Leeds United were given another thumping in the Championship last night, as they lost 3-0 for the second game in a row. The Whites lost to league leaders Wolves by the same scoreline that they did versus Middlesbrough in the game previous.
Leeds’ already faint hopes of making it into the play-offs by the end of the season are, it seems, now over.
Wolves, on the other hand, are looking like heading to the Premier League. Much of their success has been due to the link with Jorge Mendes and the investment from Fosun international. After the game, it was something that had Leeds United chairman Andrea Radrizzani fired up:
We have our own problems but we should play in a fair competition. Not legal and fair let one team owned by a fund whom has shares in the biggest players agency with evident benefits (top European clubs giving players with options to buy ..why the other 23 teams can’t have same
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 7, 2018
…treatment ? We should play all 24 with the same rules and opportunities (it s enough to google it) @EFL
— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) March 7, 2018
The Italian’s words did no go down well with the majority of Leeds fans. Wolves have certainly seemed to have an unfair advantage in the transfer market but that does not impact on the Leeds players who stepped out on the pitch and put in a fairly abject performance.
But in light of the comments by Radrizzani many a Leeds fan vented their frustration with the club’s sporting director Victor Orta:
— #NoLongerFamous (@NoLongerFamous) March 7, 2018
Midfielder at left back after spending a couple of million on a left back in January . Another Orta recruitment masterclass . #lufc
— Tetley (@tetley_m) March 7, 2018
Starting to lose a little faith with our owner. Let’s stop the excuse making. Teams above us has worse teams and they’ve outplayed us and muscled us on the pitch. Let’s fix the problems in our own hands. Question Orta on his transfers. #lufc
— Leeds Lady (@LadyOnLUFCHeels) March 8, 2018
It should have been Orta sacked not Christiansen #lufc
— LUFC Chat (@LufcChat) March 8, 2018
No blame here should be put on Heckingbottom it should all be put on victor orta, no doubt the manager will be used as a scapegoat #lufc
— Harry Williams (@Harrynsw) March 8, 2018
Orta is an absolute idiot recruiting a ream full of lightweight, small players in a league full of powerful and big, fast players. Getting torn apart here. Embarrassing to watch. Radz has got it badly wrong and needs to fire #Orta #lufc
— James (@leedsunitedAFC2) March 7, 2018
victor orta signed a bloke from the albanian league while jorge mendes is giving portugal internationals a one way ticket to wolverhampton
— cal (@LUFC_cal) March 7, 2018
Embarrassing that your even tweeting this there better simple as that you’ve let orta sign some complete useless numpties
— Callum macdonald (@Cal_lufc) March 7, 2018
#LUFC another loss in the bag. @andrearadri stop worrying about a team going up and gaining £m’s in the process and start thinking about getting more investment for your club to go up next year. You need a decent manager, sack Orta and ooh 11 real players to add to the 3 we have.
— Adrian Hudson (@AdeHudson) March 7, 2018
Aren’t you a business man @andrearadri? How about you use your contacts and skills to attract investment to the Club and back our manager with QUALITY proven players. Bin that idiot Orta off and stop moaning about other teams. SORT OURSELVES OUT #LUFC
— Matt James (@MattJLufc) March 7, 2018
I keep banging on about it but it’s recruitment which is the problem. Hopefully Heck can give Orta a list of players and say go and spend the last 9 games looking at these guys, see which ones are good enough. Instead of “Paul I’ve got this guy from Scandinavia he’s great” #lufc
— Matt Vare (@Matt_Vare) March 8, 2018
Victor Orta is a disease Leeds United need rid off.. #lufc
— Paul Bourke (@PaulBourke_) March 8, 2018
When you have idiots in the boardroom interfering with the coaching methods you end up with a yes man as coach with very little responsibility … This owner has created a mess and if drastic changes aren’t made it will be relegation battle next season. Radrizanni/Orta OUT #lufc
— WHITESOLDIER (@whitesoldier62) March 8, 2018
Didn’t replace Wood.
Didn’t replace Taylor.
Didn’t replace Bartley.
Didn’t replace Green.
Didn’t replace Monk.
— Liam James (@LiamJamesLUFC) March 7, 2018
Leeds fans are clearly not pleased with the recruitment under the Spaniard. A lot has been made of his continual additions to the under-23 squad and the failure of many recruits.
