Leeds need another Striker, Whelan

20 Nov 2019 08:42 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Wednesday 20th November, and here are the latest headlines...


Hernandez commits future to Leeds

Pablo Hernandez had agreed terms on a new two-year deal at Elland Road, which ties him down until he's 37. It was widely suggested hat the 34 year old would hang up his boot at the end of the season to go in to a coaching role, but the lure of a 30 month contract was too good to turn down. Hernandez has two goals and two assists in 10 appearances this season.

He joins Klitch, Cooper, Dallas and Ayling in signing new lucrative long term deals, but are these players good enough for the Premiership? Furthermore, the length of the respective deals will mean that each player will be at least 32 when their contracts reach maturity! Can multiple players of that age still play high tempo Bielsaball?




Whelan - We need another Striker

Noel Whelan has expressed that Leeds could fall short for a second consecutive season unless they strengthen in January, and according to the Soccer pundit who is still close to the club, they have no plans to sign anybody in January!

Right now, the word coming out of Elland Road is Leeds are not looking to buy anyone in January. That would be a mistake. We need another striker. Defensively, we are very good, but we are winning matches by only one goal, the margins are too tight. We need three natural centre-forwards minimum, and I don’t count Tyler Roberts as one. Clearly, Bielsa doesn’t either as he uses him in an attacking midfield position. If Leeds are serious about promotion they need another striker in January. We are currently without Eddie Nketiah due to injury. What happens if Patrick Bamford gets injured at the weekend. I would be very suggested if Patrick went the whole season without getting injured. His career history suggests he will at some stage.

How much of a gamble are Leeds taking if they do not strengthen their squad in January?




Your first ever Leeds game

When was your first ever Leeds game? How old were you? Did the Whites win? Were you hooked from that moment?

Have you ever had to sit with opposition fans to get in to an away match? Were you found out?



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Norm wrote on 23 Nov 2019 03:30 pm

My first away game was at Anfield on (iirc) 9/12/1967 - I hadn't been to Anfield before and somehow my girlfriend and I got into the kop, obviously surrounded by hordes of koppites. Liverpool scored in the first 30 minutes, don't remember when, then Sprake went to throw the ball out in the 44th minute and somehow didn't release the ball soon enough, with the result it went into his own goal. Naturally the koppites had a field day, especially when the half-time music was "Careless Hands".

Starting the second half my girlfriend shouted "Come on Leeds" so we were ratted out, but all the koppites were in a good mood so nothing bad happened - pretty memorable game lost 2-0!

Muppet the Cat wrote on 22 Nov 2019 10:00 pm

Ellandback1 wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:42 am
Have you ever had to sit with opposition fans to get in to an away match? Were you found out?
Ones that spring to mind are West Ham (oddly I got tickets via a competiton in the South Wales Echo, why a Cardiff based daily newspaper was offering a prize of tickets to see Leeds at West Ham I don't know - but they were in the Home end), Cardiff on a number of occasions, Swansea, Spurs, Arsenal and Luton.

Other than the Cardiff and Swansea ones (and recently Charlton) all were many moons ago.

I think most fans usually cotton on if you're an away fan - but I've never really any problem, as long as you don't act the idiot you're usually OK - but then it does depend which part of the home ground you're in.

Probably the most frustrating 'wrong' end to have been in, given the importance of the match and the anticipation, was with the Coventry fans at the FA Cup semi-final game at Hillsborough. I was living in Coventry at the time and got my ticket via CCFC. Although I tried to get transferred the stewards were having none of it.

weasel wrote on 21 Nov 2019 08:35 am

Whelan talks out of his ar$e especially the bit about Tyler Roberts. Bielsa played Roberts up front last season when Roofe and Bamford were both out at the same time. With Bielsa playing just 1 up top then that is why Roberts has not had any time as the no.9 this season as up until the last match we had 2 strikers available.

As evidenced by the recent thrashing by Derby U23s the youth players may not be as good as some people seem to think they are - note Clarke Odour playing for Barnsley U23s against us and not really featuring for their first team despite being highly regarded by a lot of our fans after looking good in a couple of cameo friendly appearances. I would like to see Edmondson getting a chance on our bench but Bielsa, and his staff, are far better than me at judging players.

First ever Leeds game was away to Notts County in 1984. Leeds won 2-1 thanks to a Tommy Wright brace - although it was 1-1 before I got into the stadium due to the queues and two very early goals. Was hooked before that although in those days nowhere near the same level of tv exposure, especially as we were in Division 2.

Have been in the wrong end at Macclesfield, Newcastle and Man Utd. I think a lot of Leeds fans were in the away end for the Macclesfield game. Against Newcastle it was the season they should have won the league. We were 1-0 up and generally in control before a Lukic howler allowed Beardsley to score from distance. Needless to say I was probably the only person not standing up to cheer their goal or when they got the winner shortly afterwards. Their fans were so full of themselves that I actually wanted Man U to win the title that season (a bit like how the Liverpool fans celebrated early a few seasons back). The Man U game was for our FA Cup win when Beckford scored - thankfully with Beckford's goal going over the line in almost slow motion I was able to refrain from jumping up to celebrate. I felt really confident we could win the game before the game, with us playing so well under Grayson, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered going as wouldn't have wanted to sit amongst opposition fans to watch us get thrashed.

1964white wrote on 21 Nov 2019 08:17 am

Chilli D wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 7:01 am
Sorry but I don't see the logic in that statement 64.
He's banging goals in on a regular basis for the U23's which is the next level down from the first team so how do we know if he's ready for the championship or not if he isn't given the chance?
I'm not saying he should start but while Eddie is out injured surely we should have a recognised striker who is full of confidence right now on the bench as cover for Bamford?
Watched the U23's two or three times this season & Ryan seems to have struggled on the occasions I've seen him play. Rumours are that he is going out on loan to L1/L2 club to give him more competitive match experience.

You are right Chilli we should have a recognised striker on the bench, unfortunately that is the crazy situation we're in as we seem to operate on a handful of strikers/CB's but have millions of midfielders/wing-backs in our squad. Right now god help us if Bamford, White or Phillips suffer a long-term injury.

Chilli D wrote on 21 Nov 2019 07:01 am

1964white wrote:
Wed Nov 20, 2019 3:36 pm
Because he's not ready for championship football Chilli

Noises coming out of Thorpe Arch that Leeds are looking to loan Edmondson out in January
Sorry but I don't see the logic in that statement 64.
He's banging goals in on a regular basis for the U23's which is the next level down from the first team so how do we know if he's ready for the championship or not if he isn't given the chance?
I'm not saying he should start but while Eddie is out injured surely we should have a recognised striker who is full of confidence right now on the bench as cover for Bamford?