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The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by Ellandback1 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:51 am

Good Morning Everyone

Bielsa has been speaking to the YEP regarding strengthening the squad in the New Year.

El Loco revealed that he expected January to pass without any major signings, saying he “didn’t see the need to bring new players in now.”

“I’m very happy with and the players Victor Orta brought to the club,”

“I don’t see the need to bring any other player in now.

“If it’s a player better than the ones we have then I would agree with the fact that he comes but I know how expensive that could be. And when a new player comes he doesn’t have the same advantage as the ones who are already present.

He has to adapt to the team, the style of work, the city and the club. “For the second part of the season, when you buy a player it has an impact on the club’s finances because the big players are not easily available.

Apart from a situation where the team needs someone and the possibility of having a player is clear, we won’t buy anyone.




Now, lets have a look at our injury list this season, and the amount of weeks the player(s) have currently been sidelined!

Forshaw 6

Dallas 4

Jansson 3

Cooper 2

Hernandez 7

Berardi 6

Roofe 6

Bamford 14

Douglas 4

Harrison 1

Ayling 5

Pearce 4

Blackman dead

BPF 1





Let us also remember that Cooper, Dallas, Ayling and Berardi are all out until the New Year!

Is Bielsa saving face to maintain his stance on player transfers?

Has Radrizzani told the Argentine that the coffers are bare in January?

By not strengthening in the New Year, will it put Leeds at a disadvantage compared to our competitors who bring new faces in!

Given the chance to replace our loanees (apart from Brown), who would take that gamble?

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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by rab_rant » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:38 am

Well that is refreshing to hear that there are no irons in the fire
and that he won't have to stay tuned until the last hour of the transfer window.

At the beginning of the season Bielsa wins two games, and reporters are
asking him will Leeds win the league? He does not say yes and he does
not say no... just that from such a small sample set you can not make an analysis.
That is not what reporters want to hear.

They want want him to say YES, so they can castigate him if he fails.
They want him to say NO, so they can reproach him for being negative.

If we have learnt anything about Bielsa he never gives the answers that
the punters expect... and so it is with the January transfer window.
We all want to hear about the players we will be going after and the
money we are going to be spending. This only raises false hopes
and expectations if none of it comes to fruition.

But fans would not be fans if they did not want to speculate, but Bielsa
is not in that business. His statements are based on analysis over a
time space continuum. He deals with the big picture, whereas the punters
concentrate on the minutiae of the details... namely injuries, deficiencies, and
suspensions.

Good poker players always hold their cards close to their chests, and Bielsa
is no different. The opposition will learn nothing of Leeds plans going forward.
And it would not surprise me in the least if we see Emma Jones in goal in the new year,
and a couple of groundsmen slotting into the midfield, and Roofe being partnered
up front by the tea lady. And the punters will still be confused and mystified that
Bielsa can still win games with a team like that.

Bielsa and his tactics and statements just defy conventional wisdom, and that pisses
everybody off (Sven Erickson the latest).

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nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happenstance to them all.


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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by Chilli D » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:38 am

Morning All,

A surprising statement to say the least and contradictory to Angus Kinnear's statement that we would be looking to sign a keeper as early as possible in January.
I'm sure AK, VO and AR will have many discussions with Bielsa about possible signings between now and January 1st despite what MB is saying and a lot will depend on how we fare between now and then.
December / January is typically the busiest period of the season in terms of games and our threadbare squad will be tested to the limit.
It looks as though Brown and Bamford are in the squad and it seems that Ayling may only be 2-3 weeks away so we may be okay.
The squad is crying out for a recognized CB though and if Pontus gets injured any time soon, we are in trouble.
We all trust in Bielsa but if we don't sign anyone in January and we fall away badly, questions will be asked at the end of the season.

Chilli

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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by HarryofOz » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:41 am

Good points made by Bielsa and I agree that any player worth bringing in in January must strengthen the team and will be expensive because of that. But that expense may be worth it. Cannot make any complaints about what our current squad have achieved so far under Bielsa,
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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by SG90 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:54 am

The worry for me is all the teams around us are parachute payments teams and Forest and Derby have billionaire owners, so we won't be able to compete with them in January.

I don't read too much into Bielsa's comments tbh. I'm sure the club are looking at reinforcements, AK already confirmed we're going to sign a gk. We definitely need another CB and a winger.

I still think we need support in CM, as Phillips and Klich have been iron men this season playing every game, including cups and internationals for Klich as well.

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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by gessa » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:03 am

I'd be happy with 2 signings but they have to improve the teamm not the squad.

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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by 1964white » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:40 am

HarryofOz wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:41 am
Good points made by Bielsa and I agree that any player worth bringing in in January must strengthen the team and will be expensive because of that. But that expense may be worth it. Cannot make any complaints about what our current squad have achieved so far under Bielsa,
As oppose to some of the dirge we brought in the summer & previous seasons

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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by 1964white » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:44 am

gessa wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:03 am
I'd be happy with 2 signings but they have to improve the teamm not the squad.
They are out there if we look in the right direction mate

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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by 1964white » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:51 am

Ellandback1 wrote:
Fri Dec 07, 2018 7:51 am

Now, lets have a look at our injury list this season, and the amount of weeks the player(s) have currently been sidelined!

Forshaw 6

Dallas 4

Jansson 3

Cooper 2

Hernandez 7

Berardi 6

Roofe 6

Bamford 14

Douglas 4

Harrison 1

Ayling 5

Pearce 4

Blackman dead

BPF 1
Let us also remember that Cooper, Dallas, Ayling and Berardi are all out until the New Year!
s (apart from Brown), who would take that gamble?
Good morning Matt & all

By the end of January the total games missed from our main players will total way over 125 games I suspect :shock:

Incredible achievement from Bielsa & his players left standing so far !

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Re: The LUFC Breakfast Debate (Fri 7th Dec)

Post by 1964white » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:56 am

Interesting stat on FB today, from StatZone:

Leeds United have faced fewer shots on target than any other team in the Championship this season (63), with only Middlesbrough conceding fewer goals (13) than the Whites (17).

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