Should Leeds have kept Vurnon Anita?

Vurnon Anita of Willem II  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between PSV v Willem II at the Philips Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands

Leeds boss admits he put Vurnon Anita's needs ahead of the club's. Should he regret that decision?

Vurnon Anita of Willem II  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between PSV v Willem II at the Philips Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Eindhoven Netherlands

An injury crisis at Leeds United has turned into an epidemic with key first team defenders out injured.

The Whites are having to try out untested options in central defence, and at right-back they are now trying to find a fourth choice solution.

The injuries call into question manager Marcelo Bielsa's decision to send Vurnon Anita out on loan.

 

Anita's strength is his versatility, and the former Dutch international could have really been of benefit to Leeds right now.

Instead Leeds sent him on loan to Willem II in the Eredivisie, where he has had a slow start after missing pre-season, but is now featuring regularly.

Marcelo Bielsa admitted agonising over the decision in the summer.

Marcelo Bielsa manager of Leeds United looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Leeds United at Bramall Lane on December 01, 2018 in Sheffield, England.

He told Goal that keeping Anita was best for the club, but he put the player first. 

Bielsa said: "It could have been a good thing to have Anita with us, it would have been better for me but I think it would be unfair to keep a player with us if he doesn't have the possibility to get the time he deserves."

This looks like a potential mistake right now.

It's easy to write off a player's chances of featuring regularly in August, but when injuries and suspensions strike in the midst of a long Championship season, circumstances can quickly change.

Leeds would be a stronger team right now if they had Anita available, and there is a strong chance he would have improved on last season's performances with Bielsa's coaching.

Vurnon Anita of Willem II  during the Dutch Eredivisie  match between NAC Breda v Willem II at the Rat Verlegh Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Breda Netherlands

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