Why not take the opportunity to continue a collection of your Leeds memorabilia and visit Billy’s Bar in Sunday?
Billy's Bar - Elland Road, Leeds
10:30am to 1:30pm - Free Entry
Sunday, 17th Dec
MICK HEWITT IS BACK FOR FOR HIS LEEDS CHRISTMAS FAIR (SUN 17th DEC 10:30 - 1:30); GET YOUR CHRISTMAS PRESENTS & STOCKING FILLERS; MAKE IT A DAY WITH A VISIT TO BILLY'S BAR FOR LUNCH, A GROUND VISIT & A VISIT TO THE CLUB SHOP?
Well, I’m gutted about that result if i’m honest, right from the off we had a foothold in the game and arguably we had a better share of the chances in the first-half but once again our attack failed to convert any of them.
Now this is where it gets really confusing for me, I have absolutely no idea what Ian Holloway said to them at the break but they came out and looked like a completely different team in the second half conceding two completely avoidable goals in my eyes in terms of man marking, then when we’re trying to get back in the game, Holloway took off Josh Scowen, our main box to box midfielder (and in my mind, the best QPR player on the pitch) and replaced him with Grant Hall, a centre back.
Holloway was essentially conceding defeat by taking off Scowen and when our fortunate goal went in, it was too late to change systems again and then you lot went up the other end and scored your third.
My analysis is, Matt Smith simply did not pose an aerial threat the whole game apart from one chance in the first half, our midfield were good again, defence and forwards were simply not good enough, purely out of laziness (Smith) and lack of confidence (Washington).
Very worrying performance considering we’re approaching the festive run of fixtures. Take nothing away from a brilliant Leeds performance, Ayling was my standout player for you lot, dictated the right flank and had a hand in the majority of Leeds’ dangerous attacks,
Kemar Roofe scored a hattrick but could have easily had four or five. Saiz, Alioski and Jansson also put brilliant performances in, thoroughly deserved win for Leeds.
This isn’t to do with the game but the Leeds away support was brilliant too, they’re worthy of a mention too!
By PJ Curry
The recruitment drive conveyer belt continues at Elland Road, or more figuratively Thorp Arch.
Leeds have continued to add talented youth from both the English leagues and European football and their latest addition comes from closer to home.
The Yorkshire side have recruited young York City forward Ryan Edmondson as they target local hotshots to bolster their youth ranks.
The 16-year old joins Leeds on a two and a half year deal for an undisclosed fee and will link up with the Whites’ youth academy for the time being.
Edmondson, made his debut for York in the National League North fixture against Brackley early on in the season and will surely be hungry for more first team experience.
The youngster will now look to establish himself before pushing for a first team birth alongside young strikers Kun Temenuzhkov, Adrian Balboa and Jack Clarke.
With Leeds signing youngsters from all over the globe, it’s nice to see the club give some focus to local talent and recognise a young English star.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United have taken young hotshot Conner Byrne on trial, in what could be a massive signing for the club.
Byrne, who is insanely only 14-years old made his first team debut for his local club Glenavon FC in their MID Ulster Cup fixture against Portadown only two weeks ago.
The surprising additional is said to be a highly rated Northern Irish talent and is sought after by a lot of clubs across the pond, including Premier League supremos Everton, Liverpool and Tottenham.
However, Leeds have been first to act on his recent stardom by taking the young stopper on trial as they look to secure his services early on.
A report from the express states that Leeds are putting their front foot forward and trying to steal a march on any interested side including that of pennine rivals Manchester United.
The current squad at Leeds could also make a massive difference in the chance to secure Byrne, with Northern Irish international Stuart Dallas already at the club along with the emerging talents of Conor Shaughnessy and Paudie O’Connor from the southern part of the island.
With Leeds boasting a high number of young goalkeeping talent including Will Huffer, Bailey Peacock-Farrell and former Feyenoord stopper Kamil Miazek all challenging for first team opportunities, Byrne could have a long journey ahead should he sign.
By Ryan Ingham
By definition; odd, strange or unexpected, but could a move so far out be a move in the right direction for Leeds?
That direction is up and the out of left field move is making a move for Premiership veteran Jon Walters.
The veteran forward looks set to depart Burnley in the January transfer window after recovering from an injury. The deal looks set to be on a short term basis and someone will get lucky with his signing and why not Leeds?
He’s not the most glamour signing, nor is he there for the long run. This is a short term loan deal that could benefit the club.
Walters can be a massive impact player even still at Premier League level and if a team could take the gamble on the Irishman, goals could come fluttering from aka Katy to May.
Although he’s not prolific, the 34-year old is brilliant at holding the ball up and supporting a more pacey and technical forward player and currently Leeds have them in abundance.
The likes of Saiz, Alioski and Roofe could be given ample time and space with a battler like Walters in the mix, even if he only came on when chasing a game.
