Posted: 31 Mar 2010 10:40 AM PDT
Leeds story today, my friends.
Matches and results
This is how Premier League table looks at the current moment in my game:
We are at the 10th position now. Though the distance to the 6th position is just 3 points. So I think there will be tight fight for Euro league places I dream to get. But don't forget that season expectation claimed to board was 'Top half position'.
Interesting to see Wolves being the 4th. What's their secret? The answer is simple. They beat opponents by great team work. Pay attention also at Everton placed near relegation zone unexpectedly. We will see if they are able to stay in Premier League this season.
But let's get back to my Leeds and its matches:
My club started to apply the break just right after long-termed injury of Hangeland (Leeds captain). It was the reason why I had to buy two central defenders instead of one during winter transfer window: Miles Addison and Per Nilsson. But I wouldn't say it was the reason of our series of draws. If we analyze those 6 draws and disappointing 0:1 loss to Newcastle we will see that only 4 goals had been scored by my forwards in 7 games.
Weak attack – my main problem. And the defence is strong enough even without Hangeland. Only Andy Carroll has been scoring goals in more or less effective way…
The best match of reported period is the Old Trafford victory:
Our archrivals were devastated by quick efficient counter attacks:
Probably this game is the only one in this period when I was happy with actions of Leeds attacking line. Both main forwards scored – Carroll and Taison.
Unfortunately our best player and team captain Brede Hangeland got into 3 months of injury recovery. Meanwhile leadership responsibilities were given away to the most creative midfielders in the team – Verratti and Jadson. They do a lot during matches making problems for opponents permanently.
I would also like to single out Vincent Enyeama (GK) and Adolphe Teicou (MC). My goalie is a really good one because sometimes he makes important and beautiful saves.
Teicou is fast central hard working midfielder. One of the most dedicated players of the club who can tackle a ball, make a good pass or even assist, catch almost any running away opponent's player… By the way in spite of his young age (22 years) he is one of the experienced Leeds United footballers. He appeared in my team in the first League One season ($3.4M)!
I want to criticize my attackers. Niculae doesn't score anymore. I have already made decision to let him leaving our club on a free transfer. Taison is also weak forward this season. Only Andy Carroll shows good performance from time to time…
Apart from poor scoring forwards I have constant problem with Buonanotte who is disappointing. He cannot play well at ML position and is only on the way to blend to the squad. I should try to use him on another position or sell him.
I promised to show your how my wonderkid Marco Verratti has been training during last 3 years.
2 seasons ago:
His progress is fantastic! Verratti will be a world class player in few years!
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