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09 Jun 2019 14:26:32
Just saw on NewsNow that Vydra is being touted as being up for sale by Burnley

I know we were linked with him a couple of years ago but would love to hear the thoughts from our group about if we would like to see him in a Leeds shirt?

Personally I thought he was a brilliant second striker for Derby. Linked up the play and was clinical in the box. He also had an engine on him which would help with the high pressing game we are playing

I would love him as a swap for Saiz. This may relegate Roberts to the bench, however that in itself improves the standard of our bench, and then covers issues in the centre forward, No10, and wide attacking positions.

axe_on_tour

1.) 09 Jun 2019 21:10:44
Spooky I more or less posted the same!


2.) 10 Jun 2019 09:12:51
Unlikely to be a swap deal as Saiz wants to be in Spain unless I missed something.


3.) 10 Jun 2019 09:19:57
£10mill for Vydra by all accounts. Not sure where we will get that kind of money unless we do get an investment or we sell someone (Clarke? )


 

 

 

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01 Jun 2019 07:02:06
I have viewed a lot of posts, recently, that are all saying we should sell Casilla.

Can I just come out and say I am on the side of keep

I totally agree he hasn't had a world class start to his Leeds career but those in front of him have not made it easy. Of the defenders, Pontus is the only one who doesn't have a communication/ positioning issue and I believe that is because he is the only one who is used to playing in front of a sweeper/ keeper that are more prevalent on the continent.

Casilla is having to come to terms with defenders that chase the ball all the way back to the 18yd box, thus nullifying a keeper's ability to move forward on to the ball and observe the best pass from the many option. the defender running back tends to be looking for row Z.

With the "old fashioned British" keeper there tends to be a lot of long boots out from the back. Either clearances or out of hand. A massive weapon when your No9 is Mick Harford, Duncan Ferguson or some similar monster. However Leeds Utd have Roofe, Bamford and Roberts. None of them known for there aerial dominance. So a long ball is giving the opposition the possession. Hence a more accurate passing keeper is preferred in order to keep possession

I also feel that Casilla is Biesla's first signing (can't see he had much impact on those that came in last summer as he wasn't in charge til late on in the pre-season) . Biesla is setting out his stall for how he wants to play. Its obviously possession based, so why would he work on 10 outfield players to keep the ball and yet let the goalkeeper hoof it to the opposition every chance he gets?

For those who want Westwood or McCarthy etc, I have no qualms but, factor in the transfer fees for 2 strapping centre forwards (the second to cover injuries and loss of form) to challenge for the long balls.

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1.) 01 Jun 2019 09:36:54
Spot on axe in my opinion. Just couldn’t be bothered to type that much! 🤣👍🏻.


2.) 01 Jun 2019 09:40:40
Excellent post! Completely agree, need to give him at least another season.


3.) 01 Jun 2019 10:00:45
Axe, you obviously haven’t read Georgies post “ every Leeds fan knows we should sell Casilla”! Your post is very well thought through. Hard to see us moving him on this summer unless under the guise of personal reasons and he too prefers wandering the streets of Madrid in preference to Leeds! Also not sure who would match the size and length of his contract. Suspect he will stay and we will be hoping that in year two his understanding and the understanding around him will be a lot better!


4.) 01 Jun 2019 10:32:10
Bright

Can you tell I have too much time on my hands at the moment. Hopefully normal service will be resumed soon




Spanish

I so apologise, Georgie's post had missed me. I shall look to re-edit my tome to reflect my new viewpoint from the comfort of my Sunlouger of Shame.


5.) 01 Jun 2019 11:41:38
I should think so too! Enjoy!


6.) 02 Jun 2019 14:29:24
If we do keep Casilla, someone had better go buy a safety harness from a sports shop and attach with ultra short leash. Selling him much easier guys. Canna teach old dogs.


 

 

27 Apr 2019 19:21:32
I have just read Noel Whelans view on Harrison, and how he is soft and that's a main problem with this team

Firstly, Noel, I could take that observation from Jones, Batty, or Baird, but seriously!
People in glasshouses.

