Editor-in-Chief Ryan Ingham takes a look at the emergence in form of eccentric Italian centre back Giuseppe Bellusci.
After watching a few videos of our recent games against Cardiff and Huddersfield I've noticed one player has really stepped up to the plate and delivered, Giuseppe Bellusci.
The eccentric Italian centre back, self proclaimed the warrior, has definitely won some battles in the past few matches and it just might seem that the partnership of Bamba and Cooper could well be over.
Bellusci was said to be in a minor exodus since Rosler took charge and had an absolute shocker against Middlesborough, having a clanger in the opener and then scoring one of the best and most exquisite own goals I've ever seen.
Now, it seems that Evans has given Bellusci an opportunity to win his place back and his recent performances have shown that he really does deserve his place in the centre.
His awareness on the ball and positioning at times can be second to none and he's never afraid to put a challenge in, something I'll never moan about.
Simply put, an in form Bellusci is definitely someone you want available as we head into the Christmas period.
By Ryan Ingham
Tony Dickinson explains to you why he has decided to invested in Leeds Fans United.
Its 2025, I am at Elland Road chanting We Are The Champions, Champions Of Europe along with 40,000 others celebrating the crowning of Leeds United Football Club as the winners of the Champions League. I smile and think to myself 10 years ago, I bought a share of this.
Back to reality: Why have I invested?
I was born in the winter of ’79 and work in your standard office job. I have supported Leeds since I first watched them in the late 80s. I am a moderate Leeds fan in that whilst I support Leeds and will bleed Leeds, I have never held a season ticket and don’t have a tattoo.
The current model is unsustainable. We hope for a Kenwright, Whelan, Abramovich or Shiekh Mansour who pours their entire wealth into a club. Since Ridsdale’s financial implosion I have watched as Leeds fans have gone begging to the next multi-millionaire asking them to save us and return us to the Promised Land.
Watching around the other clubs you have seen the anger of Newcastle’s fans towards Mike Ashley’s antics, the anger of Cardiff fans to Vincent Tan, Blackpool’s fans towards Roy Oyston and Portsmouth’s multiple Johnny come lately’s. This way of thinking is not sustainable.
English football is being seen as a business investment with fans the consumer and club geared to maximising the earning potential from its consumer. The national team suffers in tournaments as clubs look to secure the victory in domestic and European competition.
At the end of each tournament we look at the models operated in the leading countries and the debate begins and we ask why don’t we win? We look at the training methods, playing styles and diets but the true thing that stifles the game and gets ignored, is the ownership model.
Look at the teams in Spain and Germany where fan ownership is the majority stakeholder in the club. Ticket prices are lower and teams are developed with a long term focus and with home grown talent. Money comes along but the fans ensure the club that they love is looked after.
I invested my money in Leeds Fans United because I want my club to be stable and sustainable. I don’t want to have to complain about the actions of the owner dragging us as a laughing stock through the courts. I want to be able to say I own a piece of that when a picture of Elland Road is shown.
This is why I invested in Leeds Fans United.
I want to say “This is my Leeds United.”
By Tony Dickinson
Editor-in-Chief Ryan Ingham takes a look at the recent rumours that David Moyes could be the next in line for the hotseat at Elland Road.
The Daily Mirror yesterday has claimed that Leeds could be set for ANOTHER new manager if Steve Parkin's buyout of the club is true and actually happens. Recent reports suggest that Parkin is said to be very interested in handing former toffees boss David Moyes the entrusted role of bringing the club back to the big time.
Known for his stints in the movie remake of J.R.R Tolkien's famous Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogy, Moyes has struggled to keep a job down since Hollywood and now Gollum won't even be able to afford a ring, unless it's from Warren James.
The question isn't when, but why? Yes Moyes has seen somewhat success with clubs including Preston and Everton and then not including Scum or Sociedad. Granted that Moyes arriving at Elland Road is a coupe, but for who? Let's face it, Moyes currently possesses less silverware than Steve Evans.
My issue isn't with the man, it's with if it's the right fit for Leeds. Moyes is a very talented manager and did have a very successful stint at Preston with a win percentage of 48.29% and one promotion and one playoff final to boast. His time at Everton for me was a varied yoyo timeline where the club could be challenging for a champions league place one season and then the next just escape relegation, I fear he could do the same for Leeds United.
We've all seen that Moyes has struggled with the high pressure jobs like that sh*thole over the Pennines or his recent stint in Spain. The weight of expectation has weighed heavy on his shoulders for the past two jobs and the turbulent position at Leeds United is no easier. Moyes would have to win over the crowd while keeping up performances at Elland Road and that's not an easy task to handle.
I'm not saying I wouldn't have Moyes and I aren't even saying that Steve Evans is a godsend, but I will say after his recent results I'm not willing to let him go just yet.
By Ryan Ingham
Editor-in-Chief Ryan Ingham takes a look at how Jordan Botaka decided to stick with Leeds during the International break and how this could affect his future at Elland Road.
