Good Morning. It's Tuesday 1st October, and here are the Leeds Utd headlines...
Ayling pens new 4 year deal
Luke Ayling has signed a new 4 year deal that will keep him at the club until 2023. The 28yo right back joined Leeds from Bristol City in the Summer of 2016, and although injury prone has represented the Whites on over 100 occasions! It is not known how much the deal is worth financially.
Supposing we don't go up? What if Bielsa leaves and we're left with a bunch of players that a new Manager does not fancy?
Ex France Manager lays into Bielsa
Ex-France Manager Raymond Domenech has branded Bielsa's style of football as 'impossible', claiming that his counter-pressing strategy doesn't work, giving examples when the Argentine was Managing Olympique de Marseille...
Olympique de Marseille tried for 6 months (to do an intense pressing) but Bielsa did not understand that it was very difficult physically and his team took the broth. They were autumn champions and finished 5th (4th). We can have ideas, but we must have the means. Bielsa started on a philosophy of squeezing the opponent everywhere. It's simply impossible!
By sequence, we can do it, but it requires intelligence on the part of the players. That did not stop OL fans from adoring Bielsa?
Yes, but the team finished 5th! When I say to Marseille fans: "Bielsa at OM, it was a scam, an aberration", they are able to hang me! I answer them: "I do not understand, you have finished what place? 5th while you were first at the beginning!"
Leeds U23's lost 2-1 against Crewe at Thorpe Arch yesterday courtesy of a first half double from Railwaymen's young midfielder Oli Finney, and although Gotts netted twenty minutes from time, the Whites were unable to force an equaliser.
Douglas and Ayling both played 35 minutes. Could this be good preparation to start them both tonight? Interestingly both Roberts and Nketiah were both omitted from the squad! Could one, or even both of them start this evening?
Bielsa's press conference