Date: 23rd September 2019 at 12:00pm
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I know I’m very much verging on the ‘definition of insanity’ here.

However, I feel that until something changes, I’m just going to have to keep beating the drum on it, and I’m not going to stop until something changes. I don’t care that we are top of the league, we were top of the table at this stage last year, and even deeper into the season. We all know how that ended up.

The style of play at Elland Road under Marcelo Bielsa is not sustainable. When even he himself talks about how Leeds need a number of chances in order to score a goal, then you just get angry because he can obviously see the problem but is just unwilling to fix it.

I have written before about how there is a simple solution to this problem, playing Eddie Nketiah and Patrick Bamford upfront together, but it’s something that Bielsa is simply refusing to do.

After the game on Saturday, Bielsa spoke about the balance in the squad and how if he wanted to play Nketiah upfront with Bamford, then it would mean dropping someone like Mateusz Klich, Adam Forshaw or Jamie Shackleton. He said dropping one of the latter three for the first one would “reduce the creating of chances which would then nullify the effect of having 2 goal scorers on the pitch.”

But what did Derby County show on Saturday? You only need that one chance to score a goal. I’d much rather be in a position where we create three chances and score two of them than create double-digit chances (nine in the first half alone) and only score one of them.

I said in the summer that the biggest change this season would come from what Marcelo Bielsa learned from his first year in the division last year, and how he could adapt to it. So far this season though, it seems as if he isn’t adapting at all and it’s very frustrating. We missed out on promotion last year when we could and should have run away with the league, and if things don’t change, we could end up doing the same again this season.

What about you? Are you as frustrated as I am about this whole situation? Or do you think that everything will work itself out in the end?

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7 Replies to “Are we at breaking point when it comes to Marcelo Bielsa and his style of play? – Opinion”

  • On chances we should have won every game this season, I like Bamford, he gets in the right place at the right time, but lacks the clinical finish, if he can convert chances in this league, not going to score many in the premiership. Playing 2 would give defences a headache Nketiah is a more natural finisher, or start Nketiah and Costa and have Bamford and Harrison on the bench

  • I think he should now try 2 up front more chance of goal scoring instead of one still have 4-1-3-2 formation drop fordshaw keep Shackleton and klich and Hernandez as the 3 behind the 2 up front the manager needs plan b he needs to change it now not wait

  • Leeds have let their top goal scorer in Roof go. We have Bamford who needs too many chances to score. We have Nketiah who can and will score but doesn’t get enough time on the pitch. We need a goal scorer NOW before we drop more points and miss out on promotion again. Costa is another one we need on the pitch

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