LUFC: Ten things we've learnt this week #4 TSS September 3, 2010 Leeds United 15 Comments #01 – Revenge is sweet! We’d waited a long time to avenge our play-off defeat against Watford, but a trip to Vicarage Road this week provided the ideal opportunity. A dismal display of hoof-ball football from both teams was won by Leeds, as the Whites recorded their first away win and first clean-sheet of the 2010-11 season. #02 – Richard Naylor can defend after all? We learnt this week that Richard Naylor isn’t so bad after all! Scoring the only goal (in the right net this time) and giving a decent defensive performance against Watford was enough to earn our ageing captain the man of the match. Unfortunately, the game was so slow that we could have pulled Jack Charlton out of retirement for an encore and had no trouble keeping up. It remains to be seen whether Naylor’s improved performance can carry over into a pacier match. #03 – Premature end to Somma-time We learnt this week that three goals in 110 minutes doesn’t guarantee you a game at Simon Grayson’s Leeds United. Davide Somma appears to be bursting with confidence and believes he can replace the goals Jermaine Beckford scored, but Simon Grayson moved quickly to quash our hopes and drag the striker back down to earth with an expectancy-lowering speech. #04 – David Batty chooses appropriate career choice Old news for some, but I learnt this week that David Batty has become a qualified butcher since retiring from football and now plans to open up a mega-butcher complex in Carlisle. An appropriate career choice for a man who could be absolutely brutal on the pitch. We wish Batts every success. #05 – We don’t produce quality youngsters anymore We learnt this week that the days of Aaron Lennon’s and James Milner’s teeming out of the Thorp Arch academy may well be over, as Simon Grayson told fans he’d signed Adam Clayton because the club doesn’t have many quality youngsters between the age of 18-21. A great motivational speech from the gaffer which the likes of Darville, Lees, Milne and Elliot are sure to take confidence from? #06 – Goodbye deadwood… A total of twelve players have left Elland Road over the summer as Simon Grayson attempts to clear the club of it’s deadwood. With the likes of Andy Robinson and Leigh Bromby still adding a touch of glamour to the reserve team though, there’s plenty of work still to be done. #07 – …and hello quality replacements Replacing the twelve departing players are eleven fresh and shiny ones. The general consensus is that Leeds United and Simon Grayson has had an excellent summer in the transfer market, providing the squad with a lot of attacking options and bringing in the best goalkeeper outside the Prem. It’s not all good news though, with huge question marks still hanging over the heads of Bessone, Bruce and Clayton. #08 – “You don’t know what you’re doing!” Another week, and another poor ref in the Championship. Both the Watford and Leeds fans were vocal in their disgust of the referee’s tireless whistle blowing, which left the game at Vicarage Road less exciting than the Jonathan Ross-less Friday night line-up on the BBC. #09 – David O’Leary “I haven’t got a clue!” David O’Leary confirmed this week that he hasn’t got a clue what he’s doing after his first match in the UAE ended in defeat. The former Leeds boss conceded that he didn’t know the league, didn’t know the players, didn’t know what he was paid to do, didn’t know where he was… #10 – “…Leeds are going up, going up…” It’s funny the difference a week can make to the confidence of fans, but after scoring against Watford last week our 09-10 anthem ‘Leeds are going up’ returned for an encore. From predictions of bottom-half/consolidation on opening day, to play-off’s and possibly more as we exited Vicarage Road, the Leeds fans certainly know how to keep our ambitions in check… Joey “Leeds ARE going up” Ryan Hartshorne It’s not just us with the lack of youth investment, it’s pretty much across the board these days as instead of investing time and money into the youth systems clubs want instant success and just go out and buy instead, shame i know but that’s how football is these days unfortunately. Craig But Larry said “the club doesn’t have many quality youngsters” not “the club doesn’t have ANY quality youngsters” which is self evidently true compared to former days. White looks promising from the subs bench and I was hoping Lees might be ready for a step-up after travelling with the pre-season squad but there aren’t the numbers we had in O’Leary’s day – due, no doubt, to a variety of factors. So, maybe buying Clayton at what was probably a reasonable fee from a club which doesn’t need the money, was a sign that Grayson wants to invest in youth but wants more promising raw material to work with. TheReaper08 @craig Typical @TSS News of the World style sensationalism if you ask me Craig @TheReaper08 Typical of what? Matt BB @craig i think someones having a bad day.. TSS @TheReaper08 I’m just waiting for the inevitable job offer from them so I can abandon you lot and get myself a more agreeable readership. Craig @TSS For ‘agreeable’ read ‘gullible’! TSS Pfft… You say tomato… Jacko I see Clayton is getting a brilliant review from Carlisle. Suggesting he has all of the quality’s to become a top class player along with a great character. All being well we could have a young star developing. A few poor touches in a matter of minutes and some appear to have written him off as a bad player. I hold out hope of a great signing on the sly here! yorkwhite I see we’re now linked with a loan for Kightly from Wolves. Note to gaffer we have enough attacking midfielders, please look at a centre half, Ta. MOT trueyorxman To pinch a line from Gavin & Stacey, does anyone know ‘whats occuring’ between Larry & Leigh Bromby? The lads not that bad a player is he? Matt BB i think its a sad indictment of our academy that we’re looking at man city rejcts but what can we expect after 6 years in the wilderness. we simply wont have access to the best youth team. trueyorxman The problem with O’Leary is he’s “only young and still learning” (circa2000-01)!! richard With my lad whos 8 and at an age where lads get signed up, i know a few who have been to the Leeds academy and its well know as being, well not the best lets say. No feedback to the parents and an over the top army style training. Hopefully my lad will get into Barnsley who ive heard are one of the best academys. If parents are being put off at this age then they`re never gonna be producing loads. Some who do make it thru Leeds have been knicked from other teams like Delph from Bradford when he was i think about 10 or 11.