It was reported last Thursday that Jordan Botaka had decided to focus on his career at Leeds United and asked his home nation if he could miss their World Cup qualifier in Burundi to focus more on getting back into the fold at Elland Road, now that's commitment!
The DR Congo winger was struck with a virus weeks ago and had struggled to make the starting XI after coming down with a virus that kept him away from training for a few days.
Botaka has mainly been used as an impact sub for the past few weeks and has also looked impressive in his last few appearances, coming on to terrify defenders and run down the clock for Leeds.
In my opinion the determination to prove his worth to Steve Evans and co has to be acknowledged. Botaka wanting to stay at Lufc and fight for his place is fantastic to see and is exactly the type of effort that we as fans want to see.
Botaka got his chance in Friday's fixture against Wycombe and there were plenty of fans claiming that the winger was one of the best players on the pitch as he helped create Lee Erwin's opener and then went on to play the full 90 minutes.
Now to the focus of the game against Rotherham on Saturday, which in my opinion is a must win game. Rotherham will come to Elland Road with Neil Redfern knowing plenty about how Leeds will perform but a player like Botaka would be a massive wildcard, because Redders never coached him.
The pace and skill of Botaka has been highlighted in small doses for the club and in my opinion he is set to be a star for a team that has been severely lacking in any pace or width for the past few years.
Here's hoping that Jordan's performance for Leeds has made a big step as he attempts to win back his place, in good time too as we could definitely do with him with games like Rotherham, QPR and Hull City coming thick and fast.
By Ryan Ingham
I was informed of some shocking news this evening that if proves true, will almost take a big part of my love for Leeds United away.
News has broke that Lewis Cook could be on his way out of Elland Road and if that isn't bad news enough, it could be straight over Pennines to them shysters in Red.
Losing Cook like any other youth product that is currently starring for our side would be an extremely bitter pill to swallow, but the ways and means of his transfer out of the club would cause anarchy and I for one would be lighting the wood and sharpening the pitchforks.
I'm not one to listen to hearsay and speculation when it comes to Leeds United transfers, we've signed Smith, Beckford et Al about 1 million times over the past years if you take any notice. But being informed from more than one trustable source like www.transferrumours.co.uk means that this whisper could be true and I'm furious.
Simply put, Lewis Cook is one of the best midfielders in the Championship and could even be the main attraction for plenty of Premier League sides and to lose that type of player from our side would be a travesty.
If you've started reading this and think it's a load of crap then here's two names for you; Jonny Howson and Fabian Delph. Both exceedingly good midfielder, both products of our academy and both flogged by a greedy fat owner that didn't give a fuck about the club.
Yes Delph is different, he wanted to leave and saw Premiership football as his golden ticket to step up his career and we did get a nice East Stand from him, trust me the trio of chicken is to die for!
As for Howson, he was flogged by Bates to the first bidder for a few silver coins. The story goes that Howson did not want to leave the club and was practically forced out by Bates. Then left back Ben Parker opened up in the centenary lounge to fans about the shocking revelations only for current rent-a-gob Peter Lorimer to lambast him for his claims and belittle the recovering defender in front of a ton of people. To anyone who is offended by my comments on Lorimer, I will not discredit his wonderful career at Leeds, but I will not listen to a man who cashes his cheques from the owner and calls the fans a problem.
So there are two players who've been shoved out of Leeds rather hastily for a quick buck and now on to another we could lose on the cheap, apparently a release clause of £5million is what Cook currently possesses in his contract.
£5million for a player that will definitely feature in an England shirt within the next 4 years, it's a joke. It's beyond a joke, the club are pissing on us and not even having the decency to call it rain!
Now on to why this could be true. Has anyone else noticed the current owner at Leeds United is feeling a little unsettled and is set to allow a buyout in the new future? Well what's easier than leaving the club with an extra £5million in your pocket? Nothing to be frank.
I have to admit that I sincerely hope that this is nothing but hearsay, but just in case it isn't then you need to know that we could lose Cook and in the same foul swoop, could lose all the hope that we were currently clutching to with baited breath.
It's come to a point where we need to stand up against this and not allow for owners to flog our assets for personal gain. It's the same deals and same people that are hindering the club progressing and enough is enough. Let's not lose another beautiful talent from our club.
And if you don't believe me, that's completely your choice. Come January or Summer if he's gone I just hope your by my side fighting for the good of the club.
By Ryan Ingham
Head of Content Keith Ingham speaks with Terrier fan Chris Maguire before Saturday's highly anticipated away clash at the John Smiths Stadium.
With both teams not playing well and struggling to get wins, has it been a disappointing season so far?
Yes I thought we would start stronger than we have. We have come close in a number of games but we haven’t been clinical enough when it matters. Unfortunately selling our key players prior to the start of the season and during the transfer window put us on the back foot and we haven’t replaced well enough to push on this season.
Do you look forward to this game more than others?
