Good Morning. It's Thursday 12th December, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Leeds retain top perch
Leeds remain top of the table after West Brom were held by Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium. Charlie Austin rescued a point for Slaven Bilic's men after Wigan took an unlikely lead via an own goal. It means that Leeds lead the Baggies but a goal difference of +1.
Sky Sports Duo cast doubt over Leeds firepower
Jeff Stelling and Tony Cottee both raised concerns about the lack of firepower at Leeds disposal following their 2-0 win over Hull City. Stelling said...
If I can just cast one dark cloud – well not really a dark cloud, but a cloud anyway – on Leeds, is there a concern that they just lack a bit of firepower? Which they certainly did last season.
They’ve got [Patrick] Bamford and they’ve got [Eddie] Nketiah, who’s done well when he’s come on as well, he’s a good young prospect. Sometimes they overplay it a bit. Get the ball into the box and give them a bit of service. Bamford can be a little bit hit and miss. He had one of those nights tonight and it wasn’t quite happening for him, but you do get 100 per cent effort. You’re probably right to question it because in terms of pure centre-forwards, they’ve not got that many options.
Do they have a point?
Leeds first shot on target was not until the 82nd minute when Alioski neted. Obviously Leeds first goal came courtesy of a Hull defender, Leeds fourth own goal of the season.
Can Casilla break the Championship record for most clean sheets in one season
Kiko Casilla kept his 12rh clean sheet of the season on Tuesday evening. He is half way towards equaling the Championship record for a single season. How inspirational has he been this season? Has your opinion changed of him?
For those of you who may be thinking that the FA / EFL had forgotten or had but the Casilla racism charge on the back burner - think again. The worse aspect of this is that unlike a Court of law ever evidence has to be overwhelming, Casilla can be convicted on probability!
According to Phil Hay, in all likelihood, a decision will not be made until the New Year. If Casilla is banned, he will miss between 6 and 12 games. Meslier has to be called upon to make his senior debut, how will that effect the mechanics of the team?
Leeds given green light to sign Meslier from Lorient
It has been revealed that Leeds have been given the option to buy Meslier from his french parent club Lorient for 4.5m. Whilst many will think its a huge amount of money for someone who hasn't played for the first team yet, let's not forget that Monaco offered £9m for Meslier 18 months ago.
It is believed that the French U20 shot stopper had a big falling out with the club in the Summer when he was told that new signing Nardi was going to be first choice keeper!