By Keith Ingham
The clouds around the Theatre of Hope darkened again as Bolton destroyed Leeds in a second half battering at Elland Road on Saturday. I was absent from the debacle (My Dad's 93rd Birthday took me elsewhere) but sources around me and on the social networks said that it was indeed a very poor showing from the men in 'Embassy Regal' shirts and the one taking the most criticism was the Mali international Jimmy Kebe. The reaction to him leaving the green grass of Elland Road was questioned by media to the manager but why should the fans have to put up with a player who's only half decent game was against the small dogs (HTFC), he scored and looked to be everything his manager said he would be but alas since he might cover the yardage but he does little or nothing when the ball is
at his feet.
The support he gets from the manager is that you'd expect off a man that does show players and staff an incredible amount of loyalty, but I've always thought that loyalty is a two way street and the best way to show a response to this is out on the field of play. His 'gazelle' gait is awkward but in a Reading shirt he was most effective and I was hoping that the missing links in the 2013/14 season would indeed be Jimmy Kebe on the right and Cameron Stewart on the left but both have added to the general feeling that although the amount of money Brian has had, he hasn't received good value on his purchases this term. When money is in short supply it takes the players bought to show the fans that they are worth not only the money paid for them but the inflated salaries they are paid. It is said that nearly £400,000 per month goes out of the club for these under-performing individuals.
With only days before I tread the streets and public houses of Leeds to watch my beloved team against Reading, I can only hope that stubbornness does not rule Mr McDermott's team selection. He may think that playing against his former club will give Kebe just the incentive to shove the 'cat calls' back from where they came but myself I feel the time is up for him and all things considered it would be a better option to either try Sam Byram or Dominic Poleon in the right of midfield and wish Kebe well and say Thank you but your going back in the reserves at Crystal Palace. Some players just cannot live with the weight of the badge on their chest. Mr McDermott faces an anxious few days as within five days he has both Reading and the six fingered ones (Burnley) to play as the decision on whether 'Dom' Cellino is to get the keys to a very beleaguered Elland Road. Mr McDermott without doubt is a nice, honest man but so were Simon Grayson and Gary Mac to mention only two. The phrase 'Dead man walking' comes to mind.
This club we love expects, no demands better seasons than of late, another season in the mid table at best is not what the fans envisaged after the incredible first game versus Brighton. Rochdale, Wednesday and Bolton have shown that we aren't a good team and maybe the vast majority of our fans now accept it even though they would never admit it. We're Leeds aren't we! Yes we are but not quite United.
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