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."
David Watkins on another game where missed chances cost us three points(Kiko didn’t help too!)and he’s why he’s never been a big fan of Patrick Bamford plus other observations from yesterday’s game.
Thank you David. Good, valid points made and always worth reading.
Paweł Cibicki has returned from his loan at ADO Den Haag and will join Pogoń Szczecin on a permanent deal. All the best Paweł good luck at your new club
The biggest ‘melt down’ since the defeats at Millwall and Charlton. Mind you there were a few good points made, especially after the programme notes of Angus Kinnear who stated that the club had started looking for a new striker as soon as they knew Eddie Nketiah was to return to Arsenal.
What Kinnear said: "The process to find Eddie's replacement started as a contingency plan significantly before his departure. Targets were identified and clubs, players and agents have been engaged. Our objective is to move early in the window, but we will not do this at the expense of securing a player of the right calibre.”
The search so far has reaped no signings with around the third of the transfer window gone. Plenty names mentioned but as yet none through the doors at Elland Road. It has to be hoped that the targets that the club has earmarked are hopefully signed.
On the performance, both Kiko Casilla and Patrick Bamford were singled out for most criticism as both failed in their positions. Bamford had at least three good opportunities to score and didn’t trouble Dawson in the Wednesday goal and the first shot that Casilla had to deal with went past his outstretched leg and into the net.
A superb tribute to Rob Burrows at Headingley with former stars of the Leeds Rhino’s came together to show their support of one of the legends of the game of Rugby League.
Keith Senior, Jamie Peacock, Kevin Sinfield plus many more Leeds and rugby legends played in a benefit game against the Bradford Bulls to raise money towards Jamie Jones-Buchanan testimonial and the fund set up to raise funds for Rob and his young family.
Leeds Rhino’s beat Bradford 34-10 but the scoreline didn’t matte, it was the occasion that won. An incredibly emotional day for all concerned.
Rob with his Leeds teammates(old and young)and his children Macy, Maya and Jackson.
Well done to all that made the game possible. 👏🏻
Rob Tweeted: “It’s really hard to find the words to describe today & what it meant to me & my family. No day in my sporting life could ever come close to the feeling I had today. Privileged, honoured & completely blown away to name a few. RL is the greatest sport on earth & tonight showed why.”
Heidi Haigh on an exciting day for Alexis, busy roads, daft Wednesday fans and her excellent blog plus photos of the game on Saturday.
Thank you Heidi. Glad Alexis likes her new kit and hope she had a good day, despite the result.
Leeds United defender Laurens De Bock has gone out on loan for the second time this season, joining Alan Pardew at ADO Den Haag.
The Dutch club confirmed his arrival this afternoon and revealed the deal, which runs until the end of the season and gives them an option to buy the left-back. He has just returned from a loan spell at Sunderland where he made ten appearances.
Leeds United under 23’s continue their winning run with a 2-1 win at Crewe Alexandra. United’s goals came from Jamie Shackleton and Pascal Struijk. Leeds are second in the Professional Develop League.
Rumours abound that Southampton’s Che Adams is going nowhere are been mooted from the South Coast club. Adam’s is United’s number one target but it looks increasingly likely they will have to look elsewhere for a striker to replace Eddie Nketiah.
Nketiah is linked heavily to Bristol City after a picture of him in an Arsenal shirt is tweeted out with the Bristol City logo on and ‘On Loan’ on the picture.
Ben White on all things Leeds and how he hopes to get United to the Premier League.
Thanks to the YEP.
Andre Gray is rumoured to be Leeds’ top target now that it seems that our other ‘top’ target Che Adams is staying put at Southampton. Still though, no official rebuff of United’s second offer for the player.
Where there’s hope... or is there!
Cheers to LUFC NEWS.
After a picture of Eddie Nketiah was tweeted out saying he was joining Bristol City, his parent club have now decided that he will stay at Arsenal until the end of the season after he impressed Mikel Arteta in training.
Who said football’s a “funny old game!”
You all can guess what could happen on Saturday don’t you!
On his expected debut against his former club he said:
“You couldn’t write it, could you?
Marcelo Bielsa ... pre QPR.
Stuart Dallas is fit for Leeds United's Championship trip to Queens Park Rangers this weekend but Barry Douglas, Tyler Roberts and Adam Forshaw are all out injured. No information given on when Roberts or Forshaw will be available.
