Hay amazed at amount of unhappy Leeds fans

07 Apr 2021 07:34 am, by Ellandback1

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Hay amazed at amount of unhappy Leeds fans

On Phil Hay's latest podcast, the Leeds Utd journalist was trying to dissect why only half the Leeds fans who completed the online Athletic survey were happy with their performances on the field this season. When people were asked if they were happy with the Leeds performance this year it came in at 54.83% which is pretty low for a promoted club who have played the way they’ve played and are mid-table and are definitely staying up. Hay said...

I can only assume that in the main, 100% of people are happy or satisfied, but the reason it’s dropped to 50% must be because people have issues with the amount of goals conceded, the problems at set-pieces, or other little things that are niggling at them and turning them into perfectionists.

I’m very, very surprised it’s not in the 80%s or 90%s, I find it difficult to imagine they can pick much wrong with this squad. I think Bielsa has got everything he can from these players. I know we could pick at set-pieces but this is a side that’s come out of the Championship and performed really well.

Leeds have conceded 48 times this season so far. When you're paying a Manager 6m a year, you expect him to learn by his mistakes. Yes, Bielsa got us into the Premier league, and we are are more or less guaranteed a mid table finish; BUT the Argentine has spent an unprecedented amount in the last couple of seasons.

Far lessor players have conceded only a fraction of goals from set pieces compared to the Whites. Why? They find a way to make it difficult for the opponents. Why hasn't Bielsa learnt by his mistakes? What would happen to you, if you were to make the same mistake again and again at work? It's still the honeymoon period for Bielsa at the moment. I'm wondering if this does not change next season, will Leeds fans be so forgiving?

Who will replace Harrison?

With Jack Harrison illegible to play against his parent club, who should replace him in the starting line up on Saturday lunchtime? The logical choice would be Helder Costa. The 27yo has made ten starts for the Whites this term and nine substitute appearances. He has netted three times and contributed with three assists. His Whoscored rating is just 6.31, leaving the Angolan in 17th place in the Leeds rankings.

Alioski joined Leeds four years ago as a left sided winger. However its fair to say, he could put in a shift anywhere on the field and he would do an okay job! Crysencio Summerville has been in outstanding form for Mark Jackson' U23's. He's exciting, quick, bags of talent and has an eye for goal. Is a first team debut against the Champions to be, too much of a step up for the 19 year old?

Ian Povada must be in for a shout to play against his former club. Although predominantly right sided, when on form the 21 year old can be outstanding. Maybe Bielsa will decide to play three centre backs now that Koch is fit, and use either Dallas or Alioski as wing backs? What would you do?

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Carrick Dave wrote on 08 Apr 2021 06:31 pm

Aussieleeds wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:19 pm This. In a nutshell. If ever there was a clear example of the failings of man to man marking on corners that was it. A 70 pound midget could have cleared that simply by attacking the ball.
Just a thought - I seem to remember that Jansson was excluded from man-marking duties at set-pieces in order to allow him freedom to attack the ball. Why aren't we doing that now with the likes of Struijk?

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 08 Apr 2021 12:26 pm

Norm wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:37 pm Only us under Wilko in 1990-1991 John - I think we finished 4th in the old First Division and obviously went on to win the title the next year.
IMO Wilko has never had the credit which he deserves for those incredible 3 years. The club had been in the old 2nd division for 8 years, and he got promotion by winning the 2nd division title in his first full year in charge. Then 4th in the 1st division the year after,followed by winning the 1st division title by pipping you know who. Absolutely incredible, and he didn't spend a fortune either.

If MB achieved something like that then the fans would set up shrines in their houses devoted to him. Wilko never enjoyed anything like the degree of adulation which Mr Bielsa has enjoyed - just saying.

Leeds1000 wrote on 08 Apr 2021 11:53 am

whiteswan wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 11:43 pm Wow! Great interview, Just hit the record button for this....
Thanks Leeds.... :)
I am a bit old fashioned when it comes to girls fighting Whiteswan. :) I think she has been bought over has a stepping stone fight for her WC opponent Shannon Courtney, but she talks a good fight so i wish her well on Saturday. Good luck to her and you never know in Boxing. :tup:

danhirons wrote on 08 Apr 2021 07:41 am

CHAPELALLMAN wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:02 pm I think that the Times article which I posted recently gave a very balanced perspective of the season so far - not too over the top either way, and it rightly points out that there have been some duff performances as well as the excellent ones ( losing 6-2 to Man U principally )

Personally speaking I'm very happy with the club having consolidated in the PL, with the entertaining, swashbuckling style of play and with a few very good results along the way, though as the article pointed out, there is the cautionary tale of the blunts and second season syndrome to bear in mind.

When did a promoted team ever enjoy such success ? Well, the blunts last season with a 9th place finish first season back in the PL. Do I think that the side have been brilliant all season long ? No, Bielsa himself has said that the performances have been inconsistent, and against some of the better sides we simply weren't at the races. There have been some brilliant performances and also some duff performances, however overall it's been a better first season back than many would have predicted with this squad.
probably goes to ipswich all those years ago when they finished fifth in their first season in the prem

I do think it's mad that fans aren't happy with our performance this season though - been far beyond anything any of us could reasonably have predicted

whiteswan wrote on 07 Apr 2021 11:43 pm

Leeds1000 wrote: Wed Apr 07, 2021 1:22 pm Not just Josh Warrington now for Boxing fans to shout for, looks like we have another Whites fan entering the arena.


She can count on my support.
Wow! Great interview, Just hit the record button for this....
Thanks Leeds.... :)