Phillips has extensive muscle damage

09 Dec 2021 09:08 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Thursday 9th December, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Phillips has extensive muscle damage

A footfall injury expert has labelled Kalvin Phillips hamstring affliction as 'extensive muscle damage' and warned fans not to expect to see the England star back in action until February. Ben Dinnery runs the Premier Injuries website and has a background in medicine and data analysis. Optimistically, he mentions that Phillips is a quick healer, and hints that six to eight weeks on the sidelines is expected...

We’re talking extensive muscle fibre damage there. Grade two, a minimum of 50 per cent, typically, of that muscle fibre damaged. Is it worst-case scenario? What we know of the player, he tends to heal fairly quickly, heal well. But we keep on banging this drum; you almost have player fitness, able to return to play and then you also have Marcelo Bielsa murderball fitness. The two are sort of completely different things.

Being ready to play top-level Premier League football is one thing. Coming into a Marcelo Bielsa team where the expectation is that you’re going to be covering greater distances at greater intensities for longer periods, that’s something to be considered. We do know Marcelo Bielsa is a coach that doesn’t like to cut corners. He will not generally take any risks with these players. “Maybe from what we understand, six to possibly eight weeks for a grade two. That is high end, that is serious.




Can Leeds wait until the Summer transfer market

We all know that the hierarchy at Elland Road would much prefer to wait until the Summer to delve deep inside the transfer kitty, and pull out some bargains; but with six points separating us from the bottom three, can we afford to wait until the Summer? Whilst our squad have been unable to replicate the same form they showed last term, their plight for survival has been hampered by an ever-growing injury list.

The January transfer window offers just a small opportunity to find a hidden gem! Not only though would a player have to adapt to our squad, but the fitness levels that Bielsa demands would mean that we are unlikely to see fresh blood until February at the earliest!

Only yesterday we heard that Liam Cooper also faces a lengthy lay off after appearing to jar his knee against Brentford last weekend. Whilst his injury is still being assessed, Leeds journalist Phil Hay has confirmed that the Leeds skipper is facing a 'lengthy spell out'. Do we need to invest in January, or can we afford to wait until the Summer?





Berra blown away by Raphinha

Former Elland Road favourite Gaetano Berardi recently appeared on Sky Sports, and was quizzed about Raphinha. Whilst the hard hitting defender will always have a special place in our hearts, his response whether the Brazilian could player for a top four side was perfect.

He is really good. He is a talented player and he is a really strong part of the team. He can create anything during the games, even if the game is difficult he can create something to score a goal so it's good for Leeds to have him in the squad and just a really good player.
When asked whether Raphinha could play for a top four side, Berra responded...
I think yes. But he is already at a top team.



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whiteswan wrote on 09 Dec 2021 10:19 pm

weasel wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 10:01 pm If Berardi isn't at a club and is injury free it would be a sensible option to get him in on contract till the end of the season to give us extra cover as he knows the systtem, knows the rest of the team and has a good level of versatility. I wonder if he is actually over here to undergo fitness tests with a view to being offered a short term deal. It would certainly increase the squad size more than simply adding a specialist 1 position player by giving us a good option to have a round peg that can fill 3 square holes.
I'd have him back tomorrow
(Just why was he at Thorp arch and ER)

weasel wrote on 09 Dec 2021 10:01 pm

If Berardi isn't at a club and is injury free it would be a sensible option to get him in on contract till the end of the season to give us extra cover as he knows the systtem, knows the rest of the team and has a good level of versatility. I wonder if he is actually over here to undergo fitness tests with a view to being offered a short term deal. It would certainly increase the squad size more than simply adding a specialist 1 position player by giving us a good option to have a round peg that can fill 3 square holes.

weasel wrote on 09 Dec 2021 09:58 pm

Cjay wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 2:52 pm But in our system the players change the roles don't, the player is meant to adapt to the role not change the role for him.

That is how I view it anyway.

So if Forshaw changes the role to him for example as you suggest doesn't that change the fundamentals of our system and as such change the system itself which Bielsa doesn't like to do?
I think it is a bit of both but also shows why KP is worth anything upwards of £50m and even if Forhsaw hadn't been injured for the last couple of years wouldn't be worth more than a fraction of that. KP possesses the ability to hit a long pass out of midfield which alleviates the pressure of the high press and also because of its effectiveness means the opposition have to make sure they have enough men back to mark our striker and wingers- as such limits the effectiveness of their high press as they can't have as many men pushing forward. As such KP's skillset is a better fit for the DM role than Forshaw. A similar reason why Bielsa likes Cooper at centreback as he can ping the balls out of defence with good accuracy. Our passing at the back at the start of the second half last week was attrocious and it wasn't a coincidence that Cooper wasn't on the pitch and KP was struggling with his injury.

faaip wrote on 09 Dec 2021 08:49 pm

If we did get Barardi back putting him in his weakest position wouldn't make sense. Best as a central defender and yes EPL class

Cjay wrote on 09 Dec 2021 08:25 pm

1964white wrote: Thu Dec 09, 2021 7:24 pm We got rid of Berardi far too early.
We didn't, just because the recruitment has been so poor doesn't mean we shouldn't let players past their prime leave.

That's part of what held the club back last summer, a refusal to recognise when one cycle has ended and actively go about starting a new.

Berardi was a great servant but we were right to let him go.

Ali on the other hand . . . . . . :verysad: