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LUFC Stop the leak, then take the risks

Nathan Brien writes his first article for Vital Leeds in what is going to become a weekly feature.

His first article looks at the clubs defensive frailties last season that ultimately cost them a chance of promotion.


There`s no doubt that Leeds scored a hat full of goals last year, in fact they scored 80 in total. If the table was done by the amount of goals scored Leeds would in fact be second behind Norwich.

Unfortunately though it`s not, and the goals against were in total 70 leaving us with a poor goal difference tally of 11. There`s no doubt that next season is going to be a tough one, relegated teams from the Premier League desperate to go up and put a bad season behind them, and teams strengthening in the summer looking to hit the top two places.

What worried me last season was that fact that it was so clear to many on looking Leeds fans that our defence needed strengthening, stupid goals being conceded which in the end cost us dearly. There were not many games that I can think of, where Leeds`s defence has looked solid.

Paddy Kisnorbo had an outstanding season for us in League One, but because of his major injury is now being perceived as a risk by many of us fans.

This is why I feel this summer is an important one; let`s start with getting some defenders in, I have no doubt that if we keep our key players and strengthen the defence we will be a match for anyone in the league.

Let`s be honest, buying the right players is never an easy job, but sometimes you have to take a risk. Look at Swansea fans, when Brendan Rodgers splashed out 500,000 which eventually rose to 1.5m for Scott Sinclair, a lot of the Swansea fans where a bit shocked. He ended up sending Swansea to the Premiership by hitting 19 goals this season. What I`m saying is, why not start taking some risks and spending the money, it worked for the three promoted sides this season.

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Writer: Nathan Brien Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday June 6 2011

Time: 9:00AM

Your Comments

Interesting first article. What I felt we really lacked last season was a leader, a player to keep everyone else on their toes. The defence was a problem but it wasn't helped by the lack of protection from midfield. You mention Patrick Kisnorbo, I honestly beleive that with a fully fit Kisnrobo in the side we would have gone straight up. He is a leader, a battler and a motivator. I really hope he can have a good pre season and get back to full fitness.
dazza71
Good article, i have to agree with dazza in that a fully fit Kisnorbo really changes the dynamic of the leeds central defensive partnership. We have the same at millwall, in that when Paul Robinson is fully fit we can usually get away with having a few injuries at the back. Leeds obviously have to be weary of his recent injuries, though, which as you say is a big risk. In terms of splashing the cash i have to agree, its a must if you want to get promoted to the prem these days. I think Leeds tried the free market last season, for example Bessone and Painter, with moderate success, but i feel if leeds are to really push on next campaign they need to sign two permanent prem class fullbacks. I feel that without that other teams like ourselves who prize our pacy wingers will still be able to get at the likes of Connolly...
Karld
I thought there was a lot of fundemental problems last season. Far too many average players were signed, and to be honest when you look at Graysons overall record of signings he's signed a fair few duffers. With Grayson (defender) and Snodin (defender) as part of the management, hwy are we so bad defensively. Get Lucas Radebe in to sort them out. His character, and I am sure players would sit up and listen to such a vastly experienced player. Will the youngster, Tom Lees get a chance next season?
King Billy
 

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