Former Leeds Striker – Newcastle Are A Quality Side

Noel Whelan was born in Leeds and is a former Leeds United striker who is now a Matchday commentator for all Leeds games on BBC Radio Leeds.

So you cannot get much more Leeds than that and Noel before the game had said he thought that Garry Monk should have won the October Manager of the Month award rather than Rafa.

That was simply because Monk didn’t have the quality of players that Newcastle and Rafa Benitez have.


Rafa Benitez arriving at Elland Road yesterday

Noel also thought the current Leeds United side, who had won their last three league games, could give Newcastle  a game yesterday.

But in his report in the Yorkshire Evening Post today, Noel didn’t think Leeds were at their best yesterday and that in truth Newcastle are a quality side.

Here’s a small extract from what Noel wrote today:

“We were a little bit sloppy with our passing and our final ball into the box.”

“But you know you are up against a quality side in Newcastle when you see the strength in depth they have and the players that are in the starting XI.”

“On days like these at Elland Road, with the full crowd behind you, you want to come away with something, but it wasn’t to be and this is why the Magpies are sitting top of the league.”

The way Newcastle handled this game shows the lads are growing into a very competitive and resilient side who have a winning attitude – and that’s a million miles away from last season under Steve McClaren.

Last season we had a losing attitude and found multiple different ways to lose our Premier League games and we lost half of our 38 games.


That’s the difference between what you get with a mediocre coach and a world-class manager.

Rafa Benitez has the skills, experience, temperament, drive and personality to be a top manager.

That’s why he is one and he’s demonstrated that very clearly over the short eight months he’s been the manager of Newcastle United.

Long may it continue.

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5 comments so far

  • Madmag

    Nov 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #1

    @ Ed
    I think by now we are all aware now that the current Newcastle squad is a quality side 😉

  • SA Toon

    Nov 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #2

    I had a rare opportunity to watch the game live yesterday on Supersport. Makes such a change from watching the grainy coverage I can sometimes find on-line or (even worse) following the Twitter feed! I was very impressed with how we played in the first half. I thought we completely dominated the game and controlled the midfield. Dwight Gayle is becoming one of the most extraordinary poachers I’ve watched in a long time. It’s almost as if he knew Green was going to fumble Colback’s attempt. Before the team was announced I thought Mitro would almost certainly start because of Gayle’s recent concussion, but I think Rafa made a clever decision. The Leeds back four are all big guys and I think Mitro’s power may have been neutralised to a large extent. Much better to match their power and height with Gayle’s pace. Not sure what he’s going to do up front against Blackburn on Saturday. Both strikers are in such good form and you don’t want either of them to lose their sharpness. I think I’d go with Mitro to keep the rotation policy going and keep him interested, but I don’t feel strongly about it. I would like to see Yedlin get another go at right back though. He brings so much pace down that right hand side and causes chaos when he links up with Ritchie. Either way, it’s a good feeling to see us on 40 points at this stage of the season. HOWAY THE LADS

  • Madmag

    Nov 21, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Its a real pleasure to look at that table and see 23 GD

  • lesh

    Nov 21, 2016 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #4


    Alan ‘Sniffer’ Clarke, the former Leeds striker would be happy to have Gayle’s goals compared to his.

  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Nov 21, 2016 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #5

    Could not agree with you more SA Toon….
    Seeing it live was great, also the luxury of recording it on the decoder for play backs if needed.
    I knew explora would be good for something.


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