Big guns down Pilgrims after Extra Time drama

07 Feb 2024 09:23 am, by Ellandback1


Good Morning. It's Wednesday 7th February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road


Big guns down Pilgrims after Extra Time drama

Leeds had to wait until extra time to exercise their dominance over Plymouth Argyle in the fourth Round of the FA Cup, setting up a mouth watering tie against either Chelsea or Aston Villa in the last 32. 2,500 Leeds fans made the 650 mile round trip, only to be greeted by torrential rain, and gale force winds, but dug deep, safe in the knowledge that Daniel Farke's team would hopefully come good.

Leeds were by far the better side; had the competition been a crossbar challenge, the Whites would have been out of site by half time, but close isn't good enough, and time after time, the Pilgrims would regroup. Wilfred Gnonto blasted the visitors into the lead from the edge of the box on 66 minutes, not dissimilar to his winner against Bristol City last week. It was well deserved; throughout the night, Leeds had 26 shots on goal, 16 corners, and 74% possession, but to their credit, Plymouth never game up.

Their never say die attitude was rewarded twelve minutes from time when Brendan Galloway bundled the ball home from close distance after a well executed free kick. They had looked dangerous all evening when venturing into Leeds final third, but unlike Farke's men, made their opportunity count. Leeds bought out their big guns as the match went into extra time, and finally put the game to bed. Strikes from Summerville, Rutter and a Ryan Hardie own goal put the game out of reach to prevent the game going to penalties.





Renaming Elland Road would bring in much needed revenue

49ers Enterprises have announced a 10 year extension to their NFL stadium naming rights, worth a staggering £135m; prompting speculation whether the Leeds owners will do the same at Elland Road? Elland Road has seen Leeds home since it's formation in 1919, and is steeped in football history. Renaming the ground could bring in some much needed revenue, but could anger large sections of the Elland Road faithful for selling their soul!

The stadium itself has seen better days. Plans are afoot to increase the capacity to 55,000, and give it a much needed face-lift. The cost of this would run into hundreds of millions, prompting many to consider whether it would be better to up sticks, and move to a new purpose build site on the edge of the City!



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Roma plan big money transfer of Llorente

Media reports from Rome suggest the Giallorossi (Roma) are set to sell Diego Llorente in the Summer for a big profit, as soon as they own him! After pleading poverty, Leeds have apparently agreed to sell Diego Llorente for just €5m, but according to 'romanews.eu', they don't plan to keep him.
Instead, plans are afoot to sell the Spanish International to the highest bidder.

The well placed media outlet describe Llorente as a 'treasure', and 'one of the most positive notes so far in Roma's season. They scoff at the prospect of such a low price, due to a 'gentleman's agreement' they have with Leeds, and insist his onward sale will go a long way in helping Roma raise €50m this Summer needed for incoming transfers.




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weasel wrote on 07 Feb 2024 11:20 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Wed Feb 07, 2024 8:23 pm The point about Llorente is - If we were a top half premier league club, it would be perfectly normal to be sending a bunch of players out on loan every season. For a championship club, not so much so.

One example of unwanted players going out on loan last year was Dan James. He went out on loan because he didn't fit Jesse Marsch's style. I said a few times that Dan James might still have a career at Leeds because we might get a different manager who does like wingers. But that's the case of a top premier league team (Bielsa got us to 9th) loaning out players. Llorente was kind of the same for us. A player that didn't really fit the manager's style.

This season is different. It's not normal for a championship club to have so many players going out on loan. Almost every player going out loan this season did so because they think they're better than the club.
And the funny thing is that the opposite turned out to be true. I doubt any would get in our team now - possibly Sinisterra but then if he'd stayed we might nor have seen the emergence of Summerville or Rutter.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 07 Feb 2024 08:32 pm

John in Louisiana wrote: Wed Feb 07, 2024 5:37 pm If they sell the naming rights nobody from Leeds - or anywhere else, for that matter - will ever refer to the place as anything other than Elland Road. Anyone except, of course, television announcers who will be required to use whatever name they come up with. I hope they never do. Some things are worth more than money.

Most top clubs have refused to cave to that particular pressure to this point. Anfield will always be Anfield, thank goodness. Referring to stadiums as The Emirates or The Etihad (or in the US Citi Field or Oracle Park) makes my stomach turn. Referring to a stadium as Old Trafford makes my stomach turn for a different reason, but at least they haven't sold out.
Good perspective, especially since the sponsored stadium is so prevalent in the States. You're right. It would always be ER to the diehards. To millions of casual fans watching in Asia, I'd gladly take in the sponsorship money.

Note there's still an older generation in the UK that refer to countries like Rhodesia, Persia, Ceylon, Burma. In fact, I still say things like Czechoslovakia and Holland. Old habits die hard. And ask anyone from the UK their nationality. Very few will say British.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 07 Feb 2024 08:23 pm

whiteswan wrote: Wed Feb 07, 2024 5:11 pm We are a big club. Just not as rich as a few.
The point about Llorente is - If we were a top half premier league club, it would be perfectly normal to be sending a bunch of players out on loan every season. For a championship club, not so much so.

One example of unwanted players going out on loan last year was Dan James. He went out on loan because he didn't fit Jesse Marsch's style. I said a few times that Dan James might still have a career at Leeds because we might get a different manager who does like wingers. But that's the case of a top premier league team (Bielsa got us to 9th) loaning out players. Llorente was kind of the same for us. A player that didn't really fit the manager's style.

This season is different. It's not normal for a championship club to have so many players going out on loan. Almost every player going out loan this season did so because they think they're better than the club.

andrewjohnsmith wrote on 07 Feb 2024 08:16 pm

Chilli D wrote: Wed Feb 07, 2024 10:19 am Very good performance last night, the only negatives being we should have wrapped it up in 90 minutes and the defending for their goal.
It did, however, give the fringe players some much needed minutes.
The difference in benches was huge when you looked at who we brought on compared to them.
A moment of irony - had Joffy scored the shot that hit the post in the 94th minute he would have only got 20 minutes but by missing he got an extra 30!
What a player Gruev is turning out to be, one of the championship signings of the summer.

My opinion regarding the stadium is that they should re-locate to somewhere with better transport access rather than redeveloping Elland Road.
Always thought the stadium was in a good location. But should have better access. I always think it's ironic that we pass the ground on the train in from Doncaster. Then have to track back there from the station. There could easily be a platform right at the ground and run a shuttle service from the city center on matchdays. With everything they've built around the ground now, making it more of a tourist destination, they could probably run a limited train service 7 days a week.

John in Louisiana wrote on 07 Feb 2024 05:37 pm

If they sell the naming rights nobody from Leeds - or anywhere else, for that matter - will ever refer to the place as anything other than Elland Road. Anyone except, of course, television announcers who will be required to use whatever name they come up with. I hope they never do. Some things are worth more than money.

Most top clubs have refused to cave to that particular pressure to this point. Anfield will always be Anfield, thank goodness. Referring to stadiums as The Emirates or The Etihad (or in the US Citi Field or Oracle Park) makes my stomach turn. Referring to a stadium as Old Trafford makes my stomach turn for a different reason, but at least they haven't sold out.