Under 21's outclassed by Blackpool
12 Nov 2020 09:01 am, by 1964white
Under 21's outclassed by Blackpool
Even with the first team assistance of Casilla and Povada, Leeds U21's were taken apart by third tier outfit Blackpool 3-0, leaving the Whites rock bottom of group G in the EFL 'Papa John’s' Trophy knockout stage. Over their three games (Accrington Stanley, Blackpool and Barrow), Leeds conceded 12 goals, and scored twice.
We are talking about multi millions of pounds worth of talent in the likes of Gelhardt, Summervile, Casey, Drameh, Cresswell, Davis and Greenwood to name a few. These players are supposed to be our backups when injuries, suspensions of fatigue takes its toll!
Would you expect U21 youngsters, most of which have been capped at International youth level to at least give a decent game to third tier clubs? Their only point came against Barrow, who sit near the drop zone of the third tier.
Do Leeds have the strength in depth to complete the season comfortably
Whilst Leeds style of play and fitness has been universally applauded, will they be able to sustain it until May 23rd? Do Leeds NEED to invest in January to make certain of Premiership football next season? Have the players had an opportunity to properly recharge their batteries since last season ended for the Whites late last July?
Do you think the break caused by the Corona Virus was a blessing in disguise for our Championship team of last season? Would they have had the energy and momentum to finish the season as strongly as they did without the Corona break?
Matteo speaks out about defensive woes
Former Leeds legend Dominic Matteo has spoken out at Leeds frailties and how he would be feeling he been in the defensive line up over the last few games. While Robin Koch and Liam Cooper play for Germany and Scotland they miss out on that time on the training ground.
“Marcelo Bielsa, with all his knowledge, will be keen to make defensive improvements during this period because although we’ve been great to watch and had lovely compliments, he won’t want to ship so many goals. For defenders it must be a nightmare at times, because we’re so attacking. The first thing I was thinking about as a defender was ‘what if’ – what if we lose the ball – and Leeds don’t seem to have a ‘what if.
No matter who is playing at Thorp Arch in these two weeks, the emphasis has to be on when we lose the ball and transition, getting numbers back. The fitness isn’t a problem, it’s just doing the right things. We conceded four against Leicester and four against Crystal Palace and, as a defender, I would be devastated. I remember playing at the back with Rio Ferdinand and thinking let’s try and be the best defence in the league. That’s going to be difficult for Leeds, they’re so attacking. Sometimes we just have to get the right number behind the ball and do the basics better.
Offensively, I’m not worried about Leeds, I think they’ll create chances, they’ll have a threat and score goals – Raphinha came on against Palace and had something about him – but they have to get better defensively. I feel there’s been a bit of naivety in the last two games and we’ve conceded poor goals.”
Leeds fans rave about Koch's performance
Germany last kept a clean sheet in November 2019, going six matches without one. But Koch excelled throughout the 90 minutes as Joachim Low’s side prevented the Czech Republic from netting, and nabbing a goal themselves.
Benfica summer signing Luca Waldschmidt scored the only goal of the game. The striker pounced after Czech goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka parried a fierce attempt by Florian Neuhaus into his path.
Though Germany enjoyed the lion share of possession, it was a close match in which the Czech Republic managed 15 attempts at goal – five of which were on target