Two 21- year old men have been arrested on suspicion of murdering a non league footballer who was born in Bradford. Another man, 27, who was arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm, remains in police custody.
Jordan Sinnott, who was on loan at Matlock Town, was found unconscious in Market Place, Retford, Nottinghamshire, at about 02:00 GMT on Saturday. The 25-year-old suffered a fractured skull and died on Saturday evening.
Jordan Sinnott. RIP
Matlock Town players Tweeted: "You weren't just a footballer, you were our friend and brother. You gave us incredible memories and scored your first career hat-trick in your final game for the club. Rest easy Jordan, we love, miss and will never for.”
Sinnott the son of former Huddersfield Town captain Lee played for Huddersfield Town, Burt, Altrincham, FC Halifax Town, Chesterfield and Alfreton Town before joining Matlock this season.
So very sad. Our sympathies to his family, friends and teammates.
Division Two side Shrewsbury Town stun Liverpool by coming back from 2-0 to draw 2-2 and take the runaway Premiership leaders to a replay at Anfield.
The replay will probably make the Shropshire side around a million pounds and Klopp has indicated NONE of his first team squad will feature in the replay.
NBA Basketball legend Kobe Bryant has been tragically killed in an helicopter accident in Calabasas near Los Angeles in California. The 41 year old former LA Lakers superstar regularly used the mode of transport during his illustrious career. Eight more people, including his daughter Gianna(Gigi) aged 13 who were travelling with him also lost their lives in the tragic accident.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. RIP
Our respects, sympathy and prayers go to all the families and friends involved in this tragedy.
Nantes players and fans pay tribute to Emiliano Sala who was tragically killed one year ago.
Apart from Shrewsbury’s heroics a really sad day for sport. 😪
Leeds sign a striker!
Leeds United are delighted to announce the signing of Jean-Kevin Augustin. The striker joins the Whites on an initial loan deal until the end of the season from Bundesliga outfit Red Bull Leipzig. Augustin came through the ranks with French outfit Paris Saint-Germain and went on to make his senior debut for the club back in April 2015.
How things have changed. What could have gone wrong? Signing a Spanish international from Real Madrid with a Champions League winners medal plus countless La Liga trinkets to go with it.
At first the likeable giant of a man with film star looks didn’t disappoint and made himself a fixture between the sticks in place of Bailey Peacock-Farrell and showed just why Leeds were quite happy to put up the 30k plus a week he asked for when he moved in from sunny Madrid.
Then at the latter end of last season it started to go a bit ‘Pete Tong’ for him, blunders at the back end of the season, especially at Ipswich started to grow doubts in him.
The playoff semi final first leg he once again showed he had all the attributes of a top keeper, then, around sixty seconds from the end of the first half of the second leg at Elland Road both he and Liam Cooper had a moment both would rather forget and Derby went into the break level.
It looked after that the whole defence, not only Kiko fell apart and we know that they went on to win the tie on aggregate and Leeds fans hearts were totally broken. Was he to blame? You cannot and shouldn’t pin the defeat on him, other people should accept they had a part in that second half collapse.
This season Casilla was told by his goalkeeping coach to “stop f#%k#%g about!” and as a whole we saw a different Kiko. Then came Charlton when he was accused of saying something he shouldn’t to a player of the opposition. He denies that he did and the matter will be cleared up by the EFL and if proven guilty Casilla could face a long time out due to the suspension.
Doubts about his safeness once again arose during the game with Cardiff City, he weakly flapped at a cross and the ball was lobbed past him by Tomlin. The game ended 3-3, Leeds were 3-0 up and again Kiko couldn’t be totally blamed but he was once again a factor.
Since then he’s seemed hesitant and Leeds have shipped goals in a unfortunately far too regularly and with the goals not going in at the other end more focus has been put on the defence to try to keep the opposition out.
On paper Kiko is one of the strongest performers in the league, with an impressive 68% save percentage and conceding the second least amount with 29 goals. But has a previously strong defence covered up for his continued poor display.
Whether it’s the EFL or finally Bielsa decides it’s time Illan Meslier a run in the team only time will tell. The young french keeper showed at Arsenal that if called on he won’t let Leeds down.
Myself I’d rather give him a few games before and if Casilla is banned to get used to playing in a very physical Championship.
As for Kiko only time will tell if he’s a good keeper or one that makes good saves but has another part of his game that worries both fans and his defenders.
