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02 Feb 2019 21:15:36
We gave the ball away in bad areas a lot today and three times Norwich scored from them. Poor discipline at times especially Pontus for the first goal a silly foul after losing possession. Douglas is beginning to look like a poor buy in my opinion. It is all very well banging on about the potential of his free kicks and corners but not only are they a rarity of more concern is his ability defensively which is a major cause for concern as far as I am concerned.

Personally not a lot to be to positive about only Clarke, Roberts in patches and Bamford. A fully fit Pablo, Brown playing, Berardi back and Bamford firing and we will be fine. oh and the Yorkshire Pirlo guarding our shaky back line please Marcelo.

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1.) 03 Feb 2019 16:43:49
yeah I was sort of thinking that myself, we seem better when Ali is at left back .
For me PH did not look right and Harrison was constantly losing out and Forshaw.
Think KP would have been better as def/ mid .
But all said they played very well and stopped are game,


2.) 03 Feb 2019 18:47:38
Ayling and Jack Harrison starting every game! and we wonder why we are struggling. TRUST ME! I will continue to say that Ayling is a LIABILITY! Play the young Shakleton at right back . Harrison should be playing in the evening leagues.


3.) 03 Feb 2019 20:33:17
Could be a blessing in disguise might give us the proverbial kick up the backside.


 

 

01 Jan 2019 21:58:01
Results like our last two are I'm afraid part and parcel of how we play. Teams will go out to frustrate us and today was a prime example. Forest had a number of "injuries" which didn't need the physio. In one instant Murphy went down when we were in possession and then made a miraculous recovery when we lost the ball. These are delaying tactics to break up our flow and interrupt our style.
Our game really does rely on us scoring the first goal and also not gifting teams goals, we have been poor in these departments over the past couple of weeks.
But we are a good side and we will be there or there about come May.
Whilst I do think a couple of quality signings are needed, I do think a fully fit squad would beat any side in that division. For me the thought of Bamford upfront with Clarke, Klitch, Pablo and Roofe behind would have pace, goals, width and skill in abundance.
Keep the faith everyone, in Marcelo we trust MOT.

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1.) 02 Jan 2019 00:21:41
Good post Will.


2.) 02 Jan 2019 03:42:02
Good point about the florists acting abilities, even the text coverage on the BBC website mentioned various forest players"rolling around, holding limbs" if referees are to have any credibility whatsoever they should be picking up on this, and timewasting, and start getting cards out, then again we're Leeds and refs don't like us.


 

 

10 Nov 2018 22:15:28
Bad day at the office and no one comes away with any credit.
MB needs to stop the Dallas experiment, I don't care if Shackleton is young and inexperienced he is more of a right back than Dallas let get back to round pegs in round holes.

Alioski gives us very little, his delivery is shocking and in my opinion is only a slight improvement on Sacko.
MB needs to find a way of fitting KP, Forshaw, Klich, Saiz and Pablo into a system that gets the best out of them all and not have Forshaw dominating at the expense of KP and Klich.

B P-F needs to be taken out of the firing line, give Blackman a go.
I fully support MB and his loyalty to players but equally you need to give the guys on the bench the hope that their hard work in training will see them given a chance if those in the starting line up do not reach the required level of performance.
Still plenty to be positive about people MOT.

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1.) 11 Nov 2018 10:09:36
I agree with your idealistic thinking Will but think it's nigh on impossible to fit all of those into a system and lineup that will work remembering that soon Brown will be in the frame for one of those positions.


2.) 12 Nov 2018 12:23:36
Wouldn't say impossible. 3-5-2

BPF, Jansson, Phillips, Cooper, Shackleton, Klich, Forshaw, Douglas, Hernandez, Saiz, Roofe?


3.) 12 Nov 2018 17:58:33
Sorry Samo but BPF needs resting, think allioski is good as a wing back, could he play on right thou.


4.) 13 Nov 2018 13:17:51
Bub has Plan A, 4-1-4-1 and that's it. Plan B is the same as Plan A but better. No good trying to outguess him, Bub's the man :)


 

 

21 Oct 2018 22:26:07
Obviously our recent form is not what we would want but I for one can see a bigger picture emerging and it is an exciting one.
The Blackburn game saw us use 14 Leeds players, no loanees. B P-F, Phillips, Clarke and Shackleton from our youth system and Forshaw, Bamford, Ayling and Douglas not playing.

With the emergence of the youngsters we should ditch the loan system and concentrate resources on a couple of top quality signings. We need a top quality centre half to partner Pontus. Cooper is a nice guy but his distribution is inconsistent and he doesn't inspire me. When do you see him giving the ref grief and getting in his ear . never. He might be popular in the dressing room but I don't want popular I want a leader, a winner, someone who sets the tone for the team.

I do think we need a quality wide left player as Dallas and Alioski are in my opinion in the same league as Cooper. Clarke to start on Wednesday is a must and boy is that lad going to be a star.
I still believe this is a top 6 team and considering Saiz hasn't got going yet I think there is plenty still to cone.
Personally if injuries are not a problem I would go with this 11 on Wednesday

BF-P, Ayling, Berardi, Pontus, Douglas
Phillips, Klich, Forshaw, Hernandez, Clarke and Roofe playing 4141.

