Is Sunday's game a MUST win?
29 Oct 2021 07:35 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Friday 29th October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road…
Is Sunday's game a MUST win?
Would anything but a win be a disaster on Sunday? We will be more than a quarter of the way through the season (come 4pm on Sunday), and would have played against all five of the bottom teams (apart from Crystal Palace). If the worst were to happen, is it safe to assume we're in a relegation battle? Let's not forget that Sunday's opponents have the poorest form in the entire football league; surely a comprehensive win is on the cards?
PSG join race for Raphinha
Liverpool Fans had their noses put out of joint, after it was revealed that PSG have joined the race to sign Raphinha. Whining Merseysider's lit up Social media platforms to express their disgust, that another club should challenge them in their pursuit of the Brazilian wizard! Tabloid sources claim Naymar spoke to the hierarchy of the French Champions, strongly suggesting they should dig deep for the 24yo. Former Brazilian International Rivaldo is also a big fan of the Leeds winger, but he believes a move to Anfield would benefit Raphinha's career best.
Raphinha performed well on his debut for Brazil, but he was already shining in the Premier League with Leeds United and there are rumours of interest from Liverpool. If he were to make the move, he may not be a regular starter, but I'm sure it would be a big step in his career since it would allow him to compete for titles and play in the Champions League, which could be crucial for more call ups into the Brazilian national team. "He has the quality to player for a bigger club. "He is playing excellent football and a player always wants more and stronger challenges, so he would benefit from a transfer.
It has always been Leeds intention to introduce Joffy to first team football this season
It has always been Leeds intention to introduce Joe Gelhardt to first team football this season, according to Leeds journalist Phil Hay. He went on to say that the coaches at Thorp Arch wanted to take their time to develop the 19yo, and had a vigorous 12-month program to ensure he was in peak physical condition before introducing him to Premier League football.
Leeds had an initial 12-month programme for Gelhardt which would enhance his fitness, bring him up to speed with the Bielsa regime and develop him to a point where Bielsa could drip-feed him into the first team during the 2021-22 season. Pressure to blood him more quickly grew as Gelhardt pulled up trees with the development squad but this season was when Leeds wanted him to break through.
One of the things that appealed about Leeds was that there was no desperation in their approach. They wanted to sign Gelhardt and they worked hard to sell themselves but the presentation they gave him was not fawning or unduly flattering. As one source told The Athletic, there was no point in Orta replaying Gelhardt’s best moments because those moments spoke for themselves.
What Gelhardt got was a detailed explanation of how Leeds would improve him, where in his game that improvement would come and when first-team opportunities were likely to arise. It was realistic and Gelhardt’s camp agreed that launching him into Bielsa’s first-team last season might not be prudent. Leeds and Wigan were different worlds.
They spoke about Gelhardt’s body shape, the stocky build and low centre of gravity which drew comparisons with Wayne Rooney. They spoke a little about Carlos Tevez, who had the same sort of frame. Leicester City were attempting to seduce Gelhardt with an offer of their own but something about Elland Road felt right. He would have to be patient at Leeds.
He would not get a free pass. But he was close enough to the front line that when Championship clubs — Stoke City and Preston North End for two — started sniffing around the possibility of a loan deal in the most recent transfer window, Leeds said categorically that Gelhardt would not be allowed to leave.
Merson predicts shock result on Sunday
Former player, now pundit Paul Merson has predicted that Norwich will cause a sensational shock at the weekend, and record their first win of the season, at the expense of Leeds.
Leeds are a funny team. They went to Southampton and didn’t have a shot on target, and they needed a last-minute penalty against Wolves to scrap their way to a draw. Raphinha’s injury also comes as a massive blow to them. It’s a good time to play against Leeds, and Norwich could pull off a surprise this weekend.”