The poor keeping display against both Wigan and Noting Forest, in which the stopper was given beaten at his near post by Ameobi shows a player out of confidence and lacking awareness.
Eyes will point towards the Spaniard tonight in what could be a must win match for Leeds against promotion hopefuls Brentford.
By Keith Ingham
Two thirds of the season done and what do we know? Well, we’re 2nd in the table with 55 points and we’re 3 points ahead of the side in third despite having just lost to a side, Wigan, who we battered in all respects apart from the score!
This time last season we were 2nd in the table with 57 points, 3 points ahead of the side in third, Sheffield United having just battered eventual Champions Norwich City in everything bar the score. We all know what happened in the final 16 games last season.
And it’s not just our league position that is so reminiscent of last season; after that 1 – 3 home defeat to Norwich City in which we had 21 attempts on the Norwich goal, Marcelo Bielsa said: "We still need too many chances to score and we need to be much more clinical than we were tonight. We did not make our possession count. We have now lost the previous defensive solidity and that is down to me, not the players. I feel deeply responsible.”
Anything sound familiar? Well, here’s what Marcelo said after the game on Saturday against the Latics: “We should have scored at least one of the 15 chances that we had…if the team does everything I ask then it's my responsibility (if we lose)”
And thereby hangs a tale. Marcelo Bielsa is totally convinced that there is only one way to play the game: his way, and this season he is bravely forging on with largely the same side he had last season, a side that came up short. Many would argue that actually he has less resource than he had last season; he lost a colossus in defence in Pontus Jansson and replaced him with a silky smooth, if perhaps not powerful or aggressive enough alternative at centre-back, Ben White.
Ben White is a fine player and possesses many skills Pontus lacks but when it comes to attacking a ball in the air in either box, I’d have Pontus any time. It is perhaps no surprise therefore that Leeds have a worse conversion rate of corners into goals than any other side in the Championship while at the back we have conceded far more goals from opposition corners than most.
It’s a similar situation with the other major loss: Marcelo’s go to striker last season was Kemar Roofe and indeed it was Kemar who took centre stage in that role in pre-season; Patrick Bamford was the fill in. We lost Kemar right at the start of the season of course but we were able to secure the talent that is Eddie Nketiah.
Marcelo decided though that Eddie wasn’t as good as Bamford in doing the things Bamford does and therefore Eddie played only a supporting role despite widely being regarded as a finisher of top quality who scored goals for fun.
Patrick Bamford has never been a finisher of top quality and indeed the statistics show he has missed more decent chances than any other striker in the division this season. It is perhaps the one reason why our conversion rate of chances into goals is so low and yet, Marcelo, by his comments I’ve reported above, knows the conversion rate is crucial. And yes, Bamford is not the only player missing chances, but he’s missed the most.. by a country mile.
We are at a turning point in the season I feel. There is nothing we can do at this stage to make our defence any stronger so I fear we are destined to concede the odd goal from set pieces for the remainder of the campaign. But we’ve had this issue all season and for the first half of the campaign it didn’t hurt us, it didn’t hurt us because we were dominating possession, limiting the chances the opposition got in our box and we were putting enough of our constant flow of chances away.
Putting those chances away is now the sole factor. We’ve not been doing it since before Christmas with Bamford’s first against Millwall being the first goal credited to any Leeds player since Stuart Dallas got our 4th at St. Andrews over a month earlier; that is not good enough to get you promoted.
We are told by Marcelo that he had no preference between any of the strikers we chased in the recently closed transfer window – for Marcelo, Che Adams, Dwight Gayle, Jarrod Bowen, Andre Gray and Jean-Kevin Augustin – could all do the job he wanted them to so that should not be an issue. Big Kev now needs to be given his chance.
I can live with him being left in the stands for the Millwall and Wigan games but that has to be it: he may not know all the intricacies of how a Bielsa machine works but time is running out and what we need is a finisher.
I’m convinced Leeds will continue to create boatloads of chances, especially against bottom half teams of which there are six more to come to Elland Road this season. If Big Kev is a goal scorer, he needs to play and he’ll put some of those chances away I’m sure. Bamford needs removing to find his Mojo again, 7 more failed attempts against Wigan suggests his ear covering was still more in his mind than the goals he scored against Millwall; the man has his priorities all wrong.
