Category: Editorial

  • Leeds squad "lacking 10 players" and needs urgent strengthening

    Groundhog Day. Leeds enter the January transfer window with problems and an uncertain ability to resolve them. If we accepted that Leeds had a fairly lean squad in the Summer, it’s practically skeletal now. Jamal Blackman has returned to Chelsea with a broken limb, Lewis Baker has been recalled due to lack of game time, […]

  • Losing Saiz, Going Top, Baby Shack and Super Jack

    What a rollercoaster this season is proving to be. The early favourites to be dominating the top of the table are struggling to find the kind of rhythm you need to challenge for those automatic promotion spots (or are languishing in mid-table for sides like Stoke). Equally, one need only look at Reading as a […]

  • The high press, bouncing back, Clarke and Alioski

    The term “bouncing back” is often associated with Alan Partridge, and perhaps that’s not an unfair comparison for Leeds. After all, the Cellino years often did feel like the kind of mental illness that make you drive to Dundee barefoot, shovelling Toblerones into your mouth as fast as you can. Equally, “bouncebackability” is a pseudo-term […]

  • Does Alioski deserve to lose his place?

    The problem with Ezgjan ‘Gjanni’ Alioski is that he’s incredibly frustrating to watch. We’ve learned to accept many of his flaws because he does just enough to redeem himself. He has zero awareness of the offside rule, would rather take a 1:100 chance than square the ball to a better place teammate and will invariably do […]

  • Injury crisis will show whether Bielsa's model is more than skin deep

    “This is the Leeds United I fell in love with” is the tired trope we fall back on when tragic things happen at Leeds United. Jamal Blackman breaking his leg when on the cusp of unseating increasingly error-prone Bailey Peacock-Farrell was unfortunate, leaving Leeds with only 1 recognised senior goalkeeper. The Peacock then getting an […]

  • Demolition of Preston shows Bielsa's Leeds are still growing

    I was (perhaps rightly) criticised for believing that a single point against Preston would be a good result. I’ve seen them play, they’ve got a lovely system that far belies their lowly league position. But having already lost to Preston this season in the Carabao Cup (albeit without our first team), it’s not sensible to […]

  • Millwall, Preston, missing Pablo, Tyler Roberts

    When you talk about ‘bogey’ configurations, Millwall away is horrendous. Leeds have won at the Den once in the last decade – in 2012 with the game’s only goal coming from Ross McCormack. Before then you’re looking back as far as April 2008 during our League One campaign before our previous win. To say it’s an […]

  • Leeds' thin squad starting to wear – 4 players out already

    The obvious criticism of our recruitment (and perhaps Bielsa himself) is the comfort the club professed of a small squad.  Marcelo didn’t want an enormous roster full of players he’d struggle to deploy when required – instead he preferred to train a smaller but more purposeful set of players. But – as we’re now finding […]

  • Bielsa's boys: Roofe reborn, Klich clicking, Saiz sublime

    What an unexpected start to the season. A friend of mine is a Stoke fan and I have foolishly entered into a bet with him – whichever club finishes higher, the loser buys Nandos for the entire winning family. Ridiculous considering Stoke were (and should still be) favourites for automatic promotion and Leeds are destined […]

  • Second chances, surprising transfers, surprising humility

    There’s something about Leeds United that just worms its way into your heart. Against your better judgement, even to the extent that every fibre of your conscious being is screaming at you to find a more stable and enjoyable hobby… Yet those goosebumps during Marching on Together and the inevitability of your phone ending up […]