Gnonto fires Leeds into promotion mix

05 Feb 2024 09:20 am, by Ellandback1


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Gnonto fires Leeds into promotion mix

Wilfred Gnonto's 47th minute strike temporarily elevated Leeds into the top two of the Championship for the first time this season, as Daniel Farke's side kept their 100% league record intact in 2024. Not only have Leeds won five on the trot (in the league), but they've only conceded once, scoring ten in the process, but their resilience will be put to the test this month, as they face five games in fifteen days.

Leeds dominated much of the game, but found it difficult to break down a stubborn City defence content on getting men behind the ball in numbers, to frustrate the visitors. Even so, Max O'Leary had to be at his very best to deny Summerville and Rutter from one on one situations, when perhaps the Leeds forwards should have done better.





Can Shackleton survive cull

Leeds are set to open talks with Jamie Shackleton over a new contract, in a bid to keep the 24yo at Elland Road beyond the Summer. Shacks has been part of the Leeds Utd set up since he was eight, but has never quite managed a sustained run of games in the starting XI. He is quick, versatile and is a good passer of the ball, though many are critical of his physical strength.

Daniel Farke's cull is well and truly under way, and he's not holding back. So far this season we have seen Leo Hjelde, Helder Costa, Luke Ayling, Ian Poveda, Cody Drameh, Jack Jenkins and Lewis Bate all depart. It is also unlikely that Sam Greenwood, Stuart Dallas and Liam Cooper will see another season at Elland Road, proving there is no room for sentiment in football.





Are Ipswich out of auto promotion race

It was always going to be difficult for Ipswich Town to maintain their staggering run of form, going into the second half of the season, but with seven points from as many games (starting with a 4-0 loss to Leeds), can the Tractor boys recover? The wheels well and truly came off during the first half at Preston, but to their credit came back strongly after the break, and were unlucky not to leave Deepdale with something!

The recent signings of Lewis Travis, Ali Al-Hamadi, Kieffer Moore and Jeremy Sarmiento will no doubt boost Kieran McKenna's side, but integrating new faces into a settled line-up is a gamble. Ipswich will leapfrog Leeds if they win their game in hand, but their once unattainable lead has all but deteriorated.




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Leeds1000 wrote on 05 Feb 2024 05:17 pm

but found it difficult to break down a stubborn City defence content on getting men behind the ball in numbers, to frustrate the visitors.
Nar. We couldn't finish our dinner that day. Their goalie was ok but their backfour were hopelessly devoted to Jimmy.

Shacks.

If we go up it could be seeya later thrown to the Alligator. If we remain in the Championship then a 12 months rolling contract may not be enough to keep him.

Conclusion.

Farke seems to like the kids attitude and commitment. 2 Year deal with no relegation clauses.

Ipswich tarn.

They have done remarkably well so far but they were always going to hit the wall. They look like a team that rely on a tightknit group and having imposters coming in so late can only create disharmony.

Conclusion.

I would like to face them at Wembley in the PO final. Not West Brom please... they give me nightmare's.

* should we have to go that route obviously*

mentalcase wrote on 05 Feb 2024 05:04 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 4:44 pm Shackleton is a useful player to have around. But it's looking more and more like he'll never be a first team regular. The good thing about him is his versatility. But also his professionalism and commitment to the cause. He's a Leeds fan. So as long as he's around the first team, I don't think he's going to kick a fuss about playing time. Bielsa liked him and saw him as part of the 1st team squad. SO he's definitely got some ability.

Of all the players out on loan, I certainly think Greenwood will make his way as a premier league midfielder. I'd hold some hope of a return, but contact situation makes it unlikely. I'm sure Drameh will make it too. But his relationship with Leeds means he's definitely done with us.

Good to be on the current run of form. At full strength I think we're the best in the division. We're capable of doing what Leicester have done so far. I don't see Ipswich hanging around the top 3. It's between the 3 relegated teams for me already.
What I think, ipswich lake west brom on saturday 12.30 as well, we'll have an idea of how they cope before we kick a ball, hopefully 3 points for us couls see us pulling away if they drop points.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 05 Feb 2024 04:44 pm

Shackleton is a useful player to have around. But it's looking more and more like he'll never be a first team regular. The good thing about him is his versatility. But also his professionalism and commitment to the cause. He's a Leeds fan. So as long as he's around the first team, I don't think he's going to kick a fuss about playing time. Bielsa liked him and saw him as part of the 1st team squad. SO he's definitely got some ability.

Of all the players out on loan, I certainly think Greenwood will make his way as a premier league midfielder. I'd hold some hope of a return, but contact situation makes it unlikely. I'm sure Drameh will make it too. But his relationship with Leeds means he's definitely done with us.

Good to be on the current run of form. At full strength I think we're the best in the division. We're capable of doing what Leicester have done so far. I don't see Ipswich hanging around the top 3. It's between the 3 relegated teams for me already.

Clitheroe White wrote on 05 Feb 2024 01:50 pm

Jaydog wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 12:57 pm True. They have their own language I think or is that Cornwall.
That's Cornwall that has it's own language.

I heard their travel plans on an interview somewhere. Travel down today, 2 nights hotel, back up north on Weds. The travel means they are getting less time on the training pitch to prepare. However:

1. Our next match isn't until Saturday so it's good we're playing this match on the Tuesday (it could have been a Wednesday).
2. We've only just played Plymouth (twice really incl league late 2023) so we should have already done most of the tactical prep.

Jaydog wrote on 05 Feb 2024 12:57 pm

mentalcase wrote: Mon Feb 05, 2024 12:55 pm Plus the language barrier in Plymouth is harder than that of Mongolia
True. They have their own language I think or is that Cornwall.