Stats show glaring misses have cost Leeds 23 points this season
23 Jun 2020 07:40 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Tuesday 23rd June, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road..
Hernandez on the mend
Leeds Utd journalist Phil Hay has delivered some encouraging news regarding the fitness of veteran play maker Pablo Hernandez. The 35 year old picked up a knock during a session of murderball last week which kept him sidelined from the Cardiff game on Sunday. Former Chief football writer for the YEP, Phil Hay believes the Spaniard has a good chance of being ready for the crunch match against Fulham on Saturday...
They’re telling us he’ll be back training this week – so ideally involved against Fulham. Sometimes it’s easy to under-estimate the sheer quality of his passing and vision. It makes a difference so often. You almost take him for granted because he’s so gifted.
Did we miss Hernandez on Sunday? How did Roberts perform in his place? Does Roberts deserve to get dropped? If Hernandez is fit to start, would you like to see Roberts replace Bamford in the starting line up? How likely is that to happen?
Whelan fumes about striking options - 'Its a joke'
Noel Whelan was incensed and described it as 'a joke' that Leeds did not have a back up forward on the bench. The former centre forward claimed that Leeds were the only team in the Championship that had no replacement striker on the bench.
It is a huge problem. A huge problem!
I do not know any Championship side this weekend that did not have a striker on their bench. This is a joke, quite frankly. A team that is level on points, top of the league, only has one striker to choose from and no options on the bench. I cannot think of any side that has no replacement striker. That is poor for a club like Leeds United. I cannot remember a time where we have no had a second striker on the bench for the whole season. Most teams benches are stronger than Leeds, teams that are not even up there challenging.
Will missed opportunities cost Leeds?
Have you wondered what position Leeds would be in, if they put away their chances? I suppose all teams can say the same about missing good opportunities........ until now! 'EFL Stats' have recreated the Championship table to incorporate every goal-scoring chance, and the likelihood of scoring. Expected goals (xG) measures the quality of a shot based on several variables such as assist type, shot angle and distance from goal, whether it was a headed shot and whether it was defined as a big chance.