It used to be the first fixture I looked for on the fixture list as all of my mates are Leeds fans. When I was growing up they used to always tell me about how good Leeds were and how rubbish Huddersfield were. Now we have played each other a number of times and at the same level it is a fixture I look out for but it is as important as all other fixtures other than bragging rights.
Have you good memories of the clashes ?
Good and bad memories. I remember the League Cup at Elland Road in 2004 when we lost 1-0 however it was a cracking atmosphere and we played well that night considering the difference in position of the two clubs. We have had some positive results but more recently some poor results against Leeds however considering what is happening at the two clubs Saturday promises to be another interesting derby.
Is there a player in the Leeds squad you'd like in the Town squad ?
There was a time when I wanted Chris Wood in our squad however I have always liked Sam Byram and certainly think he could do a job both in defence and attack down our right hand side.
With us beating you twice last season do you fancy at least getting a point at the weekend?
Neither club are in a very good position at the moment both with Cellino putting the club up for sale and Huddersfield sacking Chris Powell. I would like to think that the Huddersfield players will want to impress in the event that the new manager is watching however derby matches seem to be unpredictable so you never know
Your thoughts on both managers?
Personally I am not a fan of Steve Evans and was surprised when he was appointed. I much preferred Neil Redfern over any of the recent managers that Leeds have had in charge. If Cellino remains at the helm of the club I can’t imagine Evans lasting that long.
Obviously Chris Powell has now gone and I am surprised by the timing but not that his time is up. Unfortunately while in some games we have played well the majority of games we have not been good enough. We may have had lots of possession but we often seemed to go sideways, backwards and generally played some negative football. In a lot of games we offered nothing in the final third. He seemed scared to play the youngsters when it was clear to the fans that they had something different to offer and I can’t help but think that this ultimately cost him his job.
Dean Hoyle has invested a lot of his personal wealth into the club. Do you look at Leeds and feel glad you've got him and not Cellino ?
Definitely. Dean is trying to run the club in the right way. We have a fantastic training facility along with the shares back in the stadium. Some people want Dean to throw his money at the team however he will not do this as he has the long term interests of the club at heart. We cannot financially compete with the likes of Derby, Wolves and all the teams that receive parachute payments but I trust the way that Dean is running the club and I would not want Cellino anywhere near my club as we would be in non league before we knew it.
Your prediction for the game?
2-1 town win
We'd like to thank Chris for taking part and answering all our questions and wish him the worst of luck for Saturday's clash against the Mighty Whites!
By Keith Ingham
Editor-in-Chief Ryan Ingham takes a look at the recent revelations that have seen Massimo Cellino turn 180 on a deal to see fan ownership at Leeds United.
Yesterday Massimo Cellino decided to go back on his word and tell Leeds Fans United that he no longer wanted to sell the club to them, are you really that surprised?
Cellino is an impulsive, brash and ludicrous man. His decisions take seconds and usually we have to live with the consequences. This time his initial decision was a good one, place the club's future in the hands of the fans and leave knowing you've finally done something right. His latest action to take away the club like some twisted Italian remake of Oliver Twist is far beyond that, the guys got a borderline personality disorder to think that is okay!
They say actions can define a generation and in this instance you could not be closer to the point. Cellino's latest piss balling about with Leeds fans is just another piece of the puzzle that has been the mistreatment of all Leeds fans when it comes to owners over the past 10 years. The deadly trio of Bates, GFH and Cellino have all gone on to prove that they don't care what the fans think, they only care about what business Leeds United can make them.
The priest may have left the building, but has he exercised the right demons at Elland Road? I once claimed in my first piece for fanzine The Square Ball that Cellino's wrath would be a big part of the seven deadly sins at Leeds United and I haven't been wrong.
Now on to the news that this decision was influenced by certain fans emailing Cellino telling him their worries like an agony Aunt that actually cared, what the hell?! Honesty!
If there's an issue with something you are unsure about, you go and confront them and ask the questions you want answering. You don't go running to the teacher in tears like a crazed 6 year old.
Having spent a lot of hours during the initial release of the Leeds Fans CBS, I've been in constant contact with the likes of Dylan Thwaites, Sharon Reid and Steve Hansen, along with plenty of others who are all for the cause and why were they for it? Because they spoke to people and they asked what was going on and when it came down to it they made an educated decision, something that free thinking adults usually do.
Finally, in no way is the story over. Leeds Fans United will live on and they will reach their goal of having a fan on the board. I've seen the drive and passion of these people and they will work day and night to make sure that they are successful, all you have to do is be patient.
Cellino saying no is a small bump in the road, GFH are still wanting out of Leeds and LFU have said they can have the finances to facilitate a buy out. Even if GFH doesn't sell, whoever comes in will surely see the current backing by fans on this subject and will probably want to start on a good note, the best start possible would be to allow LFU a minority share holding and give them the opportunity the assist the start of a new beginning at Lufc, hopefully one that doesn't include dodgy owners.
By Ryan Ingham
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