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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #810 on: January 02, 2020, 11:14:10 PM »
1-1 v West Brom and the peleton well behind

Unfortunately though the peleton invariably catches the breakaway. The lead is nine points back to Forest, who have a game in hand. We also have to travel to Forest and indeed to Brentford, who are also making a good run.

The rollercoaster ride at Birmingham was heart stopping stuff and was a victory down to the absolute character of Luke Ayling who refused to consider anything but victory. However it papered over a very indifferent performance from a small squad that is getting dangerously thin with injuries.

Eddie Nketiah is away back to Arsenal and will need replaced, although I'm not bemoaning his absence as much as I thought I might up to a few weeks ago. We need a good forward. Jack Clarke is away back to Spurs and is but a pale shadow of the player he was 12 months ago.

Long road still ahead.



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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #811 on: January 03, 2020, 08:28:04 PM »
Has to be automatic. The difference with last year is the chasing pack are slipping up. Forest away is huge in early Feb.

For me Dallas and Ayling are playing like warriors at the minute, and wont settle for anything less than wins. Talk of getting ched evans on loan from Southamptom. I am still not convinced by Bamford. There will be a few twists and turns yet but if we can get Forshaw and Hernandez back soon would be a huge boost.

Looking forward to see how we do against Arsenal, a tougher game than it would have been a few weeks ago, Leeds bringing 9,000.
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #812 on: January 06, 2020, 12:27:41 AM »
Talk of getting ched evans on loan from Southamptom.

Ha ha - made the same mistake myself recently. Che Adams and I think he would be a good signing. Also getting linked with Luke Freeman at Sheffield United, although I'd be surprised if Wilder would help us if he could possible avoid it. Also talk of Cauley Woodrow from Barnsley for £6.5 million fee. Hopefully this talk gives some sense of the determination not to repeat the mistakes of 12 months ago.


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #813 on: January 07, 2020, 07:54:58 AM »
Very good performance in the Cup last night, despite the defeat. The defeat itself is likely to be of benefit in the long run, as we were never going to win the Cup and we can now concentrate on the league. The match itself was simply a repeat of many of our games - dominating possession with some lovely passing and pressing the opposition in possession. However our old Achilles Heel was there for all to see - no cutting edge to reflect our dominance. This was an issue that was our undoing 12 months ago and it has the potential to bring our season down, again. The success of the business we conduct in the transfer window is therefore likely to major repercussions one way or the other. 


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #814 on: January 07, 2020, 12:25:10 PM »
https://www.theguardian.com/football/2020/jan/05/leeds-united-arsenal-fa-cup-marcelo-bielsa

« In five previous attempts at the play-offs, dating back to losing to Charlton in May 1987, Leeds failed to win promotion each time. Nine-goal thrillers at St Andrew’s are unsustainable for a club so prone to late-season heebie jeebies. Not even Bielsa’s staunchest admirers have yet explained away his teams’ historic problems in lasting a full season of the intensity he prescribes.
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Finding another striker to ease the burden on Patrick Bamford for the 20 Championship matches remaining has become a deep concern for Bielsa and Victor Orta, the director of football. »
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #815 on: February 11, 2020, 11:02:50 PM »
Leeds supporters have been watching games through their fingers over recent weeks as the season appeared to be falling apart rapidly. It is probably unfair to pick out one player during such a disastrous run but Casilla has been either largely or directly responsible for conceding the first goal in the last four games in a row.  He did it again tonight when Leeds were in complete control against Brentford by allowing an innocuous back pass to go through his legs, and it looked as though we would drop out of the top two. However, the team produced one of their best performances of the campaign to get a draw which should really have been a comfortable win away to serious promotion rivals. The show could be back on the road and the home match against Bristol City on Saturday is a massive one.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #816 on: February 13, 2020, 09:03:59 AM »
It is probably unfair to pick out one player during such a disastrous run but Casilla has been either largely or directly responsible for conceding the first goal in the last four games in a row.

Correct, and as was pointed out on The Debate on Tuesday night, he took the head staggers against Cardiff when we were cruising and also was responsible for the first goal at home to Wednesday - a near identical concession to the first Forest goal. Those in the know seem to think he will still be there this Saturday which suggests that Bielsa is not convinced by Meslier. However that then begs the question why cover was not got in during the transfer window, particularly with the threat of a suspension hanging over Kiko.

The Forest defeat was awful, not just for the loss of the three points, but the nature of the performance suggested deeper underlying psychological issues, i.e. they played with absolutely no confidence or self belief. The Brentford game was in total contrast to that and it gives hope where there did not appear to be any. Furthermore, the run - after this Saturday - sees us play only one more promotion rival - Fulham - so there is the hope that if we can get things back on track, then a run of results might be possible and keep us firmly in contention in the top two.

There is good news and there is bad news. Despite form over the last ten games showing that Leeds are 22nd out of 24, we are still second. The bad news is that we are only 3 points ahead of 7th. A scenario therefore where we miss out on promotion and the play offs is very much a reality. However it is still in the players' hands and - totally illogically - I believe they will take a lot from the Brentford game and go forward on the front foot.   


