Redders returns, who should start for Leeds?


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.

Leeds United player ratings v Huddersfield


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 agree deal to purchase Leeds United.


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.

Is there a chance we might see Luciano Becchio in a white shirt again?


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.

Leeds linked to Matt Derbyshire

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 Leeds struggling recently, what options do we have?

Uwe Rosler - Derby County

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!

What can we expect from Will Buckley?

Will Buckley

Last week, it was announced that Will Buckley would be on his way to Leeds United from Sunderland on a loan deal until January, and at the time, the plan is to make his loan move a permanent deal.
Buckley went from Brighton to Sunderland in 2014. At Brighton, he was a third of an immense attacking three. Kazenga Lua Lua, Leonardo Ulloa, and Will Buckley. His time at Sunderland is probably best left forgotten – after a run of unimpressive games, and not earning a consistent place in the starting team, he was pretty much taking a back seat his whole time at Sunderland.
However, his time at Brighton couldn’t have been any more different. He was so good, in fact, that a number of Premier League clubs pressed for his signature, but nevertheless, the Championship is his level.

What should we expect from him? Well, that would depend on the period of time. Short term, not a hell of a lot, in my opinion… Mainly due to his time on the side lines at Sunderland & lack of match day practice. But, I think Uwe Rosler would’ve kept this in mind when asking for Cellino to bring him in, so, it’s not really a big worry – he’ll get there eventually.
Moving in to the long-term, I don’t see why we shouldn’t be expecting him to put the league up in flames. He’s an outstanding player, and the position in the team is there for the taking. We all know that the right-winger position has been an inconsistent part of the team for us, since the departure of Snodgrass, and let’s try not to mention Jimmy Kebe… However, right now, we’re settling with Sam Byram on the wing, and well, the nicest way to put it would be that Byram isn’t a winger. Botaka? Yeah, looks good, but does he have the ability to play all season? We’ll see. Enter Buckley…

He’s done it before, he’s been in a team that’s reached the play offs & he’s been in a team where he’s had to work hard to prove his ability to the coach and the team. I think the two experiences would not only benefit him, but the whole squad. It’s giving the push for every winger in the side to not just expect to play, thus making everyone else work harder.

As for reaching the play offs, I think we’re moving in the right direction. Arguable Premier League standard player in the selection (Buckley), on top of signings like Stuart Dallas and Chris Wood, we could be off to a flyer once a few of the lads hit form. Especially Mowatt, Cook and Bamba. Three players that we expect better from, and are yet to show their best… Season’s only a month old, and players will get bigger and stronger.
There’s little reason to be disappointed with the loan signing of Buckley. In fact, there’s every reason to be happy. Apart from the small theory that he could be brought in to keep Byram out… But any way, this isn’t about Byram; it’s about Buckley.

I personally expect a lot from Buckley, albeit some mistakes at the start. He’ll only get better, and so will the team. Hats off to Cellino for bringing him in.
Very much looking forward to the after Christmas period of the season, even though we’ll probably get trounced the whole month like every f*cking season.

Who should start for Leeds against Boro?

Tom Adeyemi - Derby County

It feels like ages since we scraped past MK Dons but the game against Boro is finally upon us, who should start for Leeds?

GK – Marco Silvestri – Had a good game by his standards against MK Dons, still featured a few dodgy punches when the ball was catchable.

RB – Gaetano Berardi – Rested for the MK Dons game but fully expect him to come back into the side, to be fair to him Scott Wootton played well.

CB – Sol Bamba – Not had the best few games but until he goes full Zaliukas on us then he’ll start. Hopefully he has a similar performance to last years game!

CB – Liam Cooper – We seem to have a good partnership at the back for the first time in a long time, Cooper has actually been outperforming Bamba of late, hopefully they both perform tomorrow.

LB – Charlie Taylor – Definitely been our most consistent player so far this season, seems to get better every week. It isn’t a surprise that Premier League clubs are interested in him.

CDM – Tom Adeyemi – For me he has to start every away game, he’s vital. I know we won against MK Dons but lets face it, it was a struggle. The Derby game was a complete away performance and Adeyemi played a big role in that.

CM – Luke Murphy – At this moment I think Murphy should be starting every game, he’s simply better than Mowatt at the minute.

CAM – Lewis Cook – Obviously, still our best player talent wise. Seems to be getting into some better attacking positions now too.

LW – Stuart Dallas – He’s a typical Leeds player for me, never stops running and that means he’s quickly becoming a fans favourite. He puts in a great cross too. I’m sure we’ll see him score soon.

RW – Jordan Botaka – I’m not sure this will happen but I would go with Botaka, with the uncertainty surrounding Byram plus his poor form recently, I’d go attacking with Botaka. Uwe has been talking him up in the press and we did pay over a million for him so give him a go!

ST – Chris Wood – Obvious really, he’s going to play every game unless he’s injured. If he does get injured we’re in trouble, as we have no like for like replacement.

To be honest, I think we might get beat tomorrow. They have won 6 on the bounce so I guess you could say they’re due a loss but I feel like they’re just too good for us at the minute. However we do seem a good team away from home so I’m hoping for a 2-1 win.

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