While using a certain amount of hindsight, would it not have been a bad idea to accept a bid of £4m+ for a 32 year old Championship striker in the summer, especially if the proceeds had been invested sensibly in the squad?
We are conceding plenty, but i don' think that's just down to the defence. Bart & Gerks - both OK keepers, nothing more, but not below par. Tommy smith - having a good season. Berra - not at previous levels; dunno why. Chambers - never a RB, but we have done OK with him. Knudsen - also vulnerable to quick players; may improve. However, our FBs aren't being protected as much as in the past as MM has brought in more attacking minded wide players. This worked well early on, but now we look vulnerable. Central midfield - my biggest concern. Skuse is an effective holding player, but not super mobile or effective. Him & Douglas is a poor pairing. The net effect of all this is that we are much easier to play against. The tenacity & resilience that took us to the top just under a year ago is no longer there. conclusion - Mick has to sort out the midfield. I don't know exactly what combination might do the trick, especially with Fraser, Hyam & Bishop injured, but Bru has to start more regularly. Oh, and please let's have a preferred striking partnership. Murph hasn't looked fit or sharp & is a shadow of the players he was last season. Sears started well but has now fallen back into the general malaise, partly from lack of service. Pitman is a decent squad player; shouldn't be starting regularly. McGoldrick is different class, but either he isn't playing or he doesn't get on the ball enough. This needs to change. This is a very even league & the difference between being bottom 6 & top 6 is marginal, but we're the wrong side of the equation right now. I hope Mick sorts it out. I would love to know what he is really thinking.
since conceding 8 in 2 games against Brighton & reading. Interestingly enough, those are both in the top 3 & Hull are now 4th. Those 2 games have set off a run of one win in 9 & we look bereft of confidence. A trip to Forest on saturday doesn't look inviting, but if we can't get a win at home to Cardiff or bottom club Bolton, the alarm bells will really be ringing. Hard to put a finger on exactly what the problem is; the defence has been suspect for a long time & adding more attacking players like Fraser & Niles to the midfield had left us more open. I'd like to see a regular partnership starting up front, rather than the current rotation of 4 strikers.
Given some of the (justified) moaning about this, the Leeds chairman is having his say as well. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34557043 How much do the Championship clubs get from the current TV deal? Given the monumental gulf between that & the £100m that the club that finishes last in the PL will get next season, isn't there a case for there being much less Championship football on TV for a lower deal? PL is going to be on Friday nights as well from next season.