Let’s just pause for a second today to recognize the genius of Samu Saiz.
Samu Sáiz vs. Ipswich:— Chris Taylor (@LUFCDATA) September 23, 2017
82% pass accuracy
34 successful passes
3 chances created
1 tackle won
1 assist #LUFC pic.twitter.com/9OTolKuNkC
He’s been so good for Leeds United so far this season, that I think we tend to forget what the expectations were for him coming into the season. He wasn’t a household name in England, and it could be argued that he’d bounced around too much in La Liga to be anything other than a journeyman and that Leeds were gambling on him after a single good season in the Segunda Divisíon with Huesca. He’d been linked with an England before Leeds made the move for him, and aren’t we all glad he ended up here? Never discount the contribution that Victor Orta and Ivan Bravo have brought to Leeds. I know Orta’s time at Middlesbrough didn’t work out, but he’s doing wonders here at Leeds in recruiting and in bringing in players that match up with how Christiansen wants to play football.
Anyway, let’s just take a moment to ponder the grace and skill of Samu Saiz.
On to the links.
Leeds United Links
Thomas Christiansen is challenging his players to keep on top of the Championship for the rest of the season. [Yorkshire Evening Post]
Watch the post-match interview with Christiansen from LUTV. [Leeds United.com]
England and English football Links
The furious comeback for West Ham United in their loss against Tottenham Hotspur disguised that West Ham have very little short or long term plans about how to play going forward. [Brace The Hammer]
At least one Bolton Wanderers fan isn’t impressed with the play or attitude of a couple of high-profile West Ham loanees, Josh Cullen and Reece Burke, and want them sent back. [Lion of Vienna Suite]
It appears that FIFA is set to lift the ban on UK based teams from wearing the poppy. [BBC.com]
Sheffield United were victors in the Steel City derby yesterday, beating Sheffield Wednesday 2-4. [Sky Sports.com]
World Football Links
Genoa ended up with nine men and lost to Inter Milan. [Serpents of Madonnina]
Inter’s crosstown rivals, AC Milan lost to Sampdoria and didn’t get a single shot on goal. Ouch. [The AC Milan Offside]
The Philadelphia Union beat the Chicago Fire for their first win in seven games. [The Brotherly Game]