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14 Aug 2017 23:50:22
In a normal season I would expect Wood to get between 15 and 20 goals in the championship -depending on how many penalties he scores. Last season I think was exceptional and I don't see him doing it again although I hope he does. Let's see in May if he is still here.




07 Apr 2017 12:51:59
Looking at our performances overall this season it looks clear that we have exceeded what normally would be expected. Most of the games we have won we could have easily drawn or lost.

In view of this I think out of the three most likely outcomes us finishing in the top six and losing in the play-offs is the most likely. This is mainly due to the other top clubs playing each other and dropping points whilst we have our points buffer and not because I think we are going to amass many more points this season. The second most likely option is we finish seventh.

Disappointing but, given I don't think we will win the play-offs, I would be £89 better off and not having the usual disappointment of travelling hundreds of miles and paying for the privilege of losing in the finals - something I have had to do without exception since the 1970's.

The third most likely outcome is we stay in the top six and win at Wembley. This is the best outcome of all but the most unlikely. Interesting to see how we get on against Preston tomorrow. They have hit a bit of form and if they score we will struggle to get the points.


1.) 11 Apr 2017 13:45:31
Just don't go. You clearly don't bring the lads much luck in playoff finals anyway!

2.) 12 Apr 2017 15:32:31
It's about time we managed to win one of them there play-off thingymajigs



21 Mar 2017 13:49:05
All players go through sticky patches and get 'out of sorts' with the manager. Sometimes they get a bit 'anti'. When they do they need the manager to sort it. sometimes this is a quiet word, sometimes a kick in the pants and sometimes a spell on the bench. I don't know what the issue with Jansson was about but that's irrelevant.

In my opinion its unhealthy for a team to have a player, no matter how good he is, to be seen as irreplaceable. At the moment we do not have a credible replacement for Bartley or Jansson.

However well Cooper plays he always gifts golden chances. He played very well on Saturday, but on another day, we could have easily lost because of his slip ups. We need to replace asap for next season.


1.) 21 Mar 2017 15:58:25
Completely agree, Cooper just isn't good enough and the clean sheet was down to Green and Murray's poor finishing.

2.) 21 Mar 2017 16:49:00
Disagree, cooper is a decent defender who played very well V Brighton n yes he makes mistakes but so does Bartley n jansson, it's unbelievable that our own fans are now turning on our own players even when we win. please remember jansson and Bartley came to us only on loan because they are a step above what Leeds can outright buy, cooper has done very little wrong when he's played, Bamba was the one who couldn't defend not coops.

3.) 21 Mar 2017 17:05:20
We've moved above Cooper level players now Swadlad, sad but true. We need to be ruthless if we want promotion.

4.) 21 Mar 2017 18:27:50
Not really sg who's above Cooper level then? Oh yea two on loan centre backs. And yes before anyone corrects me I know janson has signed but until the end of season he's still a loanee. There's no guarantee we will get Bartley at end of season but I hope we make the effort to get him and one more top quality centre back then we can say we've out grown Cooper.

5.) 21 Mar 2017 18:58:11
Jansson's not loanee and yes Bartley and Jansson are better than Cooper. Do you think Hudds fans care that Mooy and Brown are loanees and demand lesser players start over them?

6.) 21 Mar 2017 17:26:36
Haven't turned on Cooper just expressing an opinion which I've held for a long time.

7.) 21 Mar 2017 21:02:30
Just don't think it's right that as a Leeds fan your thinking cooper is below our level but if that's your opinion then fair enough, but players like berardi n doukara were in the same boat with a lot of Leeds fans last season but look how they have improved now they have better players around them, cooper along side Bartley V Brighton was as solid as jansson has been, yes people will look at the og he nearly scored but that could have happed to any defender, Brighton had 3 shots on target so that shows how well he played imo

8.) 22 Mar 2017 09:33:17
Brighton had three shots on target but were inches away from a couple of tap ins. Unfortunately for Cooper he is one of those players who repeatedly give chances to the opposition. I've seen him play in most of his games for Leeds. He can be playing a blinder but will then chip in with a couple of chances for the opposition.

If they don’t score from them he is man of the match unfortunately they frequently do. Other players do make mistakes, of course they do, but they don’t usually happen as often as Cooper’s and they are not usually as goal threatening. I'm sure he is a good chap but if we have any thoughts of playing well at a higher level we need better than him.