Big Kev wasn’t our only recent recruit of course – we also brought in Ian Poveda, and he did make the bench against Wigan. It frustrates the hell out of me though why he languished there when our two wingers – Harrison and Costa - smashed 41 crosses in all directions but found a Leeds target just 11 times. In the face of stats like that how can you not at least try your new winger? Baffling!
Leeds are in a great position with 16 games to go, and the difference between this time last season and today is that we are still playing some fabulous football. We can still achieve promotion despite the recent wobble in our results but we will not do it if we do not change something.
We’ve missed chances too often for too long and any sane man would conclude that we will continue to do so if we don’t change something. We will win games if we do nothing, we are too good not to, but my fear is we will not win enough and on too many occasions the flaky defence will give away a soft goal that will be enough to send us to defeat.
Our strength is the chances we create, we have to find a way to score more and the only tool in our box we have to try is Big Kev.
By David Watkins
Leeds fell to their seventh defeat of the season at the hands of bloody Wigan, the second season the Lancashire team has crossed the Pennines and gone away with an unlikely three points.
The second painful defeat to Wigan has left Leeds fans wondering if this season is following a similar path to the previous one.
Absurdly the BBC Radio Leeds post game show had a fan that suggested that Bielsa should be removed and Leeds should drop out of the top two and rally later in the season. The bloke is currently being checked out by a local hospital to see if all his marbles are all there.
A few though had more reasonable offers of how things could be altered by a few personnel changes and on the whole I didn’t disagree with them. Who would they change I hear you say?
For me I’d start at the goalkeeping position as Kiko Casilla is fast becoming a liability, a Champions League winner with Real Madrid but since the home game with Cardiff City the ‘old’ Casilla has emerged.
The one who gifted a few goals in the latter stages of the Championship and went utter cluster f#%k when himself and Coops got in a muddle to gift Derby a leveller at Elland Road in the second leg of the Playoff semi final.
There has been calls for the young french keeper Ilian Meslier to be given a run in the team before any decision is made on Casilla by the EFL, they could give him a lengthy ban and many people see in Meslier something that the sometimes chaotic Spaniard doesn’t have.
The youngster showed in the game with Arsenal that he has potential but whether Bielsa will put him in before he has to still remains the question.
Stuart Dallas has been superb for Leeds and wherever he plays there is no doubt he gives 110% but he’s not a deep lying midfielder, he’s a superb full back either side (Myself? I prefer him at RB) and can still put a great ball in from the wings. The experiment of playing him in the middle of the park has run its cause and it’s time to give fit again Jamie Shackleton some games in the number 8 role.
You can’t drop Pablo but after the midfield maestro has given his all a decent replacement could be either Tyler Roberts, Helder Costa or the new signing ‘Little Ian’ Poveda. Leeds need to utilise and mix things up because just lately things have, apart from Millwall have become a bit stale and other teams seem to ‘have our number’.
The most important change has to be up top, we’ve all backed Patrick Bamford to the hilt but no either a new approach needs to be tried with two up front(Bielsa won’t do it)or ‘Big Kev’ Augustin needs a run in the side to get the goals we lack. Yes he’s untried in this league but how many games can we continue to hope that PB increases his one goal for every three or four chances that come his way.
One thing is certain Leeds face a hell of a seven days starting at Nottingham Forest next Saturday, away games against ‘The shrubs’, Brentford and the home game against improving Bristol City will have a massive say on whether Leeds go up automatically or try and kill me off in the playoffs!
Bielsa said he listens to the fans and I’m asking him to now. A change isn’t always made for the better they say, but if you don’t bloody try it you’ll never know!
By Keith Ingham
Leeds unchanged. Berardi in for Stujic on the bench but no room for ‘Big Kev’ but ‘Little Ian’ was.
Wigan four changes, including a Championship debut for ex Leeds left back Tom Pearce.
Once again Leeds’ pursuit of Premiership football hit a Championship ‘pothole’ as lowly Wigan once again came to Elland Road and put the three points in their kit bag.
Leeds started the game with gusto, movement between the midfield and the attacking three pretty impressive but as I’ve mentioned too many times this season the final ball was to be honest poor and good positions were ‘mopped’ up by a very determined Wigan back line.
We did create though a few chances that, watching it back made me wonder why at least one didn’t go past Marshall in the Wigan goal.
