Leeds United news as West Ham midfielder Nikola Vlašić sees flaw in Whites strategy
Here are your Leeds United morning headlines on Saturday, January 15.
Hammers midfielder Vlašić sees flaw in Leeds strategy
West Ham midfielder Nikola Vlašić said last weekend’s 2-0 win over Leeds United was a “hard game” but says he thinks it will be hard for the Whites to play every match that way.
The two sides met in the FA Cup last weekend at the London Stadium and the Irons came out the winners of that one, knocking the Whites out the cup with a 2-0 win.
Tomorrow Leeds United return to the London Stadium for a Premier League fixture tomorrow and Vlašić said he expects his side to have improved after analysing the first game.
Speaking to his club’s website, Vlašić said: “We feel like we are back on track. We had a few problems with results, but we are now back to where we were at the start of the season, so everybody in the team is really confident now and feeling good.”
Leeds have lost their last four matches to West Ham, but Vlašić praised the way the Whites play, but also wondered if it was too much for the players.
He said: “I’m a little bit surprised [Leeds have struggled this season], but they are still a good team.
“We played them in the FA Cup and it was a hard game because they play a unique style of football, man on man all over the pitch.
“So it’s really hard to play against them, but it’s also really hard for them to play every game like that, so we’ll see what happens at the weekend.
“Of course, last weekend’s game against them helps us. We analysed that game and saw what we did good and what we can improve.”
U23 boss Mark Jackson praises youngsters for 2-1 win
Leeds United U23s head coach Mark Jackson praised his players after they beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 in the Premier League Cup last night.
Speaking after the match to the club website, Jackson said: “I’m really proud. As a group of coaching staff, we thanked them because they took on board the information that we gave them.
“That hasn’t always been the case, which happens with young players sometimes. They stood up to the challenge.
“They have to learn how to play against bigger and stronger players. One thing there is at this club is an opportunity for younger players to step up and play beyond their age groups.
“That is what is happening this season. It has taken a little while to get to grips with it but there were a lot of things that showed we can be feeling positive heading into the second half of the season.”
The Leeds United goals came from Nohan Kenneh and Max Dean, who Jackson commented on.
He said: “I was really pleased for Nohan. I thought his contribution in the first half alongside Archie Gray in midfield was really, really good.
“I thought he showed a lot of positivity in his movement to get on the ball and create space for others. To get the goal from that position was really positive.
“I think in the first half Max [Dean] dealt with balls into his feet really well. We wanted him to threaten the backline a little bit more in the second half.
“He contributed really, really well. Not just with the goal but his all-round performance. He was part of good aspects of our pressing.”
Leeds United fans react to Arsenal postponement
Arsenal’s request to postpone their north London derby clash with Tottenham on Sunday has gone down like a lead balloon, especially with Leeds United supporters.
Marcelo Bielsa had just nine senior players available when his side took on the Gunners just before Christmas but still didn’t ask for the game to be cancelled.
Many fans believe the rules that have been brought in to protect teams against Covid-19 outbreaks are now being abused, and Whites supporters are very unhappy.
They watched a largely youthful Leeds side taken apart by Arsenal in, what turned out to be, their final game of 2022. That match ended up as a 4-1 defeat for Leeds, who had to put 15-year-old Archie Gray on the bench due to a lack of senior players.
While Leeds are once again willing to face West Ham with a heavily depleted squad, those that watched the pre-Christmas loss took to social media to voice their displeasure at seeing Arsenal’s request.
One user wrote: “We had to name a 15 year old on the bench.”
Another wrote: “Leeds have been playing their kids for weeks.”
While another wrote: “Arsenal have asked the PL to postpone their game with Tottenham. Whereas we just got on with it.”
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