Five things for Leeds United fans to ponder during the international break

Will Buckley. PIC: Tony Johnson
Will Buckley. PIC: Tony Johnson
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Here are five things for all Leeds United fans to ponder during the international break..

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Leeds have already equalled their worst ever run of home games without victory after Saturday’s loss against Birmingham.

The 2-0 loss was Leeds’s tenth game without a win, a record that stretches back to March.

During that time, the Whites have picked up only five points at home - something that saw Birmingham’s Clayton Donaldson tell the Yorkshire Evening Post: “It is every away team’s dream to hear Leeds are on a run like that.”

It is a slump Leeds need to end soon if they want opposition to travel to Elland Road with any of the traditional trepidation.

The last time Leeds didn’t win at home in ten, the 1981/82 season, they were relegated.

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Massimo Cellino

The chairman has tried to move away from his reputation with managers since the start of the season, backing Uwe Rosler in the press and in the transfer market.

However, there will always be a fear that Cellino could turn on the man in the dugout. After all, he is not known as Il mangia-allenatori for nothing.

Performances under Rosler have not been great, but there will be few Leeds fans clamouring for another upheaval any time soon.

Stability is key at football clubs, with Middlesbrough currently reaping the rewards of sticking with manager Aitor Karanka despite slight disappointments over the last few seasons.

Drop zone

Leeds were earmarked as one of the favourites for relegation this season, but sensible buys in the summer suggested that the Elland Road club could surprise people.

The pattern of the last few seasons has not been interrupted by the transfer business though, with Leeds only three points above Bolton in 22nd.

Last year saw Leeds dangerously close to a relegation battle until Neil Redfearn changed formation and personnel in January.

It would be hard for fans to face another fight for survival after the optimism of pre-season.

Lewis Cook

Lewis Cook may be 18-years-old, but many already identify him as Leeds’s best player.

Cook has earned international recognition, but his call-up to England’s Under-19 squad means he faces three games over six days before Brighton visit Elland Road on October 17th.

England face Macedonia on Thursday, Finland on Saturday and conclude the group stage with a game against Italy next Tuesday.

Manager Aidy Boothroyd only has 18 players at his disposal, making it likely that Cook will play plenty of football before he returns to Leeds.

That will bring fear for fans and Rosler, who will be worried about the young midfielder burning out.

Will Buckley

The addition of Will Buckley was supposed to bring a new dimension to Leeds’s squad, a proven Championship player with Premier League experience.

However, his performance on Saturday left a lot to be desired. Admittedly, Buckley has not played any football at Sunderland under Dick Advocaat and is probably still searching for match fitness and sharpness.

Leeds, on their current run, do not have time to wait for him to regain form.

Even worse, the departure of Advocaat from the Stadium of Light means there are no guarantees over Buckley’s future at Leeds.

The club have secured him on a 93-day loan, but he can be recalled after 28 days, something that might come into consideration for whoever replaces the Dutch manager on Wearside

Stuart Dallas. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

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