The likes of Mateusz Klich, Felix Wiedwald and Laurens De Bock have not impressed and they are not alone. Whilst Wolves have had more financial clout and better contacts their recruitment was perfect for the Championship.
Leeds’ newbies look out of depth at this level and fans are fed up of seeing poor performances from the club week-in and week-out.
Thomas Christiansen’s dismissal has not seemed to stop the rot at Leeds. Many Leeds fans clearly feel he was the wrong man to get the sack in January.
Leeds United round-up: De Bock interest, O’Kane to Charlton and managerial shortlist
A selection of the latest news and gossip from Leeds United.
De Bock option
Laurens De Bock has an option to head out of Leeds United before the end of the month. The Belgian has struggled to have an impact at Leeds since arriving in January.
The left-back has now dropped down the pecking order at Leeds, with youngster Tom Pearce and summer signing Barry Douglas overtaking him.
According to Voetbal24, he could be heading to Israel. Beitar Jerusalem are said to be keen on the player, where his former manager Guy Luzon is currently working.
Leeds United midfielder Eunan O’Kane could still be heading to Charlton Athletic. The Irish international has been frozen out at Leeds and is expected to leave Elland Road before the end of the month.
League One Charlton, managed by former Leeds midfielder Lee Bowyer, have been linked with a move earlier this month.
Now, as reported by the Yorkshire Post, the Addicks will continue looking for his signature over the next week or so.
Leeds’ managerial shortlist before the start of the season had a number of top names present. Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport, the Leeds chairman Andrea Radrizzani confirmed that the likes of Antonio Conte, Claudio Ranieri and Roberto Martinez were all considered for the manager role at Elland Road.
Leeds eventually appointed Marcelo Bielsa and his impact has been dramatic and immediate in West Yorkshire.
Leeds United should consider sending Yosuke Ideguchi to KAS Eupen
The Japan international looks unlikely to play a major role at Leeds this season.
Leeds United’s excellent start to the season has been largely down to the management of Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine has worked wonders with his new players. He even brought in the likes of Mateusz Klich from the cold, with aplomb.
However, another player who spent the second half of last season loaned out elsewhere was Yosuke Ideguchi. So far, the Japanese international has not received a chance under Bielsa.
It looks as though he might be sent out on loan before the end of the month, but interest from these shores looks scarce.
Last season he spent time with Leeds partner club Cultural Leonesa. The two teams have a strong link through director Ivan Bravo and the Aspire Foundation.
But Cultural was a waste of time for Ideguchi. He barely played and they were relegated to the third-tier. The Spanish side are not, however, the only Aspire team in Europe.
KAS Eupen of Belgium’s top-flight also have a connection with Bravo and Aspire. If Leeds want to help Ideguchi get better, perhaps sending him here is a better shout.
Not only would he playing a similar style of football to that in England, but he would be doing so under one of the best central midfielders to play the game in England.
Claude Makelele is the manager at the club. The former Chelsea star would undoubtedly have a lot of knowledge to pass down to a young midfielder.
He would also have the added advantage of a Japanese team-mate. Yuta Toyokawa joined the club in January, amid controversy surrounding an apparent move to Leeds. He is a similar age to the Leeds misfit. Having him around could help the pair settle in their new surroundings.
If Leeds cannot find someone in the UK to take on Ideguchi, then sending him to Eupen looks like being the next best thing.
Marco Bielsa is already setting records at Leeds United, with last season’s team
The turn around at Elland Road in the opening weeks of the season has been remarkable.
Four games into his Leeds United tenure and Marco Bielsa is already setting records with his new team.
After a 2-1 victory over Rotherham on Saturday, the Argentine head coach becomes the first boss at Elland Road to win the club’s first four games at the start of a domestic season, in all competitions.
The standards being set by the 63-year-old since his arrival have been somewhat remarkable with the playing style he has quickly been able to implement proving mesmerising, even to those who are typically opposed to the club.
But, perhaps the most impressive quality about the performances Championship fans are witnessing, is the fact Bielsa has set this record with practically the same team that took to the field, and could only achieve a 13th place finish, last season.
At Elland Road this weekend, the starting XI only contained one summer signing, which just goes to demonstrate the impressive work Bielsa has carried out with the players over the summer period.
Already being referred to as a ‘ready-made Premier League side’, after years of heart break at Elland Road, there will now be a genuine believe that the Whites can return to the English top flight come the end of the season.
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