Who are Newcastle’s danger men?

16 Dec 2020 08:29 am, by YorkshireSquare


Good Morning. It's Wednesday 16th December, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Who are Newcastle United’s danger men?

Steve Bruce’s teams never get the heart racing do they? They don’t set the world on fire and this Newcastle team is no exception. But they do have players who can pose a threat, as demonstrated by Miguel Almiron as he gave the Magpies the lead after only 20 seconds against West Brom on Saturday. From the West Brom kick-off, a long ball saw Branislav Ivanovic outmuscled by Callum Wilson, with Joelinton collecting the ball to square for the free Almiron, who finished from an angle. West Brom came back into the game to draw level but Dwight Gayle's strike against the club where he once spent time on loan gave Newcastle the points.

But who do you think the biggest danger is against Leeds tonight? Top scorer Callum Wilson has netted 7 times this season and made 2 assists. Joelinton has 3 whilst Miguel Almirón and Jacob Murphy have a brace each. Steve Bruce also has options to change things from the bench with Dwight Gayle returning from injury in style. In his 20 minute cameo on Saturday he had 2 shots, both on target with one nestling in the back of the net. He also picked up the man of the match award. Bruce can also call upon 6 ft 4 in Andy Carroll to call upon who would be sure to cause trouble to Leeds United’s and their aerial weaknesses at the back.





Have Leeds lost their physical advantage?

Marcelo Bielsa inherited a mid-table Championship side and turned them into champions. A big part of that transformation has been the fitness levels of the players and the amount they run in each game. In the Championship this elevated Leeds above the opposition as they struggled to keep up with the physical demands placed on them by Leeds. But in the Premiership the opposition are fitter and stronger than their Championship counterparts. Are Leeds starting to lose their physical advantage? Leeds started the Premier League season with an intensity that teams couldn’t cope with, Liverpool and Manchester City game off the pitch exhausted.

But more recently team seem to have been able to cope with Leeds better. Marcelo Bielsa revealed that against West Ham Leeds put in their second-best game in the physical aspect, the only game they have run more in was against Aston Villa. But it was to no avail! West Ham sat back and counter attacked, making Leeds work harder and they were fit enough to stay in the game and trouble Leeds right to the end. The week before Chelsea matched Leeds in terms of their physical effort and in the second half dominated. Have Leeds lost their physical edge, do we now need more craft and guile to come out on top in the Premier League?





Are Greenwood and Gelhardt ready for the first team?

Leeds United’s U23 side currently sit top of the second tier of Premier League 2 following a 3-2 victory against Aston Villa on Sunday. Whilst the headlines were made this summer with the signings of Rodrigo and Raphinha there were two equally exciting signings made for the U23s in Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt. Between them they have scored 10 goals in 10 games so far this season. The pair are also versatile, capable of playing centre forward or in behind, switching roles and working as a pair.

Bielsa revealed Joe Gelhardt is a player who is very dangerous close to the box and Sam Greenwood is the player who has a lot of capacity to arrive into the free spaces. Given the excellent start both have had to the season for the U23s are they ready to make the bench for the first team? Could they offer something different than Tyler Roberts offers?





Pre-Match Debate - Can we break these horrible stats?

Newcastle are unbeaten in their last five away league games against Leeds (W4 D1), with this their first meeting since a 2-0 Championship win in November 2016. Their last defeat at Elland Road was in the Premier League in September 1999 (2-3). Newcastle have lost just one of their last 13 Premier League games in Yorkshire (W9 D3), losing 0-1 at Huddersfield in August 2017.

1) Will we WIN, LOSE or DRAW?
2) Will we keep a clean sheet
3) Who will be LUFC's most influential player tonight
4) Do you rate Steve Bruce
5) Who are Newcastle’s most influential/dangerous players?
6) If there is one player you could pluck from the current Newcastle team, who would it be?
7) What are your favourite Leeds v Newcastle moments at ER from years gone by?
8) Who are your favourite Newcastle players from the past?

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Ellandback1 wrote on 16 Dec 2020 03:43 pm

1964white wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:26 pm Not guilty Matt, it wasn't me :)
I know pal :angel:

1964white wrote on 16 Dec 2020 02:26 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 2:11 pm :shock:

Leon, how could you????
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Not guilty Matt, it wasn't me :)

1964white wrote on 16 Dec 2020 02:25 pm

1) Will we WIN, LOSE or DRAW?

I keep predicting us to win as I haven't got the brains or heart to go with a Leeds loss

2) Will we keep a clean sheet

Unconvinced we will, hence my 2-1 predicted scoreline

3) Who will be LUFC's most influential player tonight

Pablo, Rodrigo or Raphinha hopefully, we need our stars to shine

4) Do you rate Steve Bruce

Not really, right out of the old school of management

5) Who are Newcastle’s most influential/dangerous players?

Wilson, Gayle, Saint Maximin & Joelinton combined have all the attacking attributes we don't possess. Shelvey will dictate their play & no doubt Darlow will stop everything we throw at him, decent keeper

6) If there is one player you could pluck from the current Newcastle team, who would it be?

Dwight Gayle

7) What are your favourite Leeds v Newcastle moments at ER from years gone by?

The two matches that sticks in my memory were when we smashed the barcodes 5-0 in the mid-60's, I believe one of the goals may have been Terry Cooper's first goals for Leeds, he didn't score many, his cup final goal is the memorable one. The other game was in the 71/72 season when due to the inept Ray Tinkler in the previous season we were made to play our first four home games away from ER. Once again we battered the geordies 5-1 at Hillsborough in a half-empty stadium

8) Who are your favourite Newcastle players from the past?

Beardsley
Speed
Gascoigne
Waddle
McDonald
Keegan
Ferdinand Les
Ginola

Ellandback1 wrote on 16 Dec 2020 02:12 pm

Leeds1000 wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 1:47 pm Are Greenwood and Gelhardt ready for the first team?

When i watched the first half of the u23's the other day, Greenwood along with pablo were bossing the midfield. Whilst everything Pablo tried didn't come off, it was great to see him get his head up and look forward everytime he got the ball. Greenwood will be the next one to step up from the academy for me, lets not forget he can do a job up top aswell. Very technical play but don't expect him to do the dirty work. That's my initial impression, i could and i am usually wrong.

Even tho he doesn't look that big, Gelhardt likes to put himself about, you can almost sense a bit of frustration in his game that he's not being given a chance? If we want someone to come on and be a nuisance like Paddy does, then why not, but in terms of quality Greenwood for me all day long. If we want physicality then Gelhardt looks like he can stand up for himself.

Have Leeds lost their physical advantage?

Yes. Bielsa is about playing the ball along the floor, its a joy to watch, up there with the best football i have witnessed as a Leeds fan. If you are looking for big physical specimens being used like battering rams then the rumour is Alladyce may be back in football soon. :)

Both get results. I know which one i prefer.
Agreed, what a purchase Greenwood was. Taking nothing away from Gelhardt.

Ellandback1 wrote on 16 Dec 2020 02:11 pm

Leeds1000 wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:19 am Thanks guys for closing the other thread i lost all my answers. :)
:shock:

Leon, how could you????


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