He may not be a fan favourite or the blow out signing Leeds fans are hoping for, but he’s got the pedigree and could definitely be a good addition to a Leeds side that boasts so much attacking talent.
What’s your opinion? Could Walters be a good signing? Or is he too old and out of confidence to help Leeds’ promotion bid? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United look set to pursue their interest in Japanese youngster Yosuke Ideguchi having a agreed a transfer fee.
The talented Gamba Osaka midfielder has been touted as a future prospect for the Whites having been scouted by Leeds' Head of Football Development in Asia Toshiya Fujita.
Now that the Japanese season has concluded, it's expected that Ideguchi has played his last game for Osaka and looks set to join the Whites in the January transfer window.
Regarded as one of the highest young talents in Japan, Ideguchi is already a national and scored his goal against Australia to qualify for the World Cup.
The 21-year old is said to be a box to box central midfielder that is adapt at playing further forward in a more attacking role. However, with Samuel Saiz currently starring in the role, it's likely Ideguchi will feature alongside the likes of Phillips and Vieira.
A rumoured fee in total of £700,000 is said to have been agreed, a minimum fee release clause inserted within Ideguchi's contract.
The only issue remaining for the Whites is whether or not the midfielder will be allowed a work permit to play in the English leagues.
Ideguchi has only featured in three of Japan’s fixtures and with the nation ranking lower than FIFAs top 50 countries will mean that the club will not be granted a work permit. The ruling states that he would have had to play 75% of Japan’s fixtures over the past two years.
It’s likely that he will be loaned out in January with a view to him joining the Whites for the 2918/19 season, wherever Leeds will be playing.
Could Ideguchi be an instant star? Or should Leeds be looking to strengthen other areas? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
On this day: In 2000 Leeds beat the mighty Lazio 1-0 in Rome, Alan Smith with the goal.
Leeds’ former centre forward Lee Chapman celebrates his 58th birthday today. The striker was integral in the Promotion winning side in the 1989/90 and the Division One Championship side of 1991/92.
He scored 80 goals in 172 appearances for Leeds United. Oh, what I’d do for a striker like either of these this season!
Matt Smith on his time at Leeds: “I had aspirations of staying at Leeds and that was pretty obvious on the basis I’d signed a three-year contract a couple of weeks earlier. One minute you’re wanted, the next you’re not but for no apparent reason.
“The whole thing was weird, it took ages, literally months, to get that contract agreed. I signed it and then three days later I got a call to say the club wanted to sell me, with no real explanation. It’s a blow to your confidence, I was thinking about kicking on, about building on my goals, and that message was the last thing I expected. It was late in the window and it was hard getting my head around it.
“I wasn’t the finished article or anything close but I felt I’d done well, to say it was my first season in the Championship, but it really doesn’t taint the time I had at Leeds. It was character-building and that year set me up to play in the Championship, that relationship doesn’t feel tainted.”
A cracking night watching these elder statesmen of the rock world.
Twenty years since the sad passing of Leeds legend Billy Bremner. In this blog I pay my own respects to the great man.
It’s twenty years since football lost a football genius who bled white, yellow and blue during his incredible career at Leeds United FC.
He was my hero, the man I admired the most in that crisp white shirt with the smiley badge on it. He was already a hero when I first saw him on the field. The number four on his back and he was here, there and everywhere as Leeds won their second title in the 1973/74 season.
I’d obviously seen him previously, but on the television. A true captain that led by example and the ‘Keep Fighting’ on the dressing room wall was there for all to see in the little Scotsman. I’ll not list his enormous list of honours, he was a proud man that led by example and his and Don’s Leeds were feared by every team in football.
In his early years he could have returned home to Scotland, he had failed to settle in Yorkshire but Don Revie was a persuasive man and although early years must have been hard for the youngster he stayed and became a Leeds United legend. He became the greatest ever player to wear the club’s shirt.
He made his debut at Chelsea and the rest is history, himself and Johnny Giles snarled their way through every midfield in England and in Europe. In my years of being a Leeds fan I’ve only seen a midfield that came close to Revie’s boys, the midfield of the 1991/92 Championship team came mighty close to being as good but they weren’t around for as long as Billy, Peter, Eddie and Johnny were.
He made 772 appearances for Leeds before moving to Hull City, he returned to become Leeds’ manager in 1985, after a successful spell as manager of Doncaster Rovers. In his spell as manager he took the club to the semi final with Coventry City (losing 3-2) and the never to be forgotten Playoff Final defeat to Charlton Athletic in 1987.
His passing in 1997 was mourned by football as a whole, not just in Leeds and his native Scotland where he proudly was the nations captain. He was only 54 years young, gone far too soon.
He was special, he was LEEDS and every game, I seek him out to ask him to look over his former team and give them some luck during the game I’m about to see.
God Bless you Billy, you’ll never, ever be forgotten by the people of Leeds and football as a whole.
By Keith Ingham
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