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14 Sep 2021 13:38:49
Leeds will appeal the Struijk Red card.




31 Aug 2021 15:34:20
Hosanna, Robbie Gotts and Jordan Stevens all looking at the exit door today with probable League 2 clubs their destinations. Recruited to bolster our Championship side, these exits demonstrate just how short of the mark the majority of our youth signings have fallen and why we shouldn't be wasting so many resources attempting to unearth the next big thing.


1.) 31 Aug 2021 16:56:25
OK Massimo.

2.) 31 Aug 2021 17:55:42
Alf, as you said yourself - they were recruited to bolster our Championship side - their moving on does nothing to support your contention re resources going on buying for the U23s. Had we still been in the Championship, they would have been decent squad players for us.

The lads we’re buying now are recruited to slot into our Prem side in the next year or two, and makes total sense. If we waited until they were Prem ready, we’d be paying £10-25m+ for each of them, and we’d still need to mould them to Bielsaball before they could be fully effective for us.

3.) 31 Aug 2021 22:30:13
Alf honestly! Robbie Gotts has been at Leeds for 15 years! Bryce Hosannah was released by Crystal Palace and then signed for Leeds, no fee. Jordan Stevens was an undisclosed fee from Forest Green, not millions I would imagine. Bryce has had great injury problems and Jordan’s problems of a different variety. All played a great part in the clubs under 23 success and particularly Robbie and Jordan as championship squad members. All now have professional football contracts with EFL teams and the chance like, Ayling and Cooper to prove themselves again and good luck to them!

I love what we’ve done with the under 23s during the championship and now. Lots of the last crop got overtaken by our success but we are now building quite a team of players.

4.) 31 Aug 2021 23:26:06
Excellent post Spaniard. Shame about Gotts. He's going to be a PL player one day.



31 Aug 2021 08:20:42
Daily Nazi reporting that the James deal is done for £25m plus an additional £5m add ons.


1.) 31 Aug 2021 08:30:42
Oh joy.

2.) 31 Aug 2021 10:45:01
Damn Jenkins! Costing an extra 20mill because of that pillock!

3.) 31 Aug 2021 10:49:05
Martyn Watch out for the rose tinted glasses brigade.

4.) 31 Aug 2021 10:50:51
Alf Are the add ons subject to how many sugar cubes he ingests over a course of a season?

5.) 31 Aug 2021 11:43:28
Overpriced, overrated and I’m underwhelmed.

6.) 31 Aug 2021 11:58:28
Spot on martyn.

7.) 31 Aug 2021 11:58:53
You're on a collision course with Axe though, big fella. You echo my own thoughts if that wasn't already apparent. Blooding Summerville instead and he'd be better than James in a couple of years.

8.) 31 Aug 2021 12:27:01
That was my thoughts as well George the kid has grafted to get his chance and will be pushed down the pecking order again unless Costa goes on loan to Bradford or Scarborough.

9.) 31 Aug 2021 12:27:50
You never know guys, Bielsa could turn James into the new Giggs and Raph into the new Messi and then it's all gravy.

10.) 31 Aug 2021 13:17:33
I love gravy.

11.) 31 Aug 2021 16:15:23
Think Bubs will turn him into a star!



25 Aug 2021 23:01:37
Leeds United are battling West Brom for USA international Daryl Dike, with a potential loan deal on the cards.


1.) 25 Aug 2021 23:35:25
Alf How do you know? More eavesdropping during your vital doily placement at a board meeting?

2.) 26 Aug 2021 06:39:50
I was slicing lemons to put in the board members drinks this week George.

3.) 26 Aug 2021 09:14:18
Lemons Again.

4.) 26 Aug 2021 15:38:58
Times are hard at Leeds Martyn, its all they can afford.

5.) 27 Aug 2021 16:22:13
Hilarious Martyn.



24 Aug 2021 13:47:17
reportedly interested in signing exciting Sheffield United forward Daniel Jebbison - allegedly had a 5m bid turned down already.


1.) 24 Aug 2021 17:20:47
Not again.

2.) 24 Aug 2021 18:17:28
who? Never heard of him or any previous bid for him Martyn by Leeds

so in this case Martyn you are seemingly off point with your catchphrase not again.

3.) 24 Aug 2021 23:18:12
Baz He's the youngest debutant to score a goal in PL. Think he's Canadian like Canada 🇨🇦 😆. Martyn catchphrase whimsical because what he really saying is our interest brand new, not longstanding or recycled like with Kent and James. Guess Martyn don't like repetition.