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #817 on: February 13, 2020, 09:23:51 AM »
It is probably unfair to pick out one player during such a disastrous run but Casilla has been either largely or directly responsible for conceding the first goal in the last four games in a row.

Correct, and as was pointed out on The Debate on Tuesday night, he took the head staggers against Cardiff when we were cruising and also was responsible for the first goal at home to Wednesday - a near identical concession to the first Forest goal. Those in the know seem to think he will still be there this Saturday which suggests that Bielsa is not convinced by Meslier. However that then begs the question why cover was not got in during the transfer window, particularly with the threat of a suspension hanging over Kiko.

The Forest defeat was awful, not just for the loss of the three points, but the nature of the performance suggested deeper underlying psychological issues, i.e. they played with absolutely no confidence or self belief. The Brentford game was in total contrast to that and it gives hope where there did not appear to be any. Furthermore, the run - after this Saturday - sees us play only one more promotion rival - Fulham - so there is the hope that if we can get things back on track, then a run of results might be possible and keep us firmly in contention in the top two.

There is good news and there is bad news. Despite form over the last ten games showing that Leeds are 22nd out of 24, we are still second. The bad news is that we are only 3 points ahead of 7th. A scenario therefore where we miss out on promotion and the play offs is very much a reality. However it is still in the players' hands and - totally illogically - I believe they will take a lot from the Brentford game and go forward on the front foot.   
The thing about the championship this year is the lack of consistency at the top.
Whoever gets promoted must be likely to go straight back down  .
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #818 on: February 13, 2020, 11:48:33 AM »
The thing about the championship this year is the lack of consistency at the top.
Whoever gets promoted must be likely to go straight back down  .

I'm not sure that is necessarily the case. I don't think there is any Championship team that could survive in the Premier League, as they are. There will be a need for any side going up to strengthen considerably to the extent that the side itself will have changed a lot from what it looks like now.


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #819 on: February 13, 2020, 02:53:29 PM »
Bielsa surprised no one by declaring today that Casilla will play on Saturday. It is likely that 99 per cent of Leeds fans wanted a change but you have to rely on Bielsa's judgment and give him credit for loyalty. If Casilla has another problem against Bristol City, when the forecast is for rain and swirling winds, the reaction from the stands will not be pretty. However, if the display against Brentford is repeated, and Leeds get a win, the prospects for the rest of the season are still decent. Another stressful afternoon awaits.

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #820 on: February 13, 2020, 05:21:29 PM »
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2020/02/13/leeds-have-problems-marcelo-bielsa-still-man-fix/

"The signing of the striker Jean-Kevín Augustn on loan from Red Bull Leipzig, the way Leeds United defended shrewdly at Brentford to deny Watkins and Mbeumo any significant chances, Kalvin Phillips’ form on his return from suspension, the fact that they are still in second place and after Saturday have only one more match against a top-seven team in their 13-match run-in, ought to give them confidence.  "
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #821 on: February 16, 2020, 11:25:05 AM »
Yesterday's victory was vital and with other results going our way, kept Leeds just ahead in of the pack and still in the automatic promotion places. However for me, almost as important as the victory, was the nature of the performance. There seemed to be a continuation of what we saw at Brentford - plenty of heart and determination and a renewed effort after the disaster at Forest. Such qualities can go a long way in the Championship.

That said - and sorry to sound like a broken record - the old underlying issue was still evident - an inability to take chances and therefore score the goals that will put teams away. That match had so many similarities with the matches at home to Forest and Derby earlier in the season.

Hope though springs eternal, and I'm keeping my own fingers crossed that what is - on paper - an easier run-in, will allow some room for optimism!   :-X


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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #822 on: February 17, 2020, 08:58:33 AM »
You were going great there Rufus, until you used the word 'optimism'.   ::)
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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #823 on: February 17, 2020, 09:14:26 AM »
You were going great there Rufus, until you used the word 'optimism'.   ::)

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Re: The Super(ish) Leeds United Thread
« Reply #824 on: February 17, 2020, 11:17:00 PM »
Absolute torture watching Leeds at the minute, far the better team in Brentford and Bristol and scraping a draw and win because of so many missed chances and poor final third passes. I don't know what to make of costa and harrison, both get into glorious positions but end product is poor. Bamford I can honestly say in all my 30 yrs supporting Leeds is I never disliked a player more, he scores 1 in 20 chances and has missed sitters but when he scores he cups his ears as if he silenced the negative fans. Its such a weak mentality, hes let us down so many times but rest of the team will carry him to tap ins, this is not to mention his diving etc.. hes get too much credit for his workrate and link play from leeds fan desperate for him to do well.

Casillas is enigma, 12 clean sheets prior to xmas was unreal for us but I seen a highlight reel of all his mistakes and it was longer than you think.

I will end on a few positives, we are playing well, and of all the teams in the top 6 we only have Fulham at home to play. The other contenders have to play each 4/5 times and can't all win so Leeds are in a great position despite our collapse. Reaing tomorrow is huge, a must win.
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