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Morning Leeds-in for 14 January: How much blame should Thomas Christiansen get?

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How much of this bad spell is on THomas Christiansen?

Whenever a football club goes through a poor spell of form, everyone is usually quick to blame the manager and the players. This is starting to feel like the previous bad stretch that Leeds had in September and October, where the club often seemed snake-bit and unable to score and keep the ball out of the net. And while the defence today was pretty much spot on all match, with Ipswich Town only landing the winning goal from an absolute screamer, how much of this can be chalked up to TC?

It wouldn’t be fair to lay all of the blame for the Newport loss at his feet, as the while the players picked didn’t look great together, their was still enough quality in the side to beat a League Two team. And as for the result today, I’m not sure you can blame TC for O’Kane’s headbutt. The team had great chances before O’Kane was sent off, and it looked as if a goal was coming. Liam Cooper and Pablo Hernandez both had chances to draw level late in the match as well, with Cooper’s shot skyrocketing over the net when almost any different touch would have put the ball into the back of the net.

The team is screaming out for a new striker, because as much as I think the world of Kemar Roofe, he’s not consistent enough to be a full-time striker at this level. Everyone thought we had gotten the real deal in Pierre-Michel Lasogga, but if he can’t find the form he had for the first couple weeks he had at the club, then Leeds need to move on.

Anyway, we’ll revisit this topic in about two weeks time. If the window closes and all we get is a left-back, it will be disappointing.

On to the links.

Leeds United Links

Match Recap of another disappointing loss away from home. [Through It All Together]

Jack rated the players. [Through It All Together]

Leeds rarely lets any transfer rumours out of the bag until they are almost done, so is Phil Hay reporting that the club are interested in Jordan Hugill just a way of negotiating a lower price in the press? [Through It All Together]

England and English Football Links

West Ham United thrashed Huddersfield Town 4-1. LOL. [Brace The Hammer]

Sunderland lost 4-0 at Cardiff City. [Roker Report]

World Football Links

Former MLS superstar Landon Donovan, who has played for Everton, the LA Galaxy, the San Jose Earthquakes, and Bayer Leverkusen, came out of retirement for the second time, and this time he’s crossed the border to play in Mexico for Club Leon. [SB Nation]

With Landon Donovan coming out of retirement to join with LigaMX’s Club Leon, here are a few facts about the club and LigaMX in general. [FMF State of Mind]

Hoo-boy. Cyle Larin, who had been linked with a move to Leeds, is in the middle of a transfer dispute with MLS, Orlando City SC, and Besiktas. Besiktas says that they’ve signed the player, with MLS and Orlando City saying that he wasn’t free to join them. Lawyers are now getting involved. [The Mane Land]

Villarreal beat Real Madrid 1-0 at the Bernabeu. That is literally the first time that has ever happened. [Villarreal USA]