With Doukara suspended, who should replace him?

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With Doukara picking up his fifth booking of the season against Norwich, he will miss the game at home to Wolves. Although he scored on Tuesday, he does seem like he may need a rest after some average performances from him. Who will replace him? I’ll tell you who I think should, after the rest of the team is decided, of-course. Just so you get the idea, the formation I’m using here is 4231.

GK – Marco Silvestri – Yet again, he’s a brilliant keeper, kept us in it again on Tuesday night. Seems almost too good for us, don’t tell the Premier League.

How will Leeds get on at Norwich?

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Leeds Vs Norwich Preview

Well it’s kind of an awkward reunion between two sides who competed against each other while in Championship and in League One. The biggest difference between these two sides is that one had decent ownership support and good management which led them to the Premiership and the other did not. However, while Norwich made it back to the big time, they knew that Leeds had all the tools to gain promotion and dangled an ideal carrot for young professionals with an owner who was keen to sell his players and let them join a rival club.

Johnny Howson, Robert Snodgrass and (eventually) Luciano Becchio were sold to Norwich City FC. Bradley Johnson went on a free,too. Fast forward and the only former Leeds players that remain are Johnny Howson and Bradley Johnson (with Becchio being loaned out and unused). It does hurt as a supporter to see those players go and knowing that if they would have stayed, they do possess the quality needed to survive the Premiership. However, those days are in the past and it is time for the new, rejuvenated Leeds United to show these players that the new Leeds is a strong one.

Norwich are coming off of a draw against Rotherham and a loss to Fulham. Norwich will be without their playmaker Wes Hoolahan. This will be good for Leeds who could bring an unchanged squad after Saturday’s loss against Rotherham. However, Leeds fans will be hoping for Head Coach Darko Milanic to add Adryan to the starting 11.

Match Prediction: I fully expect Leeds to bring a fired up squad to Carrow Road. With Coach Milanic claiming to having a “great” response from the players in training, there is no doubt that we could see a very fast paced attacking game.

Leeds Win: 2-1

Leeds Squad: GK- Slivestri

Def – Byram, Bellusci, Cooper, Warnock

Mid’s – Cook, Mowatt, Adryan, Austin

ST’s Antenucci, Sharp

Subs: Taylor, Doukara, Morison, Sloth, Berardi, Bianchi

Can we give Lewis Cook a 7 year contract, please?

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Lewis Cook. I’d heard of him a bit before this season due to his performances in an England shirt but I never expected him to come through so quickly as he has. Maybe I thought that because we have more central midfielders than is really necessary. As soon as he started his first game I could tell he was something special, he’s a bit like a David Batty who has more of a creative spark. Read more

Leeds have most of the ingredients for a great side

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After the buzz and excitement of Neil Redfearn’s brief spell in-charge. The start of Darko’s reign has been a real come-down with some positive signs thrown in. Brentford was a horrendous game, we may as well forget about that. Since then we have improved slightly every game without picking up a victory. The first half against Rotherham, in my opinion, was excellent. If Doukara hadn’t had the worst night of his life and a few of the others had finished better, we’d have been 3 or 4 up. Read more

Top 5 signings of the summer at Leeds United

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We recently did an article on Leeds’ top 10 signings since Revie’s era (found here) and now I’ve decided it’s about the right time to do a recent one. This article wouldn’t usually be possible but given how many signings we made this summer I’m going to pick the best 5, in my opinion.

Mirco Antenucci

5 – Mirco Antenucci – He had a bit of an odd start for the club, he seemed to be offside more than on. However match by match he seems to have improved, I think on some days everything he does will be gold and then he’ll have unfortunate days, like against Wednesday. He does seem to be a very good player for this level, his link-up play is excellent and he can clearly finish.

Top 10 Leeds United signings since Revie’s side

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Okay so, this isn’t the top 10 ever, just the top 10 of my lifetime otherwise it’s easy and it would be full of players Revie signed!

Batts

10. David Batty

Technically this is a cop-out, but seeing as we re-signed Batts 1998 I thought I would include him, David enjoyed 2 spells at Elland Road and was a fans favourite throughout, originally coming the academy, Batty played a key role in Leeds 89-90 promotion team and went on to be part of the formidable midfield that won us the league championship in 1992. Batts returned in 98 and played a key role for Leeds in our brief flirt with trophies before retiring after we were relegated.

The Problem at the Heart of Leeds that Needs Solving

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A scraped 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday later and Leeds are a point richer going into the international break. It was a game that demonstrated both our growing strengths and lingering weaknesses. Exhibiting the former was the improvement made in the chances created column, as the Whites incisively cut Wednesday open during the second-half on four occasions, with Antenucci missing some presentable opportunities that had he buried would probably have seen us go on to win the game comfortably.

