Misfiring Leeds face Pilgrimage

29 Jan 2024 09:33 am, by Ellandback1

Good Morning. It's Monday 29th January, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...

Misfiring Leeds face Pilgrimage

Leeds face an extra trip to Home Park after failing to overcome Plymouth Argyle in the fourth Round of the FA Cup at the weekend.

The two sides are set to meet in the League in little under three weeks, but must now factor in a midweek excursion in the interim, after Adam Randell's strike seventeen minutes from time. It puts pay (temporarily at-least) to a mouth watering trip to either Chelsea or Aston Villa in the next round.

Leeds were wasteful, careless and sluggish, against a lowly Championship outfit that had made seven changes to their starting line-up. The Whites continue to lack that killer instinct and put games to bed; a trait that could set them apart from a top two finish, come May.

The Whites had gone ahead on the half hour mark, thanks to a magnificent solo effort from Jaidon Anthony, an effort quite rightly dedicated to the memory of his late mother, which earnt him a booking in the process.

Anything but our strongest 11 isn't good enough

If we learnt anything from our 1-0 defeat at Stoke earlier in the season, it's Leeds lack strength in depth. On that fateful evening back in October, the gaffer rested Summerville and James, in favour of Anthony and Gnonto; it ended up costing the Whites dearly. It was Gruev's first start of the season too, during a time when he was still finding his feet. In all fairness to him, his recent displays this year have made him an invaluable member of the first team squad.

We saw an almost identical line-up at the weekend, with a similar performance at Elland Road. It only goes to show the urgent need for new personnel. Leeds have had months to prepare, identify their targets, and make approaches, yet with little over 72 hours of the transfer window remaining, all is quiet in West Yorkshire.

There continuous to be massive question marks over the form of Sam Byram, Jamie Shackleton and Junior Firpo, although the latter at-least has been in great in attacking positions recently. The trio have also spent the longest amount of time on the treatment table in the entire squad (apart from Stuart Dallas) this season.

I'm wondering whether Leeds will regret sending Djed Spence back to Spurs? He may not have been in the form of his life, but considering he hadn't kicked a ball for over six months due to injury, he was showing great promise.

In other news...

Leeds will battle it out with Luton Town for Japan International Daiki Hashioka. Belgian news outlet HBVL have indicated that the 24yo right back is keen on a move to England, and Leeds are very much in the running for the £2m rated star. He currently applies his trade with Belgium top flight outfit Sint-Truiden...

Leeds have finally made an official move for Everton forgotten made Ben Godfrey. According to the Sun, Leeds have made an official move to reunite Godfrey with his former Norwich boss until the end of the season. Godfrey, 26, a centre back by trade, can play right back and defensive midfield....

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ruttermania wrote on 29 Jan 2024 03:23 pm

Oh if only we were like those teams who create at most a couple of chances in every match because then the naysayers would have to think up something new to moan about. Win 5 in a row and draw one and disaster is around the corner . Score 13 and concede 2 and the Manager should be sacked . Discover that Junior 'not even a footballer 'Firpo is actually a cut above most left backs in the Championship and 'Bamfraud' gets you 4 goals in 5 games and the sky is about to fall in. Honestly I think pessimism is endemic in Yorkshire and I really wonder how you all coped with Bielsa Ball.

Sean_Nile wrote on 29 Jan 2024 03:10 pm

As Swiss Toni says

A misfiring football team is like a misfiring engine.

If your injector is not delivering your nut sack muck to the cylinder, then no amount of juice from your spark plug, will be enough to get that va va va voom, essential to achieve a worthwhile climax.

GreennWhite wrote on 29 Jan 2024 02:28 pm

Yet again we have the main criticism that keeps coming up when we dont win games or drop league points " we miss too many chances "
I'm surprised some folks who seem to dislike Farke haven't been calling for his head after Saturdays result, blaming him for the tactics and not using his subs soon enough.
If you cant put the ball in the net then you struggle to win games regardless of who your manager is.

weasel wrote on 29 Jan 2024 02:11 pm

Ellandback1 wrote: Mon Jan 29, 2024 1:38 pm 100 percent, but it happens every single week.
So does that mean it has happened before when we have had a full strength team..... Why I am stoatally confused. Maybe we need to stop drawing a circle in the sand and instead draw a line in it.

Ellandback1 wrote on 29 Jan 2024 01:38 pm

mentalcase wrote: Mon Jan 29, 2024 12:08 pm Wasteful chan es cost us yet again,we were good enough to win but couldn't when it mattered.
100 percent, but it happens every single week.