The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Thursday 22nd October) Backlash as Bielsa reveals who will replace Phillips

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The #LUFC Breakfast Debate (Thursday 22nd October) Backlash as Bielsa reveals who will replace Phillips

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Good Morning. It's Thursday 22nd October, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...


Defensive headache for Bielsa.

During Marcelo Bielsa's pre-match presser yesterday, the Argentine revealed that England Midfielder Kalvin Phillips may be out of action for more than the six weeks. The 64 year old went on to say recovery time for a shoulder injury was undetermined. It could quite possibly be shorter than 6 weeks, but it may be greater.

Bielsa also revealed that Pascal Stuijk would replace the Yorkshire Pirlo in front of the back four. With Cooper doubtful and Llevente unfit, that would leave Robin Koch as the only recognised centre back in the squad. Unsurprisingly, it caused all kinds of negativity on social media, with hundreds questioning Bielsa's tactics, with some even calling it suicidal!




What De Bruyne told Wolves ace what to expect from Leeds

Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker has revealed what Kevin De Bruyne told him what to expect from Leeds during the recent International break!

We knew before the game that it was going to be a very, very tough game and we felt that, especially in the first 20 or 30 minutes, we suffered a lot. That’s just the way they play. They go man against man and I don’t we or any team is used to that.

Kevin De Bruyne told me they played them before the international break and he told me you will see that it will be very hard because they go man to man. But he also said that after 30 minutes they leave spaces and I think that’s what you could see.

I know the first half wasn’t really good from our side because we were looking how to find the spaces, how to deal with them and I think in the second half we managed it way better. To get three points there is really difficult and I don’t think a lot of teams will do it.




Bielsa rubbishes small squad claim

Marcelo Bielsa has rubbished reports that Leeds do not have enough strength in depth in his squad to competitively finish the season. He said...

The squad is not small because we have two players per position and there are not big difference between the two players who occupy each position. Just to make a reference, for example we have Bamford and Roberts up front, Rodrigo and Pablo in attacking midfield. Poveda and Costa, Raphinha and Harrison.

At the moment we currently have injuries in all of the same positions, so that doesn’t mean we have a small squad. It just means if we have six players for three positions and have four out, it doesn’t mean we have a small squad. When you have these six players, they are all of a similiar level. When you are missing players, there are obviously going to be some issues. We also have players from the academy who deserve their spot in the squad.

As a result we feel we can manage the necessities of the team.”

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Personally I have every confidence in Pascal Stuijk stepping into the DM role

My major concern is the shuffling in the back four if Cooper is still out, but needs must!
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Morning EB et all

Bielsa is the boss and he's often proved us all wrong so we go with what he decides

Wow so they've worked out how we play great it's still extremely difficult to stop us, in fact the only reason we seem to loose games is because we aren't clinical enough and they get a lucky break

Small squad see point 1 above
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Ratscoot wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:07 am Morning EB et all

Bielsa is the boss and he's often proved us all wrong so we go with what he decides

Wow so they've worked out how we play great it's still extremely difficult to stop us, in fact the only reason we seem to loose games is because we aren't clinical enough and they get a lucky break

Small squad see point 1 above
Morning pal, you can't argue with that!!!!
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Morning Folks.

Show me a side who attacks at a team who don't leave spaces.

Small squad: While Bielsa did say we mainly have a squad which can play in more than one position( he said Coops and Bamford aren't those types) He did acknowledge that they are not specialists in those positions.

So that could leave us exposed in this step up in quality this season.

Friday potentially sees most of our defensive unit starting in a position they wouldn't usually play.

As long as we keep up Grealishs record of the most booted player in the Prem we will be fine.
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If Cooper’s back then Struijk taking over from Phillips shouldn’t be a problem.

If Cooper isn’t back and you have Struijk at DMF then you would have to move Ayling to centre back, perhaps move Dallas to right back and bring Lief Davis in at left back. That would be a lot of disruption to the defence.

But Bielsa knows best, whatever he decides to do would be alright by me 👍🏻
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Struijk's best position is DMF in my opinion so playing him there is fine but obviously that causes an issue at the back if Cooper isn't fit.
If he isn't I have a feeling Leif Davis will be drafted in.
My biggest worry is the fact that the goals have dried up a bit (only two scored in the last 3 games). Rodrigo has showed some nice touches but I'm not convinced he's going to get 15-20 goals this season and take some of the pressure off Bamford.
More than happy for him to prove me wrong.
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Ratscoot wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 8:07 am
Bielsa is the boss and he's often proved us all wrong so we go with what he decides
Amen, ditto, say it again, deja vu...nailed it.
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Radz should put Twitter in charge. Clearly Bielsa knows nothing.
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mothbanquet wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:46 am Radz should put Twitter in charge. Clearly Bielsa knows nothing.
And we'd save an absolute fortune
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mothbanquet wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 9:46 am Radz should put Twitter in charge. Clearly Bielsa knows nothing.
Yes Moth he needs sacking :roll:
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Bielsea is the only boss we have had in my lifetime where regardless of what I think about what he does, I KNOW he knows better.
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Its like we never signed any CB's at all. Can you imagine :poorly: Dallas moves across and Alioski comes in. I don't think Bielsa trusts Davis for a full game yet. The left side will be a worry.
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We have a big enough squad (we're not playing in Europe), it's just really unfortunate that Cooper, Llorente, and Phillips all got injured at the same time. 2 weeks ago, we were wondering where Llorente would fit in - hence suggesting we had plenty of options. Now it's a case too of where all the forward options fit in - Hernandez, Raphinha, Poveda, Roberts, Alioski all on the bench on Monday and we only play once a week. Our squad is plenty big enough - it's just sods law that all players of the same position get injured at the same time.

I'm totally happy with Strujik at DMC. But if Cooper doesn't play, Strujik is a better CB than Ayling and Ayling is massive at RB. Just not sure who'd play the Phillips role (Shackleton, Klich ?)

Another option is to go 3 at the back Ayling-Koch-Strujik, then Dallas and Klich in midfield.
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Leeds1000 wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:08 pm Its like we never signed any CB's at all. Can you imagine :poorly: Dallas moves across and Alioski comes in. I don't think Bielsa trusts Davis for a full game yet. The left side will be a worry.
Longer term, I'd rather see Davis at LB than Alioski. But I don't think he's quite ready yet. You never know though. He did put Davis on for the last 10 of the Citeh game. He clearly has a lot of trust in him.
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mav wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:16 pm Bielsea is the only boss we have had in my lifetime where regardless of what I think about what he does, I KNOW he knows better.
Too true. Any question of what Bielsa does is blasphemy
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andrewjohnsmith wrote: Thu Oct 22, 2020 5:39 pm Longer term, I'd rather see Davis at LB than Alioski. But I don't think he's quite ready yet. You never know though. He did put Davis on for the last 10 of the Citeh game. He clearly has a lot of trust in him.
I thought he looked out of his depth if i'm honest. Although some people thought he did well? Like Shackleton i guess he will have to bide is time. In his favour we don't have a recognised LB in the first team. Alioski is not the answer for me. We will find out.
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