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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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05 May 2019 17:57:33
A lot of our players need to take a long hard look at themselves over the next week.
I don't want to see tweets saying " it's not the result we wanted" or " we go again next week" I am sick and tired of it.
MB and his staff have given those players everything they require to become better players and to win football matches. They have given them fitness, skill sets, information and the conditions to win automatic promotion.
The players decision making is quite frankly poor, they pass when they should shoot and shoot when they should pass. It is the same story week in week out 60 + % possession and 20 + shoots at goal 4 on target.
We do not have a single leader on the pitch, what exactly does super Cooper say in those huddles? Can anyone honestly say that we have that type of person in the dressing room. Pontus to delicate, Ayling and KP to nice, we need that Bremner, Jones, Strachan type of player that bawls people out on the pitch.
MB has done an amazing job with limited resources and hopefully next season he will be backed to the hilt and we will smash the Championship.
The play offs will bring just more of the same I am afraid and I have no confidence in us getting promoted this way.

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1.) 05 May 2019 18:08:39
Good post Will fully in agreement . Let’s just pray they pleasantly surprise us in the play offs . But I’m not holding my breath .


2.) 05 May 2019 21:03:38
Someone talking sense willthewhite, I totally agree. Get no pleasure at what has happened and yes playoffs at the beginning of the season would have been more than expected. But with what we could and should have had, do feel gutted. Sick of hearing Bielsa say blame me etc, bloody do something to change it. Would rather play some of the Under 23's and go down fighting, giving it a go then more of the same.


 

 

21 Apr 2019 21:18:55
Really disappointed with the game on Friday for a number of reasons.
The first was that the likes of Harrison and Alioski didn't do their jobs. I have read many fans who say don't criticise players, get behind the lads etc. But this is not criticism after one bad game they are not consistent in their performances and make really poor decisions. Neither are good enough for the Premiership as they need too many chances to put in one decent cross. They are also not strong enough in the tackle or in possession.
The Wigan left back was a decent player, to quick in thought and pace for Pablo I'm afraid. That should have been spotted quicker and Pablo moved over to the left and Harrison off Clarke on.
Once we conceded the equaliser it was obvious the Wigan would go with two banks of 4 and go long and support the lone striker and fair do's they did it brilliantly.
What was required was width and trickery in the middle, the quick one touch passing, running off the ball but it was no where .
I was disappointed with the half time substitutes of Roberts and Phillips. I would have kept them on took off Harrison and Alioski and brought on Clarke and Shackleton for their pace and directness.
Whatever happens over the next few weeks it has been great watching us play lovely football and our club is far healthier than it was this time last year. If our improvement continues then we will either be a top half Premiership side or top of the Championship this time next year.

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1.) 21 Apr 2019 22:46:27
Will. I agree with your first sentence.
Then it’s downhill to premier manager on the spectrum. Nobody showed up on Friday. It was poor all over the park, and impossible to lay blame at individuals. Monday is a new day. We move on.


 

 

27 Feb 2019 08:41:28
Basically we have been found out by the rest of the league. Teams know that if they go toe to toe with us like Derby tried we will pass the ball around them and destroy teams. So teams allow us to have the ball they don't press in order to save their energy and they get back to two banks of four and say break us down and to be honest we do not have the quality to do that. Without Clarke no body runs at a defence, without Saiz no body has the vision to play that killer pass and we have zero pace in the team something else that scares sides. Alioski, Harrison and Pablo are never going to race past a full back and deliver a cross. Pablo is wasted on the wing he needs to be in that Saiz position dictating play. Roberts shows signs that he wants to run at the opposition and he creates space with some decent runs.
At the start of the season teams that played us lost their next fixture but that is not the case now and hasn't been for sometime.
We have to change our system not our style, for example did we need KP in a defensive midfield role at home against Bolton? Personally I would give Shackleton a go as he would bring an energy wherever he plays, move Pablo, stick with Roberts and take the shackles of KP.

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1.) 27 Feb 2019 09:24:12
Those first few games of the season we really did play some lovely stuff and looked full of goals . It may partly be as we took teams by surprise with our style . But for me this system requires the right player at ten . In those first half a dozen games Saiz was on fire picking up the ball from deep and running at the opposition which scared them to death and created the space for the likes of Pablo, Klich and Roofe to make Hay . We just don’t have that type of player now . Even in our run of seven straight wins without a Saiz type at ten we did not win one of those games with a swagger a part from that amazing result at Villa . Agreed Pablo must play ten but only as there’s no one else as he’s more effective down the right in an ideal world .


