Hay reveals Bielsa v Orta fireworks
15 Apr 2021 08:01 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Thursday 15th April, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Hay reveals Bielsa v Orta fireworks
Athletic journalist Phil Hay has revealed that Marcelo Bielsa and Victor Orta regularly clash, and when they do, it's fireworks! Whilst their passion for the club cannot be questioned, both regularly will not back down!
It’s not always sweetness and light, though. Bielsa and Victor Orta, the director of football, are famed for the ferocity of their arguments but the bottom line is that they respect each other and understand each other. The key for Leeds is making sure those bonds don’t weaken!
When asked about Leeds spending this Summer, the former Chief football writer for the YEP replied...
I get the impression Leeds will have a decent transfer budget again next season and they seem to know which positions are the priorities — left-back, attacking midfield and cover for Kalvin Phillips in the holding role. Orta has been working on some of his targets for a few months now, so they should be well prepared for the summer.
COVID-19 isn’t making things easy because it’s been squeezing cash flow for more than 12 months but there’s no suggestion Leeds will need to significantly tighten their belt. That’s important because, as good as they’ve been and as well as they’ve acclimatised this season, I don’t think they can be complacent in assuming the strength and depth of their squad is adequate. The best clubs keep on strengthening intelligently.
Raphinha sidelined for up to 4 weeks
Raphinha is likely to miss Leeds crunch ties against Liverpool and Manchester Utd after sustaining a thigh injury in the closing stages of the Manchester City game last Saturday.
To rub salt into the would, the heavy challenge from Fernandinho went unpunished whilst earlier in the game, Liam Cooper was sent for an early bath for his (reckless) challenge on Jesus. The referee initially booked the Leeds skipper, and as Andre Marriner (the man in black) had seen the foul, and dished out what he thought was an appropriate punishment, the game should have continued. VAR's interference was always going to lead to a red card. If Marriner had been brave, and stuck to his guns, it would have been seen as sticking two fingers up at VAR).
Leeds don't play Liverpool until Monday, so Raphinha does have some recovery time. Unfortunately, the Brazilian is due to be sidelined anywhere between 1 - 4 weeks depending on how he responds to treatment. Rodrigo is expected to be out for a similar amount of time.
Players reactions following Cooper's red card
The Latest Leeds Utd podcast has given us an insight into the players reactions following Coopers sending off, and Bielsa's subsequent decision to sacrifice Bamford for Sruijk. As Leeds fans were pulling their hair out as Cooper trudged off the pitch, Bamford's face showed disbelief, then utter contempt as the number nine flashed up on the substitution board. This is the conversation on the pitch between Bamford, Ayling and Cooper...
AYLING “I saw you [Bamford] staring at the bench when Pascal was getting ready to come on,”
BAMFORD “No, do you know what actually happened?” “Coops had just been sent off and he was obviously arguing a bit with the ref, and when he decided to go off I said, “Coops, take your time, walk off slowly, give us a chance to get ready for this set piece.’ And he was like, ‘yeah cool’.
BAMFORD “Then I’ve got back in position and Bill’s gone past and said, ‘It’s you.’ I said, ‘What’, looked over at the board and I couldn’t quite see because of the sun. I thought it said eight but we haven’t got a number eight and then I saw nine and went, ‘No way.’ “Then the manager shouted, ‘Yes Pat, you’ and that made my head go.”
AYLING “To be fair to Pat, every player thought it would be Tyler. Tyler was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t fancy chasing around Man City for 50 minutes’.”