Marcelo Bielsa's plan undermined by Leeds departures

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa (Left)

Leeds United sold or loaned out a few very tall players this past summer.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa gestures during the Sky Bet Championship match between Leeds United and Birmingham City at Elland Road on October 19, 2019 in Leeds, England.

Marcelo Bielsa revealed on Monday that he was working on a way to make Leeds United more of a threat from corners [The Yorkshire Evening Post]

The Whites are struggling to score goals these days, after netting 16 times in 12 Championship games so far.

It could be worse, but it could also be far better and the Leeds boss wants more goals from set-pieces and corners.

Fans of the Elland Road club pointed out on Twitter that it's difficult to score from corners when their players aren't exactly a bunch of bouncers in white shirts.

Liam Cooper, at 6'2, is their tallest defender, and it makes you wonder if Bielsa's plan is undermined by three departures from Thorp Arch this past summer.


Leeds offloaded quite a few centre-backs during the transfer window and most of them were towering figures.

Pontus Jansson [6'4], Conor Shaughnessy [6'4] and Aapo Halme [6'5] left West Yorkshire in the summer, with Jansson and Halme leaving on permanent deals.

Men of that stature were aerial threats when it came to set-pieces and corners.

It must be noted that Leeds have the best defence in the Championship, conceding seven times in 12 games, so you can't really argue that Bielsa is missing the players that he offloaded.

But in an offensive sense, he will find it hard to make United score more headers from set-pieces without those towering figures.

It looks like Bielsa will have to find another avenue for Leeds to score goals.

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa during the Sky Bet Championship match between Millwall and Leeds United at The Den on October 5, 2019 in London, England.

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