Season 4 – We Go Again

 

Welcome back as the boys return from holiday and we look to go again and have a better season compared to last season after we managed to survive in the Championship quite comfortably in the end. In this update it will be a quick run through of the pre season results and the players we have brought as we look to hit the ground running in the opening game against Hull.

 

A quick side note on Tranmere. I kept an eye on them after we had left them to see if they could get promoted or if they would drop off and bottle the league but they did manage to win the league so that’s three promotions in as many years and we will play them next season.

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Transfers

 

Lewis Cook – Season long loan

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Bailey Wright – 800k

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Patrik Schick – 750k

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Ionut Radu – 250k

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Trent Alexander-Arnold – Season long loan

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Tosin Adarabioyo – Season long loan

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Jeff Hendrick – Free transfer

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Shota Sasaki – Season long loan

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Mason Holgate – 350k

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Ross McCormack – Free transfer

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Kyle Walker-Peters – Season long loan

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Vajebah Sakor – 600k

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Martin Olsson – Free transfer

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Leighton Baines – Free transfer

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Tammy Abraham – Free Transfer

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Olufela Olomola – 600k

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We have brought in a number of players which was needed as the team last season wasn’t as good as I would of liked along with a few players being sold and the new additions have improved every position on the pitch. We may still lack depth in a couple of positions but I am very happy with the squad we have and feel we can have a good season and be much more competitive. Bringing in players like Hendrick, Baines and Abraham who I rate on frees can only be good business.

 

 

Pre Season

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We managed to go undefeated in our pre season which is an added bonus as we looked to get the players back to match fit and ready for the long season ahead. We have played some good football in pre season and the ten nil smashing of Evian looks promising despite them having dropped down the leagues in France. We also had positive performances against better sides like Olympiakos and Anderlecht as well as dominating a mixed Arsenal side of first team players and reserves. We have renewed the loan for Ponce and he looks a much better player already than he did last season.

 

 

Season Preview

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cup game

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We are one of the strong favourites to be in the play offs as the odds keep changing as we go from anywhere between 5th and 7th in the season odds for winning the league. There are a lot of winnable games this year as there seems to be more smaller teams in the league which should help us do well should we not mess up against the smaller sides. I can guarantee now that we will get battered by Tranmere as that is always the case if you leave a club. We do have a fairly hard start with us playing Hull, Sunderland and QPR in our first 6 games. A cup game away at Oldham should see us progress but I am not taking that as a certain win.

 

 

So there we have it, a look at our new signings along with the results of pre season. We have a much stronger side than last season. We are still in talks with a couple of players to boost the depth of some positions after we missed out on a couple of our main targets which we may go in for again should they become available again. We will continue to play our 4312 formation as we have worked on it over the summer and the boys are more comfortable with it which helped with the performances in pre season. hat are your thoughts on the signings? Good? Bad?

 

 

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A Massive Cup Draw

 

Welcome back to the blog as we look to turn our fortunes around at Leeds as they are struggling near the bottom of the league and wins are becoming few and far between. We are slowly looking better and better and like a Championship team but we are still lacking that clinical finishing in most games for us to pick up more points.

 

 

Crystal Palace – Home – FA Cup 5th Round

We make a strong start to the game and we get the opening goal in the 15th minute. The ball deflects to Maddison in the area and he cooly puts it in to the top corner. We double our lead a few minutes later after Wilson plays a ball over the top to Wood who takes a touch and curls it with the outside of his boot past the keeper. Crystal Palace pull one back early in the second half when they counter and cross to Zaha who is open and slots it past the keeper. We bottle the lead when they equalise with a cross in to the area to tap in. We regain our lead just after the hour mark when Phillips slips Wood in to side foot it in. Antonsson wraps up the win with a brace late on with the first coming after he beats two defenders and curling it round the keeper. He gets his second seconds later with Phillips getting the assist again when he squares to Antonsson to fire it home.

 

Cup Draw

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Fulham – Away – League – 10th V 20th

Fulham get the 3 points in what was a very scrappy game with neither team creating serious chances. We concede a penalty when Paredes tackles from behind in the area and Fossati steps up and smashes it in to the bottom corner.

 

Wolves – Home – 20th V 18th

We took advantage of our good first half performance when we win a corner which gets floated in to the area and Gibson jumps highest and powers it in to the bottom corner. Wolves get the equaliser minutes later with a side footed finish from inside the 6 yard box. We go down to 10 men when Kemen gets a second yellow for a silly tackle in the middle of the pitch. Wolves get the winner with 5 minutes to go with a powerful headed finish from a cross.

 

Sunderland – Away – League – 2nd V 21st

We concede early when Sunderland when a cross in to the area beats everyone and falls to their striker to tap in. They make it 2 when a ball gets knocked down to Wilson and he fries past the keeper on the edge of the area. They make it 3 when our keeper doesn’t react quick enough and Ndong slides it under him. We pull one back when Phillips squares to O’Kane on the edge of the area and smashes it past the keeper.

