Date: 15th January 2020 at 5:00pm
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Lots of Leeds United fans have been discussing if Marcelo Bielsa’s uncertainty has made the left-back role a problem position at Elland Road.

The boss has called on Ezgjan Alioski to open ten Championship matches on the left-hand side of his defence this season, whilst Stuart Dallas has begun five fixtures in the role and Barry Douglas has also been favoured on four occasions.

Bielsa has been chopping and changing his left-back selection relentlessly recently, with no player opening successive matches in the role since we lost at Fulham on December 21.

Dallas was the man favoured at Craven Cottage having also opened the 3-3 draw with Cardiff City at left-back, but fell out of favour after losing in South West London and has not featured in the position in the starting line-up since.

Duties fell to Alioski against Preston North End before Bielsa moved to a 3-3-3-1 at Birmingham, though returned to the North Macedonian and a 4-1-4-1 away to West Bromwich Albion on New Year’s Day.

Who is our best left-back?

Alioski

Alioski

Douglas

Douglas

Dallas

Dallas

Yet Alioski was hauled off at half-time at the Hawthorns as we went on to draw 1-1, and found himself only on the bench when Sheffield Wednesday visited Elland Road at the weekend with Douglas in the starting line-up instead.

But Bielsa was left turning to Alioski shortly into the second half at home to the Owls and brought Douglas off, a decision that is still met with uncertain opinions from the fanbase after two late goals saw Garry Monk’s side emerge victorious.

Alioski almost helped Sheffield Wednesday to score, as well, when he was involved in an embarrassing moment with Kiko Casilla, though did not see his blunder punished as the Owls did not have an attacker nearby.

Here are some of the messages shared as fans discussed if Bielsa’s uncertainty has made the left-back role a problem position at Elland Road…

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