Leeds trounce sorry Cardiff

15 Jan 2024 09:24 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Monday 15th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Leeds trounce sorry Cardiff

Leeds recorded their third consecutive 3-0 victory of 2024, against a Cardiff City team lacking any kind of bite, spirit or credibility. Traditionally, a trip to the Welsh Capital would normally have been a tasty affair, with plenty of blood sweat and tears, but not on this occasion! Confidence was low, the home crowd were quiet, and their Manager was clueless!

Leeds found themselves two-up at the break, curtesy of taps ins from Patrick Bamford and Dan James, but it could have been far worse had it not been for their keeper. Alnwick denied both Rutter and Bamford from one on one situations, and with the help of the bar, managed to thwart James' attempted lob.

It was more of less one way traffic in the second half too, with the post this time coming to the hosts aid after Summerville missed his spot kick, after Rutter was bought down in the box.

Leeds scored a well deserved third late on after James charged through the Cardiff defence before picking out Summerville, wide on the left of the Cardiff penalty area. Unselfishly, he tee'd up Rutter, who picked out his spot from 12 yards out.





Coopers decade long tenure coming to an end

It is highly likely that Liam Cooper's ten year tenure at the club will end in May when his contract comes to an end! The 32 year old stalwart defender is one of only a few, to break through the 250 appearance barrier for the Whites in recent times. His professionalism, dogged performances and love for the club make him a fans favourite.

With Charlie Cresswell being frozen out of his first team plans, Farke has no intentions of letting Cooper follow Ayling out of Elland Road this month. He knows exactly what he's going to get from the Scot, whose highly respected within the dressing room!

Somewhere down the line, though not in this window, Cooper is highly likely to follow, with all the indications that his deal will not be renewed in May. He is more involved under Farke than Ayling was, a presence on matchdays if not routinely in Leeds’ line-up, but there has been a conscious decision that most of the remaining members of Bielsa’s title-winners are too far beyond the peak of their powers.

Some in Farke’s camp are more journeyed than others, admittedly, but his is not a been-there-done-that dressing room.

Farke spoke enough pre-Christmas about the atmospheric value of having Cooper, Ayling and others of that ilk on the scene to deduce that Ayling’s twinkle and broad shoulders might be missed. A tribute to him was waiting yesterday when Rutter scored and celebrated with the air guitar that Ayling once played.




Swap reversal could be on the cards

Rumours of a swap reversal involving Luis Sinisterra and Jaidon Anthony are starting to gather pace. The exchange has clearly not worked out for either club, prompting speculation that the contract could be ripped up. Both players have circa 350 minutes of game time under their belts for their loan club, meaning they should have plenty more in the tank during the second half of the season.

Whether Leeds fans would welcome back Sinisterra with open arms is highly debateable. The 24 year old reportedly threatened legal action against the Elland Road hierarchy to force the loan move through on transfer deadline day, creating bad blood from both sides.





In other news...

Charlie Cresswell is a target for both Millwall (where he spent last season on loan) and Blackburn Rovers. Even with injuries to Pascal Struijk and Liam Cooper, Cressy was not even named in the squad that beat Cardiff 3-0 at the weekend. Reports last week suggest Leeds have slapped a £4m - £5m price tag on the 21 year old...

Celtic, West Brom and Plymouth are all keen to take Joe Gelhardt on loan until the end of the season. With 169 minutes of league game time under his belt, the former Wigan Athletic prodigy will be desperate for a move to get some game time. With Bamford finding some form, it has been suggested that Daniel Farke is becoming more amenable to the idea of letting him out on loan...

Leeds face competition from Sheffield Utd, Southampton and Rangers for West Ham defender Ben Johnson. The talented left-wing back has fallen out of favour at the London Stadium after refusing contract talks unless his £60,000 per week demands are met...

Leeds are still monitoring the situation on Burnley right back Connor Roberts and Bournemouth centre half Chris Mepham, though deals for either player are unlikely to happen imminently...




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Jaydog wrote on 16 Jan 2024 01:07 pm

DDB220 wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 8:55 pm What is all this cheese related philosophy. Stop reading the Cantona book - ‘How to explain something without making any sense’
As the great cheese philosopher Gouda said “never look a gift horse in the mouth or carry Stilton in your pocket”. Wise words indeed.

The Subhuman wrote on 16 Jan 2024 07:53 am

1964white wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 9:24 pm I get your point, DDB :tup:

However, there are reasons why Gnonto isn't starting in the first XI ahead of either Summerville or James.
Yes, it's form. You don't drop players in form and Willi was injured early season plus the so called issue. He has to wait his turn and I'm sure will play as well as James given a run of games..

Kennyb41 wrote on 15 Jan 2024 11:21 pm

weasel wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 10:22 pm That reminds me of a story I once heard about an angry dwarf - but I don't feel the need to tell it any more and I shall keep my wisdom to myself like the lanky streak of piss that I am.
I owe, i owe.

It's off to work i go :cry:

weasel wrote on 15 Jan 2024 10:22 pm

DDB220 wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 8:55 pm What is all this cheese related philosophy. Stop reading the Cantona book - ‘How to explain something without making any sense’
That reminds me of a story I once heard about an angry dwarf - but I don't feel the need to tell it any more and I shall keep my wisdom to myself like the lanky streak of piss that I am.

1964white wrote on 15 Jan 2024 09:24 pm

DDB220 wrote: Mon Jan 15, 2024 8:52 pm To be fair Gnonto has had very few minutes starting in a full strength team. He rarely gets to play with Summerville and Rutter. When he comes on the other main attacking threats have generally also been subbed or close to getting subbed.

It is not a fair comparison to judge his impact against James and make a comparison unless they have been afforded the same opportunities. James is in the team on the basis of his form.
I get your point, DDB :tup:

However, there are reasons why Gnonto isn't starting in the first XI ahead of either Summerville or James.