2.) 27 Feb 2019 11:18:04
That's carp lads. Teams have found us out but still can't deal with the style of play it's the final ball and lack of a good striker if wood was still with us we'd be at least 6 points clear. It's not the system at fault it's the cutting edge we are missing.


3.) 27 Feb 2019 12:11:20
It's the transition from midfield to attack, predominately through not having a number 10 who links closely to our striker. We have probably created more chances per game than in previous seasons however our finishing has been poor. This was masked earlier in the season as Roofe was on fire and we were miserly at the back. Now the goals have dried up and we generally need at least two to win a game. Not blaming Roberts but he is playing too deep for my liking and appears to slow the game down when he receives the ball.


4.) 27 Feb 2019 12:57:32
Sheriff Spot on (again)


5.) 27 Feb 2019 13:31:36
Good points wex and Notts, altho
I think the whole transition is too slow from defence to attack, not just midfield to attack.


6.) 27 Feb 2019 13:33:58
Another very fair post Wex!


7.) 27 Feb 2019 15:23:13
It’s too true about our finishing this season. A small percentage increase in our goals to chances, and we would already be promoted! Or close, at least. In the last two matches alone, our goal difference should have been enhanced by 5 at the very least.


 

 

23 Feb 2019 21:51:28
Well we made hard work of that but at this stage of the season I will take a below average performance and 3 points over a superb performance and a draw.
At times we made Bolton look good whilst we just looked a bit flat to be honest. Pontus was excellent, Kiko solid an very reassuring, Pablo was Pablo, Bamford was a threat and I liked what Roberts did today always wanting the ball and he made some lovely runs but didn't always get found.
Alioski was poor his crossing is woeful, he hardly ever beats the first man and when you have a lack of pace to go with it then you do not bring a lot to a team. I thought Harrison did ok as did Cooper .
We lacked pace all over the field today and I thought our play in general was slow.
Bolton are struggling yet KP was employed deeper and deeper during the game and at times it just seems to pass him by.
It would be nice to bang a few goals in during the first half so we can enjoy the second but this is Leeds.

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1.) 23 Feb 2019 23:18:49
Despite the goal today, I've not been a fan of Alioski all season. I think he's poor. Whilst playing in defence he is average. When playing anywhere else, he's poor. I really think he's holding us back. I know there's people on here who don't rate KP, but I'd pick KP over Alioski any day.


2.) 24 Feb 2019 02:52:54
Alioski crossing is poor but he still had a reasonable game. Too many players in this team lack an end product. However, their general and build-up play very good thanks to Bub. Our automatic promotion prospects are going to depend on 2 players imo, Pablo the Creator and the Duke of Bamfordshire. They're the class in the team moving forward. I still wish to see Shack replace Luke and Halme get more minutes at the expense of Cooper.


3.) 24 Feb 2019 07:26:08
Alioski is in a Leeds shirt and gives everything
He will do for me.


4.) 24 Feb 2019 08:53:10
I love Alioski! He deserved a bit of luck with the goal! If you saw him being interviewed at the end of the game yesterday, he had given absolutely everything! To me he is the embodiement of team before self. Love the pride he shows in wearing the shirt, love the way he squares up to people 4 ft taller and 2 ft wider, love the fact he’s the first one to support a battling teammate. He always picks himself up and keeps on trying. Covers an incredible amount of ground in a game. In my view he is a great supporting asset to this team.


5.) 24 Feb 2019 08:57:26
Good post George. Pablo was back to his majestic self yesterday, some sublime touches. Bamford and him need to really get used to each other and they can be a killer combination. You are right about Shacks and Aaapo, two games coming up this week, nice to see Bielsa using the resources a bit .


6.) 24 Feb 2019 17:32:53
What's SuperCooper done wrong to be replaced? He, along with the Yorkshire Pirlo, have been outstanding this year despite the abuse they have had in previous seasons.


7.) 24 Feb 2019 18:03:35
Staffy Cooper done very little wrong. I simply believe Halme better and he seems to have a knack of scoring goals at set plays. Reminds me of David Wetherall.


8.) 24 Feb 2019 21:13:39
Halme better George? On what basis do you say that? He’s played less than a handful of games and yet you say he’s better than Cooper. Very strange statement.


9.) 25 Feb 2019 12:56:19
Cork I believe Halme has more talent and after a run in the side would prove to be a slight upgrade on Cooper.


 

 

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.

WilltheWhite

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!


 

 

 

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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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22 Apr 2019 21:09:57
Absolutely agree SG90 if the results go against us next weekend then give those senior players you mentioned a week off. Give the U23’s a go and a chance to impress.
We need some fresh impetus and more importantly we don’t need to pick up injuries or suspensions in dead games.

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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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