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21 Sep 2021 23:08:04
Thought a very makeshift team did extremely well tonight against a Fulham side that constantly harried us and we're also very physical. Ref should have got a card out a few times I thought to calm them down as they just kept getting away with it. Great ro see the younglings hold their own against one of the better Champ sides and the experience will do the world of good, as will the result. Firpo will a cracking penalty that shows there is a player in there and Gelhardt and McKinstry did superbly with their pens as well. Rodrigo did well to have the courage to take the first. Summerville excellent - looking forward to seeing more of him. Overall a pleading result in The Smoke and hopefully one that will help breathe a bit of life back into our season. On on on.




21 Sep 2021 15:34:36
If you remember when Llorente got crocked pre season I heard from inside the club that initially he was expected to take quarter of the season to be back. I believe his return was subsequently rushed, which led to a recurrance shortly afterwards. I fear we will rush him back again and the same could happen, whereas the club should have actually given him a proper recovery period after the initial injury and the same now so that he has a chance of staying fit and injury free.




19 Sep 2021 09:10:15
Wad good to see Summerville get a game against Newcastle. Indicates that Bielsa is ready to trust him with the next stage I his development. Looking forward to seeing more of the lad in the coming games (although hopefully not at Raphinha's expense)


1.) 19 Sep 2021 11:53:02
With you on that one alf, he has been getting a lot of rave reviews for the U23s and its great to see that Bielsa does have this process of blooding the youngsters and seeing how they react to "proper" football.
He has already bloodied Struick, Huggins, Davis, Stevens and Gotts and it looks like Struik had the right temperament for the next level. Hopefully, after spending more on the next tranche of youngsters, we have a greater percentage of players who can cope with the next level. I am thinking of Drameh, Cresswell, Gelhardt and Greenwood. I am not so naive as to think they will all make it however a 50% success rate would be fantastic for the club.

2.) 19 Sep 2021 13:17:18
The more recent tranche of external recruits have all been brought in with Bielsa’s stamp of approval, presumably because he agreed they appeared to have a range of attributes suited to Bielsaball, the rigours and detail of which they will have been learning from day one. Those factors would seem to make it likely that the success rate will be significantly higher than for the previous tranche. That rate is likely to be lower for those who were already younger members of the u23s when Bielsa arrived, or who have moved up to the u23s subsequently, as those lads had not been specifically chosen for Bielsaball. However, they will have had significantly more development within this system than those who’ve gone before them, so even they should stand a greater chance of making the grade.

As you say though, it would be naive to believe that all of even the recent external recruits to the u23s will progress to the first team squad. I have a feeling it could be higher than 50% though. Even those who don’t make the grade should move on at a reasonable profit, given the relatively modest outlay on each of their transfer fees.



18 Sep 2021 07:17:24
Raphinha has an issue with his hip which is why he was pulled off yesterday. Big concern.


{Ed001's Note - couldn't they have just subbed him?}

1.) 18 Sep 2021 21:48:49
Good one Ed 🤣.



18 Sep 2021 00:22:30
We spent nearly 30m on central defenders last season. What a waste or money



1.) 18 Sep 2021 05:51:41

disappointingly we are still right about VO

and whilst you are at it




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18 Sep 2021 07:19:19
Yes it was a loan offer by all accounts but would have left us even lighter in terms of our squad and maybe we would still have been paying a portion of his wages. Also some sources reporting at the time it was only semi serious.




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18 Sep 2021 07:18:05
Direby need to be relegated to League 2.




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14 Sep 2021 15:05:36
In the meantime while the appeal goes through does that mean we can play Struijk against Newcastle or will a decision have been reached by Friday?




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11 Sep 2021 10:20:52
That's true.




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31 Aug 2021 15:27:42

Total waste of money for us.





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21 Sep 2021 15:30:25
By all accounts Rodrigo had a great game at no10 against Newcastle. I was quite drunk when I watched it so not in my best state to judge individual performances.




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21 Sep 2021 15:27:19
I'm pretty sure Koch was carrying carrying an injury when we bought him hence the low price. He may have aggravated it with us but I bet he already had an issue. We must have got him hoping it a) would go away in time or b) would be easy to fix. Anyway eventually Koch had to have an op on it and has struggled to get back to fitness since. Llorente also had poor records in previous seasons in the slower Spanish league so an accident waiting to happen imo.




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21 Sep 2021 15:23:28
Klich hasn't had much of a chance recently but did well at the start of the season.




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21 Sep 2021 09:22:03
I can see Forshaw starting myself. Maybe tmhe was restricted to 30mins to save his legs for Fulham?




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20 Sep 2021 21:20:58
Im sure Bielsa will play the Younglings when they are ready. Have we forgotten about what happened at Crawley already?