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12 Jul 2019 08:04:05
So shaunessy and Pearce not featuring in the two games in any form . Assuming that means thank you and goodnight?


1.) 12 Jul 2019 11:44:04
Spaniard Nessy just isn't good enough. Pearce is but doesn't fit the Bielsa style. He's composed but a tad slow for the system. I'd sell Nessy if a fee can be obtained and loan out Pearce as he could be useful to us in the future.



12 Jul 2019 08:00:36
Ok next up for the gamblers and guessers! Who won't be on the plane to Australia! Sounds like bit of a fight going on with the commercial boys and reported that Bielsa wants to keep the new boys and late returners training hard and not making the trip, including a number from last night. That sounds like a good plan to me. Also assuming no Roberts and Ayling. Perhaps a good idea not to take any CBS as well! Not sure papa Hernandez needs a trip to Australia either. Wonder if there are any good CBS out there who could come back with us?


1.) 12 Jul 2019 11:09:00
Ausman and others over there may know better, but as far as I can tell there are no decent CBs playing for Western Sydney Wanderers (their best appears to be Dylan McGowan, who I would not pick ahead of Struijk) and not even any across the city at their more illustrious neighbours Sydney FC.

2.) 13 Jul 2019 03:28:23
Nobody here good enough.



08 Jul 2019 21:37:30
When Bielsa talked about staying, he would have made it very clear what he wanted, what the preferable and positive sales could be. It obviously wasn't a surprise that Pontus would go, and in that knowledge. Kitching, Aappo and Paudie were let go, which means that even with no Pontus, they weren't in the plans. Shaunessy, hasn't gone any where, so, although it would be a surprise to me, he might be featuring preseason.

Likewise it wouldn't be a surprise that we would have offers for JC, KP and Roofe!

Point is, there will be a plan and Bielsa will have ideas for how he can use the squad that he appears to be fine tuning. Like Raggity says below, he deserves the chance. Let's see how we start to play some football.


1.) 09 Jul 2019 10:58:53
Damn you are your profound logic Spanish! 👍🏻.

2.) 09 Jul 2019 12:42:37
Spanish if the plan is to go with Cooper, White and Struik plus makeshifts then most would agree it’s a daft plan . If they pull a top quality replacement out of the hat, then that’s a different story . Problem is Bielsa was on record last year as being happy with the numbers in central defence . He’s now swapped Pontus for White, so I suspect in his myopic eyes all good .

3.) 09 Jul 2019 15:30:51

As the manager of Leeds United Football Club, do you think it would be a good idea to sit in a media meeting and pronounce that he thinks his centre backs are not up to it?


This is what you think he should have done?

So how do you think that will motivate Cooper, Jansson, Beradi, Struik, Halme and Diaz?

What support would they have given Biesla for the rest of the season?

Also, every agent of every centre back would have been beating down his door. And ever club with a reasonable centre back would be inflating his fee.

4.) 09 Jul 2019 17:48:47
Axe incorrect . Even the board last Summer tried to persuade him to go for Bartley . He wasn’t interested . His school of thought is pretty much anyone can make a job of CB if they can use the ball . Fine in South America or may be even Spain but not on a wet Wednesday night at the Den it’s not!



03 Jul 2019 09:08:03
pontus supposedly training with Malmo yesterday and refusing to answer questions about his future. Has anyone seen any sign of him in Leeds? It would seem very strange if the internationals are back and he isn't! No Pontus comment on twitter either which isn't his style if he is subject to ridiculous speculation!


1.) 03 Jul 2019 13:09:14
He’s probably bored of being asked the same thing.

2.) 03 Jul 2019 16:08:13
Sounds like he actually had a bust up with Bielsa, of all people! Good luck to him improving as a player under Chris Wilder, if that’s the case!

3.) 03 Jul 2019 16:25:12
Would rather give him away to Fulham than sell him to Sheffield utd.

4.) 03 Jul 2019 20:51:04
Guess you're referring to articles referring claims of supposed football agent John Harriott. Don't worry about anything that guy has written. This January he tweeted that Robert Huth was joining Fat Frank's former club - to which Huth responded - saying this "literally couldn't be less true" as he had retired. The previous January Mr Harriott got into a Twitter spat with Jamie Vardy's wife, having claimed he was definitely moving to Chelsea and suggesting it was because she wanted to go to London. The guy had previous with winding up Foxes fans, having claimed in August 2017 that they were after Andre Schurrle and Steve Nzonzi. Clearly a Wum with rather too much time on his hands and an addiction to Twitter.



