Life After Gradel – Crystal Palace Preview TSS September 10, 2011 Leeds United 5 Comments Leeds United return to Championship football today following the international break and will be out to prove they’re still a serious threat after Max Gradel was sold to St Etienne. New arrival Mikael Forssell is likely to start from the bench with Ramon Nunez filling Max’s position on the wing. Luciano Becchio may make his return after completing 60 minutes of a behind-closed-doors friendly against Hull City earlier this week. Our opponents today, Crystal Palace have started the season surprisingly well and currently sit sixth in the Championship having lost only one of their games so far. Their last fixture saw them hold Blackpool to a 1-1 draw. Football betting odds make Leeds United odds on favourites for this one with Palace 10/3 for a surprise win. Meanwhile a draw would pay 13/5. The Five Year Plan Fanzine lists Glenn Murray as the player we should be keeping an eye on in Palace’s starting XI and predict a 2-1 win for the visitors. Despite the departure of Max Gradel, Leeds’ main threat is still likely to come from the wings where Robert Snodgrass and Ramon Nunez will be keeping the oppositions full-back’s busy. Adam Clayton has made a sensational start to the season too and will be desperate to continue his good run of form in the centre of the park. Up front, Ross McCormack and Andy Keogh will no doubt continue the partnership that has proved to be a big threat so far and they’ll be keen to make a mark with Forssell and Becchio lurking in the background. If Leeds can keep the discipline that has cost us so dearly thus far in check, I’m predicting a show of defiance from The Whites and a relatively comfortable victory. Whilst the defence is still problematic, I suspect Palace will struggle to cope with our attacking options. Zico481 No doubt max was a good servant for Leeds united, gone like most of the players who done good works for the team..Yes! the team no one player makes the team..so please less move on .Nunez is proven international receiving honors for his country,and clearly hungry,Goals! with bags of ambition.Let’s not harp on about J.beckford he did a job for Leeds as many before..Time to focus on the here and now.What’s the point in spending big money on signing..when we have plenty of youth that will in time blossom. Leeds home win… Sveifors Though I felt gutted when the news of Max’s departure, I know believe that this can also be a positiv thing. It gives possibilities to other players to stand up and shine. Max was an asset, but several times he chose the wrong sollution in not playing a better placed teammates and fire off bad shots himself Mark I agree we still have plenty of attacking options in the team, not worried where our goals will come from, key to our today and our season in general is can we stop them going in the other end. Hope we can, not convinced we will. Score draw 2-2! Shakamoto Airways GULP! Clayton out. Brown in. Charlie Taylor in for Aidy White. Charles Taylor is 17. Sean OK Brown back in for Clayton with just one friendly match behind him after coming back from injury and having not had a proper pre-season behind him (part of the problem with his first few games I think) – no central midfielder available on the bench. 17 year old Taylor in at left back in place of White, again shows how horribly short we are at left back. White is a winger anyway not a left back IMHO, his challenge on Cole against West Ham followed by his sending off against Ipswich re-emphasis this for me. I really do think Pugh would be a good squad signing just for his versatility in both midfield and left back. This shouts out loud where one of the key problems is in our squad. Nunez in for Gradel with Sam on the bench and Keogh capable of playing there as well – this is not a problem area – maybe not a strong as it was but definately not one of our weakest areas. All that said I hope both Brown and wee Charlie have enormous games today.