Secondly, who wants to see 11 cloggers in white shirts?
I have enjoyed this year. I have enjoyed watching players in white shirts who know how to pass yo other players on white shirts

I actually think we don't have enough ball players in the squad

Can you imagine if we could have given Klich, Henandez, Phillip's, Alioski a couple of games breather during the season and replaced them with equally as good players so the tempo always remained as high

I think we are lacking a 2nd creative spark in midfield to take the emphasis off Henandez. Saiz is not the answer but at least the opposition had to get 2 men to him when he got near the ball so it freed others
I like Tyler but I just don't think he had that extra unpredictability that concerns most opposition. Pace-wise he is a lot better than Saiz, just not that final incisive pass

Noel, you keep longing for the heady days of Paul Okon, Nicholls et all. I am loving these lightweights.

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1.) 27 Apr 2019 19:29:16
Axe, I truly agree that we need a skillfull, unpredictable No 10. Someone with tricks and flicks that can open up packed defences for a poacher striker. Unfortunately I have to sisagree with giving Alioski a breather. When he comes back he would still be Alioski.


2.) 27 Apr 2019 19:45:49
Radz failure to invest in January is unforgivable. That is what it boils down to. With a bit of luck the 49ers will take majority stake in the near future.


3.) 27 Apr 2019 19:49:11
Axe by saying opposition had to put 2 men on Saiz you effectively day he was the answer!
If oponents were scared of his creativity then it gave us extra space when he played as they paid him extra attention.
When they didn't he was creative and early season for showed that.
Once he gave up we lost that extra bit of spark as you say.
Love the Batty, Baird, Jones comment (or even my old favourite Bobby Davison) .
Still time this season boys.
We're going up, just the hard way.


4.) 27 Apr 2019 19:50:52
AHH, the (some say) brilliant Noel Whelan, another ex-player who knows everything 🙄 personally I'm of the opinion that the manager knows best, he gets paid more than me for his knowledge and expertise.


5.) 27 Apr 2019 22:19:21
Sick of the “should’ve invested in Jan” tripe now. We tried, and were let down by some uppity numb nut, who got told to do one days later. FFP. Above that intended investment we’d have been on a tightrope. The two teams in auto didn’t invest much did they, so why is that the answer?


6.) 28 Apr 2019 01:49:28
Bright, postings becoming more apt by the day! If we don’t buy star players , we aren’t investing enough! If we do invest, in players like Bamford, were investing in the wrong players, if we invest in youth, there’s no success in playing the kids! Third in the championship, joint top under 18s, top in our league under 23s! It’s a bloody good year!


 

 

04 Sep 2018 08:04:39
Just saw on the BBC Gossip page that Steve Bruce wants to re-sign John Terry

Never actually liked the guy but always have to admit he is a very good centre half.

Would anyone else like to see him get a deal at Leeds?

I know he is ex Chelsea. I know he doesn't have the best of morals. But in footballing terms wouldn't he be a huge advantage?

. And quite possibly he is a big influence on Blackman, Baker, Brown and Bamford (Killer Bees) through his Chelsea past.

axe_on_tour

1.) 04 Sep 2018 08:26:37
No he is yesterday's man, move on.


2.) 04 Sep 2018 08:40:35
Fair enough Messer

Short, sweet, to the point

Not sure about him myself, but it's the one position that most fans on the form feel needs adding to so just thought i would see how others felt.

Personally i would like us to find another Janssen type figure from the lower reaches of foreign top leagues whom we can build upon, but i could see Terry as a quick fix for a season whilst giving more breathing space to all our young centre backs to develop outside the first team pressure cooker.


3.) 04 Sep 2018 08:41:33
Bruce gambled last season with high wage earners like Terry and put the club in a financial state. Now he has a new owner with new money, he is prepared to do the same again. Bruce is financially irresponsible and along with Terry is past his best.


4.) 04 Sep 2018 09:29:19
Hasn't got the legs foe the leeds team.


5.) 04 Sep 2018 10:01:25
I don't think it is a bad shout. yes he is past it but still decent. no he would not be my first choice as he is slow but if it was JT or no one i would have TJ if pontus gets suspended he could be a decent answer. would he also help cooper be a better defender as coops can play but can also be useless. would rather JT come into first team than shuanassy and let's be honest shuannassy will get at least 5 caps for us this season.