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1.) 22 Oct 2018 01:34:11
Don't think Douglas will be fit in time. We may see Pearce.


2.) 22 Oct 2018 07:32:02
Pearce deserves an opportunity, think will is harsh on Alioski, he has contributed a lot more than Dallas todate and his unpredictability causes the opposition problems as much as it sometimes frustrates us, but he is playing a lot, he can share a shift with Clarke.

Still not sure Clarke is ready for a full shift, makes a great substitute from the bench, he is still learning and will make mistakes, he lost the ball badly once on sat in a very dangerous situation. If he does, let’s not crucify him!


3.) 23 Oct 2018 11:19:59
Not much hope of that Spanish, one insignificant error and certain sections of the crowd are on his back straight away.


 

 

18 Feb 2018 23:50:14
Interesting game today in many respects. Was the improvement in the second half down to the manager? If it was then we have genuine hope for the future. To me it was telling that the better players responded Pontus, Pablo, Forshaw, Le Bock, Lassoga and Anita.

Maybe they recognise someone who knows what he's doing, hopefully this is the case. Heckingbottom has a bit to work with but also has some deadwood on long contracts. Felix has to go, he is causing uncertainty and giving no confidence to those in front of him.

O'Kane is going backwards, Roofe despite his goal is too lightweight and obviously from the goal celebration only interested in himself and we need team players at the moment, I would but Alioski in the same bracket.

Sacko does nothing and adds the same. Saiz and Berardi coming back is good news and I hope that Heckingbottom gives the captaincy to either Pontus or Forshaw. So far I will give the new manager 6/10 and hopefully this time next week we will have a win or maybe two under our belts MOT

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1.) 19 Feb 2018 09:31:03
Pretty accurate. Thought Forshaw, Hernandez and PML were immense. KP better than Okane who must be dropped altogether, does not even make my bench. Saiz, RV and Bera to come back and it's time to bench Pennington. Give Pearce a run out. As for Wied, OMG! We don't even have anyone better. Lucas Radebe in goal was better than him.


2.) 19 Feb 2018 09:37:15
Shame he didn't know what he was doing in first half


3.) 19 Feb 2018 13:06:07
Has to be said, O'K is not ok


4.) 19 Feb 2018 14:46:39
He's only had two games to see how players do Thought his comments after we're telling Everyone's started with a clean sheet Be a few moving on end of season


5.) 19 Feb 2018 18:25:07
Why is PH constantly going to ground and waving his arms claiming he was fouled, Phillips also tried to fool ref into pen . I really hope Heck will have words .


6.) 19 Feb 2018 19:59:44
Prob because Pablo does get constantly fouled, and, it looked to me like KP did get brought down.


 

 

 

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23 Dec 2018 21:09:15
Bamford, Douglas, Cooper, Berardi, Roberts and Brown all missing, Saiz gone, 2-0 down.
The belief in that group of players must be superb.
These youngsters are quite something and personally I would rather we stick with them rather than go out in January and buy someone as a newcomer just might upset the spirit.
The best thing about all of this is Bielsa, what a man. He says and does all the right things and it must be such a buzz to work for him. Whether this is our year or not it is an absolute joy to watch Leeds playing Bielsa football. All we have every wanted is a team showing a pride and passion for the shirt, a team that will give there all for us the fans and now we have that.
Merry Christmas.

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1.) 23 Dec 2018 22:13:58
Great post Will, spot on and planning to enjoy every moment of this season.


2.) 23 Dec 2018 22:55:25
To quote MB,

solutions come from within

I’d take those kids who know what he expects ahead of someone coming in all season long.


3.) 23 Dec 2018 22:56:48
Oh, and this is our time.


4.) 23 Dec 2018 23:03:53
The under 23s are playing under Corberans direction in the style and shape of the first team. So we have another team of players able to slot in if required for a time. As Bielsa says, if we bring anyone new in they have to be able contribute immediately and be better than what we have. That will narrow the list. We have a lot of short term replacements eager for a chance!


 

 

14 Dec 2018 22:04:34
Not sure why there is a fuss about Saiz going to be honest. From a footballing perspective no loss, gives the ball away cheaply at times, to theatrical and emotional, always likely to do something stupid or get a silly booking and goal threat limited. Now if it was Pablo, KP, Roofe, Clarke, Klich, Bamford, Pontus, Baby Shack, Douglas, Ayling or Forshaw I would be very disappointed. Last season he was a half decent player in a poor team, now he's still half decent but in a very good team and the word team is the important thing. Good luck to him in Spain. move on.

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1.) 15 Dec 2018 02:34:34
Suppose we could go back to Chelsea and see if we can get Fabregas in on loan till the end of the season.


 

 

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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1.) 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.


2.) 02 Dec 2018 16:23:16
When you put it like that Will. Pure magic. Who'de have thought?