The threat from the visitors throughout the game was negligible but when they grabbed their goal their organisation as a team was evident as Leeds impetus and vigour drained after another Antenucci opening was spurned. Struggling to create anything after that, a gratifying equaliser arrived in the form of Giuseppe Bellusci, showing the kind of poise in applying the finishing touch as a centre-back that Leeds’ attack had failed to produce all game.
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Leeds keep improving under Milanic, especially Bellusci

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Following indifferent performances away at Brentford and at home to Reading, Leeds hosted Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday in a game which the Whites really needed to win.

As the early team news broke the atmosphere changed from expectancy to confusion as no one could work out the team, with Stephen Warnock, who arguably has been our best player this season, was again on the substitutes bench and the card happy, right back Gaetano Berardi was starting at left back.

After all the complaining in the stands the game started and to be honest, we looked better than we have since Milanic arrived. We created the better chances throughout the first half by working the ball through to Antenucci who unfortunately never managed to spring the offside trap. Possibly the highlight of the first half was watching Sheffield Wednesday’s Atdhe Nuhiu who is quite possibly the worst footballer I have ever seen!

As the second half began, Milanic replaced Casper Sloth with Luke Murphy, again a confusing switch, and one that certainly didn’t work.. My personal problem with Murphy is that you can clearly see that he has a lot of talent, and could become a good player at this level but he just looks like he can never be bothered and swans around like he owns the place, it’s these sorts of players that we need to get rid of. Anyway back to the game, and Wednesday did get into the lead around the hour mark when undeservedly Chris Maguire managed to beat Silvestri with a good strike and then wind the Kop up by celebrating right in-front and then as the game continued managed to continue making insults to the fans, probably never going to be welcomed back again…

As Leeds pushed for an equaliser straight away they found Wednesday keeper Kieran Westwood in great form to deny Antenucci. After some great build up play, Antenucci managed to spring the offside trap but missed his one on one with Westwood, which was a good save but arguably he really should have scored. Leeds continued to push on and finally broke Wednesday resistance from a freekick which was poorly cleared to the calm and composed Giuseppe Bellusci who steered a controlled strike into the bottom corner. Usually, I’I’m a harsh critic of Leeds but this is a game that I feel we deserved to win and it’s encouraging going forward. We now enter a run of difficult games, starting first at Rotherham on Friday 17th.

Leeds: Silvestri 7, Byram 6, Bellusci 8, Pearce 6, Berardi 6, Bianchi 6, Mowatt 7, Austin 7, Sloth 6, Antenucci 7, Doukara 7.

Subs: Murphy 4, Sharp 6, Morison 6.

Man of the match: Giuseppe Bellusci.

The Billy Bremner Legacy

LEEDS V DERBY - 1972BILLY BREMNER

Today I thought it’d be fitting to write an article about the great man himself. So, let’s try to put this warrior into words.

Willam John Bremner was born on the 9th December in 1942. Billy was brought up in Stirling, where he was founded by Leeds United playing schoolboy football for his Catholic school, he signed for United the day before his 17th birthday. He could’ve signed for both Arsenal and Chelsea, but he was rejected for being too small.
In January 1960, Billy made his first team debut and soon after he was a first team regular, he would be a regular for the next 16 years. He was also was the center piece of United’s success in Revie’s reign. He was made captain in 1966, by the end of the decade United won three cups, in 1969 when United were awarded the League Championship, the squad only lost two games in the forty-two league season.
At the start of the 70s, United looked like they were destined for eternal greatness with Bremner calling the shots on the pitch & Revie off of it, two men who could never be replicated. United were chasing the treble. In 1970, this had never been done by an English club, and it did look realistic. At the end of it all, United won no trophies out of a possible 3. Losing the League Title to Everton, losing in violent FA Cup final on the second leg to Chelsea and being knocked out in Europe by Celtic in the semi final of the European Cup. Ultimately, United were under-achievers.
Through the 70s, United were dominate yet very weak, if that makes sense. Billy guided United to the Fairs Cup, but in the same season, United were knocked out of the FA Cup by Colchester United which to everyone was one of the shocks of the tournament. However, Billy didn’t play.
The last stand out remembrance of Billy’s Leeds was the 1975 European Cup final, which was I’m sure as you all remember, a defeat. United lost 2-0 in Paris to a Bayern Munich. Although the game is draped in suspicion of cheating on part of the Germans, the game still ended up as United as runners-up.
After this, the great Leeds United squad broke up, and Billy was sold in 1976 to Hull City. At United, he made 772 appearances which gifted him the Demigod reputation at Elland Road.
Although Bremner massively under achieved for how outstanding he was, but that didn’t obstruct him from getting inducted to the English Hall of Fame and Scottish Hall of Fame, or the honour of being United’s greatest ever player.
It’s funny how such a small man stood so tall.
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