9.) 22 Mar 2017 09:50:25
Sg janson, s contract starts this summer so technically he's still on loan from torino

10.) 22 Mar 2017 12:17:12
I'm interested on your view on berardi? He started of being a terrible player for us who would get sent of constantly but he's now one of the best in the tank imo, I'm not having ago i just think your judging coops on last season when he had Bamba next to him, when he's played this season with Bartley he's looked very good, look at berardi n how he's improved with better defenders around him, the only players that wouldn't be any good in the premiership would be Grimes, sacko n antonsson n not sure on roofe/Dallas but the rest could do a job in the premiership i believe.

11.) 22 Mar 2017 12:19:03
I never slated Berardi swadlad. I thought he'd be a good player as he was a Swiss international and played for Sampdoria. I always thought Doukara was a good player but lazy and he could be unplayable on his day. Doukara gets slagged off on Twitter so people can get retweets and likes. We've got worse players than him.

12.) 22 Mar 2017 12:38:02
For me, Cooper and Dallas are the two players who haven't improved under Monk, which suggests there's nothing more in them that we haven't already seen. Cooper was at his best with Bellusci, although I think playing next PJ would make Cooper look better than he is, like Bartley.

13.) 23 Mar 2017 09:15:37
So your saying jansson makes Bartley look better than he is? Bartley is the better of the 2 imo, he's one of the best defenders we have had n years.

14.) 23 Mar 2017 09:24:14
Having been to every game, you can't compare Jansson with Cooper. Cooper is excellent when the ball is on the ground but anything in the air (long balls, corners, free kicks) he's very, very poor. In the whole game against Brighton I think I saw him win one header which isn't good enough for a CB. When PJ and KB are playing I'd say 80% of headed clearances from set pieces come from them. I'm not saying Cooper is a bad player, because I don't think he is, but he shouldn't be third choice CB in a team pushing for promotion IMO.

15.) 23 Mar 2017 12:10:33
But then a lot would have said the same about berardi when he first joined, he was awfull but now he's had his chance he's taken it in a better team with better players, cooper has not done a thing wrong when he's been given a chance to play in this stronger team that's all I'm saying, fair enough knock some of the other players like grimes who are no use to us but cooper does a job n has done when he's been playing.

16.) 23 Mar 2017 13:47:57
I see what you're saying Swad but I disagree about Berardi (not sure everyone else's point of view) . He had a bit of a discipline issue but as a player I always thought he was a solid 7/8 out of 10 every game. Cooper, as I put before, is fine the the ball on the ground/tackling etc but anything aerially I'm always a bit worried! Perhaps a bit of an unusual one but I don't see why he couldn't fill in at LB occasionally if Berardi/Taylor were unavailable! ?

17.) 26 Mar 2017 19:23:25
Cooper's had 3 seasons not 10 games. He won't get any better than he is now.



24 Feb 2017 18:43:20
Absolutely no chance of us scoring more than two. I cannot see us keeping a clean sheet. Rhodes, for one, always seems to score against us. Forrestiere also likes to do the same. On that basis I don't think we will win if they score twice. I hope we win but more like 1-1 draw or it can go horribly wrong.

I still don't see it as a season defining game though. If we can get the midfield working ie controlling the middle but getting forward in numbers we could just do it. I think, however, Monk doesn't have the confidence in the players we have. We play defence in depth, keep our shape for the most part and maintain a cautious approach .

I think he believes that if the midfield does push forward we will be too exposed and could lose it big time. I hoped that the Bridcutt / O'Kane combo would sort the problem but it hasn't. Vierra and Bridcutt is a strong defensive combination but gives us little going forward.

Two wingers and a lone striker is not enough unless Hernandez is on song which he isn't on too many occasions. If Hernandez has a 'blinder' we could win it otherwise score draw or loss.


1.) 25 Feb 2017 15:00:53
I am not particularly good at predictions, but for what it's worth, I don't think eiter Rhodes or Forestieri will score against us, Wood will score and we will win 1-0 ! For good measure, I predict Rhodes will miss a penalty as well. we will see.

2.) 25 Feb 2017 16:06:49
Lucky guess there K man

3.) 27 Feb 2017 21:08:51
I've never made predictions and I never will, .



26 Jan 2017 09:22:52
It's just about done - the signing of Jansson or so we are led to believe. This is only a job half done as far as the back four are concerned (Not talking about back- ups here. The signing of Kyle Bartley is just as important. Centre back pairings are the heart of the team. Jansson and Bartley complement each other perfectly.

