Eight absentees for Leeds United's clash with Arsenal

16 Dec 2021 09:03 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Thursday 16th December, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Eight absentees for Saturday’s clash with Arsenal

Jamie Shackleton and Junior Firpo are set to miss Saturday's 5.30 clash with the Gooners. Shackleton sustained what looked like an ankle injury, midway through the first half mauling at the Etihad on Tuesday evening whilst Junior Firpo picked up his five yellow card of the season, leading to an automatic one match ban.

They join Rodrigo, Patrick Bamford, Liam Cooper, Kalvin Phillips, Robin Koch and Pascal Struijk on the sidelines. In all likelihood, Cody Draheh will be drafted in at right back, with Dallas swapping to left back, and Luke Ayling continuing to partner Llorente in central defence. Thurday is Murder ball day! Let's hope there aren't any more injuries!

Limited funds available in January

Phil Hay has disclosed that limited funds will be made available in the January transfer window. According to 'The Athletic' journalist, the decision was made following the injury to Kalvin Phillips, which will see the England ace sidelines until February. Whilst it's difficult not to agree that form has dramatically dropped, an unprecedented amount of injuries has also hampered team selection further. According to Hay:-

The intention is there after the injury to Phillips. But it will depend on budget and available options. You know the drill.

The pressure is certainly beginning to show on the Leeds hierarchy. Radrizzani has taken swipes at fans on twitter whilst Orta had to be restrained from attacking a fan at the end of the Brentford game as the red mist descended. What is the bare minimum Leeds need to invest next month to comfortably stay clear of the drop zone, and how many players do they need?

Players need to take responsibility

Hammers icon, now pundit Frank McAvennie has hit out at Leeds players saying their performance against Manchester City midweek was unacceptable, and they need to take a share of the responsibilities. Whilst the former striker was critical of Bielsa for not altering his tactics against Peps men, he submitted that although hampered by injury, Leeds are not the same team as last season.

The problem with Bielsa is he wants everything forward. We all loved it last season when they were winning 4-3 and 5-4 but you can’t do that against this Man City team. They are something else this season. You have to be able to adapt, even if that means putting 10 men behind the ball.

Leeds aren’t the same team this season. Because of injuries they don’t have the squad to do that. You have to change it up sometimes, otherwise you will be ripped apart. “So Bielsa has had abuse on social media, I saw a bit of that. I get that. But Leeds are great to watch when they are on form.

I don’t get why he has forgotten about defending though, conceding seven is embarrassing. “It’s unacceptable against anybody and the players have to take as much blame as the manager.

Boo boys turn their attention on Orta

A section of disgruntled Leeds fans have turned their attention on Leeds Director of Football Victor Orta. The Leeds boo boys believe the fiery Spaniard is responsible for a host of poor signings which have led to their present predicament, hovering just above the drop zone.

Orta joined the Whites in May 2017, and was instrumental in the capture of Marcelo Bielsa. Whilst the likes of Helder Costa, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Junior Firpo, Rodrigo, Robin Koch and Dan James have not lived up their price tag, Raphinha, Meslier and Llorente have more than exceeded expectations. Whilst it's true that Orta scouts the talent, Bielsa has the final decision. Orta will provide Bielsa with three alternatives, and the Argentine selects which one he wants!

View all Showing latest 5 comments of 33...

White Riot wrote on 17 Dec 2021 11:33 am

On a lighter note


faaip wrote on 17 Dec 2021 11:27 am

I'll keep going if you are, big difference between quality starts and 5-25 minutes off the bench, usually in a game where he's expected to be the game winner. Reverse Paddy's and Tyler's game time and I suspect Paddy will have around the same kind of stat output and he actually is a striker

Byebyegeegee wrote on 17 Dec 2021 10:45 am

faaip wrote: Thu Dec 16, 2021 8:24 pm This thread, your correct, but my posts don't come close to the Tyker is s**t ones I'll keep going thanks ... I just got a pm saying Roberts shouldn't be in my sig too..

So of those 100 games how many has he started and what is the percentage of continuous games started ?
Ok fair enough faaip, you keep going mate.

I don’t know how many games he has started nor can I be bothered to work out the percentage of continuous games he’s started, but I do think 100 or so appearances is more than sufficient for any footballer to have shown some kind of consistent form, let alone Premier League standard and, in my opinion, he just hasn’t shown it.

I’ve nothing against the lad, I’m sure he’s trying his best and I would love him to succeed for Leeds United’s sake. Time, I suppose, will tell but for now I think we’ll just have to agree to disagree.

Carrick Dave wrote on 17 Dec 2021 09:36 am

DDB220 wrote: Fri Dec 17, 2021 12:49 am With regards to Roberts - I think there is a player in there also. I had big hopes for him this season.
The one area of his game that is really holding him back is his decision making. He often does the hard technical part well and then makes a poor pass or chooses the wrong option. Whether this is just a general lack of awareness or intelligence is hard to determine. He has the technical ability without a doubt.
He has improved recently and that might coincide with a run in the team but he needs to keep improving and deliver consistency. Which includes providing assists and scoring. The cross for Gelhardt’s goal was absolute quality. More of that and there will be quite a few people with egg on their faces.
Need to remember he is only 21. KP was still finding his feet at that age and there was no shortage of fans saying get rid at the time.
He turns 23 on 12th January.

He’s improved lately, but needs to start scoring goals. At least against Citeh he showed a bit of edge which I’ve not seen previously, he let a few know he was annoyed.

Carrick Dave wrote on 17 Dec 2021 09:32 am

faaip wrote: Thu Dec 16, 2021 8:24 pm
So of those 100 games how many has he started and what is the percentage of continuous games started ?
Maybe there’s a reason for that…. :lol: :lol: