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22 Feb 2021 13:25:57
Ligue 1 midfielder Boubakary Soumare the latest to be linked linked a transfer. Valued in the region of £20m.

1.) 22 Feb 2021 17:08:33
Just to save you the trouble Martyn:



2.) 23 Feb 2021 08:40:36
Damn too slow.

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3.) 26 Feb 2021 00:32:53
Been on me nights off Ed so been busy drinking apple juice and stuff 😉.



21 Feb 2021 11:03:02
Reports that Bielsa has “been involved in talks about the next transfer window and people close to him say he is more and more invested in the ‘long game’ at Leeds. ”

Amazing news.

1.) 22 Feb 2021 11:29:40
Just read abiut that Alf, we're also looking at buying Palermo div 3 side, to get around the Brexit issue for signing players in Europe.

2.) 22 Feb 2021 17:06:29
Oh I didn't see that one Farsley.

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3.) 22 Feb 2021 19:29:34
Best guest Ed- easier to get a work permit in Italy so buy youngsters, send them to Italy for 3.5 years to get a passport. Would then be easier to get a work permit as they are a top 10 country. More likely to get international call ups too if playing full time in Italy rather than sitting in our youth.
Only really helps for players from smaller countries though.

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4.) 22 Feb 2021 22:43:50
Yes but a club would have to agree a continuous loan, I think, not 100% on Italian Wp but I know that's the case for some countries. In that scenario it could be a transfer followed by a transfer to Leeds if they develop well enough, wouldn't take up loan spots.



12 Feb 2021 06:24:53
Leeds are reportedly interested in Slavia Prague midfielder Oscar Dorley and could be prepared to pay £7million to secure his services. Central midfielder who can also play left back.

1.) 12 Feb 2021 19:46:58
Alf Sounds like a very dramatic ornamental mat.

2.) 17 Feb 2021 06:52:16



12 Feb 2021 06:23:46
Sheffield United midfielder John Lundstram has been tipped (by one of his teammates) to join Leeds in the summer when his contract at expires.



04 Feb 2021 09:14:09
Stuttgart forward Nicolas Gonzalez very much a summer target by all accounts.

1.) 04 Feb 2021 20:21:30

2.) 05 Feb 2021 10:57:28
Competition for Bamford?

3.) 05 Feb 2021 21:19:52
No, competition for Haaland. If only.

4.) 06 Feb 2021 02:04:54
£30m for a player with half a season of top flight is a no from me.
You joke Canada but if we sold of a few fringe (Costa and Forshaw the obvious ones) , Hernandez and Bera move on (which I'm expecting) , Haaland has a £66m buy out activating in the summer. Why not make a cheeky bid?
Huge outlay, would mean we would need to strengthen with a couple of loans but at worst we sell for a profit a year later.
Know it won't happen but why not offer, might tug his heart strings a little.

5.) 06 Feb 2021 16:21:49
Happy to sell a few to fund. With his speed, power and conversion rate this season wed be in europe places for sure.

6.) 08 Feb 2021 15:51:00
I think the wages could well be a problem but if it helped us get Euro footie we could afford it I imagine. Problem is if you bank on that and can't really afford it and something such as an injury happens you are in trouble.

7.) 09 Feb 2021 00:51:57
If we sold Costa, Roberts and Forshaw and Alioski and Hernandez leave that frees up a lot of wages Alf. Plus staying up and 49ers increased stake will give us a nice fat stack of cash (especially if we finish top half) . Rather £66m on him than £40m on Traoré who we are supposedly looking at.
Again not a cats chance it will happen, he will go to a top 10 club, but you don't win the lottery if you don't buy a ticket.

8.) 09 Feb 2021 21:35:21
We are a top 10 club.

9.) 09 Feb 2021 23:11:38
In the world not the prem Canada.
I'm talking Barca, Real, Bayern, PSG, Man C, Man U, Pool, Chelski, Athleteco and Juve (could also argue Milan) and the last 3 are all probably long shots tbh.




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23 Feb 2021 22:57:25
Can't believe I had to work tonight and missed that cracker! Gutted to kiss another huge win. Great to see Llorente survived, Messlier gets his record and we get closer to safety.

Who was it that said Padbameyang and Rapha were due a goal? Put that crystal ball away!



23 Feb 2021 16:12:56
Getting a proper left back will help:
Well that's down to recruitment - look no further than Orta

Not playing cooper will help:
we recruited two new CB who are both injured - either poor recruitment or bad luck but wither way what could we have done differently?

