After yet ANOTHER international break, Leeds return to Elland Road to play Steve Evans’ old side and Neil Redfearn’s new side, Rotherham. Leeds go into the game on the back of two victories and I expect a good showing.
Silvestri played well against Huddersfield but he needs to be more consistent, he’ll definitely start on Saturday.
I’m not quite sure anybody expected that. I thought we’d win but to score three and keep a clean sheet is quite something. It was a great team performance with a few standouts, here are our ratings.
Marco Silvestri – 9 – Well done to Marco today, he had a top quality game. He made some excellent saves and his kicking even seemed improved.
Leeds Fans United, a group led by supporters of the club have today agreed a deal in principle with Massimo Cellino which will see the fans purchase a majority stake in the club.
News broke around 6pm this evening a tweet put out by the group read, “Leeds Fans Utd has today reached agreement in principle with Massimo Cellino to purchase a majority stake in Leeds United Football Club.”
Whilst this doesn’t give much away, the news has been confirmed by Phil Hay, Adam Pope and Sky Sports News. Whilst this deal is very much in the early stages, all of us here are absolutely thrilled with this news and this has the potential to be a ground breaking moment in this clubs history. To all the fans, who just like us wanted change and purchased a share then we can finally say that we are about to achieve what we all wanted.
Will post more news of anything breaks this evening.
This comes around pretty much every other month. But before you direct abuse our way, think about it. Steve Evans wants another striking option, Steve Evans signed Becchio for Rotherham and Luciano Becchio has recently become a free agent. It all adds to one thing, Luciano Becchio scoring the goal to get us promoted, followed by Steve Evans celebrating on the sideline and splitting his trousers.
Yes, Becchio hasn’t played for a sustained period for a very long time. However, he is the sort of player who is just perfectly suited to Leeds, he scored 19 in half a season in a team with no wingers. We now have wingers. I think he would be the perfect option for the bench, the alternatives are short-term loans that don’t really care about the club but Becchio would be on a free and we could easily sign him up until the end of the season. He doesn’t need to be fully fit either, he could easily come on for 10 minutes and get us a goal because that is what he does. I understand that some people will just think he’s gone completely but he is only 31 and easily has another year in him. I just think it would be a move that makes sense and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was to happen sooner rather than later.
The game against Fulham was full of positives, but we need a win. Steve Evans hinted at changes for Bolton and I think we’ll get a couple.
Silvestri made another bad error at Fulham but we aren’t blessed with options so he’ll start again.
Since Steve Evans has arrived he has talked up the need to make an addition upfront and according to reports it appears that Matt Derbyshire may be his first target. Derbyshire has been playing for Rotherham this season so it seems unlikely but Evans might be able to pull off the deal given that he signed him for Rotherham.
With the international break bringing our season to temporary halt, I thought I would go through our players and give a little review as to how I feel they are getting on so far. Today we will take a look at our back line and over the weekend we will look at our midfield and forwards. It’s safe to say that as a team we are struggling a bit nut certain games have produced some great individual performances and Berardi and Taylor certainly deserve to be picked out ahead of this defensive review…
Well. It’s much the same from Marco really isn’t it, we see the good that he can bring and almost in the same breath the absolute calamities that cost us so dearly. Bristol City was obviously the low point of our season, really. With Silvestri he can easily win us points, but we have seen more of the down side of Silvestri this season. He has no confidence in dealing with crosses, or commanding his area at all. For me, I think it’s time to either bring in Turnbull to take some pressure of Marco or he really has to pull his socks up and start to improve and show the potential he has. 5/10
Very harsh on giving him an evaluation after only playing once this season, I would certainly like to see him get another chance in-goal.
The decisions for the next game are huge for Rosler, it could easily determine whether he’s here for the next game or not.
Starting with the easy decision…
GK – Marco Silvestri – I still think we need a better keeper but whilst Cellino and Uwe are here he will start.
Into the defence…
When you look at the team on paper it’s a pretty good one. It’s strange because I look through the team and there’s only a few places where you think we need improving, centre-back and Goalkeeper. Obviously we could do with another striker for when Wood gets injured but on the basis of our first eleven, it doesn’t seem like much is required.
However, our midfield may look good on paper but they’ve been poor so far this season, with the exception of the Derby and Bristol City games (bar the last few minutes), the midfield played very well in those two games, both away. The home games in particular the midfield has been lacklustre, they don’t offer much to the games. Lewis Cook has been great as always but he’s 18 and he can’t do it all on his own, Mowatt has been extremely poor so far this season, I don’t think he’s had one good game. Luke Murphy has looked a shadow of his former self but he has been injured and he’s also been on the bench quite a bit. It begs the question whether Redfearn played a system which suited Mowatt so much that he’s finding it hard to adapt to this new system. Although for quite a bit Mowatt did play on the left hand side last season and he’s definitely not a winger so maybe he’s just badly out of form. Tom Adeyemi looks solid, a must start away from home but at home he doesn’t seem to offer much. However after the Birmingham game he might be a necessary, we were caught easily on the break.
Rosler himself has to come up with something different, we’re easy to read and play against, especially at home. Our next game is a home one against top of the table Brighton and we cannot play the same way we have all season and expect to get anything other than a beating. A lot of people seem to think the answer is just to stick two up front and we’ll automatically be better, though I’m not sure I agree. We played 4-3-3 at home under Grayson in the Championship and we scored loads of goals. For me we just need to get the wingers more involved in the game, Botaka needs to start and everything just needs to be faster. The last few home games have been so slow, passing from left back to right back, giving it to Cooper and letting him launch it to whoever is playing out wide, very boring and ineffective. However I do agree with the view that Antenucci should probably start, especially at home. It’s a difficult decision and it’s one that Uwe should be able to sort, he’s been given more time than his predecessors by Cellino. I have a feeling a defeat to Brighton may see the end of Rosler. What is for sure is that things need freshening up, I’d consider even playing Kalvin Phillips because he did really well when he played earlier this season. I’m just hoping for better decisions all round, like Uwe’s decision to play Buckley who clearly wasn’t match fit instead of Botaka who’s been here much longer and impressed v Boro. He’s the first player to taken on defenders like that at Elland Road since Gradel so I really hope he starts against Brighton. Let’s hope for a much-needed win!