Vinnie Jones, Leeds UnitedSix games without a win, three consecutive defeats, nine goals conceded in our last two home fixtures. Describing Leeds United’s form as poor would be something of an understatement.

It’s hardly a temporary blip either, The Whites have won only two of their last sixteen outings. picking up just eleven points since the middle of December, only five of which came at Elland Road.

If it wasn’t for the chaos of our pending takeover and unusual circumstances of what appears to be a total power vacuum above Brian McDermott, there’s little doubt McDermott would have been axed by now.

You could argue that the aforementioned circumstances mitigate the Leeds United manager from blame, but equally, you could also argue his failure to rally the troops and power through another episode of Elland Road’s long-running ownership soap opera means he isn’t the man for the job.

Whatever your thoughts, all the sites specialising in tips and reviews have The Whites as clear favourites for tomorrow. Millwall’s odds of victory at Elland Road are in the 3/1 range while Leeds are considered evens, odds which reflect the ease at which our team should be beating a poor Millwall side on home soil.

But Millwall will arrive at Elland Road no less determined. Currently 22nd in the Championship, The Lions are in the midst of a relegation battle that Leeds’ early season form should keep us clear of, leaving the Whites with very little to play for.

McDermott must recognise how thin the ice he’s skating on is however. While the club’s current owners seem far too distracted to run the football club, the Leeds United boss must be concerned for his future after GFH sell up. No matter what the circumstances are, football remains a results business and whoever does end up taking over won’t be encouraged by our current form.

The return of Vinnie Jones for Saturday’s fixture should give the crowd a much-needed lift, he’ll be visiting the home dressing room before kick-off and can hopefully instil a bit of his own fighting-spirit into our current squad.

Jimmy Kebe will be unavailable once again. He missed Leeds’ last match because he was “too ill” to play and has since picked up a hamstring injury. Elsewhere, Rodolph Austin is McDermott’s only new injury concern. The Jamaican international picked up a knock against Burnley last time out and will face a late fitness test before kick-off on Saturday.

Millwall meanwhile have an overcrowding problem in their injury room. Danny Shittu and Jermaine Easter are among a list of names sidelined for the Lions who’ll also be without Shaun Williams after he picked up his 10th yellow card of the campaign and now serves a two-match suspension.

13 Responses

  1. Tyler75

    If Vinnie has brought his boots I’d put him straight into midfield in place of Austin

  2. mrbigwheels

    Ah… Vinnie. Got a job for you and a few mates. After the match mind.
    Need a bloke sorting. Go steady with him… he could be Jet lagged.

  3. decky

    Tomorrow my team would be:

    Byram Peltier Pearce Warnock
    Stewart Murphy Dawson Mowatt
    Walters McCormack

    It will never happen but why not throw in Walters and Dawson, can they really do any worse than who has been playing? Now is the time to throw them in and see what they can do, and gives them the experience of playing in front of 20,000+ at Elland Road.
    The weird thing about the championship is that if we were to pick up 9+ points in our next four games (which should be doable) then we would be right back in the mix. Even though we are nowhere near good enough it still could be the case.

    I have to admit I have been a Leeds fan for all 21 years of my life and I cannot remember a worse squad than what we have right now, it really is dreadful. Look at the players that are still being paid by us and good wages at that, Kenny, Norris, Green, Varney, Diouf, Pugh and 37 year old Michael Brown who lets face it should be in League two by now but no Leeds have been too kind to him.

    We are a disgrace all the way right through the club, squad, manager, owners, losing 1million a month. Unbelievable!

    • TSS

      I’d stick the Turner twins in there and Poleon too personally, might even be worth trying one of the younger defenders at CB. We’ve nothing to lose at this stage, what could it hurt?

      Can’t be any worse than our last two home fixtures, at least they’d put the effort in.

      • TSS

        Actually, Turner twins might still be on loan at Chester, but you get my point… might as well flood the squad with younger players, it isn’t hurting anything.

      • decky

        Exactly. It would not hurt anything at all. I think we may see some more of the younger players in the final 6-7 games, once we have statistically enough points to stay up.

        The turner twins are a strange one i think, we havent seen anything from them and they have been out on loan quite a bit, the sad thing is they may not get a chance. If we had all players back from loan we could play a very young side of:

        Bryam Killock Turner Taylor
        Mowatt Dawson Lenighan White

        Walters McDaid

        Why the hell not? I guarantee we would at least see effort, pace and a will to impress. Us Leeds fans would get right behind them too at Elland Road!

      • Timmsy

        You think why the hell not now until they got beat by about 10…and the senior players were pissed as hell

  4. NottsWhite

    BMcD will aim to maintain the same team and formation as last week as it was an improved performance despite the fact we lost. I would play the diamond formation with McCormack behind Smith and Wickham. It is shocking that we are using Wickham as a winger and smacks of warnock playing barkley out of position last year. Why the F are we keeping Kebe at the club? What benefit is it for us to have this player taking wages ? Hamstring injury my arse ! The only problem with Kebe is that he needs a new spine. No less than a win tomorrow Brian, otherwise take you piss poor excuses and do one

  5. spellz

    We are playing a dreadful Millwall side at the moment dare I say it we are in as bad form as them if not worse, with our cult hero Jonesy turning up tomorrow I expect to see a bit of hollywooding from our players out there we should be comfortably beating them at ER.

  6. PMH

    Well, we won so that is three points to calm the relegation worries. Other than that it doesn’t really say anything that we barely got past Millwall, except that we are light years away from being Premiership contenders.

    • mrbigwheels

      A win is a win… is a win. Well done….

      Time to move on Brian…. This team doesn’t want you…. it seems.

      A big thank you for trying….


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