Rampant Leeds go second after destroying sorry Swans

14 Feb 2024 09:34 am, by Ellandback1


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Rampant Leeds go second after destroying sorry Swans

Rampant Leeds put on a five star display at the Swansea.com Stadium last night, stretching their (league) win record to seven in a row!

The Whitesw were relentless. Swansea had no answer to the visitors attacking prowess, and found themselves two down after just ten minutes, courtesy of strikes from Summerville and Piroe, just two minutes apart.

Carl Rushworth (between the sticks for the hosts) stemmed the tide by making smart saves from Gnonto, Rutter and Summerville, before Gnonto added a third after a clever assist from Archie Gray (his second of the season).

With a trip back to Plymouth at the weekend, Leeds took their foot off the throttle in the second half; but Gnonto wasn't done. The plucky Italian forward added a fourth, 18 minutes from time with a solo effort that any top flight forwards would have been proud of.

Elsewhere, just 80 miles down the road, Bristol City had finally ended Southampton's incredible 25 game unbeaten run, but with a third of the season still to play for, there's still a long way to go!





Leeds duo serve up new combo

There's a new combo to be added to the list of treats on offer in West Yorkshire.

Many enjoy the delicacies of a good surf n turf, whilst others may wish to keep it basic and devour burger and fries or a bacon n egg sarnie, but a new kind of delicacy is being served up at Elland Road; its called a Summerville and Gnonto or a Gnonville (not sure that will catch on)!

Thick at thieves off the pitch, the duo are terrorising defenders on it. With four goals and an assist from his four league starts this year, Gnonto has been drawing defenders away from Summerville, allowing the Dutchman a lot more space.

Summerville had his a dry patch over Christmas, which was carried over to the New Year. With one assist and one goal in seven games, it was feared that by double marking him, he could be kept quiet, but his best friend had other idea's.

Together, they have netted eight times, and contributed two assists in the last four games. Not only that, but dare I say (without tempting fate) the victories have looked easier!





Forgotten men making the difference

The emergement of Leeds forgotten men could very easily be the difference between automatic promotion, and a lottery play off place! More times than not, when a player is dropped to the bench for a considerable amount of time, it's very difficult to regain their space - but this is not the case for Leeds.

Many had written off Ilia Gruev, Wilfred Gnonto, Patrick Bamford, Junior Firpo and more recently Joel Piroe, but under the Management of Daniel Farke, all have flourished when given their opportunity to shine. That strength in depth could prove to be decisive, come the end of the season.




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Kennyb41 wrote on 15 Feb 2024 06:23 pm

BlackHillsPaul wrote: Thu Feb 15, 2024 5:52 pm I'm looking forward to that test as well Kenny. And if we don't play them straight up to OUR strengths I think it will be very telling about Farke's approach if we are promoted. Show Chelsea too much respect and we are doomed.
There's so much uncertainty with players like Gruev about their potential or lack of to make that step up to Prem level, allover the park we've got that. Our front 4 going at their defence should be a good watch, the test for Gruev and Kamara coming under the cosh should tell us something, and then can our defence actually defend and still come out with the ball.

I think i'm gonna put a bet on us, but i'm waiting to see the Chelsea team first.

You're right, forget showing Chelsea respect, just get out and play like we have been, and find out where we're at.

Kennyb41 wrote on 15 Feb 2024 06:16 pm

BlackHillsPaul wrote: Thu Feb 15, 2024 5:52 pm I'm looking forward to that test as well Kenny. And if we don't play them straight up to OUR strengths I think it will be very telling about Farke's approach if we are promoted. Show Chelsea too much respect and we are doomed.
To me there's no other option Paul, just give it your best shot.
Just a shame atm that Poch seems to now be getting Chelsea something like settled and performing. They are definite favourites obviously, but i'm looking forward to this. Go get them like he did Leicester and i can see a shock. If we get battered it really will bring me right back down to earth. But, if we happen to go toe to toe with them, and run them close, it's a cracking guide going forward.

BlackHillsPaul wrote on 15 Feb 2024 05:52 pm

Kennyb41 wrote: Thu Feb 15, 2024 9:05 am It's good to have folk around that know their football from their own eyes and not a computer, and yes it's just common sense that he'll again have to adjust to the rigours of the Prem, it's hard to gauge this Leeds team, as you say this Championship is bad.

I'm looking forward to the Chelsea barometer.

And imo there is absolutely no other way to approach the game than to our strengths, he has taught them this way, he has instilled 4-2-3-1.
I'm looking forward to that test as well Kenny. And if we don't play them straight up to OUR strengths I think it will be very telling about Farke's approach if we are promoted. Show Chelsea too much respect and we are doomed.

BlackHillsPaul wrote on 15 Feb 2024 05:46 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Thu Feb 15, 2024 4:18 pm When he says an entire back line, I think he's referring to Rodon not being our player. And yes, it would be great to make him a permanent deal. I also think Strujik is good for another crack at the premier league, Another year older, wiser, and stronger. That leaves the 2 full backs. Possibility that we might make the Roberts deal permanent.
That is exactly my thinking Andrew. We can't count our chickens until they have hatched. And we might just disagree with regard to Struijk. I'm still not certain he is a Premier League player. I would be happy to be wrong about him.

The Subhuman wrote on 15 Feb 2024 04:40 pm

andrewjohnsmith wrote: Thu Feb 15, 2024 2:59 pm We won't go down with a decent manager and good squad investment. In the PL season 1, we had a good manager, invested a little and rode the momentum of promotion, finishing 9th. In season 2, we didn't invest and the squad was well short when we started getting injuries - look at the number U-21's that were playing. Season 3, we invested badly and had a bad manager.

We'll attract the right players with the right ownership and management. We've done well to attract Ampadu, Piroe, Gruev, and Kamara while in the championship. They recognize that Leeds is a club going forward.
Which we were under Bielsa, I think you're simplifying the transfer market. If we want to attract the likes of a Raphinha again we have to understand he/they may want the relegation loan/sale clause inserted, especially if we ask for a salary cut.

I get the feeling that's what's done for Burnley and why they didn't strengthen, ditto SU and probaly ditto Norwich twice and others.

Season 3 all hangs on Marsch but lets not forget Season 1 and 2 also saw us offering the get out of Leeds deals if relegated. There was never anything wrong with those contracts I guess is my point. We don't offer them we're straight back down with the Championship team

When we go up we'll get the same issues, you say we'll attract the right players but that seems unlikely unless 1. We compromise on contracts as per Rads/Orta/Niners or 2. Go for unproven players trying to prove themselves or looking for an English team and as we know most overseas players needs a year to bed in....