Leeds have scored 11 goals fewer compared to this point last season

02 Dec 2021 08:53 am, by Ellandback1


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Leeds have scored 11 goals less compared to this point last season

Leeds are only two points worse off than what they were at this point last season, prompting many Leeds fans to reminisce of last seasons top half finish. The main difference between the comparisons comes down to goals. Whilst the defence is a lot more resolute, goals have been harder to come by this season (we had conceded eleven more goals at this point last term but scored eleven more). Whilst much of this can be blamed on injury, Leeds have lacked a creative edge this campaign, as Phil Hay points out:-

The points comparison is right and a good point but there is a very stark difference between goals and creativity last season and this. The effort is still there, no question, but the quality has regressed. Staying up is the name of the game now though and last night was a very important result.




Struijk doubt for Brentford clash

Pascal Struijk faces a spell on the sidelines following the ankle injury he picked up during Leeds 1-0 win over Crystal Palace midweek. The versatile defender was replaced at half-time by Junior Firpo whilst his injury was assessed by the Elland Road medical staff. Unfortunately, he has been unable to train since, and has joined Cody Dramah and Robin Koch on the treatment table.





No fall out between Phillips and Bielsa

Elland Road journalist Phil Hay has assured Leeds fans that the relationship between Kalvin Phillips and Marcelo Bielsa is as strong as it's ever been. Several sources, including Sky pundit Jamie Redknapp insisted there was a rift between the duo following Phillips being hauled off at half-time at the Amex last weekend.

To the initiated, Phillips in the thick of battle is not how a fall-out with Bielsa works. A fall-out with Bielsa looks like Pontus Jansson flogged to Brentford or Pablo Hernandez replaced by Jack Jenkins and then consigned to the bench for months.

Phillips started against Palace and began the night by going straight through Conor Gallagher, the midfielder who Bielsa placed at the top of his list of transfer targets in the summer. It was as robust a challenge as Phillips liking an Instagram post that accused Redknapp of knowing “f*** all” about the backdrop at Elland Road. Sometimes plain English is the answer to everything.




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LeeBrook wrote on 06 Dec 2021 07:58 pm

We've certainly missed Bambi. You'd expect Roberts, the wingers and midfielders to chip in with a few goals but, Raphinha aside, they've been useless.

LeeBrook wrote on 06 Dec 2021 07:58 pm

We've certainly missed Bambi. You'd expect Roberts, the wingers and midfielders to chip in with a few goals but, Raphinha aside, they've been useless.

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 04 Dec 2021 10:36 am

whiteroseboy wrote: Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:10 am All clubs with our spending power make errors in the transfer market trying to compete at the top.

Its much easier for the big four with their billion pound budget to just buy other teams best players strengthening themselves and weakening rivals at the same time.
We have to take gambles on players that may or may not come good at top level.
Basically we can't afford £100mill here and there to fill the gaps so its down to coaching, improving and developing.

The true test on whether Orta is doing a decent job or not is list all the players he's bought and then calculate the total cost against the total of what they are worth today.
Would we make a profit ?
Good point - but how much would Costa or Rodrigo be worth if we sold them in January ?

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 04 Dec 2021 10:31 am

Byebyegeegee wrote: Sat Dec 04, 2021 10:20 am Good point that Chapel.

The impression one gets is that fewer clubs are able to win the premier league these days than used to be the case in the old 1st division, but actually that isn’t necessarily the case. As you say in the last 20 years of the 1st division only 7 different teams won the title as against the 1st 20 years of the Premier league where 6 different teams have won the title.
Thanks Byebye - actually I've just counted again, and between 1972/3 to 1991/2 Liverpool won no less than 11 titles.

Byebyegeegee wrote on 04 Dec 2021 10:20 am

CHAPELALLMAN wrote: Sat Dec 04, 2021 9:50 am In the 10 years between Liverpool winning the title in1981/2 and Wilko/Leeds winning the title in 1991/2 only Liverpool, Leeds, Everton and Arsenal won the first division title.Go back 20 years from 1971/2 to 1991/2 and it's only 7 different clubs that won the top tier - Leeds twice, Liverpool 10 times, Everton twice, Arsenal twice, Derby twice and Villa and Forest once. So winning the old first division was an incredible feat in just the second season back having been stuck in division two for 8 years.
Good point that Chapel.

The impression one gets is that fewer clubs are able to win the premier league these days than used to be the case in the old 1st division, but actually that isn’t necessarily the case. As you say in the last 20 years of the 1st division only 7 different teams won the title as against the 1st 20 years of the Premier league where 6 different teams have won the title.