Comfortable win for Pace setters Leeds

06 Jul 2020 07:48 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Monday 6th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Comfortable win for Pace setters Leeds

Blackburn Rovers lost only their fourth home game of the season as Leeds kept safe distance between themselves and the chasing pack. A good finish from Bamford, and an exquisite free kick courtesy of Phillips put the Whites in the driving seat at half time.

It could have been very different had Rovers taken their chances. Soon after Bamford had given the Whites the lead, Gallagher missed a guilt edged opportunity to equalise. The former England U20 International was clean through on the Leeds goal with only Meslier to beat, but fortunately for the Whites, he dragged the ball wide. Leeds rode their luck again minutes later when Gallacher threaded a ball to Holtby, who struck the post for six yards with Meslier beaten at his near post.

Just after the break Blackburn were back in the game. Rovers were gifted a free kick on the edge of the area. Adam Armstrong took full advantage of the referee's donation, and duly reduced the deficit by one. Leeds refused to get flustered and went searching for the third goal. They were rewarded five minutes later when Klich fired a low drive through a crowded penalty area to beat Walton at the far post. Fulham, Brentford and West Brom all won too.

Leeds do not play again until Thursday when Stoke City are the visitors to Eland Road (5pm KO). Fulham travel to the City Ground (Forest) tomorrow whilst on form Brentford entertain Charlton. The Bees have won 5 on the trot, and have not conceded a goal in any of these games. Douglas or Dallas once the Northern Ireland International returns from injury? Will Leeds be able to keep the distance?

Bielsa's post Match reaction

Augustin has no expectation of playing for Leeds again - Hay

Former Chief Football writer for the Yorkshire Evening Post Phil Hay revealed last night that he had spoken to “sources close to Augustin” and said the player has no expectation of playing for the club again. Sources close to Augustin have told The Athletic that his 48 minute Leeds Utd career is over. Hay wrote...

He has no expectation of playing for the club again and does not think Bielsa has any intention of persisting with him. All that remains is a battle between Leeds and Leipzig as the former try to escape their obligation and the latter hold out for an agreed fee of around £18 million.

German media outlet Kicker continue to claim that if the Whites backout of the £18m deal to sign the former PSG striker, parent club Leipzig will take the West Yorkshire club to Court to recoup their owed monies. Augustin has already cost Leeds £3.5m to cover the loan period / wages for the 23 year old.

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faaip wrote on 06 Jul 2020 05:12 pm

Injury not form forces MB to change, we don't really need a striker again til the current one gets injured...A replacement in that case was never really needed, though the fans would have cried foul. Roberts is the clear 2 should our current #1 go down as it stands. He'd take over with zero downgrade at the position..

weasel wrote on 06 Jul 2020 04:35 pm

In regards to the conspiracy theorists suggesting Orta signs players regardless of whether Bielsa wants them I would refer you to the fact Bielsa had a folder marked James when he did his infamous press conference in relation to the spying allegations. This shows to me that if Orta suggests a player then Bielsa will get all the information on that player and decide rather than simply Orta signing a player. Likely Che Adams impressed Bielsa last season and was the reason he was our first choice target. When JKA was signed Bielsa knew a lot about him, probably from his time in France, and seemed happy to have him - so I don't for one minute buy the argument that Bielsa didn't want him. However something clearly happened after the players resumed training as everything looked rosy up to that point. Whether that was simply another injury would appear doubtful given our decision not to look to pursue the deal.

weasel wrote on 06 Jul 2020 04:29 pm

Chilli D wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:08 am
The injury in January could have been the result of a heavy tackle or falling awkwardly which he wouldn't necessarily have got playing for Leeds. So to say that he would have missed that many games for Leeds is purely conjecture.
Roofe has seemingly always had to deal with injury problems, he was out of the team a few times last season with injuries including crucially at the end of the season. Anderlecht signed him despite him being injured at the time. He actually owns a protective boot which he often wears after matches. Last year of his contract and not looking to sign a new one and the club really only has one option - plus given Bamford's problems last season with injury as well as Tyler Roberts's injury record and the club probably saw it as a priority to sign a striker who had no history of injury problems - whether that was as a starter or back up. Signing Nketiah would have been a great signing if Bamford had got injured again, however we presumably signed him as a backup striker and as such apart from one match he was never needed to start - regardless of arguments over Bamford's form etc.

faaip wrote on 06 Jul 2020 03:59 pm

But you have to speculate to reason Che Adams would have gotten many games had we signed him. James could still be a bench reserve team player for us not flying high with whomever. He hadn't broken out when we tried to get him. Bogusz could be playing first team football to a high standard at any other Ch. club. We've seen Nketiah not good enough for us play very well for Arsenal ...

Irish Ian wrote on 06 Jul 2020 02:04 pm

Pity about JKA,

As with Nketiah, we will never know with Jakey But it is a sin to squander so much money.