Leeds need to get real says Mills
12 Nov 2021 08:38 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Friday 12th November, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds need to get real
Former player, now pundit Danny Mills has told Andrea Radrizzani to 'get real' after the Leeds owner revealed plans for major investment next Summer with the aim of a top 6 finish. The former Leeds and England right back went on to say that Yorkshire's finest 'have to have a degree of realism...
No, that’s not realistic. Arsenal are going to get stronger, Tottenham are going to get stronger. Man City, Liverpool Man United and Chelsea are going to be there. West Ham are great. Leicester City are going to be heading that way. In what point do you think in your third season you’ll be able to break into the top six? You’re currently just above the relegation zone.
In an ideal world, we’d all be loving to get up there and challenging but you have to have a degree a realism. Consolidate this season and then start to build. Last season, Leeds outperformed expectations by a ridiculous amount, we all know that. This season has to be a consolidation season, just get things right.
Whilst nobody wants to hear that, does Mills have a point? Is Radrizzani setting himself up for a big fall?
If you had to choose...
If you had to choose to lose either Raphinha or Phillips next Summer, which one would you pick. Phillips, soon to be 26, has been part of the Elland Road set up since the age of 14. He's a home-grown lad, and full England International. It's fair to say he is one of the best defensive midfielders in Europe. Raphinha on the other hand is a magician. He can conjure something up from nothing. He has quickly become one of the most exciting players in the Premiership. He turns 25 next month.
Academy doing a great job - Carsley
England U21 Manager Lee Carsley has spoken of his admiration he has for the set-up at Thorp Arch, and admitted he is closely monitoring the development of the flourishing young crop of players at Elland Road. The former Republic of Ireland International was discussing the Young Lions 3-1 victory over the Czech Republic, (in which Charlie Cresswell made a late cameo appearance) when the subject switched to Leeds.
I've worked with Cody [Drameh] in the [England Under] 20s. This is the first time I've come across Charlie [Cresswell]. I'm impressed with them immensely, especially their attitudes, they're very good people, they train really well every single day, they compete.
You can see that it takes them a couple of days to get out of the way they train and they play because obviously they're very man-to-man. So getting that awareness again and getting that understanding that we play a little bit different, getting onto our wavelength quickly takes time.
I've been really impressed with not only them two, but obviously Joe Gelhardt who came with us last camp, Sam Greenwood as well - there are a lot of good players at Leeds. I enjoy watching their U23s play as well, I've been down to Thorp Arch a couple of times, I really like it, obviously their academy are doing a great job.