Is it Nketiah time yet?
29 Aug 2019 07:12am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Thursday 29th August, and here are the Leeds Utd headlines...
Butland celebrates historic win
Stoke and England Goal keeper Jack Butland has angered Leeds fans on social media (which isn't hard to do). The 20m rated player took to twitter to celebrate their historic win against Leeds. Although his reaction of beating a team that had made eight changes from the starting XI that had destroyed them 3-0 days before were slightly exaggerated, it's reassuring that other teams are once again respectful of our club.
Bridges reveals players concern regarding burnout
Leeds players including Captain Liam Cooper expressed their concerns about burnout with Ex player Michael Bridges during their recent trip to Australia.
The 5m David O'Leary signing finished his career in Australia playing for the Lambton Jaffas!!!
Speaking to the press, the 41yo shared:-
"I was speaking to a few of players, (including) Liam Cooper the captain... they just felt after Christmas they'd almost run out of energy, the way they'd been playing football,"
"It's not one game a week, some of the boys are playing three a week. They just felt they didn't have enough rest and didn't feel quite right going into games.
"And I think Bielsa's learned a lot from last season and the boys will be a lot fitter and fresher this year.
"The style of play, like I say, is absolutely superb to watch. And they're running teams into the ground, not only with the ball but without the ball, they close them down, there's a high press and I think that it all comes down to the work that is done off the park and keeping the boys as fresh as possible to play this brand of football."
When will Nketiah get his chance?
We have all seen the predatory instincts of Eddie Nketiah. It's not just his lightening pace or his natural ability to find the back of the net, but the positions he gets himself into would scare most teams in the Premiership. Bearing this in mind, is it not time for Bielsa to give him proper first team action?
Surpringly Nketiahs odd's of being top goal scorer for the Championship have fallen from 20/1 to 25/1.
As soon as Bielsa finds a starting position for the 19yo, watch these odds tumble...
Whelan in awe of Dallas
Noel Whelan has been speaking to the press about the transformation of Stuart Dallas. The 28yo has gone from occasional substitute to 'must start' since his transformation to wing back.
“He was my man of the match by a long stretch against Stoke last weekend,” “His energy levels, fitness, creativity were all outstanding and he got a goal as well.
“There are so many wingers converted to wing-backs these days. Defending is secondary for them. But Dallas’ defending has come on leaps and bounds. He is no longer vulnerable when facing an attacker, as his body positioning is so much better.
“He is a player transformed. He looks more confident and far more effective than he did when he was just an attacking player.”
What happens when Ayling is fit again? What would you do?