Fans left infuriated by Phillips omission

22 Oct 2021 07:34 am, by Ellandback1

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Fans left infuriated by Phillips omission

Leeds fans were left bemused and infuriated after it was revealed during yesterday's Pre Match Press Conference that Kalvin Phillips has overcome his calf injury, but will not participate against Wolves tomorrow. The Yorkshire Pirlo has been sidelined for three weeks due to a calf strain, and the gaffer is concerned about his fitness levels. Whilst we respect and understand Bielsa's strict demands of his players, fans are concerned that he'll be throwing his players to the Wolves (literally) without the guidance of their talisman. According to Bielsa...

He's healthy, but he hasn’t competed for three weeks. If he played on Saturday, it’d be far too quick. It's necessary for more football training.

Bielsa will not bend on principles

Anybody that believes that Bielsa will change his Managerial approach in order to drag Leeds away from the drop zone can think again. These are the thoughts of journalist Phil Hay. He went on to insinuate that the hierarchy remain fully behind the 66yo:-

There are certain subjects on which Bielsa will not concede ground; the depth of his squad, his rigid insistence on trusting Plan A and his handling of recovering players. Kalvin Phillips was “healthy” after a calf strain, Bielsa revealed, but would not start against Wolverhampton Wanderers tomorrow. It was, seemingly, too much of a gamble to play him after three weeks out even if half the world thinks it is too much of a gamble not to. But this is Bielsa. If a club expect him to bend on principles, then that club are in need of a different coach. And in the corridors of Elland Road, they continue to believe that his team will emerge from under a low cloud.

Whilst it's admirable that Bielsa would rather fall on his sword than concede to his principles, it doesn't help the team if the worst were to happen. He gets to walk away whilst West Yorkshire's finest face an uncertain future languishing away from the glitz and glamour of the Premier League.

Perhaps we should listen to Bielsa! He has never let us down before, and has done more for our club than any other Manager, except of course Wilko and the Don. His methods may be unorthodox, but it's what sets us apart from the rest of the top flight!

Who should replace Phillips tomorrow

With Phillips ruled out of tomorrow's clash with Wolves, many Leeds fans have differing opinions on who should replace him tomorrow? To say Phillips is influential is an understatement. Since returning to the top flight, Leeds have lost nine out of the 11 fixtures without him. Koch, Struijk and Klich have all deputised for the England midfielder, but none have come close to replicating his form! Who would you choose to replace the Yorkshire Pirlo?

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rab_rant wrote on 29 Oct 2021 12:46 pm

Professor Walter Niggle here, sports psychologist and author of the treatise "The power of positive feedback"

My work in this field has contrasted the feedback that is given by coaches of a football team and the fans of that football team. I have focused my attention on two young men that play for the Leeds football club namely Tyler Roberts and Joe Gelhardt.

In the eyes of the fans Roberts is universally despised whereas Gelhardt is praised. Roberts has been given four years to excel and has come up short. Gelhardt is at the beginning of his career and looks to be an exciting prospect. This is the perception of the fans both at the grounds and on the various Leeds United Bulletin boards.

When I interviewed both of these players Roberts thought that many of the comments were unjust and it had caused him to lose confidence in his abilities as a football player. With Gelhardt because of the positive input he felt that he was accepted by the fans and this acceptance boosted his confidence and helped him to perform better.

However when asked how they felt about the feedback from the football coach, Roberts was very positive, and he was thankful for all the opportunities the coach give him, whereas Gelhardt was negative, feeling that his talent was being stifled.

I would like to refer you to the seminal work "Anxiety and under performance in sports". It is indeed a conundrum that we get our confidence from where we get the most praise.

I have come to the conclusion that one small still voice in the ear is more effective than the braying of a thousand voices from the crowd.

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whiteswan wrote on 25 Oct 2021 03:11 pm

Cjay wrote: Mon Oct 25, 2021 2:19 pm Think what Lee is saying is its a lot of pressure to put on a 19 year old?

Bamford, Rodrigo, both have really struggled to carry the attacking burden for us with fans back, imo that played a major part in Bamford's form last season (no fans).

Its a major ask to put that pressure on Gelhardt.
He didn't show any pressure on Saturday though.... Quite the opposite :)

danhirons wrote on 25 Oct 2021 02:43 pm

Also I would say it's 1 for the fans since it seemed to be the amazing support at ER which really pushed the team forward to get a point...

danhirons wrote on 25 Oct 2021 02:42 pm

faaip wrote: Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:22 pm Looks like Bielsa 1 Fans 0 yet again ... What a team performance after a kick in the teeth start and Wolves parking the bus
Was not a lot good in that team performance for most of the game. Very few chances created of any note throughout. A little bit of magic from gelhardt papered over the cracks as mentioned astutely by somebody else above. Next weekend's game against Norwich will be absolutely crucial now.

Cjay wrote on 25 Oct 2021 02:19 pm

whiteswan wrote: Mon Oct 25, 2021 1:38 pm Why can't we rely on a 19 year old? If he's good enough he's old enough.
Think what Lee is saying is its a lot of pressure to put on a 19 year old?

Bamford, Rodrigo, both have really struggled to carry the attacking burden for us with fans back, imo that played a major part in Bamford's form last season (no fans).

Its a major ask to put that pressure on Gelhardt.