Bielsa seemed very annoyed at questions he was asked and there is no news on incomings, but mentioned his disappointment at how Arsenal and Nketiah behaved when the striker was recalled.
Not a ‘happy bunny’.
The EFL have charged Derby County for recording losses in excess of the permitted amounts provided for in EFL Regulations for the three-year period ending 30 June 2018.
The Club will now be referred to an independent Disciplinary Commission, which will hear representations from both the EFL and Derby County.
Spy on that!
Kalvin Phillips on his ambition to play for England and his hopes for his hometown club: “I think it's always an ambition. As a young footballer you always want to play for your country. It would be a pleasure to play for my country if I did get the chance but I don't think about that every day.
"I think about my job at Leeds United and what I have got to do as a player to get better. Obviously it would be an honour to play for my country and there's not really much else I can say about that. I feel like I am capable to play for England, it's just whether the management feel that and obviously I have got to do the best I can as a football player to win games and do well personally.
On Leeds: “It is a massive club and expectations are there, I’m a hometown lad it will be a dream come true to get them in the Premier League.”
Mark Warburton: “They are physically a very powerful team, they have experienced players and quality across their ranks. They move very well, with and without the ball, and they close down the opposition.
“They attack with seven, defend with three, put the pressure on you. We know about Leeds but, likewise, they will know about us and they’ll know that we can create chances. We score a lot of goals and we can be very dangerous, particularly at home, and if we take care of the football then we are a very good team.
“They will be keen to put pressure on to stop us playing our game and we’ll be doing the same to them to try and negate their threats. Last weekend’s result(against Brentford)really hurt the players and the staff, and a game like Leeds is the sort of one you want after that type of defeat.”
Leeds United under 23’s lose 2-0 at Birmingham City.
Last time we met
Leeds 2-0 QPR
Leeds’ last victory in London was the 3-1 win over QPR in 2017 when Kemar Roofe scored a hat-trick.
Leeds travel to the capital city for the fifth time this season still looking for anything, results wise. Defeats at Millwall, Charlton, Fulham and Arsenal continue a worrying trend of United winning only one game in twenty odd games in London.
QPR have boosted their squad by signing Jack Clarke from Spurs. The ex Leeds player failed to impress Bielsa in his loan spell at Leeds after signing for Spurs in the summer. He is likely to go into the match day squad for the visit of Leeds. ‘R’s’ have scored an incredible eleven goals in their last two home games and will be relishing a chance to further dampen spirits of the travelling Leeds faithful.
Bielsa’s squad is still stretched, no Forshaw or Roberts for the forceable future and Douglas is once again out injured too. Jamie Shackleton, Stuart Dallas or Pablo Hernandez will join Kalvin Phillips in midfield.
Leeds need a win to give their fans a lift, many went on social media post match to criticise recent performances, especially against Wednesday and the failure to get another striker in to replace Nketiah.
QPR, despite last weeks 3-1 defeat to Brentford have been in good form, especially at home and with Clarke hoping to put one over Bielsa it might be a long ninety minutes for Leeds. QPR 2-1.
Surely this time we don’t f#%k it up, please God.
QPR vs Leeds United
Team News: One change; Pablo Hernandez comes in, Stuart Dallas moves to left back. Two changes for QPR and loanee Jack Clarke is on the bench.
Thanks to the YEP
Bamford’s penalty saved by QPR’s Kelly.
QPR's Mark Warburton: "We were good in the first half and I thought we deserved the lead at half-time. We could have had a couple more scruffy goals in the first half, so I thought we deserved the half-time lead. We got too deep in the second half and invited them onto us.
“They're a very good team and we rode our luck a bit. But so much credit to the players and the way they stood up, to a man. Leeds are a highly talented team. So much pleasure was taken by the players from today's performance because that type of game, defensively, you do have to stand up. You have to throw your body in front of the ball and show old-fashioned defending. Sometimes you do have to win ugly. Today you saw a QPR team that have won nice games but this time won in ugly fashion. That's heartening for all of us."
Marcelo Bielsa: "It's clear that we have not taken advantage of our chances. We have to have a lot of chances to score one goal. I don't think there's a lack of confidence or that it's about nerves. There were moments where we lacked efficiency but I don't think this happened because of a lack of confidence.
