We recently did an article on 5 wingers that we could sign and then I thought, which other area is a bit of a problem? The CB position fits the bill, we may be doing fine in terms of the number of CB’s that we have but the quality? It’s not there I’m afraid. Bellusci is too error prone, on his day he’ll be fantastic, the day doesn’t come often enough. Jason Pearce also has an error in him and I think if we’re being honest, he’s not good enough if we want to be successful. Liam Cooper I believe is good enough and will only get better, I think he needs a good partner. Here are 5 CB’s that I think would improve Leeds:
Steve Cook – Bournemouth have been brilliant this season and Steve Cook has been a vital part of this. However given that he’s vice-captain and only 23-years-old, it may be a difficult one to pull off. However, the name Leeds United does still mean something so it’s a possibility. Oh, he also signed a three-year contract in the summer, good luck lads.
As a life-long Leeds United fan and an award-winning playwright, Adam Hughes has finally managed to bring together his two biggest passions, football and theatre, with his new play Marching On Together.
It’s Leeds, it’s the height of the football season in 1984, and it’s carnage. West Yorkshire miners are on strike and football hooliganism is rife, with bitter battles being fought on both the picket line and the touch-line. Macca, ex-leader of the notorious Service Crew, is released from prison into a divided Leeds that he hardly recognises. With Macca’s infamous crew now disbanded, a younger generation of hooligans have taken up his violent mantle defending the mighty Whites, leaving the former general on the side-lines without an army. Abandoned by the only group who respected and supported him, Macca is no longer just fighting for Leeds. He’s fighting for his own survival. Read more
Over the past few months we have seen a lot of activity. From multiple managers leaving to seeing our players start to gel and work better together…
However, these next two months could be pivotal for our chance at getting in (or near) the playoff spots. I must say, I am very impressed with coach Redfearn. He has started to get the team out playing in a more fluid form and has got them enjoying their football. During the international break he has called back Lewis Cook and Alex Mowatt from their international duties to get them more time training for the club. He is working on stabilizing our squad and getting them to settle which is also important for the younger players blending with the veterans we have. I think coach Redfearn understands that we may not get many more players in this season and he has to make sure that our veterans work well with any of the younger players who could be needed in their absence.
Looking at the schedule, we play some solid teams and the top 6 spots are totally up for whoever wants to get in them. With this much of an open table, now would be the time to build on the momentum we have. For too long it seems that we have slowed down heavily during the holiday break. If we stamp down and get some points we could go into the holidays sitting in a confident spot in the table.
As far as transfers go, the first thing coach Redfearn needs is some help. I was under the impression that we would have had an announcement last week regarding a new assistant coach but it looks like it might be longer. I hope Cellino and Salerno are working hard to get who Redfearn wants in. If it’s Thompson, I’d imagine the price to get him from Huddersfield will not be cheap. However, it’s about who Redfearn needs.
Secondly, with player transfers, it seems the obvious choice would be to get some quick, young, wing players in. Of all the teams we play, nearly all of them have had a couple of players with real pace that can run at us and give us trouble. I’ll also add that it seems we also need a defensive mid who can slow down some of the threat those wing players from other teams have been giving us. I honestly don’t think we can count on Austin to do that every game and I don’t think it’s fair to put pressure on Cook to do it either. Bianchi is our other resource but I feel he is better going forward and creating quick passes and linking up with attacking players (of course lately, he has done the a lot of our defensive midfield duties).
We have a big game coming Saturday against another decent side but one that we could get all 3 points from. Let’s hope this break has been used very well to get the best out of our players going forward. MOT!
It’s not secret that Leeds need some wingers, it has been admitted by Redfearn himself. I’ve done a little bit of research and I’ve come up with 5 names that I think we could go for.
Lloyd Isgrove – 21-year-old promising winger at Southampton, its been rumoured a few times that he is going to go out on loan and I think Leeds would do well to sign him. At only 5’5 he’s not exactly going to be physical, but he could be just the kind of tricky winger that we need. I saw him play for Peterborough a few times last year and he looks very decent.
Saturday was different, we played extremely well in the first half and got the job done in the second. I know we were only playing Blackpool, but the team seemed to click. Under Milanic we wouldn’t have won 3-1, we’d have scored 1 and tried to defend. Our overall style of play is much improved. We’ll start with Silvestri..
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Obviously, there’s not too much to get cheery about at the moment involving Leeds United, especially off the field. Massimo Cellino has basically confirmed that he won’t be buying Elland Road this month, after he had promised to do so and GFH are still making their statements. Anyway, too much is said about the ownership, it’s getting extremely boring.
Many teams have had bad starts in the Championship before and gone on to do well. Crystal Palace under Iain Dowie? Reading under Brian McDermott? Crystal Palace were even lower than us, in the relegation zone even, they got promoted through the play-offs. Reading were in a similar position to us, 16th in fact. They won the league. Now, it would be silly to suggest that Leeds are showing signs of doing similar, but all it takes is a few results. If we beat Blackpool today we go into the international break on a bit of a high and we could really carry it on.
What’s it like to be a Leeds Fan overseas? A very interesting question and one I will try to answer from my perspective living in Austin, Texas….So there was a time (many years ago) when dinosaurs were the dominant species on earth and nothing could stand in their way until, well they just disappeared as we all know. Anyway, at some point there must have been one confused animal that looked around and said to him (or her) self…….”where the hell is everybody?? “ Read more
GK- Marco Silvestri
Best signing we have made for a long time, I think come the end of the season there will be a debate about him being our signing since we were relegated from the Premier League.
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And so another manager departs Leeds United. This time it is the curiously appointed Darko Milanic who has been pensioned off, following on from the more blunt dismissal of Dave Hockaday earlier in the season. But whilst the aftermath of Hockaday’s sacking brought a sense of, ‘well, what now’? After Milanic’s briefest of tenures Leeds stand in a not uncommonly strange position of being able to immediately replace their former manager with a replacement who could realistically get the team back playing and winning fairly quickly. Neil Redfearn is this man, and the cheery possibilities his reappointment brings come from his extremely capable steering of Leeds earlier this season, when he gained 10 points from 12 as caretaker manager. Read more
In my opinion, Neil Redfearn is the right man to take on the head coach role at Leeds United. It just feels like the right move for the club and Redfearn himself. I believe that given time, he can deliver Premiership football. Massimo Cellino has to give him time and money in order for him to get this right. There are no quick fixes in football, the premature sackings have to stop. Read more