Has Bielsa become a liability?
03 Feb 2020 09:04 am, by Ellandback1
Good Morning. It's Monday 3rd February, and here are the latest headlines from Elland Road...
Groundhog day again, and again
Leeds Manager Marcelo Bielsa received damning criticism from the Leeds Utd faithful at the weekend as the Whites slipped from the top pirch to within just three points of the play offs. As dominant as ever, the Whites were attacking the Wigan goal at will, but a series of blocks, fine saves and the woodwork once again came to the visitors rescue.
The only goal of the game came on the hour mark, and as unlikely as the game unfolded, it was the Latics that would collect all three points. An inswinging corner took a glancing diversion of Hernandez's head and looped nearly 25 yards over a static Casilla and in to the back of the net. To see the opposition score from their first shot on target, via a set piece is what has come to be expected if you're a Leeds fan - we see it week in - week out; its not a surprise anymore!
41 Leeds crosses - only 11 found a Leeds player!
Should Casilla have done better, of course. Could Leeds defenders have done more to protect Casilla, 100%. Unfortunately for Leeds, Bielsa decided that 20m rated striker Augustin was not ready for the Championship, and with limited fire power and confidence in front of goal shrinking by the minute Wigan held on for the three points.
Bielsa's Post Match Press Conference
Has Bielsa became a liability?
I'm sure there is not a Leeds fan on the planet that does not have a soft spot for Bielsa, but has the honeymoon period for the Argentine come to an end at Elland Road. Saturdays home defeat against relegation threatened Wigan has seen a 10 point gap between Promotion and play off places dwindle within just points, yet nothing has changed from the the veterans point of view. How long can Bielsa continue to pick the same starting XI, and same tactics week in, week out? What kind of advantage is this giving Leeds opposition?
Are you fed up of Bielsa blaming himself? He is supposed to be a Superior Manager compared to the rest of the Championship! The chosen one has claimed that new signing signing Augustin 'needs to get up to speed with how Leeds play and he doesn't want to expose him to the Championship'. The French International has trained four times with the Leeds squad since his move from over the Channel!
If you were to ask any Professional footballer from any league up to National League status how you want them to play, and give them four days training, you'd expect that player to fill that gap quite comfortably. If that player was experienced and had a superior pedigree, you'd expect that same player to be able not just to fill the gap, but to make a difference, especially when the current team are having so many problems in front of goal - so why wasn't Augustin at least on the bench?