Date: 10th August 2019 at 3:17pm
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With the summer transfer window slamming shut on Thursday, Leeds United did manage to capture the services of Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah, but unsurprisingly he didn’t feature in the matchday squad selection by manager Marcelo Bielsa who led with an unchanged side following our opening day win against Bristol City.

Leeds dominated the tie as is now usual for us under the Argentine and Pablo Hernandez gave us the advantage with just over 30 minutes remaining in the game. Some poor defending from a corner saw the visitors to Elland Road draw level, and ultimately with the game finishing at 1-1, we were again left to rue our greater chances on the day and the failure to put them in the back of the net.

Still, it’s early days and four from six from the first two fixtures shouldn’t really be reason for complaint but having hit the bar, no doubt in some quarters Patrick Bamford will again be getting some stick, but it could’ve been very different, especially had the penalty shout been given.

With our newbies still to settle in, there should still be plenty of optimism.

Speaking to the Leeds Live following the full time whistle, Bielsa told the press of the game.

“In the previous game we did the same chances as the opponent. We scored goals, they didn’t score. Then it allowed us to have clear winning. To score the chances that one team create, you cannot say this can be a different target because it’s part of the game. Of course, our possibilities to win if we are more able to increase the goals we score.”


“Improve the finishing of each action is something that we can only link with aspects that you are watching incorrectly. This modelling with the type of game, with the advantage that the opponent gives to us with the clarity of the players to have the chance to finish this action, we can say to you, the players assembled today had chances but did not score. It’s not because of the training where this situation repeats again and again. In the first half we had a lot of possibilities to put the ball on the side, largely from the full-backs but we didn’t have a clear connection with the player crossing and the player who needs to finish. At the same time we had four players in the box. It might be something that you can improve. We created 10 chances, enough to win the game. In the previous pass we fought to finish, we are training from 15 months ago, but you don’t have a clear realisation between training and on the pitch. Because after the game you have a lot of things you can’t control.”

With Eddie Nketiah to come in, and with us already knowing that Helder Costa carries a decent goal threat, as long as we keep creating chances, the goals should follow as confidence rises further.

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3 Replies to ““Had Chances But Did Not Score” – Leeds’ Achilles Heel Comes To The Fore Again For Bielsa”

  • Same as last season Dominated the game but no killer touch to finish them off Bamford is just not good enough should have scored at least two to put the game beyond Forests reach We are going to regret not signing a top quality striker Can’t understand why we bought in Costa We have plenty of players like him to create the chances What we need is someone to stick the bloody ball in the net Automatic promotion is just a dream until we sort that problem out

    • Totally spot on. Leeds have at least 30 million burning a hole in their pockets, from players sold and have only spent very small on Liam McCarron, who’s totally disappeared.
      Two strikers and a tall centre back should have been signed over the last few weeks, but the clueless pen-pushers running the club seem to know better and only one striker has arrived and on loan as usual.
      Leeds had the maximum of five loan players in the squad today and that was one of the reasons why Nketiah wasn’t even on the bench. Instead Bielsa put that “nobody” goalkeeper on the bench, who took up the crucial fifth loan position in todays squad.
      Why couldn’t Leeds have signed a goalkeeper for money or even on a free transfer, instead of taking up a loan position ? There’s nothing wrong with the 22 year old Miasek as a back up to Casilla.
      The very naive people running Leeds, may be sucking up to the FFP, but they are totally clueless in everything else. – They cant even get the club badge right for the second time or the hideous white and grey home kit or the ridiculous away kit.
      The sooner those three tightwads sell up and go, the better.

  • I think with only two games in a lot of people are already beginning to panic, yes we should have won it but i feel we are no weaker and no stronger than last season so lets get behind the team not constantly knocking them at every drop of a point!
    Klich and Phillips were below par, get over it, it happens, Bamford has not found his shooting boots yet but when we get Costa up and running and hopefully this Naketiah lad i think the team should improve.
    The season is NOT won and lost in the first five matches of the season! MOT

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