Leeds v Preston North End
I was met with the second stage of the revamping of Elland Road on my arrival. Pretty impressive it is too.
Heroes of past and present day.
Team News: Two changed from Bolton, Jansson for Pennington, Borthwick-Jackson for Berardi. Midweek hat-trick hero Sammy Siaz starts on the bench.
Team: Wiedwald, Ayling, Jansson, Cooper(c), Borthwick-Jackson, O'Kane, Phillips, Siaz, Hernandez, Roofe, Wood.
Subs: Vieira for Phillips, Siaz for Roofe, Dallas for Borthwick-Jackson
Leeds were denied by a resolute Preston team, despite being down to ten men and time wasting whenever they had the opportunity. The inconsistent refereeing didn't help the game flow, but Leeds were well short of the performances they had done previously.
Leeds were bright early on but found a Preston team in a resolute mood, no ball was left unchallenged and chances were at a minimum. Alioski had Leeds' best opportunity but his effort went wide, Browne had Preston's best chance but Ayling blocked his effort. 0-0 at the break.
Browne had another chance to silence the large Leeds crowd, Preston had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside. The visitors were reduced to ten men when Pearson saw his second card of the afternoon, Leeds introduced Vieira and Siaz to hopefully seize on their numerical advantage, Wood then had Leeds' best chance of the afternoon but in a one-on-one situation with Maxwell it was the Preston keeper who came out on top. Dallas was also denied by Maxwell and the post, Hernandez then forced the Preston keeper into a superb save from the rebound.
Preston so nearly stole the points with two late efforts, one cross went across the Leeds six yard box but found no takers and deep into injury time Harrop hit the Leeds crossbar.
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Ahead of Saturday's televised clash with Sunderland, Keith Ingham spoke to Ryan Bestford about all thinks Sunderland.
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The FA are discussing it, teams are liking it, but is it a move in the right direction?
One of the main talking points in English football at this current time is the new legislation that could see the transfer window closed prior to the football league season opening.
While the idea does have its merits of not losing any key players during the first few games of the season; is this really a step forward?
The short and long answers to the question are both no; there's a lot of issues with the idea and I'll tell you why.
Although I do like the idea of not having measly little Lancashire clubs trying to steal your best striker with underhanded offers that are a joke, but where's the benefit of such a situation?
Say that Leeds finished their business at the end of last week. We're already short at centre back and Borthwick-Jackson isn't their to cover at left back. Berardi, Pennington and Cooper are all injured; where does this leave the club? Up s*** creek if you ask me.
When players come back from a long preseason having not necessarily gained the match fitness needed sometimes by missing out after international duty, an injury is a massive risk.
Football teams need the extra time during the window to complete the finishing touches on all the work that takes place for recruitment.
There's also the issue of the now ineligible emergency loan window which was removed last season. This means if a team is hit with only a handful of injuries in a certain position, they could be at risk of a poor start to the season just because the FA think it's better to close the doors a few weeks early.
Like many things in football, small changes are ruining our game. I hope that the EFL and English FA vote against such a silly ruining and devote their time and money into a proper grass roots system - this is where the country is hurt the most, not bleeding transfer windows!
By Ryan Ingham
For anyone who saw the Fulham, one thing will have been evident before kick off; we're short at the back.
Not height wise but the side is definitely missing some cover and with Liam Cooler omitted from the side, Leeds were left with quite the conundrum.
We know that Cameron Borthwick-Jackson can cover and so can Luke Ayling to a good extent but for a 46 game season, Leeds could have a struggle on if something isn't done fast.
Having watched the game like many, one player stood out as a star performer; Conor Shaughnessy. The young defender not only dictated play going forward but was solid at the back and he even stopped what looked like a certain goal on the 85th minute, to which Pontus Jansson celebrated in front of the South Stand.
Although his natural position is at central midfield, the former Reading trainee looks settled in the heart of Leeds' defence and has excelled in the role when called upon by Thomas Christiansen, even with the soft penalty given against Bolton in which Gary Madine exploited.
Shaughnessy looks like he has opened a few of the coaching staff's eyes and could be called upon a lot this season even if Leeds make more new additions prior to the transfer window closing.
This begs the question; is the 21-year old the next star to emerge at Elland Road? The signs are their for a young player who is starting to gain some first team experience and it is likely that this will continue during the 16/17 season.
It's too soon to say whether Shaughnessy will follow the likes of Kalvin Phillips, Lewis Cook, Ronaldo Vieira or Sam Byram by exploding onto the scene at Elland Road, but he's taking every chance he gets.
A question to you; is Shaughnessy the real deal and are you happy to see him more involved in the Leeds side? Have your say in the comments below?
By Ryan Ingham
If the stories are true where would Ross McCormack fit in at Leeds United?
Recent rumours have linked former Leeds striker Ross McCormack and although the truth in the story may be absent, it's still an interesting prospect of the Scot returning to Elland Road.
McCormack was one of the most prolific strikers Leeds have had since Jermaine Beckford left the club and the emergence of Chris Wood last season, with many fans still holding him in high regard. He finished his last season at the club on 28 goals from 46 appearances, not far off Chris Woods tally last season.
The 30-year old has endured a rough time in the past few years but was ever present for former club Fulham having joined them for £11million from Leeds is 2014.
McCormack finished his affiliation with Fulham after a two year spell having scored 39 goals in 83 league appearances for the London club.
His move to Villa last year was not as fruitful where he only managed 3 goals in the first half of the season prior to being loaned out to Nottingham Forest, where he struggled with personal issues.
Many people believe McCormack's career to now be over due to his personal circumstances and issues at Villa, but in no way is this true. This is a striker who can add 20 goals a season if he's given the support by the players around him and less pressure from a clubs hierarchy.
When news broke last Wednesday that Rob Green had pulled out of contention for the visit of Port Vale, many fans had the same idea.
It's been highly expected since the addition of Felix Wiedwald that the stopper may look to other avenues if not considered to be Thomas Christiansen's first choice at No.1.
However, Green has not seemed to force a move away from the club and does seem in TC's plans with the head coach hoping for a battle for the No.1 spot between the former England stopper and the incoming German.
At 37-years old it's safe to say that Green is coming to the end of a very long and successful career even for a keeper.
At this stage in his career and after the spectacular season he enjoyed at Leeds last year, there's no way he'd want to play second fiddle to an incoming keeper.
The question remained did he have the fight? And although it seemed peculiar to pull up injured Green is now in contention for tonight's match against Fulham, which will surely be a tough fixture against a team that narrowly beat us to a playoff birth last season.
Green would always be my first choice in a Leeds shirt, last season he was a standout player in a team full of performers and I'd like to see him once again grace that Leeds jersey and command that defence like we all know he can do.
It's remained to be seen whether Green will start or depart for Leeds but surely there's the opportunity for one hell of a fight to be had over the season.
Who's your preferred no.1? Have your say in the comments below!
By Ryan Ingham
Leeds United are said to be interested in former Plymouth wonderkid Curtis Nelson as they look to wrap up their summer of recruitment.
The club have had a busy summer with no fewer than 11 signings for the first team but one position seems to have eluded them to this point.
Leeds are in dire need of defensive depth and look to resolve that with the addition of the Oxford United centre half, who could be available for a reasonable fee having only 12 months left on his current deal.
Although, Leeds do face some hard times getting this deal over line with Nelson recently being named club captain and thereby being guaranteed a starting spot for each game, something Leeds may struggle to guarantee.
Nelson would join Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper and the injured Matthew Pennington in contention for a starting spot and would initially come in as a rotation player.
The 25-year old has previously been linked with great things and is highly regarded in the Football League as one of its highly underrated prospects.
With a move for Nelson likely, it is hoped that Oxford head coach and former assistant at Leeds Pep Clotet would give the Leeds faithful another reason to love him by not standing in the way of any proposed deal.
A move for Nelson could be for a few of around £600k and would see Leeds move away from this summers transfer agenda by locating locally sourced talent instead of going abroad.
What do you think? Should Nelson be Leeds' next summer signing or should the club continue to look abroad? Have your say in the comments below.
By Ryan Ingham
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