Redknapp questions training methods, Augustin has quiet debut for U23s

04 Feb 2020 08:56 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Tuesday 4th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road....

Augustin has quiet debut for U23's

Jean-Kevin Augustin made his first appearance in a Leeds United shirt yesterday as the U23's were held to a 2-2 draw against local rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. The 22 year old former PSG hitman started the first 45 minutes for Carlos Corberan’s side before being substituted following an injury concern in the dying minutes of the first half. Fortunately it was nothing to worry about, and it was always planned that Augustin would only participate in the 45 minutes.

Its fair to say that the former French Youth International had a quiet game which disappointed a lot of fans hoping he would hit the ground running!

Redknapp questions whether Bielsa's training will lead to burnout!

Soccer pundit Jamie Redknapp has questioned Marcelo Bielsa's training sessions are too “intense” and whether that is having a detrimental affect on the Leeds players.

Is Bielsa’s training too intense? We hear stories about how intense Marcelo Bielsa’s training sessions are, so has that played a part in Leeds’ poor form?” Redknapp said. “This is not the first time this has happened, of course. Last season Leeds were top of the table on Boxing Day, six points clear of third. Then they went on to miss out on automatic promotion. Their players will be desperate to avoid the lottery of the play-offs again.

You may recall that during Leeds pre season tour of Australia, several Leeds players including Captain Liam Cooper confiding in former player Michael Bridges expressing their fears and concerns that burnout, come the second half of the season. The other thing Leeds struggled with last year (as well as the injury to Kemar Roofe)…

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.

Astonishing, after 30 league games only 14 players have played 5 games or more! Thoughts?

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Ellandback1 wrote on 04 Feb 2020 08:39 pm

Below 3 good Leeds performances.

Things these games have in common that we haven't seen recently.

Attacking in numbers

Quick turns of pace

Short bursts

If we lost the ball, we'd chase til we got it back. Now we see opposition surging runs

weasel wrote on 04 Feb 2020 07:29 pm

Indeed. If we continue creating 15-20 chances per match whilst limiting the opposition to less than 5 we should win many more than we lose. That is the reason we are in the top 2. If we converted more of our chances we'd be running away with it. However we weren't converting more of our chances early in the season when we were not 'burnt' out. Bamford wasn't knackered when he went on his long run without scoring. Klich didn't miss a penalty against Derby because he was tired. We didn't fail to score v Swansea because we were tired. We haven't suddenly become any different as a team because we are tired. We had a bit of luck in our winning run, the own goal Luton scored for us, Bamford's shot that hit the post but fell to Alioski to score, Kiko making vital saves and getting player of the month. Contrast that to bad luck, Hernandez's deflection for the goal, decisions going against us etc.

We have to trust the process and method of how we play with Bielsa because all it needs is for things to click in front of goal and we could easily win 10 games on the bounce scoring 30 goals. We are that good, we just can't finish. Hopefully Poveda and JKA can be the spark and calmness that we need in front of goal, Klich can rediscover his shooting boots, likewise Pablo and Costa. That happens and I feel Bamford would score more too.

SaraM wrote on 04 Feb 2020 07:03 pm

The chance element is important imo.

Fine margins. Bielsa does everything he can to influence the aspects of the game which can be influenced, but if the ball hits the post, or a player loses concentration at a vital moment, for example, these things happen. The game is not played by robots. There are no guarantees, and that is why it can be exciting and frustrating in equal measure.

mothbanquet wrote on 04 Feb 2020 06:43 pm

whiteswan wrote: Tue Feb 04, 2020 6:05 pm Agree, these things happen.....but shouldn't we have been 3 or 4 up by then.....there's the problem for me
Aye mate, undoubtedly should, but what in life goes the way it should? I'm not oblivious to the arguments for why Bielsa should do this or that differently but ultimately those changes would be subject to the same laws of chance and for each alternative put forward I don't see any actually changing most if not all the circumstances in which we've suffered setbacks. If there were any guarantees that giving Klich or Harrison a day off (bearing in mind that everyone went ten days without a game before Millwall and it didn't make any noticable difference to their performance) would yield better results then I believe Bielsa would do so.

But there are no guarantees, least of all in football. Should and shouldn't are just definitions of our expectations, not reality.

whiteswan wrote on 04 Feb 2020 06:05 pm

mothbanquet wrote: Tue Feb 04, 2020 3:18 pm Then you have goals like Wigan's or Millwall's second, circumstances for which any amount of new signings, squad rotation or tactical changes would have not made the slightest bit of difference. There are so many of these kinds of goals that sometimes you just have to shrug and accept that luck is something you can try to manage but ultimately will never control.
Agree, these things happen.....but shouldn't we have been 3 or 4 up by then.....there's the problem for me