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02 Dec 2018 13:57:11
Seen a lot of comments about how small our squad is but i am not sure it is. We have had more than our fair share of injuries and not just out for a game or two but out for months. We are still second which sort of shows we do have a strong squad. If Derby, SU, Middlesborough or Derby had suffered the long term losses we have i doubt if any of them would be in the top ten. Yes we are playing young ones but they have proved they are good enough. Huffer, Halme, Shackleton, Clarke have proved they can be counted upon. I would have no worries about Odour, Gotts, Stevens, Edmondson stepping up if needed. Look at the players who are waiting for games, Baker, Roberts, Harrison, players who some other sides would love in their team. So no i do not think we have a weak squad but yes i agree we could do with a couple of additions in Jan to get us ready for Premier league. Half our defensive line is missing but we are not leaking goals. Our only problem is scoring because although i always expect us to get a goal we should be scoring a lot more than we are. If the argument is we should not be relying on U23s then why are they there. It used to be called the reserve team changing it to Academy should not alter what is expected of them.

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02 Dec 2018 14:28:39
Well said BIGE.

02 Dec 2018 14:30:44
Bige Makes a refreshing change in boasting a class manager and coaching team. When O'Leary was manager, he once made a remark that he so desired Lucas Radebe to remain with LUFC that he wanted his feet encased in cement. Whilst kinda silly from the Irishman, I'm of a similar view to the Argentine. He's a perfect fit for our club and the work he's currently doing is so good especially with the injuries it would've been considered close to impossible at the beginning of the season. As for January additions, in terms of the outfield, bring me that Gomez fella and I doubt anyone in this league could stop us. Given the rise of Halme and the recuperation prospects of Brown Bamford and Swiss Army Knife, that's all we need in George opinion.

02 Dec 2018 14:49:36
Agree 100 % above.
In Sheff game. The commentator said
Bielsa was world manager of the year with the argirs on 2000 and something.
The man is special. He has belief. And the players believe in him
Average players that have passion and unity. And are beating most.

02 Dec 2018 12:29:14
Happy birthday David batty 50 today also to Kalvin Phillips on your special day and one more to my son Tom who is 21 today also a midfielder but not quite the level of the 2 above but he loves leeds with all his heart and that will do for me.

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02 Dec 2018 13:22:04
Great post mate.
Happy birthday to all 3.
Your boy is in good company!

02 Dec 2018 09:48:37
Villa did us a favour last night, bit of a gap opening up, need to keep winning and widen it even more. On the down side I can see Villa being the team to beat as Smith seems to have them firing on all cylinders.
In Bielsa we trust MOT.

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02 Dec 2018 10:03:49
Villa have a good squad with plenty to call on. Bielsa has worked miracles with our players but his liking for a small squad may see us call short especially with the injuries mounting up.

02 Dec 2018 10:10:51
Yes its nice to see a 4 point gap to third. Hope Brentford hold W. Brom. Puts a bit of pressure on the chasing pack. This next month will test everyone.

02 Dec 2018 13:08:55
Mezzer1, his liking for a small squad is part of what makes Bielsa, Bielsa and what helps create a right knit group with a great attitude. He has his chosen first team squad but also all the under 23 players at his disposal as well. He knows that a core group of players are getting the training, enough game time and a grounding in the right game plan.

I think we might be surprised in January but it will have to be the right players with the right attitude.

02 Dec 2018 14:33:08
Now Villa have Smith, I expect them to make the top 6 come May.

02 Dec 2018 14:33:21
Agred Spanish the squad should take into account the U23s, many of whom are nigh on first team quality. I would never say no to a QUALITY addition in January but will not panic if we start February with the same squad (and no injuries)

02 Dec 2018 08:22:45
Great win again, they had a lot of the possession but not too many clear chances, big credit to defense and BPF. Thought their keeper had to make a few decent saves but great pressure for our winning goal.
Think PF did well but seems very nervy with balls into box, every corner, I get worried. Think we need an experienced keeper brought in to help him out, would love Heaton.
Great to see that Izzy and Bamford getting closer, hope Izzy is special and can create for the team, need that spark as alioski not good enough. Still feel we need 3-4 players in come Jan, GK, CB, winger + striker.
Bielsa has been amazing with the team and he can get us promoted this season but needs more depth.
Hope ailing back and on form, bring back Coyle as cover.

