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Daniel Farke's state of Leeds United promotion address, player backing and Jurgen Klopp message — YEP 20/4/24

Daniel Farke has backed his out-of-sorts Leeds United side and echoed one of Jurgen Klopp's famous rallying cries ahead of the final three Championship games. By Graham Smyth The Whites, currently third, face trips to Middlesbrough and Queens Park Rangers next week, before what they hope will be the season finale at home to fourth-placed Southampton. The Saints, on a three-game winning run, can be considered the form team in the top four, given that leaders Ipswich Town are, like Leeds, winless in three and Leicester City have lost their last two. Leeds' defeats to Coventry City and Blackburn Rovers sandwiched a 0-0 draw with Sunderland and that sequence brought to a juddering halt their three-month streak that reeled in the top two. Casting his eye over the automatic promotion contenders, Farke believes Leeds' fanbase marks them out as special and above the others, but beyond that he does not consider the favourites tag appropriate for his club. "We have one d

The Championship’s four-way fight for promotion and a title no one wants to win — The Athletic 20/4/24

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By Rob Tanner, Nancy Froston and Phil Hay The four-way fight for promotion to the Premier League is reaching a thrilling climax and could potentially go down to the last kick of the final day. Just five points separate four teams — Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Leeds United and Southampton — with all on course to break the 90-point barrier, a tally usually enough to secure one of the two automatic promotion places. There is so much at stake for all of them. The pressure has started to tell in recent weeks as Leicester, Leeds and Ipswich have faltered, allowing Southampton to close back on the leading pack. Here, The Athletic looks at the runners in the promotion race and assesses what shape they are in as they enter the final furlong. Ipswich Town (89 points) Leicester, Leeds and Southampton — all three sides relegated from the Premier League last season — were expected to challenge for promotion, but Ipswich have gatecrashed that three-way dance-off. There is probably th

Daniel Farke: Leeds United boss tells fans to be 'believers' in Championship promotion push — BBC 19/4/24

Leeds United boss Daniel Farke has likened his desire to create belief in his side to Jurgen Klopp's challenge before reviving Liverpool. After a slow start to his first season in charge, Farke has guided Leeds to third in the Championship, two points behind leaders Ipswich Town. Klopp's fellow German has fielded some of the youngest starting line-ups in the division across the campaign. "This team deserves all the trust and all the backing," said Farke. He added: "I totally trust and back these guys. We accept we are not the end product - we are not Real Madrid, with unbelievable experience, or Bayern Munich with being clinical. "We are a pretty young side. We have fantastic players and I don't want to swap any of them but, because we are not the finished product, I can't guarantee we will always have the perfect outcome." Leeds started 2024 by winning nine consecutive league matches as part of a 15-game unbeaten run. But they have

The statistical anomaly undermining Leeds United's Premier League promotion bid — Yorkshire Post 19/4/24

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Leeds United have spent this week trying to score more goals from corners with manager Daniel Farke admitting it will come into his thinking in the next transfer window. By Stuart Rayner Despite only two teams having won more than Leeds' 259 corners in this season’s Championship, their conversion rate is very poor. All teams have their weak spots, and if the Whites were still winning games without them, no one would really bat an eyelid. But they won 25 flag kicks in last week's matches and did not win – or score in – either. It is a wider problem with set-pieces in general. Despite being a team who spends the majority of most games attacking – WhoScored.com say they are third for possession, second for the number of shots they have – only relegation-threatened Blackburn Rovers and Plymouth Argyle have scored fewer goals than their eight from set-pieces. According to fbref.com, Leeds have made 91 passes from dead-ball situations which have led to a shot, but only th

Leeds United Club Awards 2023/24 — Leedsunited.com 18/4/24

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2023/24 GOAL OF THE SEASON: PATRICK BAMFORD Special strike against Peterborough wins award. Patrick Bamford has been awarded with Leeds United’s Goal of the Season for his wonder-strike against Peterborough United in the FA Cup Third Round. With the Whites a goal to the good at the Weston Homes Stadium, the Leeds number nine controlled Ethan Ampadu’s long pass superbly on his chest, before unleashing a fierce volley from 25 yards out which flew past a helpless Fynn Talley in the Posh net. Daniel Farke’s side would go on to win the tie 3-0 in Cambridgeshire, with Ampadu himself grabbing a brace as Leeds booked their spot in the Fourth Round. January proved to be a fruitful month for Bamford, who was also on target in the Sky Bet Championship against Birmingham City, Cardiff City and Norwich City. Also nominated for the award were Joel Piroe (vs Millwall), Georginio Rutter (vs Swansea), Dan James (vs Hull City) and Crysencio Summerville (vs Norwich and vs Watford). 👋 Hi @FI

Archie Gray is Leeds United through and through but cannot join in with Elland Road flow — YEP 18/4/24

Leeds United is, as Daniel Farke keeps saying, an emotional club and no one knows that better than Archie Gray. By Graham Smyth The 18-year-old does not need a window into the psyche of the fanbase right now because he is one of them, born into a family that is Elland Road furniture. A rock steady character, moulded in part by his upbringing, the Leeds in Gray makes itself known from time to time. Going after Kyle McFadzean on Saturday after an off-the-ball block was one of a number of times the youngster has got right in the face of opponents this season. His celebrations of the goal against Leicester, before it was taken away from him, was as jubilant as any of those windmilling their limbs in the stands. On Sunday night on stage at the EFL awards, discussing the goal being taken from him, he showed that Leeds self-deprecation. “Good job I didn’t celebrate it too much or I’d have looked a bit of an idiot.” And as one of the Leeds born and bred supporters in the dressing room, Gra

“Hold on” – Leeds United stun finance expert with recent transfer howler costing over £800k/minute — Leeds All Over 18/4/24

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Kris Smith Leeds United have broken a world record in how much they spent per minute on Jean-Kevin Augustin, after backing down from their CAS appeal on the matter. Leeds’ transfer policy has drastically improved with the takeover of the club in the summer after relegation, but the 49ers are still having to clean up the fallout of Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta’s mismanagement. Jean-Kevin Augustin is the summary of how bad some of the club’s investment was, making just three substitute appearances and costing the club an enormous sum of money. The Athletic revealed this month that Leeds had backed down from their Court of Arbitration for Sport appeal regarding FIFA’s ruling on Augustin. Leeds were ruled to not only pay a £15million fee to RB Leipzig after opting not to sign the Frenchman after sealing promotion in July 2020 – citing the season’s delay as their perceived loophole, that Leeds hadn’t achieved promotion and triggered the buy option when his loan contract concl