You never know how effective Jansson would look, however, without Bartley and vice versa. Jannson and Cooper is not that inspiring and whoever else was brought, if we didn't keep Bartley, might not be as effective as what we have. This assessment might change if we were promoted but they do look as if they could cope at a higher level.


1.) 26 Jan 2017 10:40:41
Ayling, Bartley, jansson, Taylor would all be able to step up to the premiership imo.

2.) 26 Jan 2017 13:42:51
weve seen how effective Bartley is without Pontus a few times this season - not as.

3.) 26 Jan 2017 15:26:11
Bark signing a must in my book, think we also need another body as cover for injuries and cards.

4.) 26 Jan 2017 15:35:38
agree hess pontus has become a cult hero and speedy pin up and rightly so however bartley very important. if we went up i think our back four would be good enough to keep us up

5.) 26 Jan 2017 17:42:47
Ayling was signed in full and not on loan swaddled.

6.) 27 Jan 2017 08:23:45
Never said he was signed on loan lol just said the main 4 at the back are all good enough for the premiership imo.

7.) 27 Jan 2017 09:34:41
Agree with all you guys that the back 4 would be strong in the PL we would need to strengthen final 3rd that's all, for us to compete IMO exciting times at the moment 😎.

8.) 27 Jan 2017 12:51:25
bartley is an important signing but he doesn't have an agreed deal in his contract so will not be signed this window.




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16 Sep 2017 19:47:03
Have we been rumbled already? Two teams have played two closely packed lines of four in their own half and I think we have managed two chances overall. Millwall won and Preston could have won even with 10 men. We are fine when there is space and the opposition are not too physical we haven't learnt yet how to deal with that type of approach. It may be in that type of game Hernandez, O'Kane and Phillips are not a strong enough combination. It must be beatable or Preston and Millwall will be topping the league which I don't think will, Playing like you are the away team when you play Leeds seems to work at the moment. Looking forward to see how TC adapts.


1.) 16 Sep 2017 21:29:12
It's a learning curve, all round. TC, the new players, need to adapt to this league, which is honestly the most open and challenging league in the uk. Hopefully, they adapt, learn and grow.

2.) 17 Sep 2017 12:31:42
We are top of the table people! stop moaning over 1 game! MOT.



29 Aug 2017 19:35:57
Normally I would like the idea of Dwight Gayle joining Leeds but not at the moment. Having read some accounts of his performances this season and from what Benites has said ie Gayle is not in a good place at the moment mentally and his form is poor, I don't think we need any of this type of unsuitable baggage de-railing our current drive. £18 million, or anywhere near that, is poor business from the Leeds point of view and that is what Newcastle are asking - even though Gayle is struggling at the moment. It may be its The swede and perhaps the German even though he's bringing his mother along.




25 Aug 2017 08:46:38
TC might not have a choice and may have to play Roofe up front tomorrow - depending on the injury situation. It will be a different type of game but interesting to see. Might be too soon to have Grot on the bench but he might have to just in case the Roofe set up doesn't work.


1.) 25 Aug 2017 09:19:09
I think Grot will play at some point tomorrow.

2.) 25 Aug 2017 09:37:43
Hess, it will be interesting to see, I think Roofe deserves a chance against championship opposition. His confidence will be high but also now we have other players capable of scoring from different positions. Another good test. To be fair, we have been a bit unlucky with injuries so far but that has forced us to adapt and try out different players in different positions. Looking forward to the game.

3.) 25 Aug 2017 10:39:53
We know he can score. Just look at the goals he got for Oxford. I know it's a different league but he played in a different position under monk and monks negativity rubbed off on him. I think he'll do a good job for us there as his mobility scares big defenders.

4.) 25 Aug 2017 11:57:58
Agreed. If we put him up front then with the trouble coming in from the wings will give them plenty to think about - come on Leeds. MOT

5.) 25 Aug 2017 15:39:29
What defenders hate is pace Or players interchanging Or midfield runners Roofe, alioski and saiz could cause teams all sorts of bother with their movement



24 Aug 2017 16:11:18
I have had said for sometime that Wood is an average Championship striker. He is a forward who can score goals not an out an out goal scorer. He had a freak season last year and I don't think he will repeat it certainly not at premiership level. 10- 15 at the best. Although he scored a bucket full of goals I think in some ways he was a hindrance. I saw just about all the games last season and in the majority he didn't play well which meant others couldn't feed off him and after a while they stopped trying. Running past him to be 'played in' was usually a waste of time. He vindicated himself by scoring goals but it was usually the one thing he did. Others didn't usually chip because nothing much was been created. Hence the usual 1-0; 0-0;0-1, or 1-1 score lines. There were exceptions but not many. Trying to get balls into him was very difficult as hewas often isolated and because too much attention was given to this nothing much else was happening. It may be a blessing he has gone particularly with the transfer fee. I think AR is doing an excellent job. He seems to have a plan and he and his team are working at it. Bringing in and developing youth is a sign that he is not only looking at the present but at the longer term. It may all come to nothing in the end but even if it does nobody can say he didn't give it a good go. Personally I wouldn't bet against him.


