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17 Jan 2021 14:58:13
Does anyone else feel our squad is far too light in central midfield options.

Under Bielsa over the years we have bought or borrowed 5 or 6 wingers yet not even one central midfield player.

We even sold one of our very few central midfielders in Viera, Forshaw is permanently out, likely never to return and the club obviously know that,

We have only Klich, not any other good, experienced or even adequate replacement at number 8.I suppose Shackleton at a push could do some sort of job there, but in my opinion he is not premiership quality.

We did try to buy Michael Cuisance, so it is evident that Orta and Bielsa realise there is an issue but still the issue persists and to go a full season with this issue is utter folly.

Not wanting to pick on the lad but the very raw U23 player Jack Jenkins appears to be our substitute number 8. If so, even MacAlmont should be returned from his loan as heis far better.

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17 Jan 2021 16:00:06
That's my only thought/ hope Baz, that Mc Almont and Bogusz come back running and ready, to slot in at No 8.
I too feel that, some time in the future maybe, but right now shacks is not a Prem player. Hope I am wrong and I hope all he needs is a long run in the side.

17 Jan 2021 16:28:57
Yes Leo I think MacAlmont ( in the future) will be a good player for Leeds first team / squad and even possibly Bogusz too

but a ready made number 8 centre midfielder should have been purchased last summer.

17 Jan 2021 16:41:31
Yes absolutely I thought we really missed a trick not signing a CM or ACM in the summer and it has proved to be true so far. Had hopes of picking one up in Jan but its not looking hopeful.

17 Jan 2021 17:08:59
Would definitely bring them both back.

17 Jan 2021 18:03:59
A creative mid is what is most missed. We don't really create much at all.

17 Jan 2021 18:08:28
Bogusz is supposed to be a creative mod so hopefully he will come back closer to the firsts but no point bringing them back before they are ready to rot in the u23s.

17 Jan 2021 18:36:57
Guys, got to be realistic about the under 23s on loan at the moment to other clubs. They were playing under 23s when we were a championship site and not close enough to the first team. The jump in class is even greater now and not sure if Gotts, Macalmont, Bogusz or Stevens will make it. Look how people are criticising the players who were regulars for us at championship level. Struick is a player who I think would have integrated into the team well this year at Championship level but you can see how much harder it is for him in the premiership and he is being really criticised on some forums.

17 Jan 2021 18:57:05
Geldhart will become one for that role I feel.

17 Jan 2021 19:25:07
Spaniard I've noticed improvement from Struick. The more he plays the better he's going to become in my opinion. As for Gotts, I think he can make it with us once he returns.

17 Jan 2021 20:47:05
defensive stats are bottom one or two in every area

midfield might be a problem but number one problem is defence once you sort this the platform can be built

everyone loved the o'leary days but that was built on the foundation of the great George graham and we need that right now before any flowery cm's

stop conceding silly goals and the rest will come.

17 Jan 2021 21:47:18
Maybe we need a Defensive coordinator, George Grahame anyone? (as well as a set piece coordinator) . As for Struijk he has acquitted himself well at CB, he just is not a DM. Surprised MB did not see that? It depends with our loaned players who they are with, how much game time and if they are therefore learning. Sad to say I have lost track of them. Can anyone enlighten me on their progress.



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