Marco Silvestri What a phenomenal start he’s had to his Leeds career. He kept us in that game on Tuesday night, it was an onslaught and but for Silvestri could’ve been game More »
Bear in mind I’m writing this straight after the game, I am absolutely buzzing. Honestly, I haven’t felt this good after a Leeds game for a long time. This picture sums it More »
After a decent point at Birmingham, Leeds head to a good side in Bournemouth, it will no doubt be a tough game but who should start for Leeds? Changes are likely after More »
What a phenomenal start he’s had to his Leeds career. He kept us in that game on Tuesday night, it was an onslaught and but for Silvestri could’ve been game over before half time. Probably the first name on the team sheet at this moment in time.
Onto the back four…
Bear in mind I’m writing this straight after the game, I am absolutely buzzing. Honestly, I haven’t felt this good after a Leeds game for a long time. This picture sums it up well, cheers to the Yorkshire post for this.
The game started off in typical Leeds fashion, we were awful, similar to the Birmingham game. The difference was, Bournemouth scored early, nothing special just a typically average goal for Leeds to concede. They battered us for the first 30 minutes and I had memories of last year’s 4-1 loss for quite a while. They were passing it around nicely and we couldn’t really get in the game, we grew into the game slightly towards the end of the first half but went in feeling pretty down.
After a point earned on Saturday, we are back in full swing playing again at Bournemouth on Tuesday. We did well to earn a point away on Saturday and maybe could have gone on to get the 3 points with the confidence flowing after an Alex Mowatt goal. Both teams will want to make up for their draws at the weekend and I expect a good game of football ahead.
After a decent point at Birmingham, Leeds head to a good side in Bournemouth, it will no doubt be a tough game but who should start for Leeds? Changes are likely after Redfearn confirmed that there are a few niggles.
Neil Redfearn has been quoted saying that “we’re sitting on a goldmine of talent”. However, he never really said who. United produce some exceptional players, three of them were in the recent England squad (Milner, Delph and Rose), but could there be more on the way? Lets see…
Leeds United has always had a good academy and right now is no different, great credit goes to Redfearn for the job he’s done. That’s the deciding factor for me on whether he got the head coach role, he should keep doing what he’s doing, in my opinion. The game against Birmingham was a difficult one to come to terms with, the first half was pretty poor. There was some good passing at times but no real creativity in the final third and no real shots on goal. The Birmingham goal was disgusting defending from Bellusci, but I’m willing to give him more time, he seems decent.
The second half started off in similar fashion, some neat passing moves but the ball usually ended up back with Birmingham. Leeds grew into the game more and more but the substitutes were the changing point. Watching Leeds over the past few years, one of the worst things was the lack of subs or the wrong subs being used. It was different on Saturday, the subs transformed our performance into a decent one, even Austin looked good off the bench.
Tomorrow comes an even bigger game, certainly a more difficult one. Bournemouth are a great footballing side and they’re very good to watch, if we get a point there I’d be very happy. The main thing that came from the Bolton and Birmingham games was that this team has potential. Especially when you look at the midfield, Cook looks a class above and he’s only 17, Mowatt also looks good and he’s still only 19. Casper Sloth looks a real talent and we’re still yet to see Adryan, who knows how good he could be?
Our team as a whole is a very young one, we haven’t played that well this season yet but win our home games and draw away, who knows what could happen? Bournemouth will tell us a lot about this season, but one thing that is sure is that this team needs to be given time. There’d be no use getting on the back of the players, they could become something special with one or two additions. They’re definitely better than last years side anyway.
In my opinion, Cook and Mowatt should start every game that they’re available this season, they could be in our midfield for many years. They’d be even better with some wingers in the side but that doesn’t seem likely in the near future. Whoever the new head coach is, I hope they stick with Cook and Mowatt.
This week brings a close to the international break and the restart of “Club Football”. This week, Leeds take on Birmingham at St Andrews. The week has been full of international action and a bit of surprise club action through the U21’s who lost 3-2 against Ipswich Town. However, it did give Interim Head Coach Neil Redfearn a chance to see Adryan and get an idea of what he could bring to the squad.
Birmingham are a team who has come off of back to back defeats and the most recent was a 4-0 thumping against Wigan. They will be up for the match and are looking to try to bring in more players through the loan window. The most recent link, Brek Shea from Stoke City on loan, could be completed in time for him to feature in the Leeds match. Shea, a USA international has found himself struggling to adjust to English Football and has been plagued by an ankle injury during his first season with Stoke. However, he is known for his quickness for a big player and has a left foot that has earned him plenty of goals across the pond, during his time at MLS side, FC Dallas.