1.) 24 Aug 2017 16:26:04
Completely agree with most of that. I'd point out Wood was pretty useful defending at corners but, as a centre-forward bringing others into the game, pretty rubbish. Dude can't link plays.

2.) 24 Aug 2017 16:27:21
Totally agree Hess, T C and Radz do seem to be giving decent long term contracts or letting players go and Wood for the price was good business . It really would not shock me if we didn't see a couple of strikers signed before transfer window closes .

3.) 24 Aug 2017 17:24:44
Totally agree, was saying same thing last season but a lot of people were blinded by the goals, which were welcome. Look at us now everyone getting in the box. Dallas looks like a different player.

4.) 24 Aug 2017 17:43:36
I got tired of seeing him waste Pablo Hernandez through balls tbh.

5.) 24 Aug 2017 18:43:01
With the players we now have and the style that suits them we need a more fluid, gifted forward who can pick up balls with a good first touch. Not so much the old English style of get to the bye-line and throw in a cross. A nimble forward with a quick brain and two good feet would feed well off Saiz Hernandez Alioski and O'Kane.

6.) 24 Aug 2017 18:59:46
he didn't do too badly scoring 27 goals though

7.) 24 Aug 2017 20:49:54
The point is he got in the way of others and it was a freak season. Can't argue with the goals in the season but the overall team goal tally was not good enough and he won't do it again most likely.

8.) 25 Aug 2017 16:09:59
No offense Hess but i'm pretty sure you are the geezer who claimed Bellusci to be our best centre back and Cooper was a total joke. Sorry to say but you were wrong brother. How is Pepe if you don't mind me asking?



22 Aug 2017 20:04:06
I don't know much about Jay-Roy Grot but he seems to have some sort of pedigree. I would be very happy with Danny Ings but only on loan. Two serious knee injuries make him a risk. If he breaks down after the window closes we would be stuffed.





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22 Mar 2017 09:33:17
Brighton had three shots on target but were inches away from a couple of tap ins. Unfortunately for Cooper he is one of those players who repeatedly give chances to the opposition. I've seen him play in most of his games for Leeds. He can be playing a blinder but will then chip in with a couple of chances for the opposition.

If they don’t score from them he is man of the match unfortunately they frequently do. Other players do make mistakes, of course they do, but they don’t usually happen as often as Cooper’s and they are not usually as goal threatening. I'm sure he is a good chap but if we have any thoughts of playing well at a higher level we need better than him.




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21 Mar 2017 17:26:36
Haven't turned on Cooper just expressing an opinion which I've held for a long time.




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31 Jan 2017 17:56:04
Would not have played any way. Far too soon.




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16 Jan 2017 18:19:34
MC eventually got it right. He got rid of a lot of the waste, gradually put the ship on the right course and endured the abuse. Without the owner we wouldn't have had Monk. Credit where credit is due. It's not just Monk. Without Cellino we would have been up a creek without a paddle.




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07 Jan 2017 16:06:33
Anytime Lucas but my degree isn't in theology. Will be in the East Stand on Friday.





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24 Aug 2017 20:49:54
The point is he got in the way of others and it was a freak season. Can't argue with the goals in the season but the overall team goal tally was not good enough and he won't do it again most likely.




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22 Aug 2017 12:30:45
£1 million I think




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19 Aug 2017 14:02:38
Good player Vokes by all accounts but was poor when we had him on loan. Couldn't score to save his life.




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14 Aug 2017 17:34:40
He is a feast and famine player. We need someone to be consistent, week in week out. He isn't. He is a bit of a trouble maker I understand. He can start an argument in an empty room. Not one for me. Also not keen on players returning although it wouldn't be an argument on its own




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14 Aug 2017 15:29:35
Look at the team sheet-starting 11. I am just talking about the current situation. It could improve or not but TC is going for the old hands at the moment. I hope its because the new players are better but TC wants to prove it by giving the original team enough time to show their strengths and weaknesses before making the changes