Defending set pieces better than a school team will help:
this is massively down to the physical height of the players - we are shorter then every other team in the league so yes we will be beaten to headers and out muscled constantly - again, to remedy this we would need to recruit taller players, but the taller defenders we did recruit are both injured - what would you like us to do?

Playing a dm better than Phillips who can run and protect defensive will help:
then we need to recruit one and believe me getting a better player than in England international will not be cheap - but again this is down to recruitment

Holding the ball better will help: not sure what this even means? Better players hold the ball better and pass it better without it going astray. This means we need better recruitment

Yes of course putting more into defence might stifle attack but not always: depends on the quality of the players - Liverpool can do it when they have the worlds best defender but not so much when he is out - maybe we need better recruitment?

Facts are we concede in bottom three in every area: which areas? based on what info?

and fact is that ain’t good enough: as I have said (and you argued with time and time again) in the past - we need better players to improve.

The fact is we have a decent championship team playing out of their skins in the Prem - if you want better results we need better players in the squad and that comes down to recruitment and money. we have poor recruitment and not enough money and are punching waaaaay above our weight currently with 6 first teamers out

Something in some way has to improve doesn’t it?
yes, recruitment. But with our limited funds and hit and miss recruitment from Orta which may or may not also be impacting on injuries we will all have to be patient.

In the meantime, let's keep on compensating for the goals conceded by scoring lots of goals ourselves.

1.) 23 Feb 2021 17:11:24
With a limited budget recruitment is key bolstered by the promotion from within. We are back to those vastly important 3 wins to let us see what we have on the payroll.



22 Feb 2021 17:10:16
So based on the c.v. Road map, May 23 could be the day that fans get back inside ER.



21 Feb 2021 22:12:43
Ok so I hear we are worst in the league on ALL defensive stats. Not true according to premierleague. com

Joint 11th on the league for clean sheets (7)
2nd in the league for tackles (452)
3rd in the league for saves (92)
7th in the league for blocks (91)
11th in the league for interceptions (254)

So what do the actual stats tell us?

That the defense have to work hard - harder than other teams and why? Because they get no protection. Tge defence are actually doing a brilliant job but they have too much pressure on them and why? Because our midfield are too easily bypassed. Defending starts from further up the field and that is where we are too weak.

1.) 22 Feb 2021 01:15:23
As I said before I think its our formation.
Without the ball we are supposed to be 4-1-4-1 and with the ball it becomes more like 2-1-4-3.
This makes it tough for us when we lose possession.
Forcing one of the wing back to stay back or changing to 4-2-3-1 (so 2-2-3-3 with the ball) would make a huge difference.
The change would weaken us offensively of course so we need to recruit there to offset eg DePaul.

2.) 22 Feb 2021 08:36:03
Thanks Canada never thought of it in that way before but makes a lot of sense as does buying De Paul.

3.) 22 Feb 2021 08:39:45
The 4-1-4-1 does leave us more vulnerable when we lose possession and we do lose possession more than we should, which I agree Alf it does put a lot more pressure on our defenders.
Bielsa has used the 4-2-3-1 at Athletic Bilbao and Marseille.
I’m hoping when he is fit that Llorente will be deployed alongside KP for more stability in the defensive midfield. You could see then possibly using one of the DM’s used in an more attacking role perhaps against weaker teams. Would be nice to see KP chip in with a few goals.
For me I do love Bielsa’s style of football but the one weakness for me which allows too many opportunities to our opponents is the man marking. Too often when the ball goes stray or an attacker ala Vardy type peels or dribbles past his man marker and has acres of space to attack our goal.
For me zonal marking would be more effective.

4.) 22 Feb 2021 10:56:16
Yes precisely. It is naive to say 'we have the worst goals conceded so we must improve defensively. By improving defensively we have to sacrifice elsewhere. That means not commiting as many men forward which would have a detrimental effect on how many we score meaning we lose 1-0 instead of 4-2 or we draw more but win less. The only way we win games for the most part is by overwhelming defenses with numbers and with superior fitness, we don't have enough players with the ability to unlock defenses. So that leaves us vulnerable to conceding as well. Tge best wag to remedy this is with players of better quality who gi e the ball away less often when in attack, or who make better use of our chances (we are top of the 'big chances missed'league) . That means for me first and foremost improving central midfield who have a job in defence and attack and the biggest area we couldn't afford to strengthen in the summer. Until then or with a complete change of tactics our goals conceded will not improve so get used to it. For me the more important stats are games won and goal difference and actually our goal difference is acceptable for a mid table team.