Leeds will be looking to continue their winning streak with Interm Head Coach Redfearn. Last match was a challenging test (from a strong on paper yet) weaker Championship side. Leeds fought hard but hopefully will be better at finding a way to take pressure off the defense and slow counter attacking down. However, in general, Bolton have some very talented players that fought hard in the 2nd half but were denied by some amazing goalkeeping from Marco Silvestri. The pros from last match outweigh the cons and Stephen Warnock’s accidental goal came out of hard work and good passing play from Leeds to create that unique chance. Leeds have had time to gel more, as a squad and I’d fully expect to see a side that is looking more confident while in possession.
Against Bolton, Leeds fielded a rather young side and I expect the same from Coach Redfearn.
Lineup: GK- Silversti
RB- Berardi, CB-Pearce, Bellusci, LB- Warnock
RM-Bianchi, CDM- Cook, CAM- Sloth, LM-Mowatt
Subs: GK- Taylor, Taylor, Benedicic,Tounge, Adryan, Dawson, Cooper
Match Prediction: Leeds win 2-0
Since the arrival of Massimo Cellino, I think most United fans knew we wouldn’t really have any good coaches/managers. I mean, who wants to be told how to do their job? And since the sacking of David Hockaday, the Twitter world of Leeds United has been going nuts with rumours, betting and news breaking applicants. But, this article will be about the applicants, because quite frankly they’ve been ludicrous apart from one (Chris Hughton). So, here’s my thoughts on the more ‘out there’ applicants…
This just turned my brain into mush when I heard he applied. He was an immense striker in his prime for Liverpool, but for us… Not so much. As a manager, he’s only been in Thailand. Although he did win the title with the Thai side he managed, the Thai League isn’t exactly notorious for anything to do with the footballing world, and it doesn’t help they were winning titles before he was there anyway. He’s so inexperienced as a manager, I didn’t even know he was a manager until I heard he applied for us. To manage Leeds United you need passion, you need to be smart & you need to be able to put up with the heat of Leeds fans… I don’t think he would be able to put up with Leeds & I think Leeds wouldn’t put up with him… He just doesn’t seem good enough, he’s so unproven in this country as a manager with the main factor being he’s done naff all here. Maybe in the Thai League it’s a completely different story, but until I support a Thai League team, I’m against the idea. Sorry, Robbie.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
This man has declared he wants the job on TalkSport and of course again, I don’t want him. He managed Royal Antwerp for a season… Nowhere near what we require for promotion. This is the hardest league in England, purely because a run of form can collapse so fast and nearly every team is equal… Only a few stand out as the worst or the best, and to be the best you need good players merging with an experienced modern styled coach, Hasselbaink just can’t qualify for that. We need a coach who makes it clear he knows what he’s doing, not just the thought of they know what to do. Sorry, Jimmy… But I don’t think you’d do us any favours.
What a moron this man is. Went out slating United, saying we’re going down and that we’re in a mess. Now, he wants to job? You’ve already been sacked once before, Dom. He’s applied months after being sacked as an ‘ambassador’ of the club, god knows what he actually did to benefit us but that’s what’s happened. He’s never managed a team before, so my ideal answer for him wanting the job is a big no. He wants to be at a club he was originally against after being already sacked… Sorry, Dom. Just leave.
These three are three ex-players of Leeds United. I feel as if they all want to job purely on the idea that they think it’ll just add to their CV and for them to just look nice, I don’t feel as they want to take us up for the sake of it being Leeds United, I think they just see it as an easy job because we’re in a (as Dominic Matteo described) mess. I want Chris Hughton or Steve Clarke, judge me.
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We here at LeedsAllOver thought we’d try to make this season a bit more interesting. We’ve got a Premier League fantasy football league which starts this weekend, so you haven’t lost out, the first few weeks of the season didn’t count. You can join this mini league by following this link – http://freefantasyfootball.footballfancast.com/?aff=2026 – make your team and choose your name etc. first, when all that’s sorted, select mini-league and on the drop down menu choose “join mini-league”. The name of the mini-league is ‘LeedsAllOver’ and the password is simply ‘leeds’.
When you join you can follow the progress of the league here, on our site, as we will be providing updates on who’s doing well. It’s a good escape from Leeds when they’re letting us down again!
The big man has left the building, and he’s taken hoof-ball with him. Massimo will be dead pleased.
I was a little sad to see Smithy go. He came across as a nice, intelligent guy and was probably a delight to have around the dressing room (apart from the necessary raising of lintels). Persona aside, he wasn’t half a magnet for route-one football. You get the feeling that Smithy was an easy target for panicky defenders when the going got tough but it’s time for Jason ‘Power’ Pearce and co. to knuckle down and play it on the bleeding floor instead of ignoring the game plan. Players that aren’t comfortable with the ball on the deck will have to learn fast because we’ll achieve zilch from launching it to the for-eds of Messrs Antenucci and Sharp. Another melancholy factor from Smith’s move was the clear evidence that Hockaday, Cellino, and Matty were on completely different pages regarding the players future.