It’s been a mixed summer so far for Leeds United fans. We had the high of learning that manager Marcelo Bielsa would be remaining in post for a second campaign and the excellent signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers winger Helder Costa – but with Jack Clarke’s sale and ongoing speculation about the future of Kemar Roofe and Kalvin Phillips it has somewhat tempered the mood.
With the players back in action now with the pre-season fixture portion ticking itself by, former player and BBC pundit Noel Whelan thinks there’s every reason for optimism ahead of next season given the options we now have at the top of the park.
Speaking to Football Insider over the weekend, Whelan explained that he felt Jack Harrison had the left nailed down, whilst Pablo would go through the middle as a No 10, leaving Costa to dominate the right hand side.
“Jack Harrison looks like the one who will start on the left. Bielsa stuck with him last season, he’s brought him back for a second spell so I think on the left-hand side it probably takes care of itself. The right-hand side, you’ve got numerous bodies who can play that role. Helder Costa can play on the right. Is he going to be pushed out there? Is Hernandez going to play out there again? Is Hernandez going to be pushed into that number 10 role? When you’re thinking about it and you’re putting these names across that front three, it’s quite appetising to think about the amount of chances we can create. It looks very, very strong. It looks like a three across that middle that most teams would not want to come up against. There’s energy, there’s experience, there’s flair, there’s work rate which Marcelo Bielsa wants but there’s also goals.”
It certainly makes sense to me to view the setup like that, but we continue to have options with other players if somebody is having a bad day and if Harrison can step his game up, it could be quite tasty.
Add into the options the potential of the likes of Ryan Edmonson, Kun Temenuzhkov, and possibly some game time for Mats Bogusz and a few others and the question simply becomes again, can we take the many opportunities we are going to create.