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




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1964white wrote on 12 Nov 2020 06:21 pm

Cjay wrote: Thu Nov 12, 2020 4:36 pm U21.

It is a concern that the u21s are easily beaten by lower league opposition. The fact is this season more than most we are likely to need some of them at some point. That being said we would hopefully never be in a position to needs more than 1 or 2.

Depth.

Personally always worried about our depth, cm is expecially light. Only got one natural number 8, thats Klich.

Only got one natural senior dm, KP.

Only got 1 natural number 10, Pablo.

If you are looking for quality Prem level players in each position we have a lot of question marks.

Ayling, Dallas, are they really Prem level full backs or do they just do a job?

Is Coops a Prem level cb? Is Llorente the right replacement given he has struggled at left cb ?

Is it to much to soon for Meslier?

Do Costa and Harrison have enough end product?

Fortunately these are questions all newly promoted clubs have in the 1st season. Are players able to step up? Some wont be but some should surprise us maybe?

But depth wise in terms of quality then we do have large gaps. Have to say imo im not sure how long we can get away with Dallas, Koch, Coops and Ayling with Meslier. In the Championship fine, but defensively huge question marks exist on 4 of those 5 (Koch will be fine).

Personally i think fbs in this system are so vital, not sure Dallas and Ayling will be good enough.
Viable questions Cjay

This season will be revealing come May 2021

1964white wrote on 12 Nov 2020 06:17 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Thu Nov 12, 2020 3:55 pm Leon I was thinking more next season and beyond with Dallas. At the minute he is doing a great job for us, but with further investment in the club Leeds really should be thinking of bolstering the wing back positions if they are to get to the heights.
Dallas would always be a great player to have around though, he proved that last season after the stick he took coming back from injury the season before. Re Harrison, there were times in games last season where he was left to patrol the whole left hand side on his own and did a great job.
Agree Ian we should be in a position to strengthen in certain areas come next season.

Lumiukko wrote on 12 Nov 2020 05:00 pm

U21s: I'm not so bothered about the defeat, I'd like to just know they played well and one or to players to have shown some class on the pitch, as quite rightly, we wouldn't be asking all of them to step up to the seniors at once. To be frank, I was hoping that Gelhardt would have a cracking game to reinforce the idea he could replace Roberts on the bench, but is he even ready?

Matteo: Always liked him in a Leeds shirt and always looked as if he cared for wearing the shirt. That he even mentions "We're" means he's still one of us. As for his words, he is right, and I think a lot of work needs to be done at the back. I am not convinced that we have a PL level defence outside Koch (and maybe Llorente- who knows til we see him play for us). Ayling and Dallas will do a job for us, and Dallas if any has looked the better player in the PL. Wondering if Ayling could be transitioned into a CB with us buying a couple of better full backs or buying one and converting Harrison into one? Ayling played at CB very well there against Villa; he has some height, reads the game pretty well, and can spread the ball out from the back.

Also think:
-We need another experienced goalie, would still consider Romero from Scum for a couple of seasons.
-We need another DM for cover to KP, unless Struijk can do the job with a more secure defence behind him.
-We need that extra quality 8/10 to cover Klich or to unpick defences. Still like the idea of Rodrigo de Paul or Almada.

Lastly, Koch: As I mentioned elsewhere, watched the game and he was solid in defence and impressive when on the ball. It wasn't a first choice Germany backline by any means so that also adds weight to the idea that Cooper (or the fullbacks) are not helping the partnership, rather than the other way around. The internationals are not helping us either, with both Coops and Koch away for two weeks when perhaps Bielsa could've worked with his centrebacks to form some better understanding.

Byebyegeegee wrote on 12 Nov 2020 04:39 pm

Under 21s disappointing - men against boys literally and by the sounds of it metaphorically as well. I wonder if the under 23s would have faired any better and indeed would there have been any difference in personnel?

I don’t think our recent goal leakage is all just down to our defence though it’s the way we play (i.e. high press and all out attack). It’s fantastic to watch but if our midfield or forwards lose the ball by being tackled or a misplaced pass we are very vulnerable to a quick counter attack because our defence is so far forward.
If Kalvin and Rodrigo (and Llorente for that matter) are fit to play against Arsenal I’m sure it will make a big difference.

Cjay wrote on 12 Nov 2020 04:36 pm

U21.

It is a concern that the u21s are easily beaten by lower league opposition. The fact is this season more than most we are likely to need some of them at some point. That being said we would hopefully never be in a position to needs more than 1 or 2.

Depth.

Personally always worried about our depth, cm is expecially light. Only got one natural number 8, thats Klich.

Only got one natural senior dm, KP.

Only got 1 natural number 10, Pablo.

If you are looking for quality Prem level players in each position we have a lot of question marks.

Ayling, Dallas, are they really Prem level full backs or do they just do a job?

Is Coops a Prem level cb? Is Llorente the right replacement given he has struggled at left cb ?

Is it to much to soon for Meslier?

Do Costa and Harrison have enough end product?

Fortunately these are questions all newly promoted clubs have in the 1st season. Are players able to step up? Some wont be but some should surprise us maybe?

But depth wise in terms of quality then we do have large gaps. Have to say imo im not sure how long we can get away with Dallas, Koch, Coops and Ayling with Meslier. In the Championship fine, but defensively huge question marks exist on 4 of those 5 (Koch will be fine).

Personally i think fbs in this system are so vital, not sure Dallas and Ayling will be good enough.