Leeds the Line – evaluating our strikers

So yet another winter transfer window has come and gone just over halfway through the season and Leeds have scored 30 goals in the league level with Brighton (21st) and five teams with less goals (Blackpool 22 (24th), Millwall 26 (22nd), Charlton 25 (18th) , Wigan 26 (23rd) & Sheff W 21 (10th) All teams are around the bottom apart from Wednesday who bar Middlesbrough have the best Goals Against record and level with Derby County. Both teams looking like they will be shoe ins for the promotion race. Goals win you games, Leeds United need to score more goals so far this season we have scored 1.07 goals per game and conceded 1.39 leaving a difference of 0.32 per game. That got me thinking how do we score more goals. We seem to have the style and way of playing set up for us to do well, from here on it’s about personnel. For me we have a good range of strikers that offer different things and apart from the new lad Cani who I can only go by what has been said about him it will come down to who we pick on the day vs the opponent, playing strengths against weaknesses. Ideally we need to score more and concede less. What are the strengths of what we have and where are these goals going to come from should we get out of the relegation battle.

Warnock to leave Elland Road?

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According to Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds United have been approached by an unnamed Championship club over the purchase of current captain, Stephen Warnock.

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Warnock, 33, joined Leeds on transfer deadline day, back in January 2013 and has since appeared a total of 56 times for the club, scoring on three occasions. His consistency throughout this season led to him recently receiving the captaincy.

Phil Hay broke the news over twitter, after saying – “Hearing tonight that a Championship club have made an approach for #lufc captain Stephen Warnock. Discussions are on-going.

“Warnock’s out of contract at the end of the season. Move not agreed yet but high likelihood that he’ll leave.”

Reports earlier in the season suggested that Warnock and Cellino’s relationship had soured due to a disagreement over where Warnock should live. With other underlying issues, such as Warnock’s high wage and his goal celebration at Bolton, it was likely that Warnock would be exiting Elland Road this season. However, the disbelief among certain fans will be the timing in which Warnock may leave.

Leeds are currently 21st in the table, with a tough run of fixtures ahead, the loss of a player with Warnock’s level of experience may prove to be fatal come May.

Our club is slowly but surely confirming itself as a joke

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The Leeds United soap opera is something that we are all accustomed too, chaotic owners, an embarrassing football team and a managerial merry-go-round, this season, however, has seen all three of these things bought to the forefront in an overwhelming fashion and has ripped apart our fan base like nothing I can remember.

Firmly, for myself, and an ever-growing number of Leeds fans are well and truly awakening to where the blame belongs and that is firmly at the door of our “President” Massimo Cellino. Firstly, let’s roll back to the January transfer deadline day of 2014. A deal had been agreed for Cellino to take over pending a football league fit and proper persons test, which he subsequently failed. He fired our manager, which he had absolutely no right to do as he wasn’t in charge of the club at the time, tried to bring in players which also failed as he had no right to do. Started off on the wrong foot and is still doing whatever he likes, and nothing in the best interest of the club.
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5 key positives against Bolton

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After an eventful game today, Leeds left the Macron Stadium with a point following a 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers.

Austin opened the scoring early on, with a 3rd minute penalty. However, shortly after half-time Gudjohnsen brought the scores level with the second penalty of the day and that’s how it remained until the final whistle.

Unfortunately, this left Leeds in 21st position in the Championship table, a sight certainly not for the sore eyes of us Leeds fans.

Here are 5 positives that I have taken away from this game. There are also some of your thoughts at the end of this article.

 

Bolton. The Stats.

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In the past, Leeds have faced Bolton a total of 54 times, with Leeds coming out on top on 22 of those occasions, compared to Bolton’s 21 victories.

The first fixture between these two sides took place back in the old First Division, during the 1924/25 season and finished as a 1-0 victory to Bolton, the exact opposite to the most recent fixture, in which Leeds finished triumphant in a 1-0 win, thanks to a Stephen Warnock goal.

Ahead of the game today, here are some of this seasons statistics for the two sides.

 

5 Reasons Why Adryan Needs To Perform vs Bolton

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Last time we played Bolton, we won a hard-fought three points following a cross-turned-shot from Stephen Warnock.

Since then we have brought in some good, new talent to Leeds, including the 20 year old ‘Heir to Zico’, Adryan Oliveira Tavares. This Brazilian trickster sounded like the most promising and uplifting signing we had made in what seems like decades.

However, after a confident start in which we saw 25 yard efforts and a dash of roulettes here and there, Adryan has become somewhat quiet in recent games.

Here are 5 reasons why Adryan needs to perform well against our next opponents, Bolton. There are also some other fans thoughts at the end of this post.

Beckford, questions over his return

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With the rumours of Becchio flying about left, right and centre, it was only natural that questions regarding the return of Beckford would start to be asked.

With Redfearn wanting to bring in players with some Championship experience, ex-Leeds forward Jermaine Beckford, now 31, was of course brought up.

Whilst at Leeds, Beckford played a total of 129 games, netting 76 goals for the club, between 2005 and 2010.

When asked, Redfearn apparently refused to comment, with Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Lee Sobot tweeting – “Redfearn won’t comment on Jermaine Beckford specifically but didn’t rule it out and admits “we need to freshen things up a little bit.””

Since leaving Leeds, Beckford has played at Everton, Leicester, Huddersfield, Bolton and Preston North End.

There will of course be debate over whether or not Beckford should return to Elland Road, that is, if this rumour was to come through at all.

Redders has a selection headache for Saturday. Who should he pick?

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After the surprising, yet quite familiar Leeds performance against Sunderland in the FA Cup, Neil Redfearn has a dilemma. When he threw in some of the outcasts last week I don’t think even he expected them to put in a much better than the ‘first’ team has been doing in recent weeks. That may have been partly down to the change in formation, away from the diamond at last to a 4-3-2-1. Here is the team that I would pick for the game away to Bolton –

New Signings – Half Season Review

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It was a very busy transfer window for Leeds back in the summer of 2014, a total of 15 players were signed to whet our appetite for the season ahead.

With links to new players coming out of the woodwork lately, it would be good to go back through the past 6 months and assess those new additions to the team to see just how much of an impact they have had since becoming a Leeds player.

Statistics have been taken from whoscored.com, which unfortunately does not take into account cup matches (bar appearances/goals/assists).

Sol Bamba to Leeds?

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After the signings of Cooper, Bellusci and Del Fabro in the summer transfer window, it would appear that Leeds United have not finished recruiting for the centre-back position.

It would appear that Leeds are linked to Sol Bamba, a 29 year old, 6ft3 centre-back with 44 international caps for the Ivory Coast. The link first appeared on tuttomercatoweb.com last night, stating – “the Leeds Cellino is thinking seriously. Contacts in progress, you can arrive early the white smoke.”

This morning, Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post also confirmed this link when he tweeted – “Reports in Italian press linking Leeds to Palermo centre-back Sol Bamba this morning are spot on. Definitely someone Leeds are interested in.”

Bamba already has both Scottish Premier League and English Championship experience, playing 188 times in his careers at Dunfermline, Hibernian and Leicester City. After joining in the summer, Bamba has only featured once this season for Palermo and questions of his future there are in some doubt.

With Redfearn stating he is interested in bringing in players with Championship experience, Bamba may very much be on the radar this transfer window.

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