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29 Jan 2020 07:55:37
Papered over the cracks. Very good second half but we were very poor in the first half. Even playing that bad we made chances against a very average Millwall team but couldn't convert. Hanford as usual the main culprit but others were wasteful as well. We need to sort out the defensive frailalties at set pieces but how you do it with Cooper at the back and a system where Alioski is marking a player six inches taller than him I don't know. We are top of the league but other results keep us there at the moment. Great result in the circumstances but still a worry.


1.) 29 Jan 2020 09:33:55
Got to agree hess, this season we have either been tight at the back and miss firing up front or poor at the back but scoring a few. Last night's game and the Brum game, both wins but easily have lost them. We have done well to stay where we are but worry that failing to strengthen the back line will again cost us this season.

2.) 29 Jan 2020 10:03:18
I think we rode our luck a lot in the first half of the season and some wonder saves plus mistakes from opponents contributed to our good defensive record. There were a few games where I thought if we'd have conceded we might have lost but we kept them out. we haven't been as lucky since Cardiff and that, too is changing games. Maybe we can't be both defensive and score goals and have to accept that we need to be a bit more gung ho and try and outscore the opposition. Worries me with the amount of chances we miss though. Hope the new recruits can go some way to address that and Bamford somehow goes on a scoring streak now until the end of the season.

3.) 29 Jan 2020 18:20:51
Totally disagree. would not have flattered Leeds if it had ended 6-2.

4.) 30 Jan 2020 13:47:07
not sure where you have been all season Whitelight but almost every game we could have had 6 if we had taken our chances. The fact is we don't.



20 Jan 2020 15:40:17
Seems we have a good chance of signing an 18 year old Italian goal keeper. Promotion guaranteed then!


1.) 20 Jan 2020 16:21:35
He’s been training with us for the last ten days, and is expected to be understudy to Meslier when he steps up following Kiko’s expected ban. Miazek not seen as good enough yet.

2.) 20 Jan 2020 17:30:27
And supposed to be top class too.

3.) 20 Jan 2020 18:59:23
Arent they all Martyn.

4.) 20 Jan 2020 20:30:46
Meslier looked pretty handy vs gooners, (and 23’s) , so if he’s anything like him, then great!

5.) 21 Jan 2020 09:45:11
Was just going to reply the same brighty old boy.



17 Jan 2020 09:56:25
If we don't get a good result tomorrow I think the writing is on the wall. Last season we were going through our new year down turn. We played QPR who were having a poor spell. They managed to beat us and then continued their mediocre run. We continued our mediocre run and everybody knows the result of that. Our last seven games have only given us one win.

We have managed six points from six games. We threw away a three goal lead against Cardiff, managed a lucky point against Preston and lost against Fulham who were going through a bad patch. We also nearly blew against Birmingham. So, without a goal scorer, with Dallas playing out of position in midfield (doing a tidy job but without the cutting edge we need and being extremely vulnerable from set pieces we look to be quite shaky. We don't convert the few chances we are making at the moment, We don't score from our own corners or set pieces.

It doesn't look like any decent player is going to be signed this window and even if one does it will probably be weeks before he gets to play. In view of all this I think the QPR game will be a sign post. Is Bielsa going to pull off a master stroke and get us promotion or is it just 'nearly' again? QPR might show us if we are back on track.


1.) 17 Jan 2020 11:44:36
Hess, if the board had done any scouting like they would have us believe the we would have had a couple of decent signings done and dusted by now. I fear we will have the best efforts of the current squad and MB for the remainder of the season.
A win at QPR is only one win, 3 pts towards the magic 37 - 40 pts IMO we need for promotion. Me feels no signings and no promotion again is on the cards.

2.) 17 Jan 2020 12:15:46
How many of those games did Pable miss?
There is an undeniable trend in our results when he is missing.
Hopefully he's good for the start tomorrow and normal service is resumed!

3.) 17 Jan 2020 14:00:47
Hess Sadly, a very good and accurate post by you. Our senior players need to step up, take responsibility and score goals. Thinking of Paddy, Jacky, Mateuszy and Pabloy.

4.) 17 Jan 2020 14:23:13
First time poster here- Exactly right Canada, Pablo is undeniably the magic ingredient in the team. Fingers crossed for a masterclass tommorrow!

5.) 17 Jan 2020 14:50:37
pablo is 35/ 36 and by far our best player, there is no way he would have lasted 46 championship games, we do and needed another pablo at the start of august, our owner is a skintflint.

