Leeds’ season may be over but who’s going to go the distance in the Playoffs?

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05/12/2015

No surprise to any of you that Leeds’ season was over in January, but the Playoffs are still a point of interest for Leeds. There’s a few ways of looking at it, do we want the best team to go up so that the league is easier next season or do we want to get rid of a boring team like Hull so we don’t have to play them again next season? Last year I’d have said Derby because they always beat us but this season all that changed, I wouldn’t mind them bottling it again.

The two play-off semi-finals are Hull City v Derby County and Brighton & Hove Albion v Sheffield Wednesday. Personally I think Derby will be victorious in the first game and Sheffield Wednesday in the second tie. The team that just misses out on automatic promotion usually fails in the play-offs and Sheffield Wednesday have a very good team. I haven’t been too impressed with Hull this season, yeah they’ve finished in the play-offs but I don’t think they’re as good as the league table suggests. You can find the odds for these results or your own selections at William Hill English Championship betting site.

So if the final was to be Derby v Sheffield Wednesday I’m sure that’d be a difficult choice for Leeds fans, I don’t hate Wednesday as much as a lot of Leeds fans seem to do so I’d rather we had Yorkshire represented in the Premier League than Derby. Next year Leeds surely have to go for the play-offs? If we don’t then the attendances will just get lower and lower and we’ll end up as a similar sort of club to Ipswich and nobody wants that.

Leeds’ most recent play-off games were all pretty entertaining, who can forget Becchio scoring against Millwall at Elland Road, with one of the loudest celebrations in recent years, only to see us lose… Johnny Howson scoring a last minute goal at Carlisle to take us to Wembley, only to see us lose the final… Beating Preston 2-0 away to go to Cardiff, only to lose… Yeah all of these stories have bad endings, that’s Leeds for you. So watching play-off games as a Leeds fan when Leeds aren’t involved, it’s refreshing, it’s interesting, like Preston winning last year with Beckford and Grayson? That was a great time. So who do you think will win the Championship play-offs? Let us know!

Leeds put in good performance on night that had much bigger meaning – Match Report

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Title-chasing Middlesbrough came to Elland Road in the hope to attain
the much-needed three points in an attempt to leap-frog Hull City.

The home side haven’t been in the goals at Elland Road recently,
scoring just four goals in their last five.

With the signing of striker Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn for a modest
£9m, you could say that the away side were going in to the game with
high hopes.




Boro went in to the game instantly on the back foot, as United looked
to get off the mark almost instantly. Perhaps the best chance from
this period of pressure came from Dallas, who’s header just looped
over the goal, leaving no stress for Konstantopoulos

Boro tried to reply by adding on the pressure, but the ball was
cleared off the line by Giuseppe Bellusci after a scramble of sorts in
the box. Not long after this chance, United’s Teesside rivals had a
goal disallowed for offside after the £9m signing Jordan Rhodes
thought he had bagged his 12th of the season.

Three minutes in to the second half, Elland Road played tribute to
former BBC Teesside radio presenter Ali Brownlee, who recently passed
away, age just 56.

As the second half went on, both sides were looking for a much-needed
goal to break the deadlock.

Chances were going by for the two sides, as Jordan Rhodes headed wide,
and not for the first time this game. Doukara also nearly getting on
the score sheet with a downwards header, although was denied by one of
the saves of the season by Konstantopolous.

As the game reached it’s ending point, both sides were trying to force
a mistake, and mistakes were made. Boro went down to 10-men as Ben
Gibson’s late tackle on Lee Erwin forced the referee’s hand and he
showed him his second yellow of the game.

The game ended at a goalless draw. Leeds may feel discontent & unlucky
with a draw, what with the chances they created being more than enough
to grab a goal, but Boro defended valiantly, and also wasted their
fair share of opportunities to gain the lead.

After the game, Evans said that his side were “fortunate” that Rhodes
missed his late chance, although a 1-0 win to Middlesbrough would’ve
been a “big injustice”. “Aitor Karanka will feel very lucky”, he
added.

The game was somewhat over-shadowed by prior events.

Before the game, projections were shown on the East Stand in protest
of Massimo Cellino’s tenure at Leeds United.

Evans was asked to comment on the issue, but said it wasn’t his place
to, “get involved.” Although, he went on to add that, “supporters are
the life blood of any club.”

There’s no doubt that Massimo Cellino will see the projections,
regardless of geographical location.

The images went viral on social media. Reaching the BBC & the biggest
magazine for sport in France, L’Equipe.

A good effort on the pitch by the players, and an even better effort
off the pitch by the fans to get their voices heard.

In their next game, United face Premier League opposition away from
home in the form of Watford, as United look to extend their cup run.

Evans mentioned that Chris Wood may have a chance at starting, but is
still a major doubt.