 

Millwall – Home – League – 21st V 22nd

We get the opening goal after we win a penalty which Wilson steps up and converts straight down the middle. Millwall had a chance to pull level just before half time but our keeper made a great save. We get a second when Stacey squares to Machach in the area to tuck in to the bottom corner. He gets a brace when he beats his defender and curls it in to the corner.

 

Man United – Away – FA Cup 6th Round

A very even first half and we did look the better team going in at half time. We held them out from scoring until late in the second half when Januzaj crosses to Martial who is free at the near post to flick it in. They get a second when Martial controls the ball in the area and beats two defenders with skill and curls it in to the corner hitting the post as it goes in. They make it three when Smalling rises highest at the back post and heads in a free kick whipped in by Mata.

 

 

Results

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Fixtures

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Table

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Youth Intake

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Dan Ball

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We are still struggling to pick up the wins but we are playing well and deserve better than what some of the results suggest. The game against Manchester United looks very one sided but in reality we was the better team until late on when they brought on the big players and battered us. We had youth intake day which was awful to be honest with only one player that has any decent potential. If the worse does happen and we get relegated and we keep our job I will stay and aim to return at the first chance. We are running out of time to get back to winning ways and we do only have a slight cushion to the relegation zone.

 

 

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A Tough Start

 

Welcome back as we continue our new life at Leeds after we had a short stop at Derby which wasn’t working out for either of us. We have had a tough start after we got beaten comfortably by Preston and we have Everton up next in the FA Cup. We have brought in a number of players and it will take them a few weeks to get up and running with our style of play and the language for some as we need to start winning games before we get dragged in to the relegation drop.

 

Everton – Away – FA Cup 4th Round

We make a slow start to the game and Everton capitalize on that as a defensive error from us leads to their goal as they tap in from 6 yards. We get back in to the game late on with the equaliser coming from Skuse as he gets on the end of a lovely whipped ball in from Phillips to shake off his player and head in at the far post to earn the replay.

 

Brighton – Away – League – 8th V 20th

Brighton open the scoring in the 10th minute when Clough fires a rocket in to the top corner from the edge of the area. Clough gets his second when he gets on the end of a cross in the area and heads in after beating the keeper to the ball. We get a goal back from Wood when he takes advantage of a poor pass from them and curls it round the keeper. We then get the equaliser when Antonsson tucks it in to an empty goal after Wood knocks down a route one ball from Smith for Antonsson to finish. Brighton get a third minutes later with Clough getting his hat trick when he heads in at the near post. He then gets his fourth of the game when he beats a defender and slots it past the keeper.

 

Barnsley – Home – League – 20th V 16th

We take an early lead when Skuse has a shot from the edge of the area and it takes a deflection on the way in. We get a second goal when Machach gets his first goal for the club when he fires in from 30 yards. Barnsley pull one back minutes later with a headed finish from a corner. Wood gets our third to wrap up the points as he scores a bullet header from a corner.

 

Everton – Home – FA Cup 4th Round Replay

Everton take an early lead when Sakho has a shot on goal through a group of player and beating the keeper who was unsighted. It’s not long before we get an equaliser when Maddison plays the ball through to Antonsson to tuck in past the keeper at his near post. We take the lead before half time after Maddison plays the ball over the top to Wood who beats the keeper in the air to flick it in the back of the net. We score a third when Maddison again the provider as he squares the ball to Wood to roll it in to the back of the net. Everton get their second late on when McCarthy fires it in from 30 yards. In the final few minutes Ponce gets our fourth of the game with a cool finish past the keeper from inside the area.

 

Norwich – Away – League – 4th V 18th

Norwich score an early goal when a cross falls to Barker unmarked in the area to tuck it in to the bottom corner. They get a second when Oliveira scores a header at the far post from a corner. Norwich then get a third when chaos descends in the area and Canos reacts quickest to poke it in. A fourth late on when a corner gets knocked down for him to tap in.

 

Burnley – Home – League 19th V 18th

Burnley take the lead when Ulloa puts a low cross in to the area for Okaka to tap in from 6 yards. We equalise seconds in to the second half with Kemen playing Ponce through to fire in past the keeper at his near post. The lead doesn’t last long as Burnley retake the the lead when Arfield volleys in from inside the area. Wood gets our second and a share of the points when he gets on the end of a ball in to the box and heads in at the far post.

 

 

Results:

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Fixtures:

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Table:

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We are struggling at the minute in the league but we are slowly getting better and are showing glimpses of what we can do in games but it’s not enough currently. I still feel we are good enough to stay up and not get dragged down in to a relegation scrap. We are dominating a majority of the games but we are just struggling defensively at the moment which won’t last forever. How we didn’t beat Burnley I do not know they came to defend and scored two goals and left with a point. We just need to play as well as we can from now till the end of the season and hopefully we can pick up points and much needed wins and once we get to the summer we can evaluate the squad. A slow start but I know we can be better. I am still giving minutes to our young Spanish player who I am slightly excited about as he can be a quality player for us.

 

Julio Perez

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