29 Jul 2021 10:38:30
Any thoughts on the performance of the team and players against Blackburn.

I heard that Baby Shack was impressive at RB and Costa was underwhelming.

1.) 29 Jul 2021
29 Jul 2021 12:12:08
Blackburn seemed to start better in possession, more cohesive, but that was to be expected given they’d already had a couple of pre-season games and this was effectively our first. After first 20 mins or so, we were pretty dominant. They had a couple of chances on the break but otherwise fairly limited. Their goal was a massive deflection on a free-kick, gifted to them by Costa, with a foul when chasing back.

Would agree that Baby Shack was impressive at RB, both in defence and on the overlap. Koch improved at DM as the game wore on. Struijk was excellent in defence ( in partnership with Llorente in 1st and Ayling in 2nd) , made some great long passes, and was a threat at the other end - can see him chipping in with a few goals this season. Should really start ahead of Coops this season. Firpo was good, with his relationship with Harrison already building well. The rest were sound, apart from Costa, whose confidence seems to be lacking, didn’t really try to go past his man and there was little conviction in his shooting. However, if there is any substance to rumours that Bielsa and Orta would be happy for him to move on, and/ or actively seeking to replace him, it would not be surprising if his performance reflected that.

Don’t know the reason for Bamford not starting, but we missed a focal point up front. Costa seemed to start in the middle with Raph on the right, but later Costa seemed to move right. Not sure whether they were meant to be interchanging, but whatever was planned didn’t seem to work. Doubtless thing will become clearer over the course of the remaining fixtures, and as more bodies return/ are added and/ or any further departures occur.

2.) 29 Jul 2021
29 Jul 2021 16:48:14
Last chance saloon for Costa I think, be surprised if he isn't moved on. Gave away stupid fouls late in the game with Leeds in good postion to finish Blackburn off.

3.) 29 Jul 2021
29 Jul 2021 17:49:17
I'm not a Costa fan whatsoever but in fairness it's hard sometimes to adapt to a position you are not used to.

4.) 29 Jul 2021
29 Jul 2021 19:15:21
Excellent analysis Clu as usual ; if Costa had more self belief, self confidence and physical strength he would be a (very) good player, because he has good technique and pace when he is on it

. but seemingly too many ifs with him, he has to really want it as he is in last chance saloon I feel.

5.) 29 Jul 2021
29 Jul 2021 20:25:13

I have self belief, self confidence and physical strength. Does that mean if I had talent I would be a good player too?

Seriously though, the bloke is not PL able. Championship or a European league will be his best bet.

6.) 29 Jul 2021
29 Jul 2021 20:45:04
Axe lol I heard a rumour Victor Orta is placing a bid on you to sign for Leeds U16s team as I speak : £4.99 and a bag of cheesy Wotsits is the transfer fee : you are well worth it.

7.) 30 Jul 2021
30 Jul 2021 07:48:16
Maybe Leeds U66's 😉.

8.) 30 Jul 2021
30 Jul 2021 10:20:08
Baz, I respect you more and more. You are obviously a man of great knowledge

Alf, your just a cruel, nasty man. with brilliant deductive skills. ouch

In reality your both right. I have the maturity of a 15yo and the decrepit body of a 65yo.

Does either of you know if I have to declare the bag of Wotsits as a benefit-in-kind.
As it is, the £4.99 is going to tip me in to the tax-paying masses. God, if only I had an accountant.

9.) 30 Jul 2021
30 Jul 2021 13:37:06
I can lend you my accountant Axe if I can have a few wotsits?

10.) 31 Jul 2021
31 Jul 2021 10:46:32