Mr Reality wrote:So it's supporters fault? Sorry thats bollocks this is the most patient set of supporters in the country. The problem at Elland road has been incompetent owners and owners who don't have the best interests at the club at heart. This combined with a distinct lack of any type of planning on the football side has seen so much money wasted on journey men.
Some players have improved this season but the idea they are the only players who could have done so is ludicrous. It's like the silly suggestion that certain posters were putting out the other year that club could only buy certain players and no there players were available.
The contracts given out were irresponsible at the time. Radrizanni even admitted as much on one of his rants last season. Let's not forget a player is judged over their full time at a club not a 20 game period. Dallas playing as utility player reasonably well when he has filled in doesn't justify a pay rise he recieved 18 months ago after 3 average seasons at best (which is very kind).
I'm sorry but what? Most patient? We're not even close! If we'd been bottom half right now, even playing the way we are but having drawn every genre we've won by 1 and lost the dramatic 3-2s you can guarantee some would want Bielsa out. Wagner took a couple of seasons to get Huddersfield getting results in a passing style, he'd have lasted about as long as Uwe here with those first season results. The pressure and expectation on our players is immense every season.
I agree ownership has been a bigger problem.
My opinion on this squad last season was that it was top 6 capable. It lost an edge with Wood going but until the Heck had me doubting I felt it was stronger than Monk had, Bartley/Wood aside, I even thought Wiedwald was decent until his confidence was destroyed. In this league, continuity and team work are far more important - Radz tried to give the first of these, he did it too scattergun but the recruitment was worse than the contracts, O'Kane aside.
I'm delighted by Bielsa but I'm not wholly convinced he's taken a bottom half dive to the top, I think he's taken a top 6 side there.
If Bielsa spent August signing players to back fill Berardi, Dallas, Cooper and Klich (most would have moved him on, even after preseason), he'd either have been starting Baker every week or frustrated we didn't have the tools for him to work with. 3 of those are the kind of championship experience we said we needed to buy last season, not the scattergun imports we got. All have played a big part this season. We mostly wanted Bartley or Flint at CB, well, right now Cooper is proving better than both.