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  • Andrew Andrew Jan 1, 2012 18:13 Flag

    ‘Bizarre threat or what?

    Simon Grayson, in his post match interview at Barnsley, 31 December 2011, cryptically, said of his players, “One or two might not play for the club again." Whom was he fingering, and what did he mean? Was he announcing a Leeds players’ fire sale?
    Without making any tactical changes, Grayson substituted Vayrynen and Keogh, so are they the ones? Vayrynen is on a short contract and Keogh is due to return to Wolves – the same would apply to Pugh and O’Dea.
    Kisnorbo, and his lack of pace, was responsible for major defensive errors – as in other matches – but even though Paddy was having a poor game, and with Bruce on the bench, Grayson kept him on the park, so it is fair to assume Kissa may play for Grayson again.
    Nunez and Brown were the only players who put in a shift at Oakwell so it is likely they may play again.
    Lonergan, with the defence collapsing, was not responsible solely for conceding four goals – although I think, McCarthy’s brilliant stint has undermined Andy’s confidence, yet his position is safe.
    Of the players on the park at Oakwell, that leaves Connolly, White, Clayton, McCormack, and Becchio.
    Connolly, though doing a decent job, would be second choice RB if we had a player like Lichaj available.
    White is still in contract negotiations with the club, so a threat to not play him could be a cynical ploy by the club to secure a favourable deal.
    Clayton has looked tired for several games, probably due to Grayson not using rotation, but I cannot see him not playing for Leeds again.
    McCormack and Becchio are both targets for other clubs and, if there are deals to ship them out; the threat to, “not play for the club again” may be no less than the truth.
    As regards a change of manager, whom other than Grayson would Bates get in to do his bidding?

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