There is only so long you can hold Struijk back

04 Nov 2021 08:35 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Thursday 4th November, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


There is only so long you can hold Struijk back

Liam Cooper has obvious limitations, and there is only so long you can hold Struijk back before he replaces the Scottish International. These are the thoughts of Phil Hay who was replying to a fan on 'The Athletic' Website.

I can see Struijk coming up on the rails and there is only so long you can hold him back for but I understand why Cooper is in there. There will definitely be a changing of the guard at some stage. My view with Cooper is that he has obvious limitations and if Leeds are to be a top six club, they’ll need better (in other positions too). But you don’t transition from the Championship to the PL top six in a couple of seasons and it does seem like some people are desperate to get Cooper gone. Seems strange to me, especially considering the part he’s played.




A midfielder in the Summer would have made all the difference

If there was one glaring mistake Leeds made during last Summer's transfer window, it was not bringing a new midfielder into the fold. Whilst that much is obvious, how much impact would one extra player have made to the team? A lot, according to Leeds journalist Phil Hay. We were linked with so many players, it was difficult to keep up, but there were two players in particular that caught Bielsa's eye.

Huddersfield's Lewis O'Brien and Conor Gallagher of Chelsea came very close to penning deals at Elland Road, but Huddersfield's expectations were too high, and Gallagher opted for Crystal Palace. It's easy to look back in anger, but in reality O'Brien wouldn't have been ready for Premiership football, and it's doubtful that Gallagher would have been given an opportunity to prove himself, apart from the odd cameo role, which probably played a major part in his decision making! According to Hay:-

Another centre mid, fresh and in form, would have made a difference to this squad. It’s glaringly obvious. I know the reasons why it didn’t happen but again, Leeds need to consider ways of avoiding this scenario in the future.




Stop illegal Streaming - Radrizzani

Speaking at the Web Summit in Lisbon, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani has called on broadcasters, governments and telecommunications agencies to work more closely together to stop illegal streaming. According to the Italian, $29bn is stolen by piracy each year!

As a content owner we need to give more possibilities, freedom and access to users and that's the only way to tackle the biggest problem of the sports industry, which is piracy. About $29bn is stolen by pirates, and the governments, telecoms and right holders need to tackle it together. It's money that should be legalised and be in the right channels to produce more energy and resources to develop the sports and the youth sports.

The aim is to become one of the most relevant groups in sports media, distribution of content but also creation as well as talent management. Our strategy is always to prioritise the content and not focus on the distribution. We want to be agnostic and put the content on every platform possible. What should change is the way to package the content and the price policy. Different prices and formats and ways to access.

It should be up to the user to access it the preferred way they want according to their budget. There are people who don't want to miss a game, others want to watch games only sometimes. We need to continue to grow. It's a new challenge because we want to partner with telecoms and social media to change the access.

Perhaps if Broadcasters made it easier and more cost-effective to watch these events, there's would be the need for streaming. Currently, Sky and BT charge £14.95 to watch a Premiership game. Whilst it's cheaper to take out a contract with a Satellite provider, the extra costs associated, and the various price hikes over the year make the cost unsustainable for many! I for one, would rather be called a pirate than a blood sucking leach!




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Lumiukko wrote on 04 Nov 2021 05:23 pm

Struijk in my opinion is ready to be THE starter alongside Llorente at the back. He is becoming very consistent, is presence and overall command is increasing, and he carries a goal threat at set pieces. I can see in 3 or 4 years him being talked about as one of the best CBs in the game such is his overall ability and aptitude.

As for the midfield debacle, not much to say that hasn't been said already. I might get scoffed at, but a cheeky loan bid for Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Chelsea wouldn't be a bad idea. From when I've seen him play, he has a lot of elegance and quality on the ball and would be the ideal Klich replacement for us. He's not too shy of a tackle either.

WhiteRose wrote on 04 Nov 2021 04:58 pm

Should be struijk and llorente at centre back, most of us have said that but there’s no point whinging as it’s never going to change - Koch is the most annoying for me just feels like he has disappeared off the face of the planet - god knows where he will fit in if he is ever fit for us again.

I wanted Gallagher in the summer, admittedly it was more of a case of better than nothing but he has been good so far. Just really odd that since cuisance debacle we knew we needed someone else but haven’t bothered to get someone in if it’s Bielsa blocking it then it’s a worry as how the hell does he expect us to get better. there are plenty of decent midfielders out there better than klich, struijk, Dallas or roberts - we must get one in January I honestly don’t care if it’s on a loan deal with no chance of permanent, can worry about that in summer - Chelsea have loads need to tap them up for someone on loan now.

It’s not solely the broadcasters fault the prices are high, they pay the PL an extortionate amount for tv rights and need to recoup it if we all pirated everything then the tv deals would be worthless and football would fall apart. Piracy is cheap as it costs them next to sod all to provide the service.

1964white wrote on 04 Nov 2021 04:06 pm

VinnysTattoo wrote: Thu Nov 04, 2021 3:35 pm Struijk has been our most consistent player given his game time. For me he should be partnering Llorente. We need to establish a quality CB pairing and we know Cooper isn’t the future.
I am not to sure he needs to be eased into the position, with the number of games he’s had, I think he’s ready now.

The issue of midfield should have been sorted before we made the leap into the Premiership. Pablo was only being used sparingly, but when he did play his importance was there for all to see. We all knew his tiring legs would mean even less game time. That was the time we needed to replace him. First season adrenaline took us through and disguised the lack of a quality midfielder. We are paying for that now.
Totally agree with your post, Vinny :tup:

VinnysTattoo wrote on 04 Nov 2021 03:35 pm

Struijk has been our most consistent player given his game time. For me he should be partnering Llorente. We need to establish a quality CB pairing and we know Cooper isn’t the future.
I am not to sure he needs to be eased into the position, with the number of games he’s had, I think he’s ready now.

The issue of midfield should have been sorted before we made the leap into the Premiership. Pablo was only being used sparingly, but when he did play his importance was there for all to see. We all knew his tiring legs would mean even less game time. That was the time we needed to replace him. First season adrenaline took us through and disguised the lack of a quality midfielder. We are paying for that now.

1964white wrote on 04 Nov 2021 01:27 pm

Mountain wrote: Thu Nov 04, 2021 11:14 am All the suggestions were that he snubbed Leeds, wanted to stay in London, figured he'd play more often for Palace who had afair about 15 players out of contract over the summer...issues out of Leeds control.
Yes, nothing we could do about his future once he made a decision to stay in London.