Selection headache for Bielsa?

22 Aug 2019 07:29 am, by YorkshireSquare


Good Morning. It's Thursday 22nd August, and here are the Leeds Utd headlines...


Brentford buckle under pressure

Leeds second half battering (that even Harry Ramsden would have been proud) of Brentford finally paid dividends ten minutes from the end when Costa conjured up some magic delivering a ball to the feet of Nketiah to tap into an empty net. With the synchronisation of the two loanees, you would have thought that they would have been playing together for years, not weeks!

Its fair to say that Brentford more then held their own in the first half, and were unlucky not to go ahead when the ball cannoned off the post half way through the first half, To be fair to Leeds, they could themselves have scored sixty seconds later when they broke away, and only fine work from their keeper Raya and a certain Swede kept the scoreline level.

After the break, Leeds were a different team, launching attack after attack on the Brentford goal, and it was clear that a Leeds goal was coming.

The introduction of Costa and Nketiah was the straw that broke the Camels back, as the Whites held on to top spot in the league.





Both Managers reaction to the game:-

Marcelo Bielsa
"We deserved to win the game because we dominated the game. We didn't create a lot of chances but we created enough chances to make a difference.

"It was a physical, demanding game and we took control in the best moment of the game.

"Helder Costa is a balanced player who can play on both sides, and Eddie Nketiah can make an impact in the middle. We defended well and our opponents did not have enough clear chances."
Thomas Frank
"The first half was a top away performance where we pressed high, caused them problems and created opportunities. We did everything more or less right.

"Second half, they put more pressure on us and we were not good enough to keep the ball. We had big desire defending, good organisation and a high line.

"We got through the most stormy parts of the second half and you thought our opportunities would start to come. And then they scored a goal.

"I can't imagine, going forward, a more difficult away ground to go to than this one."




Selection headache for Bielsa

Having scored twice against both Salford in the League Cup and Brentford in the Championship, Nketiah is already giving Bielsa a big selection dilemma according to Leeds journalist Phil Hay


Can Bamford and Nketiah play together? Who would make way for Nketiah?




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mothbanquet wrote on 22 Aug 2019 03:32 pm

Agreed, let's not forget that this was the first truly difficult game we've had and pretty comfortably kept a clean sheet. I don't count the Forest game as Bamford missed better chances and they weren't as good as Brentford overall. We just shot ourselves in the foot conceding a horrible goal. Our regular starters will still eat most teams alive, all things being even, so as Weasel said let's enjoy the wealth of tools we have available to call upon and not worry about changing a successful lineup.

weasel wrote on 22 Aug 2019 01:27 pm

faaip wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 1:00 pm
Who do you drop if you start Costa though, Klich? and move Pablo inside, Harrison? and have no natural left sided player on the pitch, Forshaw? and drop the in form player atm, Dallas? and play 3 back and Costa as a RWB?
The simple solution at present is to keep the same team and have the same options from the bench. Yes the 2 subs combined for the winning goal but the starters have combined well all season. As the season goes on I am sure injuries and loss of form will see the selections pick themselves.

Doire_Boi wrote on 22 Aug 2019 01:27 pm

Eddie over Patrick for me... speed demon who knows where to be in the box

SaraM wrote on 22 Aug 2019 01:21 pm

Probably drop Harrison atm. Front 3 of Pablo, Eddie, Costa, with Bamford just behind, then Klich, Phillips, Foreshaw, then White, Copper, Alio. Could that work? No idea...

faaip wrote on 22 Aug 2019 01:00 pm

Who do you drop if you start Costa though, Klich? and move Pablo inside, Harrison? and have no natural left sided player on the pitch, Forshaw? and drop the in form player atm, Dallas? and play 3 back and Costa as a RWB?