6.) 04 Sep 2018 10:04:55
No thanks.
Horrible man and too old.


7.) 04 Sep 2018 10:53:10
Would not want him anywhere near the club. Decent player in his day, not know. Morally corrupt so not the type of guy you want to bring on the young ones.


8.) 04 Sep 2018 11:35:16
Just not going to work out. Should imagine he is looking for a last big payout, can’t see him fitting into the Bielsa mould.


9.) 04 Sep 2018 13:57:59
Terry has had plenty of big money offers from China and the USA so I don't buy that he is only in it for the money. At 38 he is in the twilight of his career so he is not one for the future but i reckon he could do a job for us and be a big influence in the dressing room so if the price and desire was right it would be a yes from me.


10.) 04 Sep 2018 15:01:21
Twilight of his career? More like gone midnight ;) far too old and immobile, not to mention morally bankrupt.


11.) 04 Sep 2018 15:53:58
Sounds daft and i'm not sure what bermo would say, but for me Berardi is a better cb for this league this season that JT.


12.) 04 Sep 2018 16:16:18
you know what sam I would say beradi would be picked over JT for me. has improved and played well so even I can't knock him, my only worry is he is so little and you can't coach height and some will target that (2nd swans goal) that said if any one could mark that weakness it would be borough and for me against them Beradi was man of the match.


 

 

24 Aug 2018 09:22:01
Can someone shed some light on my perplexing issue?

I don't claim to be a master football tactician but looking at Biesla's system it seems to me that any forward has to be happy to chase lost causes as well as bust a gut to be present and available in the box at all times. All midfielders need to be constantly on the move. Creating angles for receiving passes or dragging the opposition out of the way. Then the full backs are expected to be good defensively, whilst also expected to be in position to aid the attack.


HOWEVER, stop me if I am wrong, the two centre backs are the pivots. They don't move that much in relation to their team mates. Their jobs are to smother the opposition forwards and quickly release the ball to their less encumbered colleagues.


If i am correct with my assessment above I would extrapolate that this to mean we should not have burn out of our centre backs whilst every other position has the downside of exhausting the said incumbent.

Could this be why Mr Biesla is looking for more legs for his forward positions and is content to assume a centre back in his team's can complete 40 games with the fitness levels he demands?

axe_on_tour

1.) 24 Aug 2018 10:58:54
Is that Bielsa on tour? Do you have a bucket! I think that’s how he sees it!


2.) 24 Aug 2018 11:39:24
And the thing is we have only been playing one of our CBs and we are unbeaten. As George has touched upon its Phillips role that is more worrying. Can not see any other midfielder being able to play that role. Maybe Nessie will be able to as he is a midfielder and did well at CB. Only other option i see with Viera gone is playing with two CBs and playing Berardi there. Big plus so far, apart from the lads getting on board with Bielsaball, is young Shackletons displays. Seen a lot of him in U23s but he is stepping up in style. Never massively stood out for me in academy but he obviously wants to be in that team. Shows what a bit of encouragement and recognition can do for a young lad.


3.) 24 Aug 2018 13:56:45
I agree axe and understand what you are saying, but the problem and for me is a big problem is on Tuesday we didn’t have a centre back on the pitch who is an actual centre back. So for that reason alone we must get a centre back in.

My personal opinion is that we need another centre back is because cooper last season had suspension problems and Jannson had injury problems but that bit is opinion

I know Bielsa doesn’t believe we have a replacement for Phillips and he knows a lot more about football than I do but I see nessie as his replacement. We signed him from reading as a centre mid and turned him into a centre back, surely that means he can play between them both as he has the knowledge on how to play either.


4.) 24 Aug 2018 15:50:10
Bielsa on tour, does that mean he takes a spade to go with the magic bucket? Btw, the Times football writer called him"The Prince of Pails" made me smile anyway :)


5.) 24 Aug 2018 17:06:52
I do believe that another CB would not go amiss however I also believe that Shaugnessy could do a job, given a chance. As for DM Shaugnessy could also play there, as could Berardi.


 

 

 

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12 Apr 2019 23:25:41
Bright

I hope I haven't come across as being at all negative. It wasn't meant that way.

