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Perkins scoring well for under 21's in pre season.this game was 5 days ago.
We have a behind closed door friendly v York this week ..
My take from the game.
Sinisterra, Rutter, Summerville and Ampadu seem to have developed a decent understanding.
If James is supposed to be rapid then the other teams RB was equally as fast as he stuck with him.
Struijk slowly starting ( only starting) to look, like a CB again. Hjelde is solid and looking better by the match.
Bamford mobility is shot as he seem to have zero agility and came not stop when he is moving at his top speed.
Ayling is decent in the attacking 3rd and abysmal in the defensive 3rd. Took his goal very well.
There little to no commication between keeper and CB's.
Gnonto looks injured.
Summerville is going to be a real 10 by mid-season as he is starting to understand the role.
Ampadu is a real midfielder and I think can operate as a single DCM.
Shackleton is a perfect role player. Seem to thrive on doing the little things and is a good following structure and instructions.
I'm not sure any of us are informed enough to make that judgement. It's really down to Rob Price and the medical team. All we can expect is that they will do what is necessary. We do know the players are committed and that's as much as we can expect. It's just as much of a lottery on assuming any incoming player will remain injury free.
Given their injury records and the stage they are at in their careers, it would certainly be a very pleasent surprise to have those 2 available for 30odd games. Cooper is not a player that can hold back, he puts his body on the line but that often comes at a price. His age and the time he needs to recover aren't helpfull. For both players the injuries over last few season seem to have become recurrent and they need more time to shake them off.
PB has struggled not only to get fit but more importantly to remain so. His problems, be it his hamstrings, feet or his tendons remain vulnerable and those kind of injuries have a tendency to reoccur.
Off course you need some luck, but at times in Bamford's case you can see him almost holding back from going full pelt.
We'll find out pretty soon.
Personally I do not regardless if fit not In my opinion they are not right for our club now. They carry to much power in and around the squad and being the supposed leader their game day example is mediocre at best.
We the fan base blamed all the new players last 2 seasons for their game day performances being poor yet by the standards set by the leadership group they were performing equally as mediocre. They got stick but the old guard got a pass.
Our fans, (not all) seem to forget thT the same old guard had us heading towards the bottom of the Championship (15th) prior to Biesla' magic.
As midnight oil said "short term memory I tell ya".
Way too many rumours about players not being comfortable with the leadership group over the 6 years for it to be without some truce. For hose who care to remember the group known as the six note had issues with said leaders, All the loan out players rumoured to had issues. Where there is this much smoke then generally there is fire.
Our club is rebuilding and a different direction from the old guard maybe needed.
I hope this result tells Farke one thing and one thing only.... we need to concentrate our efforts on signing a prolific striker... we have an ok enough defense for the championship and we have a super strong midfield.... but we cannot rely on Bamford he is too prone to injury now I'm afraid.... get that 20 goals a season striker in and we are laughing 👍👍
The thing is we have ten forwards akready, which arguably makes our front line too strong for this division. I really like the look of Joseph and think he would make an excellent understudy for Bamford.
Agree about Joseph 👍 - but if Rutter and Bamford are both out for weeks, now or later, then - and here's the scary part - we might end up playing Dan James as no.9😨
Unfortunately Joseph does not see himself as a understudy to Bamford as he seem himself better then Bamford.
With th style we play we need a complete striker who has high mobility, can score with his feet and head plus bring others into play with hold up play or one touch football.
As much as I dislike Bamford, I do believe he has all that in his locker but said locker has been lock due to injuries or mental issues far to often. He would require 15 games straight to bring it out and unfortunately he has had no ability to remain fit that long.
Job's a good 'un.
Clean sheet and another win.
Second half not so crash hot, we could easily concede against better teams, but we wasted some chances too - James very unlucky with his goal disallowed.
Typical to see both our No9's hobble off - let's hope Rutter or Bamford can start next week
Overall - very good first half, OK second.
If they both injured then Joseph finally get his chance at 9. Or better yet we sign someone.
Solid 1st half,Hearts are poor tbh.
Bamford looks sharp.
I don't understand the formation Sini,James and Jimmy all seem to be 10 yards apart at some times,I'm not saying it's wrong I just don't understand it.
Hjelde looks really good
Ayling looking more like himself from 2 or 3 years ago.(sorry Dan 😁)
Farke-ball is beginning to happen.
Dan James is sooo frustrating
oh yes! Dan James is all that!! - he had that clear chance and miscontrolled when he could have shot. Some things never change.
In the attacking 3rd Ayling did look good, I agree there. In the defensive 3rd he was AWOL. Credit for his goal as it was well taken and Summerville's ball was exquisite.
That was a very positive first half.
Good team effort, with lots of good performances really.
Well controlled possession, dominated hearts who looked crap.
Ayling did well for the goal - seems a bit odd to pick any one player out of that half as being particularly better than any other - I suppose for me Hjelde stood out - Summerville was involved a lot. Only down side was Rutter limping off.
Hearts 0-1 Leeds at HT
I'd be happy with Hjelde as our starting left back,he looks solid and is skillful..
Looks like nobody sniffing around Meslier - he's bracing himself for a Championship season listening to that!!
So Sini playing the problem No10 position?
Looks that way. I think there's every reason to think he should b thrive in that rol. He's got that trickiness and eye for a pass plus goalscoring instincts.
I think the same - happy to see it as he linked up well with Rutter when I saw them together a couple of weeks ago
Anybody forking out for the Hearts stream?
I'll do the same I suspect - The Ashes is not enthusing me and the F1 looks a foregone conclusion.