Firstly Jack Harrison weaved his way into the penalty area before hitting a shot that came back off a post and went to safety then just after the 30 minute mark the same player, with the goal at his mercy three yards out got his legs in a tangle and tried to back-flick an effort into the net, it looked a mess from the press box it looked worse on TV! Even some betting companies had put 1-0 Leeds when that chance was there to be buried.
Other players missed chances, Alioski high and not handsome from a Hernandez corner, Bamford, a hero on Tuesday was back to his frustrating worst when provided with a chance in the penalty area and that dear readers was the sum of the efforts in the first 30 minutes. The most noticeable thing was that ten of the outfield wore the same colour boots, only Stuart Dallas bucked the trend and opted for luminous green boots.
Wigan had only one real effort that didn’t bother Casilla, Williams tried to trick the keeper with a free kick that went into the side netting. Only other Leeds attack that warrants a mention is Mateusz Klich’s shot from the edge of the Wigan area that was blocked. Goalless at the break.
Leeds had an early opportunity in the second half but instead of heading the ball across goal Bamford headed it straight past the post when Hernandez found him. The Spaniard himself had an effort that sailed into the Kop.
The one thing that continues to bite Leeds on the a#%e is that they create good chances but fail to score and recently(it’s back in December since Leeds kept a clean sheet!)other teams have profited from this. Wigan were gifted what proved to be the winning goal just before the hour mark, Williams corner went over everybody’s head, hit Pablo and went in. Bollocks! The positioning of the defenders and ‘Calamity’ Casilla was less than impressive, we just can’t deal with balls into the box
The crowd tried their best to raise the noise levels to encourage their team but even the introduction of Tyler Roberts, back from injury couldn’t pride open Wigan’s rearguard.
Bamford once again fluffed his lines in front of goal when an opportunity arose and the one chance that looked to be heading into the net was stopped by a Wigan defender who headed it off the line.
The defeat still leaves Leeds three points ahead of third placed Fulham, but the next two games are against two teams that are breathing down our necks. Forest and Brentford away are very tough games and Bristol City follow these two.
I’m fully appreciate what Marcelo Bielsa has done in his 18 months or so at the club but he is not without criticism. Why leave ‘Big Kev’ Augustin out of the 18 when the lad is fit and why oh why does he continue to back Kiko Casilla so much when the defence is so porous? We can’t change the centre backs because we’ve only three to pick from but we’ve a keeper(Meslier)that has shown previously he’s potentially got the abilities needed. It could also help, experience wise if Casilla is banned in the near future.
These questions need answering pretty quick or by the time I return from my winter break Leeds could well be out of the top two and, god forbid it back in the playoff positions or even worse!
Man of the Match: Jack Harrison, despite his first half miss was a danger throughout.
By Keith Ingham
Phew! Leeds over the years have taken us on some journey’s and this was another that will live long in the memory.
The 3-2 win over Millwall is up there with last season’s incredible games against them last season, Aston Villa away and Blackburn Rovers on Boxing Day.
Myself and David Watkins.
I’d been invited to do the LUFC Fanzone with renowned Leeds United author David Watkins, his first time behind the microphone.
On a bitterly cold evening up in the gods we both said pre game it was a game we so needed three points from against a team that on paper has had the ‘Indian sign’ over us and had already stole three points earlier in the season that’s to some criminal refereeing, history was about repeat itself but I’ll come back to that later.
It couldn’t have started any worse for Leeds, a corner was whipped in and flew over all until it reached the noggin of Hutchinson and Millwall we’re ahead on four minutes. Bugger!
Jonathan Woodgate beats Marcelo Bielsa for the accolade of December Manager of the Month. Boro have won four out of five Championship games and drawn with Spurs in the FA Cup. Quite a turnaround for ‘Woody’ after Leeds hammered them 4-0 at Elland Road in November.
Leeds United full-back Lewie Coyle signed for League One Fleetwood Town for an undisclosed fee. Coyle, 24, has had three separate loan spells at Highbury Stadium since 2017.The defender made 23 appearances for Leeds.
We wish Lewie all the best.
Leeds United under 18’s face either Norwich City or manu away in the 5th Round of the FA Youth Cup.
England youth international Nohan Kenneh has celebrated his 17th birthday by signing his first professional contract with Leeds United. The Liberian born youngster and Whites Academy ace has signed a deal which runs until the end of the 2022 season having recently broken into Carlos Corberan’s Under-23 side.
Kenneh said on his social media: “Proud moment for me and my family signing my first professional contract at Leeds United. Hopefully many more come."
Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday
Team News: Two changes to the team that faced WBA; Douglas and Bamford come in. Alioski, Hernandez and Shackleton on the bench.
Team: Casilla, Ayling, White, Cooper(c), Douglas, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Costa, Harrison,
Leeds United 0 Sheffield Wednesday 2 - Owls late show punishes lacklustre Whites at Elland Road | Yorkshire Evening Post
Thanks to the YEP
Marcelo Bielsa: "It is a situation we have seen before. We have to learn that if we have some weak points in a performance, after we must work on these.
“We didn't risk losing the ball in our half during 85 minutes, in this time we created chances to try to make a difference, we lost two balls in the last five minutes and the match was for them.
This has happened a lot of times and we know that we have to protect ourselves in those situations.
"Also if we don't get what we are looking for, it is like a sense of doubt around the team, not the team, around the team. When things go well, everything is positive, everyone is happy around the team but when they are not in the way people are expecting, everyone is afraid. Clearly this was a very important match to try to make a difference."
Garry Monk: "It's a difficult game, we knew that before coming in here, it proved to be. We have to be delighted with that win, the way it worked for us.
"I have to give credit to those players. We had three games in a week and lost all three, then two really difficult games, against quality. The main thing we talked about was not playing with real courage and heart. We've played with real courage and real heart. Even if we'd lost today, we'd have been disappointed but we could live with that. We've shown a real response in these last two games. It showed what we were capable of. A fantastic win, a very difficult game. We managed to get two good goals, a clean sheet and three points."
With the window only a matter of days away from slamming shut it still begs the question ‘Who’s getting the goals to get Leeds promoted.’ It’s a very interesting question and one that needs addressing.
Patrick Bamford has taken a large amount ‘dogs abuse’ after missing a good chance in the first half of the game with QPR and followed that feu pas with a penalty miss in the second half.
This comes after a poor run of games without a goal, his last goal was in the 1-1 draw with WBA back on New Years Day.
Another one that went begging. Patrick Bamford fails from the penalty spot.
It cannot be expected for the striker to ‘carry the can’ for the multitude of chances Leeds miss in most games, Jack Harrison, Helder Costa and Ejanni Alioski to name three have all being guilty of missing chances in recent games.
It beggars belief that the second top goalscorer at Leeds is ... OWN GOALS! That is the biggest problem and it is time for all departments in the team to weigh in with some goals to take a little pressure of Paddy B.
A look at the statistics makes uncomfortable reading with the last eighteen games to play. These are the players, other than Bamford(10)who have scored this season for Leeds in no particular order;
Jack Harrison 5
Helder Costa 3
Ejanni Alioski 4
Pablo Hernandez 3
Mateusz Klich 3
Stuart Dallas 3
Kalvin Phillips 1
Luke Ayling 1
Tyler Roberts 1
Eddie Nketiah 3
Own goals 6
The fact that Leeds are committed to a fifteen million pound deal for Costa also raises up that you’d expect a few more from him and to be honest a lot better from him, performance wise from our biggest transfer outlay since Patrick Bamford was signed from Middlesborough.
Helder Costa. Hot or Not?
He so far hasn’t set the Championship alight and has been a major disappointment if you ask the majority of Leeds fans. A much better second half please Mr Costa!
When you look no goals from the central defenders Ben White and Liam Cooper, Adam Forshaw(I know he rarely scores!)has been absent since the Charlton and the serious absence of goals has put enormous pressure on Bamford to get the goals. That my friends and fellow fans has to change and change quick.
We’ve had more corners than most teams but, I think I’m correct in saying have scored three goals from these set-pieces and that is abysmal for a team hoping to be promoted at the end of the season.
The rumoured signing of Ian Poveda will hopefully add something different to the ‘party’ and we are still to see much of Tyler Roberts who, apart from a couple of games has been out injured. The striker / midfielder had some good games last season and weighed in with a few important goals.
Is Ian Poveda going to add some game changing ability?
Hopefully, the this far elusive striker Leeds have been searching for will also join before the 1st of February, failure in this area to recruit is unfathomable and just has happen or the consequences could be fatal to our quest of a place in the Premiership.
What is definitely certain, Leeds have to increase their output of goals now that the defence has started to concede every game. The days of clean sheets pre December is now a distant memory and the last time we did it was against Hull City on the 10th of that month.
Time to get those shooting boots on lads!
By Keith Ingham