Kinnear plans to turn Elland Road into World Class Stadium

19 Feb 2021 09:07 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Friday 19th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Kinnear plans to turn ER into World Class Stadium

Leeds United Managing Director Angus Kinnear has been talking on the Leeds Utd podcast about developing Elland Road and making the venue a world-class Stadium. Andrea Radrizzani has been eager to develop the facilities of the grounds, whilst obviously improving the team on the pitch. Kinnear said...

That process started prior to promotion. It's now accelerated with some pace. There's a clear vision from Andrea [Radrizzani] and the 49ers that we should have a world-class stadium for a world-class team.

Investment from the 49ers is going to strengthen the club at all levels. Andrea has been very clear and very selfless in his principle that if anyone wants to come in and help make Leeds United stronger, then he will welcome them with open arms and allow them to have a piece of the pie. With the 49ers, having known them now for two years, we found a group of people who not only have really great financial resources, but also have excellent operational and technical skills in terms of elite performance and running a sports organisation.

So there is a lot of empathy with the challenges we face and the opportunities. "But more importantly, they have become friends. Paraag and Jed [York] are now huge Leeds United fans. They are making this investment more through passion than any economic advantages. So with Andrea's vision and their capabilities, I don't think Leeds has had a stronger ownership group for some time, and I think we will see the benefits of that on the field and off the field.

I think there is a good chance of potentially something happening at the end of the season, for the cup finals," he said when asked about the prospect of fans returning. "But I think most of the Premier League is focused on ensuring that we get a full return to fans at the start of next season. "I think the learning across everybody as we've looked at all of the operational requirements, it's actually just better to get everybody back. Rather than have half or 25%, we just need to get back to full stadiums.

If the plan is to turn Elland Road into a 'top class Stadium' to compete with the likes of the Emirates or the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, surely Elland Road needs to be flattened, and start again, or accelerate the plans and designs to try and incorporate both training facilities and new Stadium on or around the Matthew Murray site where Leeds new training ground will be?

Liam Cooper

Leeds skipper Liam Cooper has certainly had his ups and downs since his 1m transfer from Chesterfield in 2014. Seven years on, Bielsa has molded the Hull born centre back into the best player he can be. Will Cooper ever set the World alight in the same way that the Chief did twenty years ago - No! We he always have a mistake in him - yes; but we know what to expect from the 29yo who has just completed 200 caps for the club.

There is no secret that Leeds need to improve significantly in defence. The extraordinary bad luck Leeds have had this season regarding Llorente and Koch have not helped Leeds cause but it has highlited Leeds frailties in defence. To have conceded 42 goals in 23 games is shocking, and it needs addressing urgently. Whilst we can point the finger at Cooper's defensive partner, we have to ask the question whether Cooper will be good enough next season when Leeds start to build a stronger team? If not, who would be a natural Captain?

Team news for tonight

Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo have both been ruled out of tonight's mid table Premiership clash at the Molineux. Pascal Struijk will drop back to defence to partner skipper Liam Cooper, allowing Stuart Dallas and Luke Ayling to revert back to their natural wing back positions (thank goodness). Stuart Dallas has the unenviable role of marking Wolves power house Adama Traore. Diego Llorente has returned to training and he is available for selection. Due to his recent injury issues, he is likely to be used sparingly.

It's Mateusz Klich's turn at defensive midfield as Bielsa tries to find the best option to temporarily fill Kalvin Phillips boots! Out of the five games Phillips has missed through injury, Leeds have won, just once (home v Crystal Palace). Shackleton keeps his plack in midfield, and Alioski drops to the bench. Nuno Espírito Santo's team are looking to complete the double for the first time this season!

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andrewjohnsmith wrote on 19 Feb 2021 05:34 pm

Pleased to hear the ambitions of the club moving forward - including the stadium

Liam Cooper will probably be around for at least another season. Many might argue that he's our 4th or 5th best center back. But that's never been an issue because we've never had everyone fully fit. Strujik has developed a great deal and may be pushing him for a spot alongside Koch or Llorente. So what's his future? I think he'll slip to the bench but still get plenty of playing time. That still makes him club captain for another season. He's definitely professional enough,

I'd not read the team news but it pretty much sounds like the team we we'd have expected last week. Strujik and Ayling in their strongest positions. Shackleton's future will probably be better in midfield (and a RB fill-in). Dallas at LB may be a matter of the opposition. It will be interesting to see how Klich does at DMC. He was great against Villa in an emergency, but doesn't seem naturally suited there.

Leeds1000 wrote on 19 Feb 2021 04:57 pm

He does go on a bit Kinnear. At least they are redeveloping ER and not looking to move somewhere else.

Liam Cooper

I used to fight his corner alot but i gave up after the Norwich challenge a few years back. He's one of us (a fan), i actually think he's a decent footballer, especially on the ball, if he was a bit taller and quicker he would be top class. As it is he's the best defender we have currently available imo.
Two international defenders were bought in to take his place, that hasn't worked out well and i can't see us spending anymore in the summer so he could still be our CB this time next year. I think we need better but i could probably say that about 8 other players if i was being picky. He's done me a gud en so far this season.

Our style can leave them exposed at times but there is no excuses at all for the poor defending on corners.

John in Louisiana wrote on 19 Feb 2021 04:39 pm

The new 49ers stadium in Santa Clara - about a 45 minute - one hour drive south of downtown San Francisco - is full of corporate boxes, but they did a good job by placing them above and behind the seats for the regular fans. The only complaints are that they built it where it's tough to get to via public transit and it's hot (and I mean HOT), especially if you're sitting in the east stand. Other than that, an outstanding facility.

My stinking department head called a meeting for this afternoon and I won't get to watch the game.


Ron Swanson wrote on 19 Feb 2021 02:08 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:09 am Talking about midfield - Bielsa has been experimenting with square pegs in round holes all season. What he won't do, is drop his favourites. Take Klich for example. He has been off form for the last 10 games. Why has he not been dropped. Any other Manager would have!!!!
At this point Rodrigo isn’t a perfect partner for Klich in the middle.

I’d be interested to discover what he really thinks of Shackleton... because rating Struijk as a DM/deep playmaker ahead of him isn’t great...

He’s a good passer and has a great engine. Defensively not great but he’s less worse at that than Pascal is at passing forwards from the 4 position. Quicker too.

Ron Swanson wrote on 19 Feb 2021 02:03 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:08 am Mate, most of those terraces are worth between £400,000-500,000 upwards each.
London prices are insane, even in s**t hole areas.