Square pegs in round holes for Newcastle clash

14 Sep 2021 08:09 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 14th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Square pegs in round holes for Newcastle clash

After Marcelo Bielsa's refusal to call out Sheffield-born referee Craig Pawson for red carding Pascal Struijk at weekend, Leeds will be down to their bare bones in defence for the next three games. Pawson doesn't have the best reputation with the Leeds faithful, especially after officiating the play off Semi final against Derby in 2019, but the Leeds maestro has made his decision.

Struijk's suspension coincides with injuries to Llorente and Koch; leaving Liam Cooper as Leeds only recognised centre back. Whilst many would love to see Charlie Cresswell make his long awaited debut, the gaffer is likely to switch Ayling to centre back, with either Shackleton or Dallas covering at right back! It's not by any means ideal. Friday's clash at St James' Park is anything but a forgone conclusion. Leeds sneaked a 2-1 victory back in January, but with 50,000 Geordies behind them, the atmosphere will be very different.

The defensive trio are also set to miss the League Cup game at Fulham, and the visit of West Ham to Elland Road. We know our visits to the Capital don't usually end well, whilst West Ham were one of the few teams to do the double over us last season, and that's when we were playing well!





Llorente's injury caused by over training or not warming up properly

An injury prevention expert, who has worked for Premier League clubs has blamed the coaching staff at Elland Road for Llorente's latest injury. The Spanish International pulled his hamstring after just 30 minutes of the Liverpool clash to the dismay of thousands of Leeds fans. Whilst it's fair to say, the former Real Sociedad defender has been injury prone since arriving in the Premiership, the unnamed expect believes the situation is more complex than that!
That does not reflect well on Leeds or their staff. The job of the staff – the fitness, conditioning, sports science guys – is to get the players fit to play and keep them out there. There are some injuries you can’t legislate for, like the Harvey Elliott one today, but top athletes should not be breaking down with muscle injuries in the first half of matches."

It means they are being overloaded in training, over-worked or not warming up and preparing properly. Something has gone wrong somewhere and Leeds will be embarrassed it has happened again to Llorente. Everyone will look from the outside and think he is ‘injury prone’ but it is more complex than that. Ultimately it is the manager’s decision on whether he thinks players are fit to play, and once they’re selected they should not be pulling hamstrings in the first half.

Are the players overtraining? Last season, the players were the fittest in the entire Premiership, this term, they look slightly jaded, and off the pace. Fortunately, the injury is not as serious as first thought. Speaking from his Instagram account, the 28 year old said...

Yesterday was a tough day due to the defeat at home and the injury. But there is no time to regret. It’s time to work harder than ever. Fortunately, I have nothing serious, and I will be back soon. Thanks for all your support.

Regrettably, you can't hurry hamstring injuries!





£100m wages this season

Leeds wage bill this season is expected to top the 100 m mark for the first time in their history according to an Elland Road insider. The unnamed source also revealed that Rodrigo is their highest earner, taking home £100,000 a week! This is a far cry from the £31 million outlay from the Championship title winners two seasons ago! It's not just our record signing that is on big bucks. Most of those who were promoted with Bielsa have been rewarded with long term contracts and significantly increased terms!




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LeeBrook wrote on 14 Sep 2021 07:44 pm

We've too many underperfoming players who just aren't good enough or consistent enough to survive in the Premiership. Phillips and Raphinha will be gone in the summer, Bielsa too. I fear we will be relegated so the money may come in handy, if it's spent wisely - no more Manchester rejects eh.

Ellandback1 wrote on 14 Sep 2021 07:24 pm

1964white wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:56 pm Swiss club Young Boys beat Manure 2-1

That's the way to beat the scum

Are you watching Leeds?
At the end of the day Saints should have beaten scum the other week. They were so unlucky.

Ellandback1 wrote on 14 Sep 2021 07:23 pm

Lumiukko wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 6:47 pm If it's right that the appeal process involves 3 refs and requires a 3-0 vote in Struijk's favour, then we don't have a cat in hells chance of overturning the red, such is the old boys club that the FA and refs are. Still, it doesn't harm to try I guess, but expect an Ayling/Cooper CB pairing on Friday :verysad:
They should only watch the tackle, and the video should turn off when the Elliott hits the floor.

What happens afterwards is irrelevent

1964white wrote on 14 Sep 2021 06:56 pm

Swiss club Young Boys beat Manure 2-1

That's the way to beat the scum

Are you watching Leeds?

Lumiukko wrote on 14 Sep 2021 06:47 pm

If it's right that the appeal process involves 3 refs and requires a 3-0 vote in Struijk's favour, then we don't have a cat in hells chance of overturning the red, such is the old boys club that the FA and refs are. Still, it doesn't harm to try I guess, but expect an Ayling/Cooper CB pairing on Friday :verysad: