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Marcelo Bielsa's system isn't working for Leeds strikers

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

Leeds United's strikers are too isolated.

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United during the pre-match warm-up

Debate raged last week whether Leeds United should bring Eddie Nketiah into the Whites' starting line up.

Nketiah's hat-trick for England's under-21 side made it eight goals in eight games, a better record than Harry Kane's eight in 14 at the same level.

So it brought fresh questioning over why Nketiah hadn't started a single Championship game on loan at Leeds this season.

 

A manager determined to do things his own way, Marcelo Bielsa predictably left the Arsenal forward on the bench when he named his starting line up at home to Birmingham at the weekend.

Leeds forward Patrick Bamford was preferred, and didn't do much during his opening 45 minutes.

He was substituted at half-time, having touched the ball just 15 times.

So it was time for Eddie Nektiah, but the problem was, he didn't make an impact either, and touched the ball only 14 times in his 45 minutes on the pitch.

It was up to Leeds midfielder Kalvin Phillips to break the deadlock after a pass from Jack Harrison.

The debate over which striker should start masks the problem for Leeds. It didn't matter.

Eddie Nketiah of Leeds United during the pre-match warm-up

Marcelo Bielsa needs to orchestrate the rest of his team in order to get the best out of whoever starts up front. It isn't happening at present.

It may even be time to shake things up and go with two strikers, to give both Bamford and Nketiah a better chance.

Leeds haven't tried this yet, and it's overdue, especially with Leeds struggling to break teams down.

Nketiah and Bamford are talented strikers, but something hasn't been right for them, and it was evident in the loss at Millwall where each of the pair barely touched the ball during their time on the pitch.

Bielsa needs to make a change to help them both out.

 

Marcelo Bielsa the head coach

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