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The Nearly Men

A story of redemption
Started on 28 June 2019 by JT / First Post
Latest Reply on 18 August 2019 by ScottT / Last Post
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Your form certainly reflects your league position. Hopefully a bit more consistency can be found when you make the suitable changes you plan on making in the January window.
Avoid the young center backs! A tough year and not quite where you want to be at the moment in time. But with the large number of players joining in the summer was always going to have a chance of inconsistency. Hopefully the squad can be trimmed down and the results start coming in!
I wouldn't write off top six just yet, to be honest. You're midway through the season and it could be now that teams begin to drop off. You never know in football. You've done well with the limitations you have, anyway, but I certainly believe top 6 remains a real possibility.

Leeds United - January 2021 - Winter Window

Transfers

I wanted to shake up the team a little in January and that is certainly what i did as i made some tasty profits on a couple of players whilst getting two more out on loan. Jordan Lukaku was sold on moving to Newcastle for £13m having joined for just £4.4m 18 months ago. He was now second fiddle to the emerging Junior Firpo and represented good money for someone starting to dislike the little game time he was getting. The other outgoing was young Francis Amuzu who left for £10.25m moving to Everton in the Championship. Not bad for a man who joined on a free in the same window as Lukaku and was not getting near the first team this season.

We also moved Olimpiu Morutan and Vincent Jannsen on loan with the former going to Portugal whilst Janssen is trying to resurrect his career in France. Young 17 year old keeper Sherwin Greaves joined Blackburn on loan for the rest of the season as a new keeper came into Elland Road.

Yep that's right there were some incomings, two of which joined from Everton. Kik Pierie was the first in signing for £11m to replace the outgoing Lukaku as another option at left back. I have been scouting him for awhile and although not as quick as Lukaku he is a better defender in my opinion. The second man in from Everton was Jordan Pickford who had enough of playing in the Championship and joins for £9.5m. A bargain for his ability and experience and he will compete with Casilla for the rest of the season with the Spaniard likely to be shipped out in the summer in my continual pursuit of youth.

Talking of youth i added in U19 England International Kevin Mahon for £3.8m from West Brom. The regen will likely sit with the U23's for the rest of the season but could be a real talent in a few years to come.


On the field

Now onto the pitch where things have picked up a little despite a very tough run of games. We beat fellow top half side Southampton 1-0 with Ryan Sessegnon scoring (And starting to play really well on the left) before drawing 0-0 withv Spurs. A 3-1 defeat to Chelsea was harsh as we had the better chances in the first 60 or so minutes but a 2-1 win over Man City with Chicco scoring a brace got us a surprise victory. Annoyingly we blew a 2 goal lead over Bournemouth but a 2-2 draw meant we got another point which leaves us like this


I don't see us getting into the top 6 but we are in a right fight with Southampton and Brighton for that 7th spot which could bring European football with it depending on the FA Cup. Of course we could still Europe through that competition as we beat Huddersfield (2-1) in the 3rd round whilst we entertain QPR in a 4th Round qualifier having salvaged a 1-1 draw at Loftus Road. I think Watford await in the 5th round if my memory serves me correct.

Can we get more consistent? I hope so and we have now played 3 of the top 6 twice meaning we should have predominently the teams in the lower half in our remaining 13 games we could finish strong and beat our 9th place finish last year especially if Eric Chicco remains in the goals

Onwards we go!
Some good business conducted. Pierie is certainly an improvement on Lukaku, who you've managed to sell for a tidy profit. The highlight, of course, is the arrival of Jordan Pickford. The fee is minimal and for a player of his quality, that is an excellent deal.

The results are much-improved and a victory against Bournemouth would have really served you well. It's a shame you weren't able to hold on. The race is certainly on for seventh and you just need to keep the momentum going, as I'm sure Southampton and Brighton will slip up. Hopefully you'll be able to defeat QPR in the replay to continue your FA Cup run, too.

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