The next league game for Leeds United will be Fulham at home next
Tuesday for an evening kick off. Leeds would be looking to close out
another prolific striker as former whites skipper, and now Fulham
leading goalscorer, Ross McCormack returns to Elland Road.

Leeds agree loan deal for Aiden McGeady

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According to multiple sources, Leeds have agreed a deal with Everton for Aiden McGeady on loan, now it’s up to the player to choose between us and Sheffield Wednesday. I’m sure he’d be a certain starter for both clubs so it’ll be interesting to see who he chooses.


Leeds linked with Tomlin, Mariappa. But wait, there’s a twist.

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With Byram about to exit the building the least that we wanted was to see Cook, Taylor and Mowatt stay. However it seems Bournemouth are very interested in signing Lewis Cook, their offer would be cash + a player who appears to be Lee Tomlin. Now, Lee Tomlin signed outright would probably be a good signing, but when Cook goes the other way all of that goes out of the window. I know Cook isn’t going to be here forever because we’re not going up any-time soon and he’s destined for big things, but I’d like to at least think he could stay till the end of the season. It’s been rumoured that Cook doesn’t want to go to Bournemouth but he may not have too much of a choice. I really wouldn’t take any amount of money for Cook in January, he’s a joy to watch and I want to see as much of him as I can before he has to leave.

Leeds targeting Celtic midfielder

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Leeds United are targeting Celtic midfielder, Tom Rogic, on a permanent deal according to the YEP’s Phil Hay. Rogic is a 23-year-old Australian international, and has made 13 appearances for the national side.

Rogic moved to Scotland from Australian A-League side, Central Coast Mariners in a deal worth £400,000. After finding opportunities at Celtic Park hard to come by he joined Melbourne Victory on loan for six-months from January 2014 to June 2014.

This season however Rogic has been a regular starter for Celtic, appearing in 26 games and scoring 6 goals. He is regarded as an attacking midfielder and for me although we could do with a natural number 10, it wouldn’t be my number 1 area to fill. There’s definitely weaker areas in the squad for me.

Do you think Rogic would be a good signing for Leeds? Let us know…

Leeds United transfer rumours – Players in and out?

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A transfer window at Leeds is hardly ever boring, that’s for sure. There are so many rumours to do with Leeds it’s difficult to separate the likely from the ridiculous but I’ll give it a go here. As I’m sure you’ve all heard by now, Kyle Lafferty is looking less and less likely. Norwich want to sell him and Leeds are only willing to loan him, I don’t blame Leeds because I really don’t rate Lafferty too highly, he’s not had a great goalscoring record anywhere other than for Northern Ireland. Things could easily change with him though as we get later into the window, we’ll see.

Three Leeds players linked with moves away

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Giuseppe Bellusci, Mirco Antenucci and Tommaso Bianchi have all been linked with moves away from Leeds United. For me, this is the best news of the transfer window so far. They are all not good enough to play for Leeds United and two of them refused to play for Leeds last year, I’m sure Bianchi would have done too if he wasn’t already injured. Could this also be a sign for Massimo Cellino leaving? Lets face it, they’re only here because Cellino is here, all of them being linked with moves away at the exact same time? I don’t think I’m jumping to too many conclusions by saying the two things go together. It’s reported that several clubs in Italy are after Antenucci, including Cagliari. Hellas Verona also in Italy are interested in signing Bellusci, although it seems Cellino wants up to £5m for him, I know… Ascoli are the club linked with Bianchi, they also want Antenucci, take them please! Leeds today also finalised the signing of Liam Bridcutt on-loan till the end of the season so it’s a day full of good news, so far.




Bridcutt set to extend Leeds stay

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Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt is set to extend his loan deal with Leeds United until the Summer, according to Phil Hay.

Bridcutt joined on an emergency loan and his initial deal runs out today but with both Leeds and Bridcutt himself keen to extend the deal, it looks as if a loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent contract is going to be completed in the next 24/48 hours.



Other clubs have noted their interest in Bridcutt – including Brighton, Cardiff and Brighton but with the player himself admitting he’s keen to stay at Elland Road, it would seem that United have beaten off any competition with ease.




I’d be very happy with the Bridcutt deal, he’s impressed me and was our stand-out player in the majority of his appearances. Whether a permanent deal would happen, I’m not so sure. For me he’s got the quality to start for any side in the Championship, he’s that good.

Leeds United player ratings v MK Dons

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A point against MK Dons simply isn’t good enough. The performance was nothing short of abysmal and not having a shot on target all game at home is just laughable. Here are our player ratings…

Marco Silvestri – 6
He made one very good save at 1-0 to keep us in the game, but his shot stopping has never been an issue. The less said about his distribution the better. It helps when the defence play him a pass not putting him under pressure but the amount of times his kicks went out of play yesterday was unbelievable.

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