One point will do it for Leeds United!
17 Jul 2020 08:02 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Friday 17th July, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Below par Leeds grind out a win
A below par Leeds Utd scrapped their way to within a point of automatic promotion last night, bringing 16 years of hurt finally to an end. The Whites are now five points clear of West Brom, and six ahead of Brentford with only two games to go. If either West Brom fail to win at Huddersfield this evening, or Brentford don't get maximum points at Stoke on Saturday, Leeds will be declared Champions, Champions of Euro.... the Championship - WACCOC.
The Tykes gave blood sweat and tears, in what has been described as their best performance of the season by far. Unfortunately for Gerhard Strubers side, they were not clinical enough in front of goal. The only goal of the game came against the run of play in the 28th minute. Barnsley's inswinging corner was met by the diving head of Danish centre back Mads Andersen. Fortunately for Leeds, his free header was narrowly wide.
Leeds resulting goal kick found Klich, who released Bamford on the right hand side of the Barnsley penalty area. He skipped a challenge before beautifully cutting the ball back. Pressure from Costa was enough of a distraction for centre back Michael Sollbauer to turn the ball into his own net.
Leeds continued to ride their luck for the next hour, though they could have extended their lead on several occasions after breaching the Barnsley defence. With the amount of times Leeds have dominated matches this season, but were undone by a solitary shot on target, Leeds were due a bit of luck, its just a shame that the win has more or less guaranteed third tier football for Barnsley next season.
Marcelo Bielsa's post match reaction
Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber:
We played so well against a massive opponent. It's so frustrating. "We have played at our level these past few games, but our issue is taking top chances and being clinical. "The whole team was so brave, but the conviction in the last pass was not at the right level.
Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa:
Even if in the first half we didn’t have a big impact we could control the match to create some chances.
In the second half we couldn’t control the match and it was difficult for us to defend. It's a team in attack had a lot of players that can unbalance the match. In the match progressed they added more offensive players and removed defensive players. We organised ourselves to try resolve the adaptation we had to resolve. But it was difficult for us to defend well and we didn’t attack well in particular.
Until the situation is mathematically resolved we can not talk about promotion. We (coaches) will not watch the West Brom or Brentford games. We focus on ourselves.
Leeds in talks with Pool over exciting left back
Leeds are in talks with Liverpool regarding their highly rated defender Yasser Larouci. The 19 year old Algerian left back signed for Klopp's team back in 2017 from French outfit Le Havre, and although he has not seen any first team action, mainly due to the form of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, he is highly thought of by the Liverpool Management.
Alex Inglethorpe, head of Liverpool’s academy said:
Yasser’s natural ability going forward is eye-catching.
Athletic Journalist James Pearce wrote:
“Algeria-born Larouci, who was signed from Le Havre in 2017, is now set to leave Liverpool this summer after entering the final year of his contract and turning down an extension. The 19-year-old’s agent has informed the club that he wants to move on in search of regular first-team football. “Discussions have already been held with a number of clubs, including Leeds United and Brentford.
Leeds journalist Phil Hay confirmed the interest but commented that the valuation was an issue for Leeds.