Leeds keep pressure up on top two

13 Nov 2023 09:31 am, by Ellandback1

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Leeds keep pressure up on top two

Leeds maintained their unbeaten start to their campaign (at Elland Road), defeating a spirited Plymouth Argyle side, and keeping the pressure up on the top two.

Leeds were two-up within half an hour. Dan James opened proceedings on 21 minutes with a thunderous strike on the edge of the area, after the ball spun kindly for him, following Kamara's timely challenge on Kesler-Hayden in the Argyle penalty box. Six minutes later Piroe doubled Leeds advantage, after being put through on goal by Summerville, who had just had an effort disallowed a few minutes previously.

Leeds should have been out of sight by half-time, but squandered chance after chance to put the game to bed.
The Whites continued to be dominant after the break, but were unable to add to their tally. With six minutes of the game remaining, the visitors got one back, leading to a few nervy moments in the final moments.

In truth, Leeds made heavy weather of it, but it's hard to argue when you're sitting at the top of the form guide with five wins from six, going into the International break. Plymouth fans will look back on the game, claiming they should have had a penalty, but when you're flying high, decisions just happen to go your way.

Is Harrison worth £30m

Veteran football journalist Phil Brown believes Everton don't have the finances to make Jack Harrison's move permanent, though much will depend on the outcome of their Financial Fair Play hearing last month. The 26yo's return from injury has coincided with a rapid rise up the table for Sean Dyche's men.He was instrumental at the weekend too, helping his Merseyside teammates to a 3-2 win at Selhurst Park.

Harrison's contract runs to the Summer of 2028, so there's little chance of Everton signing him on the cheap. The figure being banded about is £30m, but in truth is that enough, especially with the top six dish out each Summer.

It wouldn’t surprise me if Leeds were to ask for that (£30m). I suspect that in the current market, they do believe he’s worth that.

But the problem is that he probably isn’t worth £30m to Everton because they don’t have £30m to spend on one player right now. Everything will depend on what happens with the takeover, the finances, whether Everton are punished, whether they stay in the Premier League.

Everything is up in the air at the moment and it’s very hard to predict what kind of budget Everton will have. So I think by next summer, things will become clearer but I can’t see, in the current situation, Everton spending £30m on Jack Harrison.

Schumacher praises Farke's magnanimity

Pilgrim's Manager Steven Schumacher revealed how Daniel Farke praised the Plymouth players after the 2-1 defeat at Elland Road, but rued his sides luck at not being awarded a first half penalty.

When Daniel comes [to me] at the end of the game and says you are a top team and you pushed us all the way, right now that is okay for us but we want to try and get results at these places as well.

We come to a place like this and it’s a brilliant experience. The atmosphere at the start of the game was one of the best I have ever heard so that is what it is all about.” “We gave the ball away twice in two poor areas and against a top team with quality players, we got punished.

The second half we were better. We got after the game and we grew into it. I’m really pleased with the effort overall against a top team, we came here and competed which is what we wanted to do but unfortunately it has gone against us. The whole performance, I don’t think there was too much wrong with it.

Another big call has gone against us and that seems to happen every week. When he gets into the box, you could hear the contact when the two lads’ boots collided. There was no contact on the ball from their player so I can’t understand again how it isn’t a foul.

If we go in at 2-1 at half-time, it gives us the belief and confidence in that second half. As you can see, when we have got that, we are a decent team so once again, another tough decision away from home has gone against us.

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mentalcase wrote on 13 Nov 2023 05:21 pm

Irish Ian wrote: Mon Nov 13, 2023 12:15 pm Hate these international breaks.
Pointless on a number of fronts, especially if you support Norn Iron.

re JH. We will get 25M tops.

Re the Pen shout. I thought it could have been given, glad it wasnt though, regarding Rutter he does look like he is looking for a pen and he does go down in the box a bit easy for such a strong lad imo, could that be becuase he knows he isnt a good finisher and is taking the easy option?
We won't have the internationals to worry about after this one Ian, I don't think we have any after these until March, and they're both friendlies.
It'll injuries to be worried about I'd imagine.

Musicman1965 wrote on 13 Nov 2023 05:15 pm

Harrison is doing ok at the moment, drop of cold UK weather and Mr Slick will disappear. He is worth 25 million imo but as his contract is long we might be able to squeeze a bit more. Another option would be to get value by taking a Everton player plus cash, not really up to date with their squad but there might be a gem sitting on the bench we could make use of. Food for thought.... Lastly FFP rules for Everton could be a boost as Kenrights funeral expenses were way over 400 million, Marks and Spencer prices are a killer..... :)

Musicman1965 wrote on 13 Nov 2023 05:04 pm

The Plymouth tie sums up how Leeds blow hot and cold. Against Huddersfield Town we were queueing up to put the ball in the back of the net. Then Plymouth comes along and we play equally well, but just not ruthless enough in front to of goal. This can be fixed on the training ground but what the real worry for me is the LHS. Byram is out injured after coming off against Plymouth and Junior Firpo replaced him. Firpo is not a LB, he ventures up the field and forgets about his defensive duties until its too late. There is definitely going to be problems and the choices are limited to protect the LHS.
Cooper in for injured Struijk, did ok against a substandard Plymouth attack, would not want him in a centre back pairing against the likes
of Boro. We need back up defender to cover for Struijk or god forbid Rodon.
Leicester are getting pegged back, Tractor Boys are on borrowed time, defence is getting worse and the attack is bailing them out. How long can they keep this up.

Leeds1000 wrote on 13 Nov 2023 04:25 pm

Leeds keep pressure up on top two.

That's what its all about. I'd rather be in the chasing pack personally, claw claw steam roll in March. Great performance by the lads again. Its entertaining fast and frenetic, there is real quality in the team again creating plenty of chances... What's not to like.

Is Harrison worth £30m.

All day long. Altho i wouldn't want Leeds paying that for him. I haven't watched any of their games to judge his contribution but results don't lie and they were dire without him.

Schumacher praises Farke's magnanimity.

The Green army should be proud of their team and fans. Small budget with a good following, 3000 i heard?. Plenty of fan banter, anyone who has watched the Chino video with attest to that. The team and their fans did Plymouth a good service. I hope they stay up personally.

mentalcase wrote on 13 Nov 2023 04:19 pm

I think JH is worth £60 million of Everton’s daft money thank you very much.