Have Leeds overestimated the quality in the squad?

02 Nov 2021 08:36 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Tuesday 2nd November, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Leeds have overestimated the quality they have in the squad

Leeds Journalist Phil Hay believes that the Leeds Utd hierarchy overestimated the quality of the players they have on their books, but went on to say that he expects their form to pick up when a fully fit squad is available.

It's fair to say that they expected the players in the squad to stay at a much higher level than they have this season. They expected the performances to continue after last season. The proof will be in the pudding ultimately, but it hasn't been good so far. Perhaps with hindsight, they'll look back and think that they over-estimated the quality of the squad. I have to say that I didn't expect them to struggle like this early on either. I didn't think they'd finish 9th again, but I did think they'd have enough about them.

The attitude of the club is very much that the team will play better when key players return from injury (for a sustained period) & individual form picks up. One of the main messages from yesterday & Wolves is that the players are fighting for this - in comparison to Norwich who really looked like they threw the towel in at 2-1.
Have Leeds overestimated the quality of the squad? Was a drop off in performances from the likes of Ayling, Klich and Dallas inevitable? They have given everything for the past three seasons, surely they can’t be expected to perform at such a high level forever. Has the ability of players such as Roberts and Shackleton been overestimated? Are we too reliant on a group of young, untested U23 players to provide backup?





When Bielsa leaves, who would you like to see in the ER hot seat?

Whilst Marcelo Bielsa has had a fantastic tenure at Elland Road, nothing lasts forever; and there'll come a time when the Argentine and Leeds Utd part ways. Many believe this will be Bielsa's last season, and he'll walk away with his head held high next Summer!

Who is favourite for the Elland Road hot seat next? According to Betfair its Eddie Howe, followed closely by Frank 'Spygate' Lampard and Chris 'I hate Leeds' Wilder. Who would you like to see as the next Leeds Manager?

Eddie Howe 4/1
Frank Lampard 6/1
Chris Wilder 6/1
Steven Gerrard 7/1
Jorge Sampaoli 8/1
Marcelino 9/1
Lee Bowyer 9/1
Antonio Conte 12/1
Jonathan Woodgate 20/1
Diego Flores 25/1
Mick McCarthy 40/1
David O’Leary 100/1





The next 10 games

Leeds face some tricky ties in their next ten games, by which time we'll be halfway through the season. Are these fixtures more or less difficult than our opening games? How many points do you estimate the Whites will pick up, and where do you see them in the league table halfway through the season?

Leicester City Home
Spurs Away
Brighton Away
Crystal Palace Home
Brentford Home
Chelsea Away
Manchester City Away
Arsenal Home
Liverpool Away
Aston Villa Home




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Leeds1000 wrote on 03 Nov 2021 10:57 am

weasel wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 7:52 pm The summer before we didn't need another winger. We had Harrison and Costa with Alioski and Dallas as back-up. The club then pulled out of the deal to sign Cuisance so they could buy a little known Brazillian fella that was seemingly being pushed out by his French club.

I think the club has targets but not neccesarily for positions in greatest need. As such if a player becomes available that they really want, Raphinha last season and Dan James this season then they go out and get them rather than paying over the odds for players in the position that we need that might be well down on the list of targets for that position. Similarly we bought Llorente because he became available.
I believe Bielsa thinks as long as you are good on the ball you should be able to play anywhere other than CB. He may have a point.

rondownunder wrote on 03 Nov 2021 07:58 am

Firstly, Frank Lampard can never manage Leeds. The disrespect he showed our club will never be forgotten.

Really tough run coming up. We will need to go shopping in January, not only to add some quality, but to cover injuries.

1964white wrote on 02 Nov 2021 10:01 pm

hector wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 3:29 pm What a good idea.......

that would cheer folk up ;-) ;-)

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weasel wrote on 02 Nov 2021 07:52 pm

Leeds1000 wrote: Tue Nov 02, 2021 4:42 pm
After the way we finished last season i know i got carried away personally. Why we chose not to sign any combative, creative midfielders is anyone's guess? I don't know how the lad at Huddersfield is getting on this season. How would Matheus Pereira have got on in this side? If we had signed both who knows. Another winger baffled us all.
The summer before we didn't need another winger. We had Harrison and Costa with Alioski and Dallas as back-up. The club then pulled out of the deal to sign Cuisance so they could buy a little known Brazillian fella that was seemingly being pushed out by his French club.

I think the club has targets but not neccesarily for positions in greatest need. As such if a player becomes available that they really want, Raphinha last season and Dan James this season then they go out and get them rather than paying over the odds for players in the position that we need that might be well down on the list of targets for that position. Similarly we bought Llorente because he became available.

LeeBrook wrote on 02 Nov 2021 06:36 pm

They excelled themselves last season but the club should have invested heavily in the summer. I don't think we can survive this season. They should certainly have bought White and Gallagher and another proven goalscorer. Our small squad just isn't good enough!