Tommy wrote:Working to a budget and a rigidly defined wage structure is challenging and given the Wilko ratio, I think Orta's done alright. It'd be remarkable if one or two of the U23s don't work out and the last four first team signings we made - Ideguchi, De Bock, Forshaw and Roberts - all seem like positive recruitment. I suspect Orta was given a brief and he's fulfilled, hence why the owner seems content with him.
With respect, T, none of us have any real idea about Ideguchi and Roberts, yet. When they've both played a few games for us we will. Right now, you'd hope the background/reports on both suggest a couple of decent players, but how they actually turn out for Leeds United, well, that's another thing entirely. Seen it before so many times. De Bock looks OK. Forshaw already looks like a captain.
Orta's signings? Saiz good, obviously. Pennington I still have hopes for, as a kind of Championship-level Stones. Def needs a strong guy next to him and fortunately we have one. Klich should have been alright but didn't work [see comments above re Roberts/Ideguchi]. Cibicki maybe OK, could go either way, but I tend to think it won't happen for him. Lasogga looks a good finisher for this league but we haven't used him right and he has never seemed quite fit enough. Still time. Grot so far looks awful: I'd rather we didn't have him. Ekuban, who knows? Still hope. Alioski? Sometimes looks good, sometimes looks like a diving, lightweight wanker with a stupid haircut. I think I'd prefer to see him as out left-sided wingback.
So, yeah, agreed, patchy. Too patchy for my liking. Granted there is a tight-ish budget, but maybe we could have brought in fewer and better instead? On the outside, we don't really know who is available at a particular time, at what price, whether they'll take our wages, whether they'll fit in as people etc etc, so it's very hard to judge accurately as a fan. Unlike Yeboah I don't think sport is about black and white. It's shades of grey all over the place, just like life.
You really need to stop tweeting during matches. Doing it instead of watching the game means you're just evil.