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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.


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.


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?


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

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

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

What a rubbish comment


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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19 May 2019 10:41:42

Love it

Your glass is definitely half full.




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19 May 2019 10:29:31
Kind of agree with what you guys are saying, in that we should be having a look at all our loanees that are coming back from their loan clubs

However, I would like us to be ruthless this time around.

If Biesla doesn't see anything in one of then do one of 2 things.

Sell him for as much as we can. Take a loss if necessary.

Or if we get no takers then pay off the contract

I know a lot of people on here are bemoaning Biesla's use of a very small squad but in reality it feels like he has a hundred players to choose from.
Get rid of all the deadwood and allow breathing space for the little shootings to grow strong

I still agree with the idea of a smaller tight-knit squad, but I think that in the coming season that squad will be bigger as many youngsters have started to really step up, and more will in the coming months. Although we are not at the Man City level of two players for every position I do think we are getting close.




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19 May 2019 09:58:15

Yep, I am in agreement too. The missing ingredient is the goals. And again agree, goals don't come cheap.

I think Radz was thinking in the right way when he committed £7-£10m on Bamford. At the beginning of the season that was a hell of a lot for US to commit to one player. However, hopefully with hindsight, he can see that goals cost even more than he originally thought.

Personally I don't think Bamford is a bad player. I watched him on loan at other clubs and I definitely see a 10-15 goal per season striker there. Even more if you build a team around him like some of his previous clubs have done. But, for us, he can't be offered that luxury so I think a max of 15 goals next year

I love Roofe. He was bought for big money but for a couple of years was just used wherever there was an injury. But in all that time he never once complained. He just got on with improving his abilities and getting experience. This season I think he has shown how he has improved. In an injury hit season he has scored consistently and I would see him as a 20 goal a season striker now
But, he isn't getting any younger and I think he needs to challenge himself in the Premier league now. He doesn't have the luxury of giving us another year.

This doesn't make me despair as I can remember seasons when we did have 25 goal a season strikers who fed of very little service (Wood, McCormack) . Buy one of those fellas and, with the chances we produce, you would be looking at 40 goal a season men.




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16 May 2019 15:03:40

O'Leary's babes had bottle

AC Milan

However that did include a certain Batty who was Wilko on the pitch anyway

So, overall, agree, we need some winners to complement 5he talent that we now have

Glenn Murray anyone?




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16 May 2019 13:26:04

Have a brilliant time, whatever you are getting up to. And thank you for your amazing contribution this season

And to every other poster, even those that I have stupidly had snipes with, I want to thank you all for every single post.
Due to work commitments, I am unable to get to more than a few games each season but the passion that oozes from each posting gives me goosebumps for my team and keeps me going

And my point if view.

If MB can do that with a Evans/ Christianson/ Heckingbottom created squad I can't wait to see what he does now that he can earmark the next incoming transfers

He identified James before Christmas, when no one was talking about him, and look how he has blossomed. Can't tell me that he was the only one MB has identified.

And James's improvements must show Radz that MB's judgment is worth backing
(I doubt MB had any say on the incoming transfers of Baker, Brown, Harrison or Bamford as they were too early in his reign)

I am sure a couple of our 1st team will be poached by PL outfits in 5he summer but if we can replace them and add 3 higher quality extras I can see it being another excellent season ahead.