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02 Dec 2018 09:23:50
Agree with virtually all the post but the bit on Alioski . We are 2nd in the table and he has been a constant starter, he has been good enough to help us get to where we are. His role and playing time might change from here on in but he has played an important role in the story of this team and I think he will continue to throughput the year.

02 Dec 2018 10:23:49
Agree with all of that Shad but would be happy with two good signings and everyone back fit. Spanish agree Alioski been a part of team to get us where we are but where would we be if Clarke was 2 year older. Alioski is not playing good enough and he is capable of a lot more. How Bielsa handles him is fine with me but if he carries on with his present form he is not the man for that position.

02 Dec 2018 14:34:28
Shadwell Brown has the capability to be world class.

02 Dec 2018 17:21:58
Got to agree with most of the posts. Alioski for me flatters to deceive. He looks good going forward but but his two major flaws are so very important. For goodness sake, somebody take him aside and teach him when to make a run. To try to stay onside. Secondly his end product for a winger leaves a lot to be desired.

I would never say no to a Quality addition but with the quality coming thro the ranks, the quality on the treatment table and the quality we have out on loan we are not doing too bad for the future.

02 Dec 2018 17:30:41
George mate that’s a bit extreme. Not sure how many times you’ve seen him play? I’ve seen him play twice and he’s a very good player but to say potentially world class I believe a bit strong. I do think he can make a difference to our side on return from injury.

02 Dec 2018 00:30:01
Great result and a clean sheet in a very tough fuxture. Proud of the lads MOT.

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01 Dec 2018 23:14:55
Just asking. ? Is Dallas still as rubbish as our faithful fans have mentioned. ?
Just asking? ⚽️👍😂.

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02 Dec 2018 02:46:19
Nice one Batty, always liked the lad, it just took a while for him to get into being a fullback. Now that he has, he's giving it a good go :)

02 Dec 2018 08:21:19
He has been a real servant to the cause this year and is definitely growing in confidence. It’s this kind of performance that makes the difference to the results.

02 Dec 2018 09:20:25
Find it strange with the Dallas haters that this guy never seems to moan about being a squad player and always gives it a go even being played out of position. Yes he isn't the most talented player in our squad a bit like Berardi who many seem to hero worship. Dallas is doing what is asked of him by Bielsa, didn't hear much criticism for the winning goal he scored against Reading.

02 Dec 2018 09:58:12
Battymatty, in my opinion the answer to your question is No, if our manager thinks he should be in the team as others are it’s should be good enough for us.

02 Dec 2018 11:48:30
Think that's the first time I've agreed with you Whiteman.

02 Dec 2018 14:04:20
Not going to change my opinion of him because of two good games. Not a hater as you put it but do not think he is anything above average. He puts a lot of effort in but as a winger creates very little and he is def not a full back though he is grafting for the team. Always said he is a good squad player. Maybe he will grow into the full back role if he does i will be first to praise him.

02 Dec 2018 14:44:49
Martyn. You’re right! My first time too! Well said Whiteman!

02 Dec 2018 16:21:20
Yes Dallas stands out nowhere but maybe there's a lot to be said for just being solid and reliable wherever you're put.

02 Dec 2018 17:35:49
In fact, 29th minute, a cheeky little back heel 1-2, turn, and perfect cross across the face of the goal which was dying for a tap in from a Chapman type striker summed him up yesterday. I thought he was VERY good!

03 Dec 2018 11:44:28
Definitely gets 8 for Saturday's game.

01 Dec 2018 22:43:31
So how many of us in June would have thought that on December 1st we will go away to Sheffield United win 1-0 and that will take us top of the Championship. That we will win that game without Ayling, Berardi and Cooper, Saiz not featuring and with our 10 million pound striker out injured. No loan players playing and Clarke, Shackleton, Halme, Peacock-Farrell in the line up and KP playing in a back 3.
No me neither, Bielsa is quite simply a different class.