5.) 22 Feb 2021 16:29:17
I would not be too unhappy at a change of formation, when circumstances call for it. For instanstance if we say that no one is of sufficient calibre to fully cover for KP, should we not revert to a 4-2-3-1 that Opti has said Bielsa has applied previously. I may be slightly detrimental to our attacking prowess but if both do not attack at the same time this failure may be somewhat alleviated.
Off the top of my head, how about Ayling and either Klich/ Dallas as DMs with Drameh drafted in as RB cover?

6.) 23 Feb 2021 01:23:24
Don’t care what stats you find sky sports and bt sports won’t lie and when it comes to goals conceded in all
Different areas we are bottom three in every single area. fact we have so many clean sheets means we are inconsistent

Getting a proper left back will help

Not playing cooper will help

Defending set pieces better than a school team will help

Playing a dm better than Phillips who can run and protect defensive will help

Holding the ball better will help

Yes of course putting more into defence might stifle attack but not always

Facts are we concede in bottom three in every area and fact is that ain’t good enough however you want to look at it or whatever other stats you wish to use

Something in some way has to improve doesn’t it?



21 Feb 2021 10:59:32
I think Cooper had one of his best games in a Leeds shirt against Wolves.

1.) 21 Feb 2021 11:23:58
He was solid as was Struijk. Developing a good partnership.
Actually like have a left footer on the right as so many teams play with wingers who cut inside.

2.) 21 Feb 2021 12:00:20
Yes he did, should still have scored though.

3.) 21 Feb 2021 12:58:56
Alf, agreed with your post as to Cooper's performance against Wolves, and the observation that the partnership between him and Struick has developed and improved.
It was good to see that neither of the cb was taking chances with the extra pass when under pressure. Earlier this season it looked like they had been told that keeping possession was at any cost. Some of the passing out from the back was 'Brazilian' in intention but made by a Championship standard foot. On watching the last couple of games I think I have seen a more pragmatic approach to being high pressed. All of the back 5, at some point in the match, were prepared to send the ball long and release the pressure on the defence. Obviously I am not a Euro B coach so its just a normal bloke making observation that may be rubbish. However, I did feel our defence looked a lot more confident overall and they still worked it from the back as often as it was prudent.

The unfortunate knock-on from the big hoof up to the front man is that we don't have a target man to take advantage. I am not decrying Bamford at all, he is running his butt off for the cause, he just hasn't got the physical attributes to be successful at that area of the game and with our pattern of play there isn't much use for it. Mobility is our key.

It was a similar situation with Harrison. Semedo (something like that anyway) was bigger and stronger. There should be no shame in losing out in those situations. I thought Semedo showed how experience and physical prowess is an advantage in the PL. Harrison is good, but is only 6months in to learning how to cope at this level.

I am still very happy at how we are approaching each game. I love watching us, even we are a couple of goals down. But I would say that both Burnley and Sheffield Utd have looked better than we do now on their first seasons up and they were less financially backed when they first came up. (However we are only putting out £23m of our summer outlay on a regular basis Meslier and Raphina, with £30m Rodrigo, £17m Llorente, £12m Koch and £16m Costa having teething problems this season) .

4.) 21 Feb 2021 19:44:06
It's easy to say he should have put it to the left or right and scored but first and foremost the objective is to hit the target and ge did that. Many times players try to go left or right and end up missing completely and we scream at them to simply hit the target. Had Rui not played out of his skin Cooper would have scored. He did everything right just unlucky to come up against an in form keeper - can't blame him for that.




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22 Feb 2021 17:08:33
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22 Feb 2021 17:06:29
Oh I didn't see that one Farsley.

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18 Feb 2021 06:39:46
Lazy journalism is my guess.



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08 Feb 2021 15:51:00
I think the wages could well be a problem but if it helped us get Euro footie we could afford it I imagine. Problem is if you bank on that and can't really afford it and something such as an injury happens you are in trouble.



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01 Feb 2021 20:35:08
You're on fire today George 🔥.




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26 Feb 2021 06:50:41
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25 Feb 2021 20:16:14
Hey whack - we need to win just so you can't come on and give us abuse for the rest of the season! Think it will be close but without Grealish think we will edge it.



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25 Feb 2021 13:20:30
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25 Feb 2021 10:40:40
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24 Feb 2021 16:35:39
I think with the differences in player values then and now Wiljo would have spent much, much more. He bought in some real quality that wasn't cheap compared to the value of other players in that era.