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Thought that was a thoroughly disappointing performance all round personally. We only really got going once we were three down, and even then it was for a short five minute spell. Leeds looked far too comfortable, too organised, and our game plan played into their hands completely. We were far too predictable and one dimensional. Whilst Taylor Moore acquitted himself well enough, his distribution was poor and he lost Bamford completely for the second goal. Bamford intelligently played on Moore throughout, and barely went near Kalas. If promotion is the aim, then a top quality centre half to replace the loss of Webster has to be a priority. Marlon Pack is neat and tidy, but simply does not have the ability to move the ball quick enough. There’s no urgency to him, and when he’s caught out of position, he is lacking in pace as well. If he’s going to play, it can’t be in a middle two. He has to play in front of the back four, with another bank of four ahead of him, almost as a midfield sweeper. Famara tries, but he always seems like he’s the one marking his centre half rather than the other way around. I understand the line of thinking that he’s there to win the first ball and the three behind him are there to play off him, but Fam is frustratingly inconsistent. He either loses the first ball, making him ineffectual, or he will win the ball and then give it away with a poor pass, effectively taking four of our players out of the game. I’d also like to see him ‘gamble’ more in the box. However, I actually think we’d be a far better side playing to feet and having Wiemann as the lone striker with three or four of Brownhill, Palmer, Sammy, Pato or Eliasson playing off him. I actually feel really sorry for Matty Taylor. He came on, he didn’t stop running and trying to make things happen, and yet he’s the one who’s heading out the door most likely. Compare and contrast that to O’Dowda, who has always flattered to deceive. For all the stick someone like Pato gets on here for being lightweight, COD is far worse. Baffling that he started today. We won’t play many better sides than Leeds this season, but as we tend to, we showed them far too much respect.
I also remember Lampard mentioning in his autobiography that he was set to sign for Leeds from West Ham, but as David O’Leary only saw him as a squad player, he opted to sign for Chelsea instead. Probably has nothing to do with it, but I thought that was an interesting little tidbit.