"The team played according to our style. We played in the opposite half and had a lot more chances than our opponents. Of course there are things we wish were different, like our set pieces and our crosses. In matches like this, where it's difficult to score, you have to have the answers. The supporters will recognise the good moments of the team but they will do a good evaluation. Never try to change the opinion of the fans."
David Watkins on why a disallowed goal wasn’t the reason for another defeat but Patrick Bamford was.
Thank you David. Admire your optimism but for me if no additions come in we won’t go up. Simple as that.
Far too much negative comments on social media to mention all but suffice to say Patrick Bamford, Jack Harrison, Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta won’t have liked what was written about them.
If they don’t like it maybe it’s time to do something to change the negatives to positives by doing their bloody jobs better!
The general feeling of most fans. Victor Orta wonders where he can get a striker from after yesterday’s defeat at QPR.
Liverpool beat manure 2-0 to go sixteen, yes sixteen points of second placed Manchester City. van Dijk and Salah with the goals.
One good bit of sporting news this weekend, the San Francisco 49’s beat the Green Bay Packers to reach the Super Bowl where they will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Miami.
The 49’s have a minority share in Leeds United, they invested a rumoured ten million pounds a couple of years ago.
The original news item from CNBC
Heidi Haigh on her brother’s birthday, VERY early start of another trip to London and her superb blog and photos of the game at QPR.
Thank you Heidi as always a really good read. I hope the owners do the right thing in the remaining days of the transfer window. They really have to or they may face the wrath of fans for letting the same mistake happen again.
West Brom continue to fail to impress after Stoke City beat them 1-0 at The Hawthorns. They have only one win in their last six games, ironically their only win, like Leeds was at Birmingham City.
Current form table 🤔
Cardiff management, players and fans paid tribute to Emiliano Sala at St David’s Cathedral in the city on the first anniversary of his death. The Argentinian striker died on January 21, 2019 when the plane taking him from Nantes to new club Cardiff crashed in the sea.
Andre Gray is once again linked to a move to Leeds, the reason he started following Adam Forshaw(he was in the same Brentford squad when Forshaw was there) and a number of other players including Patrick Bamford and Stuart Dallas.
This comes after his manager Nigel Pearson had stated earlier in the day that the striker was going nowhere and was an important part of the Watford squad. Brett Assombalonga from Middlesborough is also linked in the national press.
Jack Butland is roundly given much ‘love’ on social media after keeping WBA scoreless with a superb display at The Hawthorns last night. The keeper is a well known Leeds fan so you’d expect him to do his ‘bit’ to help his favourite team out.
Daniel Chapman(Moscow White)talks transfers, Bamford, Bielsa and penalties.
Thanks to the YEP. A superb piece that sums up a lot of how most Leeds fans are feeling.
Leeds United have completed the first player in the January transfer moves with the arrival of Italian teenage goalkeeper Elia Caprile.
The 18-year-old has joined the Whites from Chievo Verona in a permanent deal, with a contract that runs until the summer of 2023. Caprile has played for his country at Under 18 level and is a product of Serie B outfit Chievo Verona's youth system.
Leeds United under 18’s will face manure in round 5 of the FA Youth Cup after the team from Salford beat Norwich City 2-0. Date of fixture and venue to be announced in due course.
Leeds have had a ‘substantial’ loan bid for Che Adams rejected by Southampton, the bid included an option to buy the striker for twenty million pounds if Leeds are promoted at the end of this season. It is the third bid for the striker and now United are expected to look at other targets in the UK and Europe.
Which probably means on the 31st January or the day after, a statement will be released that says “We tried in a hard market, at a difficult time of the season to recruit but unfortunately the clubs we contacted told us to F#%k off. We remain confident in the squad assembled during last summer to get the club promoted in May.”
Blah, blah, blah!
Leeds striker Rafa Mujica has signed for Villarreal B for the remainder of the season.
Leeds United left-back Leif Davis has had a minor knee op to clean up cartilage, expected to be back within the month.
Forest fail to capitalise on their game in hand as they draw 1-1 with Reading at home. Fulham also draw 0-0 at Charlton.
manure lose 2-0 at home to Burnley 🤣
Liverpool go sixteen points clear after their fortieth win. Their 2-1 win over an impressive Wolves side means they can mathematically win the Premiership at The Empihad Stadium when Manchester City entertain them. If City drop more points before that it will be sooner than that.
Tranmere Rovers stun Watford 2-1 in the FA Cup 3rd Round. The Division One side took the Premiership side to Extra Time and Rovers substitute Paul Mullin grabbed the winner in the 104th minute. Tranmere will face manure at Prenton Park in the 4th Round.
10 years ago today Jermaine Beckford scored a last minute equaliser at White Hart Lane in the FA Cup 4th round. I put a duvet over my head because I couldn’t bear to watch it, but the Leeds leg end didn’t disappoint.
Spurs v Leeds FA Cup 4th Round 2010.
Leeds are rumoured to be about to change their kit manufacturers next season from Kappa to the ‘brand with the three stripes’.
Thanks to the Daily Mail.
A example of what it may look like using a Real Madrid shirt(they play in white too!) as a template. Myself would prefer it to be plain white.
In a poll we ran 57% said we were ‘nailed on’ to get a striker in before the transfer window shuts. The other 43% were a bit more sceptical. 🤔
The games away away at Middlesbrough and Hull City will now be shown live on Sky Sports.
Middlesbrough v Leeds United
Wednesday 26th February 2020
Kick-off time: 7:45pm.
Hull City v Leeds United
Saturday 29th February 2020
Kick-off time: 12:30pm.
On the ‘rumoured’ deal with Adidas the YEP understands, though, that Leeds are still in the process of deciding whether to remain with current suppliers Kappa or opt for a different partner and reports of a deal being done are premature.
Italian company Kappa signed a five-year deal with Leeds at the start of the 2015/16 campaign with that contract due to expire at the end of the current term.
Wolves hold Leeds United U23’s to a 2-2 draw, with Stuart McKinstry grabbing two goals for United.
Rafa Mújica has returned from his loan spell with Extremadura UD and will join Spanish side Villarreal CF on loan until the end of the season.
Leeds United secured their second signing of the January transfer window with the capture of Manchester City winger Ian Poveda.
Ian proudly shows off his new colours.
The 19-year-old joins United on a free transfer. He has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal with Leeds. He will wear the number 7 shirt.
After signing the 19 year old said ““I’m very, very pleased, I know that Leeds United are a big club,
“I know Leeds won the league the year before it turned into the Premier League and I believe they should be back there.
I’m an attacking player, I can play right wing, left wing or in attacking midfield, I like to dribble with the ball, link up the play, score goals, create chances, assist and I work hard for the team.
“I’ve had great experiences at all my previous clubs, I learnt a lot especially when I was away at Barcelona and it’s definitely added to how I am as player.
I’m very excited to work under Bielsa, I know he improves players and that’s what I’m looking to do under his guidance.”
RB Leipzig striker Jean-Kevin Augustin is rumoured to be interested in a move to Leeds United this month, according to reports. French outlet L'Equipe believe the 22-year-old, who is currently on loan at Ligue 1 side AS Monaco from his Bundesliga owners and is said to be keen on joining Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road this month.
The newspaper also claims that any deal for the forward would be a loan with an option to buy in the summer for the Whites.
Official Tweet from Monaco “Monaco are terminating loan for 22 year old French Striker Jean Kevin Augustin who plays for RB Leipzig.He is set to join Leeds United on loan with an option to buy.”
No confirmation from any party that the deal is definitely happening but there does seem some movement by Leeds away from trying to get Che Adams from Southampton and the young french striker is well thought of, despite his failure to feature much this season at Monaco.
West Brom stun West Ham at The London Stadium in the FA Cup 4th Round. The 1-0 win made it a triumphant return for former ‘Hammer’ Staven Billic who played and managed them.
Slaven Billic discusses Leeds and WBA recent poor results.
Thanks to the YEP.
Where do we go from here? I really wish I knew. Without doubt this squad is ravaged confidence wise and tired legs are asked to perform week after week to comply with Bielsa’s demands of them.
Maybe a week, or a few days in the sun might do all the group some good, a team building exercise and to get away from the pressure of being in the top two for so long. I’m no expert but something really needs to be done because at the end of the game with QPR they looked out on their legs and desolate.
Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta could help the situation by getting a few bodies in through the Elland Road front door. Maybe a few fresh faces might gee up the squad. A striker is a must and he should replace Bamford for the Millwall game. A few games on the bench might ignite the spark that was totally lacking in his last game and surely we can’t go into the later stages of the campaign with only one striker who’s struggling to score a goal.
By Keith Ingham