It was a disappointing weekend for Leeds United fans as we fell to our first Championship defeat of the 2019/20 campaign as visitors Swansea City stole all three points right at the death of the game.
Wayne Routledge’s 90th minute effort saw us drop from top spot and the major frustration for many was the fact that we again dominated the game and created plenty of chances (21 overall) but simply failed to get most of them on target to test their goalkeeper (only 3 on target).
It’s long been our Achilles Heel and it’s something that has been referenced plenty of times during manager Marcelo Bielsa’s time with us so far and whilst it’s understandable that fans emotions have spiked, I can only think former player and now pundit, Darren Bent, hasn’t really done his homework here and has just lurched for an opinion he feels will gain the greater traction in the fanbase.
Discussing game time for summer arrivals, Eddie Nketiah and Helder Costa, he said.
“They’re definitely going to be knocking on his door and they’re going to be asking questions sooner or later. What you don’t want to happen is, yeah, they want to play but they’re not using them enough, they lose their heads and mentally, they’re gone. When they do get the opportunity, they’re not ready for it. He needs to have a look at it, give one or two of them the opportunity after the international break and start again.”
I’m pretty sure a gentleman like Bielsa would’ve made his plans perfectly clear to both players, especially given his fitness and game plan requirements and the way that Bent speaks here suggests to me, he may not know that whilst they are yet to start in the Championship campaign, both have been selected from the start of our EFL Cup ties whilst they continue getting up to speed properly – as well as regular substitute minutes.
Whilst the fanbase remain split on Bamford, it’s simply a matter of time before both get there chance from the beginning in the league, so suggesting there’ll be off pitch problems because that chance hasn’t come yet, seems a bit cart before the horse.