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02 Dec 2018 08:30:12
Well said Will . I’ve mentioned the Leicester example a few times during the year. Aside from their stars they had some more journeymen players that played out of their skin that year. I feel that we have that opportunity this year, a charismatic, motivational manager, strong coaching team, a handful of stars, a group of dedicated, professional and hardworking players, emerging youth. If Leicester could do it in the Premiership, we can do it in the Championship.

02 Dec 2018 16:23:16
When you put it like that Will. Pure magic. Who'de have thought?

01 Dec 2018 20:59:59
As well as the nasty tackling, lots of shirt pulling today, to be fair we joined in by the end, but that's what's going to happen if the refs don't deal with it. Clear examples on Pontus and Clarke. Accept that it's very hard to clamp down on the subtle side of it but some of them today were so obvious it was like the shirts were hanging out on the washing line! There must be fingerprint evidence on the shirts!

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01 Dec 2018 22:48:12
Not forgetting the 2 footed tackle on foreshaw and the stamp on klitch.

01 Dec 2018 23:00:59
At least makes a good television advert for Specsavers if they can acquire the footage.

02 Dec 2018 04:11:59
But he did manage to book Roofe for turning away to avoid a potentially damaging clash.

02 Dec 2018 08:15:25
After the hype about Sheffield, I was disappointed with them yesterday, they had a good spell where they were playing well with the ball and using their center backs in imaginative ways, but they had a nasty edge that got worse as we got into the game. Possibly why Bielsa kept Saiz away from the fray, to avoid a kicking and his temper boiling over!

02 Dec 2018 14:48:43
I was thinking the same regarding shirt pulling Spanish. I think we should switch shirt materials to something mega, mega stretchy, so that if someone pulls it, it doesn’t even affect the body movement of the player, so I mean MEGA stretchy!

01 Dec 2018 20:50:38
Magic man bielsa, takes a big knock like the w. brom result then gets 3 wins and 3 clean sheets in response.
This game could've been similar to west Brom, SU were obviousmy told to give us a physical test.
Bielsa got the team to cope with that. can see why SU are doing well, organised and direct. we more than coped and the quality football was played by us. don't underestimate our injuries and our young lads thrown in to the toughest league going.
Testament to magic man, his coaches, the owner and his crew. never forgetting the greatest fans in the land.
Cheers lads.

{Ed025's Note - nice one gilesy..

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01 Dec 2018 21:14:37
Cheers Ed.

01 Dec 2018 22:50:00
Gilesy Bielsa is a rapid learner and a proven winner. Makes a change from Hockagarbage and Mandagarbage.

02 Dec 2018 04:19:01
The way our young'uns fronted was indeed impressive. They had the blowtorch on the y-fronts but were not daunted. Bielsa had confidence in them which bred confidence in themselves. This comes from what they cover in training meetings and on the training paddock. None of this comes into play by accident. Bielsa is smart, methodical and inspiring.

02 Dec 2018 17:38:06
“Fronted”, as in “fronted up”? Now there’s a proper Kiwi / rugby phrase!

01 Dec 2018 19:38:12
Serious question guys, does the EFL now review the Mcgoldrick assault on Klich retrospectively or as the guy pretending to be a referee never booked him, they can't take any action? Strange how their manager hasn't commented on it but would be screaming about it if one of the Leeds players had done it to his player.

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01 Dec 2018 20:13:07
It was a shocking leg breaking tackle and the Referee was right next to it. He was awful for us today, and that makes it an even better win. And well done to KP on his MOM performance.

01 Dec 2018 20:51:45
Meezzer, You must be used to the fact that, the majority of ref's, apply the rules of the game against Leeds when ever they can. I love it, the more they do to defeat us, we can still win. I feel sorry for Langfords dog tonight, getting a kicking, as we still won.

02 Dec 2018 00:32:13
They will review it and Klich will end up being banned.


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