Are Leeds leaving it too late to bring reinforcements in

16 Jan 2024 09:20 am, by Ellandback1


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


Are Leeds leaving it too late to bring reinforcements in

With less than half of the Winter transfer window remaining, and two players lighter, Leeds fans can be forgiven for questioning why the club have not bought in any players yet?

A championship campaign is brutal, and along with Cup games, will see the Whites turn out over fifty times this season. Leeds are particularly light in defence, especially after losing Spence and Ayling. Firpo, Byram, Dallas, Cooper, Shackleton and Dallas are all injury prone, leaving the squad particularly vulnerable in defence.

How long can Ethan Ampadu keep on going? He's played almost every minute for Leeds this season, and that's before looking at the shift he has put in for Wales?
Archie Gray has just broken through the 2500 minute barrier too (for club and Country). Will they make it to the end?





Top flight duo stung by FFP charge

Quelle surprise! Everton and Nottingham Forest have been charged with Financial Fair Play irregularities, and referred to an independent commission by the Premier League! Everton already know the drill. They were deducted ten points last November for similar charges, relating to overspending between 2019 and 2022, but now face further sanctions having overstepped the financial boundaries between 2020 and 2023.

The only thing that may save them is double jeopardy! They have already been punished for two thirds of their overspending. Can the Toffee's get out of their sticky situation on a technicality?

Who would have thought after bringing in 43 players for a combined transfer spend of almost £300m over the past three transfer windows (not seasons) that Nottingham Forest would find their way onto the naughty step?

Owner Evangelos Marinakis is no stranger to controversy. The 56yo gargantuan of a man was (allegedly) mixed up in drug trafficking and match fixing allegations in the past, but nothing will prepare him, as he faces the wrath of the FA!





Is it a risk worth taking

Is the punishment of a ten point deduction, and a mediocre fine, a risk worth taking regarding Financial Fair Play?

Surely, if your overspending can bring in sufficient talent that equates to at least an extra ten points on the board, then the answer is yes! Everton have already had their pound of flesh from Leeds. They unsettled Wilfred Gnonto during the Summer, and took Jack Harrison away (without even a loan fee paid).

To be openly mugged by a top flight outfit is one thing, but surely there blatant disregard for the rules should have been dealt with quicker, and much harder sanctions. Should clubs be fined, depending on their wealth?





In other news...

Ipswich Town could be without star midfielder Massimo Luonga for a sustained amount of time after he rolled his ankle in training. The 31 year old Australian International has 1855 minutes of game time under his belt already this season, but looks set to watch the top of the table clash at the King Power Stadium from the sidelines, along with fellow midfielder Sam Morsey who is suspended...

Kris Moore has returned to Thorp Arch, after training with Hibs out in Dubai. Head coach Nick Montgomerie has not made up his mind whether he wants to take the 20 year old centre back on loan until the end of the season. A number of players including former White Adryan have already been rejected.




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Jaydog wrote on 19 Jan 2024 11:01 pm

AcrossThePondAsh wrote: Fri Jan 19, 2024 10:19 pm Let's be completely honest, Jay, calling a cookie a "biscuit" destroyed any and all credibility you and your fellow countrymen and woman might have had :cookie:

It is only through careful analysis of the the Great British Baking show, and the occasional use of Google Translate, that I'm even able to have this conversation with you, and others on the forum, today :P
No mate. I don’t understand. Can you say that again in non-American English 😁

AcrossThePondAsh wrote on 19 Jan 2024 10:19 pm

Jaydog wrote: Fri Jan 19, 2024 10:26 am I have to spell things correctly you know.
Is that not how you spell it in the US, Ash?
You’re a bit weird over there with spellings & pronunciations.
I know I’ve said this before but I found it astonishing that Rich Beem says Booey for buoy. How on earth did he come to that conclusion. Stupid word I know but booey. And don’t get me started on double eagle in golf….
Let's be completely honest, Jay, calling a cookie a "biscuit" destroyed any and all credibility you and your fellow countrymen and woman might have had :cookie:

It is only through careful analysis of the the Great British Baking show, and the occasional use of Google Translate, that I'm even able to have this conversation with you, and others on the forum, today :P

AcrossThePondAsh wrote on 19 Jan 2024 10:12 pm

DDB220 wrote: Fri Jan 19, 2024 1:17 pm Can I just confirm that you haven’t worked for or represented Fujitsu in any manner for data processing. The thought of Hotdogs mysteriously doubling in size will, whilst making certain contributors happy - misrepresent the reality of chipolata sized fact.
I can neither confirm nor deny, DDB :)

The Subhuman wrote on 19 Jan 2024 01:27 pm

AcrossThePondAsh wrote: Fri Jan 19, 2024 10:19 am Seriously--all that and you go and spell "fallacy" with an "f" and not a "ph".

As soon as I figure out how to cut the hotdog emoji in half we'll be at 6.5, not 7.
Clever

DDB220 wrote on 19 Jan 2024 01:17 pm

AcrossThePondAsh wrote: Fri Jan 19, 2024 3:32 am In examining this, and past, transfer windows, there appears to be an inverse correlation between the amount of "dick jokes" and the productivity of the window in question--i.e., the more the jokes the less movement in the window, etc.

Given the lack of movement this transfer window, and after weeks of meticulous research (I do work for a university after all), I've developed a specialized algorithm designed to detect and analyze references to phallic slang in online forums, utilizing advanced semantic parsing for accurate contextual interpretation (that last bit should get Cjay's attention).

The algorithm, also known as the Digital Identification of c**k and Knob Syntax, or D.I.C.K.S. for short, is able to essentially rate the effectiveness of a transfer window based on the overall number, and more importantly quality, of dick jokes, allusions, puns, wordplay, anecdotes, euphemisms, metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, photos, crude pencil drawings (this last bit should get Weasel and Jaydog's attention) and other artistic representations. The algorithm then assigns a specific number of phalli (that's plural for "phallus"--fancy right) based on these findings on a scale of 1-10.

After inputting the previous week's threads into the algorithm it has been determined that for this January window we are currently at 7 phalli, which for lack of a better emoji shall be represented here as hotdogs (seriously, all these dick jokes and the best emoji available is a hot dog):

:hdog: :hdog: :hdog: :hdog: :hdog: :hdog: :hdog:
Can I just confirm that you haven’t worked for or represented Fujitsu in any manner for data processing. The thought of Hotdogs mysteriously doubling in size will, whilst making certain contributors happy - misrepresent the reality of chipolata sized fact.