No win in seven, five defeats on the bounce and sitting six points off the play-off’s with ten matches to play. You could say Tuesday’s game against Ipswich Town is a must-win. Not playing in ten days should work to our advantage. A major rest was needed for a team that looked knackered after 70 minutes against Leicester – whilst our opponents continued their good form with a 2-0 win over Reading on Saturday, moving them up to seventh in the Championship table.

It’s looking ever more likely that West Ham’s interest in Ross McCormack could lead to a player sale. I reckon if a bid of £5 million comes in we’ll accept it in a flash, so tomorrow’s game could see his last appearance in a Leeds shirt. It’s simple, Leeds United aren’t a “big club” anymore. If a Premiership club comes in for a player, you’re going to struggle to keep hold of him. Money talks in football, despite what any player will tell you. I’d happily keep Ross at Leeds but I can see him handing in a transfer request and forcing through a move if he doesn’t get his way.

Anyway, back to the football. Leeds are without Matt Smith, who will face the second of his three-match ban. Luke Varney will probably continue alongside McCormack, with signings looking unlikely with this ridiculous takeover saga continuing. The defeat to Leicester was hard to take, and for 70 minutes – as I’ve said – we were probably the better side. I’d want to see one of Luke Murphy or Alex Mowatt return to give the central midfield some creativity although that would leave the defensive side of the midfield lacking, so Paul Green could be a possibility, after returning from a lengthy injury.

Apart from that I can’t see any other changes. Defensively we looked better with Byram and Warnock back. Zaliukas and Wootton could both be ready to come in, with Tom Lees’ mistake proving costly, giving Leicester that vital goal.

I can't see McDermott changing anyone, with new signings looking unlikely.
I can’t see McDermott changing anyone, with new signings looking unlikely.

Frazer Richardson could be in line for a return to Elland Road after joining Ipswich on-loan over the weekend. Ironically his last game for Middlesbrough was against Leeds, a game they lost 2-1 back in November. In their last six league games, Town have won two, drawn two and lost two – consistent at being inconsistent? They sit seventh in the table, and a win for them could push them into sixth place. A win for Leeds could put us into ninth – dependent on other results – but I’m not holding my breath. 

This season’s other encounter between the teams ended in a 2-1 Leeds win. Falling behind early on with a David McGoldrick goal before Varney and McCormack came up with the goods to give Leeds a first away win of the season. The Elland Road game see’s Leeds bidding to do their first double of the season.

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In response to the many questions, I’d just like to reassure everyone we are working hard towards completion. 1/3

— David Haigh (@haighdavid) January 26, 2014

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I’ve spent the weekend with Salah and we remain as committed as ever to finalising this. 2/3

— David Haigh (@haighdavid) January 26, 2014

 

Thanks everyone for your support and as soon as we have something to update you on, we will do so. You are the club. We never forget this

— David Haigh (@haighdavid) January 26, 2014

 

Unsurprisingly David Haigh’s latest Twitter outburst has come at a time when Leeds are struggling to sell tickets. Haigh claims that talks are still ongoing, and that he and his team remain committed to finalising a deal. Not much has changed since his last comments, when he claimed that all that remained was dotting some i’s and crossing some t’s.

18,000?
18,000?

Finally, a prediction from me. I’ll go with a Leeds win. A very uninspiring Tuesday night performance, with a 2-1 Leeds win. Goals from Varney and Stewart. Comment below your predictions.

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  1. We still have everything to fight for but no more significant additions this window. Takeovers of this magnitude and importance can’t be dictated to by the Jan transfer window. Just don’t let Ross go or we are stuffed!

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