You reap what you sow.
That’s really the best way to put a situation like this, and although it isn’t exactly a major injury, it’s still a major example of how badly things have become at Elland Road.
Marcelo Bielsa gave an update on the fitness of Tyler Roberts after he sustained a bit of an injury during Saturday’s defeat to Nottingham Forest, and after he left the City Ground on crutches, fans started to fear the worst.
However, things aren’t going to be that bad it would appear, as Bielsa confirmed that there was no significant damage sustained and that it’s only going to be a short term issue rather than a long-term one:
“He is not going to be able to play tomorrow. He took a strong kick. It’s incredible with this kick that he continued in the match, he proved that he is really engaged with the team and he was a very brave player to continue playing. It’s a kick in the calf but there is no injury, just a big kick.”
Whilst Leeds may have got lucky this time round, this injury should really serve as a damning indictment to how bad this team is being run at the moment.
The squad, which was already pretty thin as it was given Bielsa’s preference to carry a small squad, is now down a senior player that could help us in the fight for promotion, and we’re going to have to more than likely dip into the academy to find someone to replace him rather than bring in someone who can make an impact.
This all comes back to the January transfer window and the club’s refusal, either through the board or Bielsa, to bring in reinforcements that could ultimately end up costing Leeds United promotion this season, just as it did last season in Bielsa’s eyes (Adam Pope, via TIF).
How many more warnings do you think Bielsa is going to be given before he starts to realise that his methods simply do not work on a long-term basis is this division?