to stand outside the fence and see what was going on at Derby's training ground but any advantage gained was pretty marginal. Derby were played off the park all night in any event, and Bielsa will take what will probably be a large fine on the chin.