Phillips ready for contract talks & U21s defeat Oldham

29 Sep 2021 07:54 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Wednesday 29th September, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Phillips ready for contract talks

Football media platform '90 min' claim that both Leeds Utd and Kalvin Phillips are ready to sit down and discuss a new long term contract for the Yorkshire Pirlo. Social media lit up yesterday after various newspapers alleged that the red side of Manchester were making a beeline for the England Midfielder.

Phillips contract currently expires the Summer of 2024. Leeds will be keen to tie him down for at least another couple of years on top of the (almost) three years remaining. If the figures are to be believed, Phillips will be rewarded with a pay rise, putting him in the same bracket as Bamford and Raphinha, who currently earn 70k a week





U21's win at Oldham

Leeds U21's added to Oldham Athletic's woes last night, recording a credible victory over the bottom side in the Football League. The youngsters made amends having lost their group stage opener at Tranmere earlier this month with a 3-2 win at Boundary Park, climbing up to third in group 'B' of the EFL trophy.

Leeds took the lead in the 42nd minute courtesy of a Summerville spot kick. It was no more than the young Whites deserved, having dominated the half. Keith Curle's men went on a second half rampage, scoring four in the second half, but as two were at the wrong end, Leeds held out for victory. Oldham and Tranmere are both above Leeds on goal difference. Oldham beat Salford in the previous round 1-0. Tranmere travel to Salford next week.

Moore, Bate and McGurk all received considerable praise on social media following their performances. Interestingly, both Charlie Cresswell and Joe Gelhardt were rested yesterday. Do we assume they're going to take an active part on Saturday against Watford?





Raphinha should be sidelined

Former player, now medical expert Gabby Agbonlahor has insisted that the medical team at Elland Road must take charge and sideline Raphinha, who he believes is carrying an injury. The former Villa ace went on to say that Leeds were over reliant on the young Brazilian.

I feel that he probably wasn’t right to play the game [against West Ham]. He went off against Newcastle United and he probably just wants to play. He needs the physio department to pull him out and maybe Leeds are so reliant on him they need to play with an injury. Daniel James, Jack Harrison and Rodrigo, you don’t see too many goals coming from them. He’s that important to the team that they’re playing them him in injured. “Raphinha’s one of the best wingers in the league.



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White Riot wrote on 29 Sep 2021 04:09 pm

A quick stat form our first 6 matches, gleaned from the BBC:

Shots at Goal: Leeds 85 Opposition 112
Shots On Target: Leeds 27 Opposition 42
Goals: Leeds 6 Opposition 14

Shots on target, to shots at goal ratio is fairly similar, roughly 1 in 3.

But our opponents are converting shots at goal into goals at a much better ratio 1 in 3, as compared to our 1 in 4.5.

And bear in mind we have a really top class goalie whose getting peppered, as he was in at least the first half of last season, but is playing out of his skin and keeping us in matches.

White Riot wrote on 29 Sep 2021 02:55 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Wed Sep 29, 2021 2:18 pm Tiredness is my biggest fear for the team as fitness plays such a pivotal part in Bielsa's tactics.

We had that three month break in 2020 with Covid which may or may not have helped us win the Championship.

Last season we were ulta fit, but perhaps after just a short Summer break, the lads hadn't fully recharged their batteries?
I would also wonder how much Covid has taken out of the lads who contracted it?

Some of these guys are in their fourth season of Bielsa-ball and his training requirements, and knocking on a bit in terms of football player age, Dallas, Klich, Ayling, Cooper, etc, and the regime may be taking it's toll on them. Does the extra training lead to the muscular injuries that we seem to be continually susceptible to?

Ellandback1 wrote on 29 Sep 2021 02:18 pm

Tiredness is my biggest fear for the team as fitness plays such a pivotal part in Bielsa's tactics.

We had that three month break in 2020 with Covid which may or may not have helped us win the Championship.

Last season we were ulta fit, but perhaps after just a short Summer break, the lads hadn't fully recharged their batteries?

rab_rant wrote on 29 Sep 2021 11:25 am

Team running out of steam

There has been a suggestion that when Leeds out run their opponents then they win games. It appears that they are running about 5 km less this year, whether this is due to tiredness or a change in tactics is open to question

Average Distance Covered 2020/21 (first five league games): 114.04 km
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Average Distance Covered 2021/22 (first five league games): 110.32 km

White Riot wrote on 29 Sep 2021 09:23 am

KP

He's earned the long-term contract and pay rise, and is the heartbeat of our team. If we have an average season then KP, Raphinha and Meslier may well be offski. They're operating at a higher level than the rest of the first team and will be thinking about their own careers if Leeds fail to show ambition, e.g. not signing a play-maker since Saiz left :?

Young uns

Doing great, and we've seen that when these players have been given a chance in the first team they've looked talented, competent and dependable. During pre-season and the first six EPL matches a lot of our senior players have looked tired, off the pace, short of confidence and are not performing at the same level as last season. So let's start seeding in the young uns to inject some talent, confidence and positivity. I'm also hoping Roberts will be loaned out in January, as for me he's at best League One standard.

Raphinha

What a talent. He underpins our attacking play and creativity. Hence, even when he's injured we've played him. But if you need to take him off then get Summerville, or Gelhardt, on, bringing Tyler Roberts on does nothing for us, wherever you put him. He scored two goals against a poor Hull side many moons ago, that's all I remember him doing since he's been here.