6.) 17 Jan 2020 14:58:43
Hess the writing is already well and truly on the wall and one result will not change it . This January window is looking like turning out like many others unless the three amigos pull their fingers out sharpish . But the rumoured structuring of the Bowen deal with the major part of the outlay contingent on promotion just smacks that they have learnt zilch from the DJ fiasco . They are either naive or arrogant or probably a bit of both . Latest updates suggest they are still not giving up on Adams and Gray but again that also appears like lessons have not been learnt . Supposedly there’s a foreign guy who MB rates and Sharp as the two back up options .

7.) 18 Jan 2020 02:02:25
I think they are probably very wary of Financial restrictions. Last thing we need is a 10 point deduction and we don't know but I'm assuming that we are prbably borderline if we pought a player outright. It looks to me as if we can afford a few mil but can't afford 10 or 12 mil. I would suggest that these ristrictions are what is holding back any outright purchases. Although it seems a lot of you guy's know much better than the so called idiots running our club. I trust that they are doing as much as they can to both avoid FFP and get the best possible team. It just makes sence. MOT.

8.) 18 Jan 2020 10:26:42
Great post Fred! 👍🏻.



15 Sep 2019 22:53:54
Let's be clear, we play some sharp football in two thirds of the pitch but are quite poor in front of goal. Harrison and Bamford really struggle and need almost open goals to get the job done. I wonder why bielsa continues to start with them when he has Eddie and Costa on the bench.

On the other hand he might believe that they can only have the effect later in the game when the opposition is slowing down. We lost at Swansea and we could have easily dropped points today. Eddie and Costa made the difference. Hope they can do it from the start. If they can't we may struggle in too many games. Roberts might make a difference. Good win but too much of a struggle to be re assuring.


1.) 16 Sep 2019 02:23:38
Maybe not as effective bringing bam bam and Harrison on as impact subs.

2.) 16 Sep 2019 08:55:11
Yes paddy has 4 goals but 3 were tap in's, Continue the way we are going and Bielsa's stubbornness is going to cost us points as we have seen already forest + swans, Eddie is the more natural + Helder is the more skillful, yet both find themselves left on bench in place of inferior players . We all know the drill know Marcelo almost set your watch to timing of subs.
Why not make a total change and play 2 up top, let's see can Eddie get more out of paddy, gelder has to start.

3.) 16 Sep 2019 13:25:28
CC Been banging the 4-4-2 drum for ages now, at least at home. Still think Bielsa's system away and bringing on the big guns last 20 minutes has its tactical merit for some but not all fixtures.



04 Sep 2019 07:46:49
With the present squad I think we fall short again this season. We are not solid enough at the back at set pieces and we don't create enough clear cut chances with all the possession we have. In addition we don't convert enough of the chances we do make. On the positive side if we don't go up we should be competing at the top of a division rather than attempting to avoid relegation or simply plugging along low mid table.


1.) 04 Sep 2019 09:28:45
Completely disagree. Strongest squad we've had since leaving the premier league by far. Anyone who was concerned about jansson being replaced, ben white. Anyone concerned about saiz, roberts, costa, forshaw stepping up. The versatility is incredible. We've axed a lot of deadwood, which the board will appreciate come january. Anita on 15k a week, ekuban on 5, roofe on 10, de bock, jansson, all these players were on reasonably big wages. Kalvin needs a new deal which will eat up a fair portion of this, but when that deal goes through it will suggest the intentions had by all at the club. Look at every position on the pitch, one by one, and look at who could play in each position.

GK Casilla, meslier, miazek.
RB Dallas, Ayling, Hosannah, Bera, Shack.
CB White, Cooper, Bera, Phillips, Struijk, Davis.
Lb, Douglas, Alioski, Bera, Dallas, Davis
DM Phillips, Forshaw, Mccalmont, Shack
RM, Pablo, Harrison, Costa, Alioski, Gotts, Stevens, Clarke, Shack.
CM Klich, Phillips, Forshaw, Roberts, Shack, Pablo.
LM Harrison, Costa, Roberts, Pablo, Clarke, Stevens, Alioski, Dallas.
AM Costa, Pablo, Bogusz, Roberts, Harrison, Eddie, Shack, Klich, Forshaw.
ST Bamford, Eddie, Roberts, Edmondson, Kun.

So much depth, such young blood, such talented players. Every reason we should be going up this season, and who better to have in charge, I genuinely can't think of someone better to fit the bill, other than possibly pep.

We've lost 2 games from 8 in 1 month. 2 of which were in the cup. And its been a very hard start, forest, swansea, bristol, stoke, all teams with good solid players, and to beat 3/ 4 of them is brilliant IMO. Look at performances against wigan, stoke, bristol, just about swept aside. People saying they've sussed bielsa out, they haven't its obvious what we do and he doesn't hide it.

2.) 04 Sep 2019 11:44:59
Agree with both of you but only to an extent. We do have defensive frailties and I don't rate Casilla at all but the worry that I have is the failure to convert chances. Bamford may be fine against the poor teams (Stoke and Wigan) but will cost us points against better teams such as Swansea. Time will tell if Eddie really is the answer (I hope so and I hope we go 2 up front as that will get the best out of both strikers and as many on here have said is the only answer at home) but our strategy is to attack attack attack and win the war of attrition so we need goals. Sod who is in defence if we score enough we will win enough games but we desperately need to score more goals.

3.) 05 Sep 2019 20:15:20
problem is Alf, you get the vibe that Marcelo is a dude who just cannot be told
We don't score enough, so you would think its logical to double ypur chances, by playing 2 up front .
Sadly i feel there's about an equal chance of Diane Abbot starting as CB as MB playing 2 up front from start of a league game.




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23 Feb 2020 09:41:43
Bit of a scrappy game at times yesterday but a great three points. Usual Leeds stuff - dominated possession, squandered lots of chances with Bamford and Costa being the main culprits- and could have dropped two points at the end. Bamford is the nominated striker but isn't scoring and should take his fair share of criticism. I have not been a fan of his as a striker and there have been calls for him to be dropped. I don't agree. Who would take his place> Augustin is clearly not fit and over weight. He might come into contention for the last half dozen games - maybe not till next season. Roberts is not as good as Bamford in any way. And there is no one else. Bamford's hold up play is very good and we create more chances when he plays. Pity he can't score but then again who can? Law of averages means he is bound to get one or two soon.


1.) 23 Feb 2020 10:36:48
Spot on Hess.


2.) 23 Feb 2020 10:46:43
Radz and orta and Bielsa at fault again when we needed impact transfers in January we got a player who wasn't fit for 90min and another who can't make the bench. Now we are still dependent on bam and Costa. Heres hoping we get away with it.

3.) 23 Feb 2020 11:00:40
Indeed Hess . by default Bambam starts next game as no better replacement available it seems

. hopefully Bambam scores against Boro . and goes one scoring run .

JKA needs to continue to work hard on his fitness.

4.) 23 Feb 2020 11:08:48
Ah go on I’ll say it

I like Bamford.

So does Bielsa

In an ideal world we’d still have Roofe. He was first choice and Bam the back up. We don’t.

Bamford has carried the load pretty much all season, Eddie wasn’t the right sort of player to start

You can’t just magic better players up, sometimes you have to wait. Especially with the budget restraints we operate under

We got big Kev and that’s a bit of a coup for a championship club. He’s got great potential, he’s excited at the project. Sometimes with a signing you need to look 6-12 months down the line. You should be excited at the project too

Back to bam bam

I’ll refer you to the words of the great Gary Speed

Give your best, that’s all you can do

According to a reporter “ Leeds played like men possessed “ yesterday

I’ll take that for the next 12 games and back anyone in a Leeds shirt 100%

If Bambam contributes to a promotion winning season he should be recognised accordingly.

5.) 23 Feb 2020 16:20:00
Top post that Woody, and I like BamBam too. He’d be worth a fortune if he was prolific! 🤔.

6.) 23 Feb 2020 17:04:06
Prolific I'd be happy if he just scored when it's on a plate for him.



15 Feb 2020 17:50:43
Excellent result. Dominated possession. Good football. Just wish we could convert more chances. However, after saying that the last time we did, it was against Cardiff. Think we stick to the 1-0s.


1.) 15 Feb 2020 18:44:14
Hesslian agree mate 100%.

2.) 15 Feb 2020 18:55:33
Lmao hess, a funny way to look at the facts, but totally agree 1-0's would satisfy me too.



13 Feb 2020 16:01:21
It looks like Bielsa is set to play both Casilla and Bamford against Bristol.


1.) 13 Feb 2020 16:16:30
Why do you deem this as news hess? 😂😂😂😂.

2.) 13 Feb 2020 16:20:37

3.) 13 Feb 2020 16:33:36
😱😱😱😱😱 Bamford maybe but Casilla no way.

4.) 13 Feb 2020 17:06:16
If Bielsa says no it’s no, don’t know if he’s wearing the right glasses, what has he got to loss anyway, he said he will be gone end of season, and he still get paid, so he’s on a win win,

5.) 13 Feb 2020 17:24:06
On reflection it's not news just inevitability.

