Are radical changes necessary for Leeds to climb the table

24 Nov 2022 09:09 am, by Ellandback1


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Are radical changes necessary for Leeds to climb the table

With the emergence of young talent at Elland Road, it has been suggested that some of the old guard are starting to fall down the pecking order. Whilst faithful servants to the club, there comes a time when age catches up on the best of us. There have been few complaints regarding the Summer signings, but with Leeds hovering dangerously close to the drop zone, is it time to look at replacing the old guard?

Cooper (31), Bamford (29), Ayling (31), Klich (32), Dallas (31), Forshaw (31) and Rodrigo (31) are costing Leeds over a million pounds a month in salaries, with only Rodrigo showing the kind of form to justify his pay check. Are radical changes necessary for the club to move to the next level, or does experience go a long way in the top flight?





Orta eyes Nigerian International

Victor Orta has been alerted that Nigerian International defender Ola Aina may be available during the January transfer window. The versatile full back (who can play on either flank or indeed midfield) tops Torino's 'Whoscored' chart with a modest 6.74 rating. So far this season, the 26 year old has amassed 582 minutes of game time from seven starts and three substitute appearance.

Born in London, Aina came through Chelsea's youth ranks, and represented the young Lions all the way up to U20 level, when he switched allegiance to Nigeria. He joined Torino in 2019, but was shipped out on loan to Fulham the following year (20-21), during which they were relegated. Aina's contract expires next Summer, and having refused a new two year could be shipped out in January for a minimal fee.





Dallas comeback in sight

Seven months on from fracturing his femur, Start Dallas' comeback has been pencilled in. The 31 year old has been working closely with the physio's at Thorp Arch, rebuilding both his fitness and the strength in his leg following lengthy surgery back in May. The horrific injury could have put pay to his footballing career, but the Northern Ireland International is made of sterner stuff. Miraculously, he returned to the training ground back in August, and continuous to make fantastic progress, so much so, that a return to action could be expected towards the end of the year / beginning of January. During a recent Interview, Marsch was quoted as saying...

Stuart's making great progress as well and we'll see how that goes. But maybe we can get him on the pitch at some point towards the end of December, early January.




How will Dallas's comeback effect the dynamics at ER

With Stuart Dallas' comeback in sight, how will this effect the dynamics at Elland Road? What happens to Junior Firpo? Does he get pushed further down the pecking order, or should Leeds look to offload him in the New Year? What about Struijk? He's done a sterling job at left back. If, and when Dallas returns to full fitness, does Struijk get dropped, or will he replace one of the centre backs? Should Dallas' return to action effect the search for a new younger fitter model, at least until next Summer?




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weasel wrote on 25 Nov 2022 04:54 pm

Musicman1965 wrote: Fri Nov 25, 2022 1:33 pm What do you think about Cody Drameh situation? Its being widely reported that ---- A host of credible clubs across Europe as well as Premier League hot-shots Newcastle United continue to monitor the young English defender, with development wizards Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and LOSC Lille all said to be following the player as a long-term signing and future star. It begs the question what do these clubs see in the player that is third choice RB at present.
It's a very strange one - like you say what do clubs see that supposedly our manager doesn't? Noticeable that when RK was rested for a match that Marsch brought Ayling in rather than Drameh or was Drameh injured? Also in the league cup match v Wolves no sign of Drameh again. JM chose not to rest RK in any other matches when Drameh was available.

I don't see RK as that good of a player that Drameh has no chance of being better than him yet he isn't being given a chance but is apparently widely coveted.

I don't really see any of our first team starters as being so good that a youngster wouldn't be able to take their place if they were good enough.

Leeds1000 wrote on 25 Nov 2022 04:26 pm

Show us the money again... 2-3 better players a season (easier said than done the way we approach the market) to phase the lads out. If we have to sell our best player to bring two players in should take about10 years for mid-table.

Tighthead wrote on 25 Nov 2022 02:15 pm

faaip wrote: Fri Nov 25, 2022 12:11 pmyep
So he can spend another year on the physio table? Madness.

Musicman1965 wrote on 25 Nov 2022 01:33 pm

weasel wrote: Thu Nov 24, 2022 9:25 pm I don't agree with the 'blocking a youngster's path' as a reason for getting rid of someone. It is up to the youngster to be better than the player they want to replace not simply getting in the team because they are younger. If they are good enough then they should force their way in. If Drameh isn't good enough to be better than Ayling then why should we want to keep him, it isn't like he is 16. The answer should be to get rid of both and get someone better than either of them and ideally better than Kristensen too.

Many moons ago Venables sold Nigel Martyn to make Paul Robinson our no.1. I still think we'd have stayed up if we'd got rid of Robinson and kept Martyn.
What do you think about Cody Drameh situation? Its being widely reported that ---- A host of credible clubs across Europe as well as Premier League hot-shots Newcastle United continue to monitor the young English defender, with development wizards Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, and LOSC Lille all said to be following the player as a long-term signing and future star. It begs the question what do these clubs see in the player that is third choice RB at present.

faaip wrote on 25 Nov 2022 12:11 pm

yep