02 Jul 2019 14:08:39
Aston Villa reportedly about to offer 20 million for KP. Tempted Bermo?


1.) 02 Jul 2019 16:31:21
Villa fans believe a deal is in place at £25 million! Hope not!

2.) 02 Jul 2019 16:45:39
25 million is a lot of cash! Surely a money grabbing chairman would grab it and run? For 25 million I’d be having a very good look around to see who is available and good enough as a possible replacement.

3.) 02 Jul 2019 17:18:08
Any seriousness in our chase of the Defensive Midfielder Iturraspe?

4.) 02 Jul 2019 21:37:55
You would hope that if you have a player that clubs are making offers on, which would seem to be the case with KP, then we would have a list of suitable and possible alternatives just in case!

5.) 03 Jul 2019 07:04:43
It's a big one this, if he goes it hurts on a personal level, but as its been said 25 million is a lot. If iturraspe is a free then bring him in, and maybe 1 more of his calibur, with 25 million you could even tempt delph back. I think though marcelo will be the one who sets the price at 30 million and if kp goes i'd imagine marcelo goes, and that's the last thing AR will want, he will have to put his faith in bielsa.




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19 Jul 2019 05:54:03
On the way back! Just setting out from Valencia for the long drive back to Leeds! Luckily I always stop off at my dads who lives in Bristol! Good timing EFL this year! Chance to see the first game and then on the way to Elland road for the Forest game and hopefully some under 23s soon, anyone seen their fixture list. The peacock beckons!


1.) 19 Jul 2019 09:58:49
Safe journey mate. Sweltering in the Spanish sun (Torrevieja) myself here for last few weeks. Home beckons on Sunday. 🇪🇸☀️⚽️👍.

2.) 19 Jul 2019 12:12:37
safe jourineys mate and enjoy bristol one of my fav cities outside leeds london and blackpool.

3.) 19 Jul 2019 12:53:56
Enjoy Torrevieja, were up the coast a bit in Pluva between Gandia and Dénia! It’s hot going back through Sagunto, Teruel, Zaragoza and a few others . Swapping the fields of oranges for the fields of dreams!

4.) 19 Jul 2019 14:09:38
Oliva not pluva, and thanks for the good wishes guys! I’ll be trying bg to tune in somewhere tomorrow!

5.) 19 Jul 2019 14:10:23
Blackpool? Lol. Wtf? Seriously?
You need to travel more bw.

6.) 19 Jul 2019 15:12:39
blackpool great place had my stag there

ask DJ top place and home of the flagship 24 hour carnage!

i also love rome but for a weekend bender you can't beat blackpool

home of the big one or as i like to call her brenda.

7.) 19 Jul 2019 15:33:17
The worst place on planet earth bw.
Followed by western super mate and New York.
Lol. Shame on you.
So Rome your only overseas expedition then?

8.) 19 Jul 2019 17:18:58
I am a huge fan of the Roman republic and empire so fell in love with rome and can't wait to go back, been to most parts of spain now and its alright but no blackpool

granddad was a villain so spent loads of time all over france, belgium and holland but don't like all three countries really

Kos was great (lots of roman history there) won't go turkey due to leeds and portugal because of england, mexico was great but again no blackpool

new york is on my to do list maybe vegas when kids get older

i think i will like vegas i hear it Americas answer to blackpool.

9.) 19 Jul 2019 17:27:09
Blackpool, great place, does what it says on the tin! As it happens, going to Weston before the Bristol game!

10.) 19 Jul 2019 21:04:21
Safe passage Spanish.

11.) 19 Jul 2019 21:25:47
Thanks all!



17 Jul 2019 21:45:25
Well the two legged day of friendlies has finished in a 5-5 draw! Probably learned more from the Leeds 11 than the Australian extravaganza!

Good effort by the Leeds boys. Ryan Edmundson hatrick, enjoyed the service provided by JC who looked more like his old self and completed a full 90! Klich, Captain and took it seriously, leading the team well. Robbie Gotts took a goal and looked good. Not a bad second team this! Lots of these lads want to be in the first team squad!

White looked good again to me, very calm and collected. Not sure why Pascal only got 30 mins but when he came on we had a back four of Gotts, White, Struick and Davis, that looked good to me. You can see why Bielsa likes both White and for me Pascal has got to get more game time. Tall, physical, strong, comfortable on the ball, give him a chance.

Don't know what is going on with the goalkeepers, no Bailey or Huffer?

All in all good run out for all involved and everyone took it seriously! I think we've got more depth this year in most positions, one more good CB would round it off for me.


1.) 17 Jul 2019 22:47:47
Edmonson should be our main striker next season, Gotts should be on bench and get game time. Davis not ready but better at left back than CB. Would have liked to have seen more of Pascal. Clarke looking a lot sharper and Klich was top knotch. Costa is class. KunT put a good shift in playing out of position. White is more then capable but needs some one solid alongside him as he likes to get forward. Alioski looked to be enjoying himself. Not much opposition but we did what we were supposed to do which we have not always done. Perth game not worth mentioning really just proved Coops is average Dallas is not a full back and that we can't beat them with only four first team players.

2.) 17 Jul 2019 23:05:50
can i ask why we learnt more from the game we won than the game we lost?

man utd closer to our opposition in championship than the team we beat tonight right?

not sure what has taught what but overall things must improve surely?

3.) 17 Jul 2019 23:15:49
Good comments bud. Edmondson is definitely doing everything he can and he has a good relationship with Clarke. Don’t understand the rationale with Pascal, either he has things to work on, so give him time, or he has already made his mind up about him. I’d have him and White playing together as much as possible at this level. It’s going to be interesting to see how he divides the final preseason day teams!

4.) 18 Jul 2019 00:00:14
Bermo fair questions, although I don’t understand your final question.

What I meant is that we already know a lot about the players in the Auz side, I thought their weaknesses would be exposed and they were. No championship side is going to pose the range and extent of problems that Man Utd are able to do for 90 mins.

In the Tadcaster team, excepting the opposition, more about attitude, who was up for it and who out of this group is going to be looking to be regular first team squad members. Lots of positives tonight. White and Struick need to have the time to show how good they are.

Don’t know if that makes any sense, but I thought Man Utd in Perth, a bit of a waste of time.
What about Harrison, still changing your mind?

5.) 18 Jul 2019 00:09:37
Would agree Pascal need to be given more game time over the rest of pre-season. Maybe it's just that Davis was involved with the first team last season so Bielsa started him tonight with Pascal possibly starting the next game. Or maybe Pascal was carrying a slight knock from training. Whatever the reason, hopefully they'll have learnt that Davis is no CB and Pascal is more competent there. White looks assured and must surely start ahead of Berardi post-Oz.

Clarke does indeed look back to his best and if anything seems to have bulked out a little, as indeed has Harrison.

Seen some criticism on here of some players in Perth playing long balls, contrary to the Bielsa way. I have a feeling that this may be more a feature of our play this season - and is possibly something Bielsa had intended to introduce last January, had we actually got more pace through the purchase of Dan J - playing ball over the top for a very fast counter attack, or more likely to counteract the high press some teams were playing against us. With the speed of Costa and perhaps Clarke or Kent/ wilson or someone else in that mould, we will now be able to do this. It was noticeable that the long pass was also employed in the first two games and again tonight. White in particular seems quite adept at this. Also seems that traditional 'get to the byline' wingplay will be more in evidence this year.

It will be really interesting to see how the players are split for the next double-header, and how they play, on the last weekend of pre-season, as it obviously only then that we will have a clear indication of Bielsa's true intentions for the Brizzle game. As Spanish suggested, it may be that we were given more pointers this evening than in the game v scum.

6.) 18 Jul 2019 00:22:29
BW did not say i did not learn anything from Perth game we were never going to win it with the players we took. If we had our full team out may have been worth analysing. Harrison played well. Defence was crap, 2-0 down and we did not seem to have an answer. Bam disappointing again missed a couple of chances so are you happy now BW.

7.) 18 Jul 2019 00:26:08
With you Spanish if its a choice between Pascal, Coops and White would have White and Pascal, even if i think he needs a bit more time.

8.) 18 Jul 2019 09:10:35
Not quite sure where Bielsa is with Pascal, either he likes him and feels he doesn’t need to test him more, or he doesn’t like him but keeping him as back up, so he is testing out other options. He played 30 mins of the York game, so missing out on more game time at Guisley, doesn’t go on the trip to Australia, missing out on the chance to partner Cooper, then subs bench against Tadcaster missing out on the chance to partner White all the game? He is 6ft 2, well built, aggressive, reasonable at bringing the ball out and showed last night he is capable of team splitting passes out of defence. Guess we have to wait until the Sardinia game for more clues!

Beradi is banned for the Bristol game, so he is one CB who won’t be playing the first game. At the moment, seems to me like Cooper and White with Beradi and Struick as back up. I think we’d all be more comfortable with one more so, I’d, tall, aggressive cab in there and then it would look ok!

9.) 18 Jul 2019 09:33:17
see what you mean Spanish and yeah that makes sense,

bit of a pointless excercise taking half a team to get beat by man utd, just hope the long term damage ain't going to be as bad as some of us think

I agree the other game was chance to see less well known players although i would say playing tadcaster, guliesy and york is also pointless

man utd is a closer mark of what we will be up against rather than tadcaster so 4-0 seems closer to the mark in terms of score lines.



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{Ed's Note - Spanishleeds has posted a new article entitled, Leeds United v Manchester United Review 17 July 2019


1.) 17 Jul 2019 23:09:34
good post spanish but just a thought, wasnt man utd last game a defeat against cardiff who we will play this year?

2.) 17 Jul 2019 23:25:37
I think their last game was a 2-0 win over Perth! They obviously prefer the Auz sun! Might be wrong, but I don’t think Cardiff will beat us 4-0 if that’s what you are worried about. Our attacking play will be good enough to score against lots in the Championship. As you might have mentioned!, We are still vulnerable in the air and against the strong physical teams, that’s where the defensive improvements need to come. I think we do need one more ready, tall strong CB. But we need to be giving White and Struick experience pre season as I’m sure they are going to be needed this year and both look good. Struick could be that taller, physical CB you yearn for but needs some game time!

3.) 18 Jul 2019 09:35:04
i agree spansish i like what i have seen of struick and think he will bring something to the team but needs a little more time. does he have an older meaner cousin who we can sign?

I don't think cardiff will beat us 4-0 but i can't see us getting any points off them at the moment due to the way they play.

4.) 18 Jul 2019 10:00:00
Spanish strong physical teams= most championship teams, can see us conceding plenty of goals this season. It's not just Bielsa that does his pre-match homework on opposition teams, most managers will work out we will be vulnerable from set pieces and corners. As fans we can see our defence needs strengthening especially with a big centre half, but bielsa is stubborn and will stick with what he has.



17 Jul 2019 13:07:07
Good game, at times fast counterattacking game too good for us. James looks good. Got better as the half went on but still not making the most of opportunities created. Harrison looking good again to me, my ch more involved than last year and looks more threatening. We've played some nice football and now against fresh legs in the second half. Like to see Bogusz and Oduor in particular having a run at them in the second half. It's tough for us to play Bielsa ball against a top premier side. Summed up by one sentence, "Kalvin Phillips is man marking Mata and Forshaw is on Pogba"!


1.) 17 Jul 2019 14:53:08
didnt watch the game but how did we play, didn't realise KP was playing but should of guessed by the score line, if he was roasted by non league guisley player what chance he got aginst prem. hope villa wasnt watching.

2.) 17 Jul 2019 16:14:44
Yes, all KP's fault.

3.) 17 Jul 2019 17:42:48
Thanks notts o thought it was just the third goal but good to know he was al round carp again.



17 Jul 2019 08:16:55
Even though it's only a friendly, good test for us today. Interesting to see how Bielsas way of playing at championship level can cope with premiership class. This should be the kind of game where premiership skill means that we have less possession which also means the defence should be tested more and that should mean at this level we will concede goals without being able to score loads! Given Bielsa won't set up to defend and protect, I can see us conceding a few!


1.) 17 Jul 2019 10:33:29
Spanish No such thing as a "friendly" when these two teams meet. Too much hatred between fans. Fans aren't playing of course but it's no friendly.

2.) 17 Jul 2019 10:48:07
Georgie, perhaps we should see it as a friendly, lot more important challenges for us this season than this game, a good run out and a test of our style against a league above, but no stupid tackles and no injuries, not worth it! If we come up against them in a cup or league different matter. For me, a good performance today is what’s important, another good run out and hopefully some of the youngsters having a chance.

3.) 17 Jul 2019 11:09:31
Guisley were not exactly friendly when we played them. We are playing our arch enemy so not a friendly at all. See your point about injuries but can just as easy get crocked in training. No there are players out there vying for a first team spot and if they are not going to give their all to impress against a PL team then what's the point in preseason games. Doubt very much if the players will be stepping out thinking, OOH I HOPE I don't GET INJURED. No def not a friendly.

4.) 17 Jul 2019 11:27:16
Cooper, Phillips and Beradi back three, Rashford and James running at them with Pogba pulling some strings if he’s up for it. Man Utd will change all the team at half time, we wont!

Still a friendly for me chaps and we’ve got another one tonight.

All pre season friendlies should give the players an opportunity to impress, but most of these players only had 60 mins so far. Let’s see!