6.) 13 Feb 2020 17:53:08
There is no point in worrying about it, just enjoy the game if we go up we go if not so be . No will take any notice.

7.) 13 Feb 2020 19:10:53
Whitey. Bielsa really isn’t the kind of guy you’re pointing him out to be. He walks away from jobs with more money on the table, based on principles. He’s certainly not here for cash. If we go up, I think he will stay.

8.) 13 Feb 2020 21:04:54
Ho hum so

So Bielsa confirms Kiko will play against Bristol City

Is Bielsa El Loco. or El Logico? .

I want to enjoy Leeds matches with a confident feeling of 3 points

But instead its nervousness

Come on lads WIN . 3 points.

9.) 13 Feb 2020 21:47:33
Brightwhite, you miss understood the post I do like MB, but he has said that if we don’t go up he will leave, don’t think he need the money just has nothing to lose if we do or if we don’t, but I will say he’s a stick in the mud, which makes me feel it’s not going to be our year, there are some good teams pushing up and we are dropping points which is never going to be good, . not changing when he should will cost us big time, no plan B as it would seem is also problematic and he need one .

10.) 13 Feb 2020 22:18:54
Understand yer whitey brother, but MB always says there is no plan B, because he believes in plan A. No point us asking for Plan B, when the man says it doesn’t exist.

11.) 14 Feb 2020 10:19:52
That will never happen bazooka.

12.) 14 Feb 2020 13:27:56
Brightwhite that in it self is a cause for concern, so you stick to a plan that doesn’t work, you start losing points playoffs come closer, then you drop out of the playoffs, you carry on down and you never change you plan A cause you never have a plan B, and they call him the master, we will have to see, your right on that my old mate.



12 Feb 2020 08:32:37
Just a thought. What if Bielsa is correct and Bamford is better than Augustin, Costa is better than Proveda and Casilla is our best keeper?


1.) 12 Feb 2020 08:51:57
No Casilla def isn’t.
No. Prob Bamford isn’t.
Don’t know about costa.

2.) 12 Feb 2020 08:59:53
Well then we are forked. As ever Radz and Orta the main problem in the substandard. recruitment

From what I have seen of Meslier he looks far better than Kiko.

3.) 12 Feb 2020 09:32:56
AJ not up to it yet, can’t believe that MU were looking at him as he would have us believe, L Ayling was Fantastic last night my man of the match. 🏆🏆🏆🏆.

4.) 12 Feb 2020 10:12:37
Will have to wait and see. Augustin hasn't touched the ball yet.

5.) 12 Feb 2020 11:35:00
Too right Hess. JKA can’t be judged at all yet!

6.) 12 Feb 2020 18:13:54
Bright/ hesslian who come on last night he Dad,



11 Feb 2020 23:21:41
Unfortunately same problem. We play really well. Press release he opposition, pass well in two thirds of the pitch and a lot of energy. BUT don't create a lot and when we do finishing is woeful. Casilla gave them their goal and a flap by their keeper let Cooper in for a rare score. Very frustrating to watch. Why? Because you know all this classy football doesn't have and end result and you are sat watching and waiting for the mistake at the back. Casilla almost did it again the second half. Managed to avoid the second mistake so we came out evens when we dominated the game. We have a good team but lack individual quality so we have to completely dominate if we are to get the points.


1.) 12 Feb 2020 08:49:28
It's not loyalty now anymore where bubs is concerned its just plain old set in his ways grumpy old man.
I not saying sack him or the likes, I am saying there's definitely a serious characteristic flaw,
Where it's my way or my way.

2.) 12 Feb 2020 09:02:45
Excellent post Hess.




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30 May 2019 22:58:19
Miracles? - Yes to a degree but in real/ concrete terms we are no better than before. - In the championship. When someone gets us out then it will be a miracle.





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On reflection it's not news just inevitability.




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Will have to wait and see. Augustin hasn't touched the ball yet.




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28 Jan 2020 12:04:13
Replying to my own ost. We can still create chances and capable of beating anyone on our day. Six points this week will put us right back on track. We don't want Cardiff to be the defining game like Wigan was last year.




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Who is the one striker?




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18 Jan 2020 14:45:07
Yes we can. I'm all for the youngsters on the bench but no striker? . That's pathetic. I think Bielsa has taken us as far as he can. He's done a great job getting us playing after the previous terrible managers. Now we need another to finish the job.