Newcastle Utd V Leeds Utd Match Thread - Llorente starts, Klich on the bench

24 Jan 2021 01:53 pm, by Ellandback1


Tuesday 26th January 18.00 | St James Park

Leeds are the visitors to St James Park on Tuesday evening, still looking for their first points (and goal) of the new year. It's been just over five weeks since the two sides met at Elland Road, producing a seven goal thriller with Leeds coming from behind to comfortably win 5-2. With four consecutive defeats, Newcastle have slipped within two place of the drop zone. They will be desperate to get points on the board but will have to play better than they did Saturday evening when they only recorded one shot on target, in their 2-0 defeat at Villa Park.

Leeds welcome back England midfielder Kalvin Phillips to defensive midfield duties after serving a one game ban. Diego Llorente is fit to play following his positive contribution for the U23's against Stoke City last week where he scored the only goal of the game. Luke Ayling should return to his favoured right back position with Dallas on the left. Pablo Hernandez is pushing for more game time but will find it difficult to dislodge record signing Rodrigo. Illan Meslier returned to training following illness, suepected to be Covid, but it is not yeat clear whether he will be fit enough to regain his place between the sticks from Kiko Casilla.




Steve Bruce has issues at both ends of the pitch with Newcaslte shipping nearly as many goals as Leeds this season, but not managing to make up for it at the other end of the pitch. He may be boosted by the comeback of winger Allan Saint-Maximin at the weekend, but it's unclear if he's fit to start after his lengthy Covid-19 absence. If he does he could be the one to watch. Javier Manquillo is doubtful, while Federico Fernandez, Ciaran Clark and Paul Dummett all remain out.

Anyone who watched Steve Bruce’s Newcastle at Bramall Lane the other week would probably have thought they were the worst team in the Premier League. Which is impressive given they were playing Sheffield United, a team who had not won a game all season until that point. With the attacking threats of Jonjo Shelvey, Allan Saint-Maximin, Joelinton, Dwight Gayle, Miguel Almirón and Callum Wilson at his disposal everyone questions why Bruce sets his Newcastle team up so negatively and rightly so!

But more recently Steve Bruce has been taking a gamble, going all in starting a more attacking side. Back to the traditional 4-4-2 a front line of Wilson and Carroll supported by Shelvey pulling the strings in the middle and Joelinton and Almirón providing the pace and creativity out wide. But it is a strategy that hasn't worked, losing 3-0 to Arsenal and 2-0 to Villa. Will Bruce gamble again against Leeds or will he revert to sitting back? Neither system has served him well and both present great opportunities to Leeds United to take advantage of Newcastle’s defensive frailties with Marcelo Bielsa’s swashbuckling attacking style. If we can put the past few results behind us after a good break it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to think we could put another five past them!

Leeds Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Cooper, Llorente, Alioski, Phillips, Dias Belloli, Dallas, Rodrigo, Harrison, Bamford

Substitutes
Poveda, Roberts, Casilla, Costa, Hernández, Struijk, Davis, Klich, Shackleton

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1964white wrote on 28 Jan 2021 12:15 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:43 am I guess the Noocastle fans didnt think as highly as some of us about there teams performance the player ratings from fans reflects their mood...
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Shar got his just reward closely followed by Maxim for his 26 minutes on the park...Some of the comments re Shelvey wow.... the rest didnt get much better.

Noocastle has always been a tough gig.
Our ratings weren't that clever apart from the obvious five, admittedly better than the barcodes, Paddy & Ali's were atrocious

Leeds MOT average ratings

8.3 99.0 Raphinha
7.7 90.5 Rodrigo
7.4 89.0 Harrison
7.0 83.5 Struijk (sub)
6.8 82.0 Meslier
6.2 74.5 Roberts (sub)
6.1 73.0 Dallas
6.0 71.5 Ayling
5.6 67.0 Klich (sub)
5.3 63.5 Phillips
5.3 63.0 Cooper
3.7 44.0 Alioski
3.5 39.0 Bamford (11 ratings)
n/a n/a Llorente

The Fish wrote on 28 Jan 2021 10:56 am

Smudge3920 wrote: Thu Jan 28, 2021 10:43 am I guess the Noocastle fans didnt think as highly as some of us about there teams performance the player ratings from fans reflects their mood...
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Noo1.jpg
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Shar got his just reward closely followed by Maxim for his 26 minutes on the park...Some of the comments re Shelvey wow.... the rest didnt get much better.

Noocastle has always been a tough gig.
Always take player ratings with a tonnage of salt. Almiron, Schar, Darlow, ASM, Hayden and Shelvey (who I f**king hate) had decent games. Problem has never been with the players. It's Bruce.

Newcastle has always been a tough place to play for the visitors and the home team. When it's going well, or the team is putting in a shift, it's supportive and loud. When they're phoning it in, or the performances are poor it's toxic.

I remember when we were average under Gullit, the fans didn't have faith in him, or some of the players he brought in, so the place was horrible. Then Robson came in and it was sunlit uplands. Same happened when Hughton got the gig, the players were working hard, there was a real sense of connection, and they were hailed as heroes.

Smudge3920 wrote on 28 Jan 2021 10:43 am

I guess the Noocastle fans didnt think as highly as some of us about there teams performance the player ratings from fans reflects their mood...
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Noo1.jpg
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Shar got his just reward closely followed by Maxim for his 26 minutes on the park...Some of the comments re Shelvey wow.... the rest didnt get much better.

Noocastle has always been a tough gig.

Smudge3920 wrote on 27 Jan 2021 06:45 pm

hector wrote: Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:33 pm That is because the latin for yours is

Wankus ab tankum

:) :)
:lol: ...funnily enough an ex member went out to Thailand and opened up a bar named... Wanky Tankies...made a fortune :lol: ...true story...

hector wrote on 27 Jan 2021 06:33 pm

Smudge3920 wrote: Wed Jan 27, 2021 6:05 pm being in a Regiment of Northern lads... it was apt that our motto was in English..."FEAR NAUGHT" ...unlike Hecors lot and all the cavalry ponces ...stuck up lot :) :P
That is because the latin for yours is

Wankus ab tankum

:) :)