David Watkins on why dire finishing and not domination may cause Leeds problems in the not too near future.
Thank you David. Know how your feeling!
An outpouring of ‘Eddie, Eddie’ on most social media. The young striker has staked his claim to start on Saturday with a goal ratio of one goal per seventy seven minutes, this is compared to Pat Bamford who is eight games without a goal.
Most if not all think now is the time to give a leading role to the young striker, dropping Pat to either a number 10 role(I’m not convinced)or the bench. Another player who most think deserves a starting role is Tyler Roberts, the young striker/midfielder impressed when coming on as a substitute in the games against Birmingham City and Preston.
Garry Monk on the latest week, Leeds and his time there: “What a tough week we've had and we want to try and finish the week well. Leeds were fantastic last season and were unlucky to miss out as they did. I've said it many times, I'm proud of the work I did there. I enjoyed my time there but the focus is on trying to win.
“The players were scared to play at Elland Road because it was such a demanding ground. But we connected all that together. That was not just me; that was everyone. I think we gave that spirit back to the club. That is what I am proud of most.”
Leeds’ festive fixtures against Preston North End at Elland Road and the New Years Day’s game with West Brom at the Hawthorne’s have been picked for Sky TV with 17.15 kick offs. Nice one Sky! 🖕🏻
Tonight’s Championship results
Bristol City 2-1 Charlton
Derby 1-0 Wigan
Fulham 3-2 Luton
Huddersfield 0-0 Middlesbrough
Nottingham Forest 1-2 Hull
What Marcelo said ... pre Sheffield Wednesday
Thanks to the YEP.
So Pat Bamford starts once again and Eddie Nketiah has been told to increase his work rate if he wants to start for Leeds. Many fans may be a little confused and may even dare to question Bielsa’s explanation.
Myself I think Pat has had enough chances(and missed them!) and now is the time to give the young Arsenal striker a chance as a starter as he’s already proved what an assist he already is and if we don’t use him we’ll probably lose him to another team, maybe as early as January.
Arsenal will surely want one of their future stars to be getting more minutes on the field than he presently is and may well decide his talents are best utilised elsewhere. Despite Leeds saying that the agreement with the ‘Gunners’ is for the whole of the 2019/20 season.
Last time we met
Leeds 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday 13/4/2019 (Championship).
Since 2012, only two Leeds managers have won at Hillsborough.Neil Redfearn and Garry Monk.
Stat by @lufcstats
Leeds travel to Hillsborough on Saturday for a lunch time Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday. Second meets third and local pride is also up for grabs.
Wednesday are managed by ex Leeds ex Head Coach Garry Monk and he has had a good start to his tenure at the club. In midweek they beat Stoke City 1-0 at Hillsborough.
Marcelo Bielsa will once again look to Patrick Bamford to get the goal or goals United need to claim the three points, despite the increasing clammer for Eddie Nketiah to replace the out of sorts Bamford. Leeds could recall fit again captain Liam Cooper and Bielsa is also boosted by the return of youngster Jamie Shackleton to his squad.
Leeds fans might have expected changes after the draw with Preston, but apart from skipper Liam Cooper returning it looks like the other ten players will be the same as started against Preston.
Wednesday might just edge this derby by the odd goal in three. Sheffield W. 2-1.
Southampton 0-9(nine) Leicester City. Their highest ever competitive away win and equals the biggest ever Premiership victory.
Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds
Team News: Leeds unchanged; Captain Liam Cooper returns to the eighteen, Barry Douglas drops out. Wednesday make two changes.
Team: Casilla, Ayling(c), Berardi, White, Alioski, Phillips, Dallas, Klich, Costa, Harrison, Bamford.
Thanks to leedsunited.com
Men of the Match: Westwood and Kiko Casilla, impressive from both.
Gary Monk: "I could see the ability to compete, that determination about us, fighting for each other every week, (it) had to improve, and today was probably the highest in terms of that.
"As I said to the players at the end, it's all part of fighting for that standard. It's what we try and push every day, and can you push that in the games as well."
Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa: "In the first half we played better and although we controlled the match, they had the chances.
"In the second half, the match changed. Sometimes they commanded, imposing their style on us at certain moments, sometimes we did. It was the kind of match you can win or lose."
The Admiralty pub in London with the Los Angeles Rams cheerleaders and the Flowerpot Regiment. Yorkshire battalion.
David Watkins on the 0-0 draw at Hillsborough. Hopeful that two games games might ‘steady the ship’
Thank you DW and some of your branch left a calling card in toilets at The Green Man up the hill from Wembley.
Went to Wembley to watch the Rams beat the Bengals 24-10.
Kiko Casilla seems to have quietened his critics with a multitude of clean sheets this season and along with Ben White and Ejanni Alioski were praised by many on social media platforms.
Heidi Haigh’s excellent blog and photos of the ‘travelling army’
Thank you Heidi. Her new book is soon to be released is called ‘Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United’ and is sure to be a great read.
Leeds United under 23’s draw 1-1 with Burnley at Elland Road. Ryan Edmundson with the goal for Leeds. Liam Cooper and Jamie Shackleton continued their recovery with minutes in the game.
Two points from tough games against top five opposition isn’t a bad return but it could have been better, especially at Preston. Wednesday on Saturday was definitely a harder game with both keepers earning the plaudits, a draw seemed a fair result.
Two back to back home games against QPR and Blackburn Rovers hopefully give Leeds the opportunity to boost their points tally. The imminent return of Pablo Hernandez will boost the goal scoring opportunities of either Patrick Bamford or Eddie Nketiah.
After looking after her owner for eight years at Leeds United games, Rita the guide dog is retiring. Her last game was the Centenary game with Birmingham City.
Nikki and Rita.
Nikki Allen and her faithful canine have not missed a game in four years. Despite Rita being ‘benched’ her owner will continue attending Leeds games with a “young pretender” starting with Saturday’s game against QPR.
We wish Rita a restful retirement.
Speaking on the ‘Talking Shutt podcast Adam Forshaw is confident the team can continue with the standards set last season and that the goals will soon come. He said: “The law of averages in the amount of chances we create, we’re still creating just as many as last season but conceding less chances.
“I’m a firm believer that eventually you will get what you deserve in that respect. You can’t continue to batter teams and it not come to fruition.
I’m really confident. I do believe we are a heavyweight in the league this season, whereas last season we were maybe riding the wave a little bit.”
Richard Keogh has been sacked by Derby County after the ‘incident’ that will keep him sidelined for at least sixteen months.
Liverpool and Arsenal share ten goals in a ‘thriller’ at Anfield in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. Origi getting Liverpool’s equaliser in injury time.
Liverpool win the tie 5-4 on penalties.
What Marcelo Bielsa and Liam Cooper said ... pre QPR.
Thanks to the YEP.
James Milner when interviewed about a return to play for Leeds said: “If I was being released by another club, would they want me? It would be pointless for them and for me if I wasn’t needed at the time and it was just some kind of nostalgia trip.
“You can probably tell from what I’m saying that I love the club, but I also love playing for Liverpool and I want to play at the highest level for as long as I can.
“If my time at Liverpool came to an end and I was going to go somewhere else and Leeds were one of the clubs that were interested in me, then that would be a very exciting option for all the reasons I mention.
“To go back and play for my hometown club again would be amazing in so many different ways.”
Milner has a new book out called ‘Ask a footballer: My guide to kicking a ball about’.
Ready for another challenge this weekend. We’ll have live coverage from the press area once again so check out @weallloveleedsu for what we call ‘an alternative coverage’.
By Keith Ingham