Leeds fans unhappy with performances this season
02 Apr 2021 07:41 am, by YorkshireSquare
Good Morning. It's Friday 2nd April, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds fans happy with the way club is run but unhappy with performances
This week The Athletic revealed the results of their Premier League fans survey. They asked their subscribers six questions; happiness with clubs performance, if fans wanted their manager in charge next season, if the team had a chance of winning a trophy by next season, if fans believed their club is well run, if the club has spent well on transfers and if the football played is entertaining. All results were converted into a score out of 100 to give an approval rating.
Marcelo Bielsa’s influence was clear to see in the results, with 98.13/100 Leeds fans happy to see him at the club next season, putting Leeds third in the results behind only Everton and Liverpool. When it came to entertaining football Leeds were top, with nearly 96/100 fans finding Bielsaball entertaining. Manchester City were second, a full 5 points behind. Leeds fans also believe their club is well run, with nearly 98/100 fans approving of Andrea Radrizzani and his team. Only Leicester City, the club Radrizzani aims to emulate came out higher. Victor Orta also gets a nod of approval with 89.84/100 fans happy with the clubs transfer business over the past 12 months, putting Leeds fourth behind Aston Villa, Manchester City and Leicester.
But despite all the positive responses, and despite sitting eleventh in the Premier League in the first season back in the top-flight for 16 years it appears Leeds fans are not entirely happy. Only 55/100 fans are happy with the teams performances this season, putting Leeds in 13th in the table. Should Leeds fans be disappointed with our performances this season? Are they expressing concerns with the number of goals conceded, our inability to defend set-pieces? Whatever peoples concerns it seems a surprisingly low score given how we have placed in our first season back. Do you agree with the scores, or like me are you happier with the teams performances on the pitch this season?
Bielsa spoilt for choice at centre back
Heading into this weekends game against Sheffield United, Marcelo Bielsa is able to pick from four fit central defenders. Yes, that’s correct, four, central defenders, fit! It must be a while since Leeds United’s head coach has had such riches to choose from in defence, it’s certainly the first time Bielsa has been able to pick from all of his first choice defenders this season, with Liam Cooper, Robin Koch and Diego Llorente all suffering from extended absences through injury this season.
Cooper missed the matches against Chelsea and Fulham through illness, suspected to be Covid, but has now fully recovered and is available for selection. Pascal Struijk has really stepped up this season, proving his talent and is Premier League level, staring at centre back alongside Diego Llorente who is finally getting a run of games in the side. Robin Koch has also recovered from knee surgery, gaining game time for the Under 23’s and appearing as a late substitute against Fulham. With all of our defenders fit, who would you pick?
TalkSport host rips into Leeds
TalkSport host and Soccer pundit Jim White has named and shamed Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield Utd for taking advantage of the Governments furlough scheme to pay staff during the Corona pandemic. The truth of the matter is, when Leeds took advantage of the program (last Summer); they were still in the Championship. Very different to lucrative funds available in the top flight. The Glaswegian went on to rip into Premier league clubs for spending £250m for agents fees between 2020-21 whilst EFL clubs are finding it difficult to keep their clubs afloat.
These figures are absolutely astounding. This was brought to my attention last night. FA figures have revealed that despite football’s year of restraint due to Coronavirus, Premier League fees paid to agents and intermediaries has risen, it’s risen, totalling over a quarter of a billion pounds… It is utterly incredible at this particular time… Scandalous.
We have seen in the last 12 months and more, football has hounded the government to use taxpayers’ money to fund itself. This is the insult. At the same time as the Premier League saying they can’t afford to bail out the EFL they’re forking out a quarter of a billion quid for agents and intermediaries.
Is it not an insult, almost immoral that they spent a quarter of a million and some of the clubs used furlough schemes to pay their staff? This is what we know. Newcastle, Sheffield United and Leeds all utilised the furlough scheme to pay their employees during the pandemic.
Should more be done to help lower league teams? If so, how?
Leeds fans will 'immediately see the best of Rodrigo'
Marcelo Bielsa has claimed that Leeds fans will 'immediately see the best of Rodrigo'. The comment came during an interview with 'Leeds Live' asking whether the Spanish striker will only be playing a starring role from next season? The Argentine added that Rodrigo was ‘at his best’ before picking up an injury against Leicester in January!
No, immediately he will be able to show all the resources that he has. He arrived in his best version. He was at his best level prior to injuring himself at Leicester. The level he was at during that period was a very good one. What he was giving to the team with the way he can unbalance an opponent was all very positive.
For me, Rodrigo has already shown how important he can be to Leeds. He has also justified with the conditions, the abilities he has, his transfer fee. We hope to have him healthy for a considerable amount of time. If this happens then he will be able to show his conditions, his abilities very quickly. For me, it’s very difficult to obtain a player of his qualities in the scenario of football at the moment. What happens is that when a player goes a period without playing, it’s difficult to absorb.
Is 8th place finish a realistic target this season
Should Leeds win tomorrow, as expected, they will have amassed 42 point, with a further 24 points up for grabs until the season ends. A daunting away trip to the Etihad followed by home games against Liverpool, Manchester Utd and Spurs (with Brighton sandwiched in between) isn't ideal, but how many points can Leeds expect against the top sides?
They also face Brighton, Burley, Southampton and West Brom in quick succession. Assuming the Whites lose against the top 6 but beat the teams below them, they would finish the season on 54 points. Taking into account previous seasons, this would mean Leeds would finish in 8th place. Is this possible?