So apologies all in advance - we'll lose now Soopahex is watching 😫
Thankjs Guy - alas too late to save me from the £7.99 curse
Still, we're winning so every cloud... 😉
Would have liked to see Charlie Allen iven a chance at the number 10 role this preseason but seem he being held in the U21' for another season. He has that ability to unlock things with a pass.
Summerville can make that position his own and unless we sign a true South American number 10 we mY need to change the role a little.
What a 2nd half performance! 👍👏
Poveda was unbelievable and as good as that is we know he'll be massively inconsistent alongside James on the other wing.
We'll no doubt get rid of Summerville and Gnonto now after this 45mins from Poveda! 🙈🤬😲🤔
Credit to Hattrick for his finish.... cool, composed but would he try and roll his foot over the ball in a pressure league game!?
Shacks was good too in different positions 👏
As good a performance as this was, we are going to be moving backwards if we keep ALL OF Ayling, Coops, Shacks, Bamford, Poveda etc in the squad.... we'll be playing Costa next! 🙈
Congratulations to the team tonight on a great performance and probably the worst result we could have got by winning.... very weird feeling! 🙈🤣🤔
I think it's highly unlikely Poveda will remain. Farke has as good said so. But Cooper, Ayling, Shacks and Bamford would walk on hot coals for Leeds. They fit us promoted before, they've got three years added premiership experience. They're exactly what we need for this league.
I definitely keep Poveda as a squad player,all Farke said is he needs to work incredibly hard to be part of his plans.which might be the kick up the ass he needs as he has talent but not consistency.
He had 5 goal involvements in 26 games for a very poor Blackpool team last season and was coming back from a broken leg.
I'd prefer to sell one of James, Summerville,JH or Gnonto to fund a move for someone like Piroe or Hamar.we have too many wingers and not enough LB,CB ,strikers number 10 & midfielders and have brought in little in transfer fees so far.
If we sell Poveda we might get 1 million if we are lucky,sell one of the other wingers and we could get 10-25 million which is enough to fund a decent transfer or 2.
Here's what Farke said on Poveda
Sidenote-the team that played the final 20 or so minutes besides Gnonto and Rutter were all signed for the u23's or came through the academy.and they looked really good v a strong Forrest team.
Shacks Cresswell Strujic Hjelde
Joseph Poveda (Gnonto)
Very solid performance,we dominated for 80 mins,it was even for the other 10 mins when Forrest brought on Elanga and a host of subs and it was against a full strength premier league team,I don't think they had many of their academy playing.
My MOTM is a toss up between Poveda and Ampadu. Poveda came on for 2nd half on the right wing and looked lively,put some good crosses in and showed some clever footwork,he switched to number 10 at around 70 mins and enjoyed the free role and took his goal well .Ampadu linked everything up and covered every blade of grass.
Poveda should start v Hearts,I thought he would be one of the players to leave this summer but deserves his chance after that performance.
Shacks had a good game 2nd half at RB.
Byram was solid at LB,got forward a load.
Hjelde & Ayling were solid but didn't offer too much going forward.
Cresswell/Coops looked solid.
Amdadu, Gray & Gyabi all looked good in center mid,Shacks was ok 1st half here.
Sini , James ,Poveda looked decent on the wings.James & poveda put some really good crosses in.
Joseph & Gnonto got 20 mins and recycled the ball well but didn't do too much in the final third.
Bamford took his goal well and hopefully that will give him a boost of confidence.
Rutter looks a bit light weight but showed strength to assist Povedas goal.
Gelhardt pressed well for Paddy's goal and put in a shift but with little end product.
My team for Hearts would be
Shacks Cresswell cooper Byram
Sini Poveda James
We moved the ball nicely recycled possession well and used a controlled press all game.
Thank you for your report. Appreciated!
Good report Enoch, plenty of positives.
Ampadu impressed me, good passing, gets about, strong lad & in general and thus far much better than I expected/hoped.
Gray seems to take everything into his stride, he's good!
Poveda looks hungry, gets involved look even better in the 10-role.
Byram did well at LB.
Bamford took his goal well, steady but otherwise nothing too much.
Shacks full of running & plenty effort, nips in everywhere.
Joffy not effective, not his position/role?
Ayling not always convincing (just to make Daniel happy).
Rutter as you said lightweight &, can't lead the line, underwhelming even without considering his heavy transferfee.
I missed this one - hence we won.
I'm Soopahex from now on.... 😣
Glad we played well and got a win against decent opposition.
I caught about 30mins of the first half. Ampadu looks like he will be good piece of business. Byram also stood out as a useful addition, I can only assume he will be offered a contract.
Baby Shack looked fairly decent too.
Second half I was only catching glimpses of the match. Poveda looked really good and I thought Rutter linked up quite nicely at times. Some of the things he was trying didn't always come off, but you could see what he was trying to do.
Decent performance tonight from what I saw, only pre season but there were a few positives.
Nice finish from 18 yards from Poveda,who's looked tidy on the wing and at number 10 since he came on ..
Very confident finish by Paddy after a terrible pass back ..
Solid first half,we have had way more of the ball and move it around nicely but we don't look too dangerous in the final third,we've had a few half chances.
Sinisterra and Ampadu are the standout performances at half time,Sini looks exciting everytime he gets the ball,Ampadu is everywhere and is tidy in his passing.
Byram looks tidy at left back.
Gelhardt is playing number 10 and looks low on confidence and falls over too much.we badly need a number 10 signed before the season starts to unlock defenses,teams will put 10 men behind the ball against us and we need a player that can unlock tight defenses,Gelhardt will be ok as back up and to come on as a sub and learn off a more experienced number 10. ..