 

 

28 Nov 2018 08:40:53
So over the past 4 days we have won two games, not conceded a goal and seen the likes of KP, BP-F, Halme, Clarke, Huffer and Shackleton all play their parts.
The MB influence is there for all to see and I for one am genuinely excited for our club's future. We could quite easily ditch the loanees and cope. These young lads do not look out of place and are all playing in a system that will only see them get better and better. There will undoubtedly be hiccups along the way like B P-F against WBA but I for one will put up with that because the bigger picture is that once we get into the Premiership we will be able to cope. As a life long supporter I would much rather see these youngsters, mistakes and all than go back to seeing the likes of Ryan Hall, David Norris, Paddy Kenny, Lloyd Sam etc etc in a Leeds shirt.

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1.) 28 Nov 2018 10:01:15
For me, one of the key moves Bielsa made this year is to link up Carlos Corberan with the first team. Immediately he made use of his knowledge of the club and players, he can communicate in Bielsas language, important for the nuances and we have a pathway between the two squads.

The club has integrated its playing talent and we have a lot more players at the disposal of the first team coaches who understand the system.

There not going to be the finished article but neither are many of the first team players we have bought in the past. But they should have the energy, determination and desire to show what they can do.

Don’t slag off the kids without seeing what they can do. Bielsa pucks out the best to work with the first team but also knows he has others to fill gaps.


2.) 28 Nov 2018 13:09:29
Like BPF against West Brom? The whole team were awful its not right blaming one player.


 

 

25 Nov 2018 13:40:20
I thought we did well yesterday especially when you consider Ayling, Berardi, Pontus, Bamford and Brown all missing and two debutants playing. Huffer and Halme to be honest we're not really tested but the key is they fitted in as they are playing in the same system as they do in the U23's. Both looked comfortable on the ball and both look very promising. The clamour for signings in January is baffling to me although I would go for a decent winger as Alioski, Dallas and Harrison are not the answer. Our wingers are not pacey enough, skilful enough or threaten enough and the delivery particularly from Alioski and Harrison is so poor. Why Jack Clarke isn't given more of a chance I do not know, he just might be the answer. Similarly with Shackleton at right back as Dallas defensively is so out of his depth and Bristol City targeted him right from the start yesterday and one of their attacks saw Pablo back helping out with Dallas still trying to get back.
Baker did well when he came on and deserves a start in my opinion. KP excellent again as was Forshaw and Roofe did very well his hold up play is improving.
I love the style of football we are playing and the fact that the youngsters that come in are looking so promising. As a club that will serve us well in the future. I obviously hope we go up this season but can you imagine just how good this group of players and those youngsters will be having had a year of MB's coaching and experience rather than the 6 months they have had so far.

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1.) 25 Nov 2018 14:10:02
Hey white. Good post.
It 100% baffles me how for the last 10 yrs we have signed unskilled slow wingers. Don’t get it.


2.) 25 Nov 2018 19:21:09
Sacko wasn’t slow just didn’t look where he was going and struggled when he had to take the ball with him or pass it!


3.) 25 Nov 2018 23:12:24
If we could get a Sacko-Dallas hybrid we'd be laughing.


 

 

 

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04 Feb 2018 22:16:50
Absolutely Shankill, I fear we will go for a manager in the last chance saloon who will kneel at the feet of VO and AR and blow smoke up their proverbial backsides in order to get the job. I fear the wally with the brolly.

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19 Jan 2018 09:36:45
Personally think he is a good signing. Not a cast off in my opinion just a player who in a Pulis side won’t see the ball as his sides bypass midfield. So basically we have a player who doesn’t fit in to long ball style of play which for me shows the way TC wants to play.

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01 Jan 2019 18:44:23
Spot on Feath.

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29 Jul 2018 18:47:01
Agree Hess, my hope is that Bielsa has seen something in Roberts that he likes and therefore has chosen to go with Bamford. Douglas is a great signing and if we could get a quality CB I think we will be in the mix with Stoke, Boro, Forest and WBA.

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29 Apr 2018 15:29:47
Absolutely spot on Kly if they do go up then put your house on them finishing bottom next season. They play ugly, time wasting, hoofball. Yes it gets results but the style, niggling fouls and constant hounding of officials makes it “football” I would not want to see at ER. The stuff we are currently watching is bad enough.

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22 Apr 2018 22:51:53
I would like to know the thinking AL behind the design that sticks three untried and untested lads into a side devoid of confidence and on a losing streak. My point is Orta is a “football man” it is his JOB to recognise talented footballers and bring them to our club to improve it. De Bock hasn’t Pearce has.

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23 Feb 2018 05:54:58
If Derby had taken their chances ! They had 20 odd shots and only 4 on target ! Maybe because Pontus and Berardi were closing down and blocking those efforts came to nothing or that they were awful long range efforts. Felix thankfully hardly had a save to make. Some of our defending on Wednesday was excellent and that is that is every bit as important as the attacking side of the game. It showed me that PH had a plan and it nearly worked, if he had have started Saiz he would have been off after an hour himself through tiredness.

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