5.) 17 Jul 2019 11:43:09
Well i am sure all the fans who have travelled and all our fans in Australia who have took time off work to be there will be happy if we just roll over and let them run riot.

6.) 17 Jul 2019 11:55:33
Spanish "no stupid tackles"? Berardi is playing.

7.) 17 Jul 2019 12:01:41
That’s true Georgie, forgot that bit! Do red cards in friendlies matter!

8.) 17 Jul 2019 15:00:32
Bud, not quite sure that is what I said!

Don’t think sides playing for Bielsa roll over! Point I’m making is whatever we try to make it, it is a friendly and for me, prep for the season ahead is more important. I suspect that’s how Bielsa sees it as well!




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19 Jul 2019 12:43:26
Get Struik in as third Cb, unless you are including him as 1/ 2. Has the height and physical attributes!




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19 Jul 2019 12:42:05
Let’s not just talk doom and gloom for this year but next year as well!




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18 Jul 2019 18:04:00
Georgie, you’re doing a good job on Transfer Rumour Watch! Is it on teletext or have you gone modern?




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16 Jul 2019 10:02:09
I think Bermo has checked back with his Spurs scout, discovered KP is on his way to Spurs and done a runner!




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16 Jul 2019 08:22:00
Only Bielsa will know what if anything Radz hasn’t delivered on following their discussions. I think the speculation has arisen because of Bielsas decision to stay in the U. K. longer and his supposed insistence that certain players stay behind. I think in some ways this summer, you can see signs of him having more influence rather than less, Pontus, his own travel plans, the two groups of players, 5 young players in Auz. The key for me is how the players react to him and how they perform on the pitch. He needs to keep them on board and totally committed to what he is asking from them. Let’s see how we go this week, more football!





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19 Jul 2019 21:36:39
Wex, the point is, I can’t see anything positive that you have to say about our current team or set up which came third in the league. Every single post is negative about the owner about the Coach and about the players. Surely there must be some positives about what you see at the moment! Most of the other posters who have negative slants also making positive comments about the current set up, George, RHC and Whiteman included, but you just seem to concentrate on negative after negative. I talk to a lot of Leeds fans in the bars and the grounds and I honestly don’t come across people who are constantly negative like you. And these are fans who bother to pay to watch the games from all parts of the country. I accept that you have your view and it’s an honest one, but miles away from the views of people I see going to the games. Honestly feels to me that you are the one in the bubble!




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19 Jul 2019 21:29:21
Notts, think I’ve written before that it’s difficult to know what Bielsa thinks of Pascal and how ready he is! Didn’t tour and didn’t start against Tadcaster when he could have paired. Perhaps Bielsa wants to try out Davis as it would make for a more flexible bench. I’d just like to see him getting some more football, he’s tall, he’s physical, he plays out with the ball and he scores! Bench against Bristol I hope and on after 15 mins when Cooper gets sent off!




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19 Jul 2019 21:25:47
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19 Jul 2019 21:25:16
I think we are still actively looking for a replacement for Pontus. Other additions will depend on who becomes available from the loan list we still have.

Bielsa always has the potential to walk, I think at the moment he is getting what he wants. I think he is more likely to walk or get pushed if by Christmas it looks like we are well off the pace.

I think Bielsas comments about the repeating the performance with the same squad meant that he needed to get rid of people who didn’t believe in Bielsa 2. Pontus being an obvious example. Perhaps some of those released or not on the plane to Auz fall into the same category, we will see. Harrison clearly believes in Bielsa 2, Clarke 2, if Costa shows the desire we will be in a stronger attacking position. Like it or not I think Bielsa has identified White as an important player across the year.

I think Bielsa is pretty happy and I also think he wants to get promotion and believes he can do it. Let’s see.




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19 Jul 2019 20:49:22
Last year was a big year for Struick, I first came across him watching the under 23s from the sidelines injured. Aappo got a head start and I assume Pascal missed the preseason . Later in the year he got in and started to impress. Had a really good spell where he scored 4in 4 I think with the under 23s . He was a striker in a previous life. By the playoffs, Bielsa was picking him for the bench and seemingly discarding Diaz and Aappo. He was part of the Ajax youth set up that I believe forms a big part of the first team now. I suspect at Bristol we will start with Cooper and White and Pascal could get a bench place as Beradi is banned. However I think bielsa is testing Leif out at Christmas because off the bench he could cover two positions. If Cooper is injured or banned he might get a chance playing with White which could be a different combination because of height and physique, we will see.