I 100% love our Academy but I do get a little bored with the media rubbish about churning out home grown stars. Half of them are home grown, as in come thro lots of age groups. Half are young men who are identified and bought in. It doesn't make me support those players any less I just get exasperated by the media myth.

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12 Apr 2019 18:15:45
I just hope McKinstry isn't taking the place of one of our youngsters that has been at the club since the age of 9

That was a bit tongue in cheek, but It does ring alarm bells with me that we are buying young men from other clubs and packaging them as home grown just because they played U23s before they made their debuts
Kun
Edmondson
Dalby
Stevens

I am not naive, I realise it's the nature of the business. Would just prefer us to be known for a good scouting policy that a good academy.

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01 Feb 2019 09:27:26
Grayson

What a rubbish comment



Class

I totally agree with you.

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31 Jan 2019 19:09:27
Is there a fee?

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31 Jan 2019 19:06:48
Where did you see that George?

Not unhappy with that. I liked him, the few times I have seen him, but I always liked Beradi's bloody mindedness just that little bit more.

However, now we have Douglas, and Alioski putting his hand up for a left back spot too, I can only see him as being 4th choice

This time last year i was keeping my fingers crossed that this talented youngster would stay with us. Now, I just want him to get games under his belt so he can be an assets for Leeds' first team.

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17 Jun 2019 09:00:40
Brighty, you know you still have to serve the final weeks of your hot tub ban for "bombing in the deep end" and you have promised not to wear your mankini again

Spanish, I hadn't thought of that, does someone need to start a thread about the worry of relegation from the Championship this coming season? It's a valid concern and I feel I may need to think it over, after I have done my stock take of the Prosecco and Doritos.

Unfortunately I had to sell my vintage collection of "Cr@ckhead bongs from the early 80's" when the first of my futureseasontickerholders came along, as 'she' wanted to use the shelf space for family photos!

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15 Jun 2019 16:10:45
Apologies, just realised I missed Ideguchi and Cibicki off the list. God we are subsidising teams as much as Chelsea do.

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14 Jun 2019 23:34:25
Fair enough Bermo. Love it when you write positive stuff cos you expand on it well and its interesting stuff.

I agree with you, in the Championship Vinny would have been at the right level. Also agree he gave backbone to that Division 2 winning side

My only issue is the modern game would have passed him by, and refs would have got writer's cramp from his robust approach.

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14 Jun 2019 21:20:37
Being pragmatic, we had the third best team in the league last year. I don't see that we need too many additions.

I know Biesla said he doesn't think he can go any better next season if he has the same squad. but. I would take 3rd next season and hope we are stronger in the play-offs, as this time we were only bad for 35 minutes of 2 games.

Last season we brought in 4 loanees and I think we all agree that none of them pulled up any trees. Just imagine if only 50% of next seasons loanees make a difference. What an improvement that will be

A majority of posters are of the opinion that Shakleton was vastly underused (I am in that camp) , so there is another quality addition to last seasons squad

Jack Clarke, due to his unfortunate illness, only had a cameo. So imagine how good a slightly older, slightly stronger, slightly fitter and slightly maturer Clarke will be.

And for the life of me I can not see either Roofe or Bamford returning as bad a conversion rate ever again in their whole footballing lives.

Of course this is provided we hold on to the "crown jewels".

If we can sell all those players that we honestly know are not going to play for us again (but are blocking the development path of our current U23s &U18s) and just loans 4 players again next season I think we have a hugely impressive squad


Tried to think about players that failed to take their chance at Leeds:-
Coyle
Beradi
Pearce
Denton
de Bock
O'Connor
Shaughnessy
Kitching
Anita
O'kane
Sakho
Ekuban
Grotts
Wilks
It's a radical list but maybe we have to be cruel on some of these players to be kind to our Academy players
Also, what do you reckon the weekly wages are for these guy. one good Prem player who is desperate to write his name in the Leeds history book?

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14 Jun 2019 20:42:58
To a part, I agree. It would be useful to have some "presence" on the pitch but I would never want that instead of talent. I love Vinny, brilliant leader, but averagely talented. If only he had been Desailly.

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