Leeds kick off New Year in style
03 Jan 2022 09:00 am, by Ellandback1
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Leeds kick off New Year in style
Leeds started the New Year in style with a 3-1 win over local rivals Burnley, in front of a packed out, albeit rains soaked Elland Road. To say the game was open would be an understatement. Continual wave after wave of attacks from one end to the other certainly added to the excitement, yet was detrimental on the blood pressure. There were numerous chances in the first half before the deadlock was broken including an audacious chip from the halfway line courtesy of Raphinha which had Wayne Hennessey scrambling back to his goal-mouth.
Leeds took the lead five minutes before the interval. Harrison robbed Tarkowski of the ball, deep in their own half and ran in on goal, with the Clarets defender in hot pursuit. Although his first effort was blocked by the 34yo shot stopper, his second attempt squeezed passed Hennessey at his near post.
Burnley started the second half brightly, and were soon level. Cornet's 30 yard free kick flew past Meslier like a rocket, giving him little chance to react. Although a keeper of Meslier's stature should not have been beaten from such a distance, the wall Leeds assembled was poor. Cornet has scored six goals in his eight starts for Burnley this season, and has an impressive 7.04 rating. Leeds had identified the Ivory Coast International as a realistic target last Summer, yet did not make an offer.
Leeds retook the lead on 77 minutes with a well rehearsed set piece. A short corner worked its way to Dallas on the edge of the area. He bent the ball into the far side corner with perfect execution. Whilst the Elland Road crowd were sent into jubilation, it looked as if the life had been sucked out of Sean Dyche's men. The hosts rubbed salt into Burnley's wounds in injury time with a third. Man of the Match, Dallas turned on the style before feeding Gelhardt down the right channel. The 19yo sent a long ball deep inside the Burnley penalty area, and there was Dan James who rose highest to nod the ball home, for his second goal of this campaign.
Klich back to his old self
Leeds journalist Phil Hay heaped praise on Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich after his performance yesterday against Burrnley. The 31 year old gave his best performance of the season, and along with Dallas worked tirelessly as the integral cogs, linking defence to attack.
I also thought Klich had a very good game - much more like his old self, linking everything and getting involved in everything. Gelhardt looks like he’ll get better and better. There’s real electricity when he gets on the ball.
Leeds join race to sign Marseille midfielder
Leeds have joined the race to sign Marseille defensive midfielder Boubacar Kamara. The 22 year old has been part of structure at the Stade Velodrome, since the age of six. He has made over 100 first team appearances and has represented France in every age group from U17. His contract expires at the end of the season making him a hot commodity. Teams from all around Europe are waiting to pounce. He turned Newcastle down last Summer, but it is believed they will try again during the January transfer window. It is believed a 10m offer may tempt the Ligue 1 outfit to part with their protégé.