Should Marcelo Bielsa make changes for the Newcastle game?

15 Dec 2020 08:17 am, by YorkshireSquare


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Would you make changes for Wednesday?

Things are starting to look a bit nervy towards the bottom end of the Premier League table and defeat to Newcastle on Wednesday night could see the gap to thirteenth open up to six points. A victory however could see Leeds climb back above the Magpies. It’s not so much a must win game but a win would certainly settle the nerves following back to back defeats to West Ham and Chelsea. With the vulnerability at set pieces highlighted with ease by West Ham on Friday night and a lack of penetrating final ball up the other end of the pitch would you make any changes for Wednesday?

Luke Ayling has filled in well at centre back, but we lose his attacking threat when played in the middle. Could Pascal Struijk come into the defence instead, giving the team some much needed height at the back. Is Dallas better at left back than Alioski? Jamie Shackleton did little wrong in the second half on Friday, could he be in for a start? With a lack of final ball against the Hammers, Klich looking particularly out of sorts, would Pablo Hernandez make a difference? El Mago can create chances out of nothing after all!

Then again it was probably our strongest available eleven who started on Friday night.





Is Amazon Prime good for the game?

Wednesday nights game will be the first time this season Leeds United have appeared live on Amazon Prime. It’s one of two Leeds games on Prime this month, the second coming on 29th December against West Brom. Amazon’s coverage is different from the other broadcasters in that there are multiple live matches at once with fans able to select which match to watch. There is also options to view live stats and select highlights within moments of the action happening live. Is this more interactive way of watching football the future?

The ability to choose which game to watch also opens up future licencing models. The most popular teams could in future see an increase in broadcast revenues based on how many fans watch their games. This could be good for teams such as Leeds with large worldwide audiences. But is Amazon helping to usher in the future of live football or is it just another burned on the already overstretched wallets of football fans. With three subscriptions now required to watch all of your teams live games at nearly £60 a month is it all just getting a bit too much?





How many points from our next five games?

With the pressure on Leeds needs to start picking up points, but how many points do you think we will win from our next five games. It’s a mixed bag, starting with mid-table Newcastle United and Manchester United followed by two bottom of the table teams in Burnley and West Brom followed by current leaders Spurs. Victories against West Brom and Burnley are looking pretty vital given our position in the table but would 6 from 15 be enough? Are Newcastle and Manchester United there from the taking? Is 8 from 15 more achievable or can we dream of more?

16/12/2020 - Newcastle United (Pos 12, Pts 17)
20/12/2020 - Manchester United (Pos 8, Pts 20)
27/12/2020 - Burnley (Pos 17, Pts 9)
29/12/2020 - West Brom (Pos 19, Pts 6)
02/01/2021 - Tottenham (Pos 1, Pts 25)

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CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 17 Dec 2020 09:39 am

weasel wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:54 pm Harrison would be one of the first names on the teamsheet for me. If you cannot see the improvement he has made in 2 seasons then you must be watching us play on worse illegal streams than me. Frustrating yes but if he makes that extra little bit of improvement then he will be some player.

The problems we have had this season have gotten worse as we have gotten further away from our best championship line-up. Whilst the likes of Raphina and Rodrigo look class players they are still not as used to Bielsa's system. Like putting a ferrari engine into a mini and expecting it to work. It is why Bielsa introduces players slowly and tries to integrate 1 at a time. Too much change derails everything. When Bielsa took over at Leeds he moulded the team around players who already had a bit of familiarity with the other players. It wasn't wholesale changes even in season 1.
Looking at your comments again Weasel, I would say that our two Brazilians ( Rodrigo is Brazilian ! ) are now our two best creative, attacking players. If you had taken them out of last night's performance where would we have stood attacking wise ? So it's a good job that we are moving away from last season's championship side, as otherwise we would not have anything like the attacking quality that we need - especially with Pablo on the bench. Losing Rodrigo for a few games to covid badly affected our creativity and cutting edge in the final third. Raph has been able to integrate into the side straight away due to his quality.

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 17 Dec 2020 09:23 am

danhirons wrote: Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:05 am Had made huge improvements. I actually thought he played pretty poorly last night actually though with the exception of the magnificent cross and goal (but if he can keep doing two great things a game then he will deserve his spot!). Saying that, I don't think I'd rather have Poveda or Costa starting instead of him.

Raph though is something else though and you can see that he's a class above Jack at the moment - super happy with this signing
Raph is by far our best winger now. Players like Harrison need to learn from him.

CHAPELALLMAN wrote on 17 Dec 2020 09:22 am

1964white wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 10:09 pm Yes but our midfielders need to continue to score goals not go nine or ten games without a goal between them. Tonight we attacked exceptionally well & took our chances particularly in the 2nd half
Yes, one game a season does not make. Up to last night we had gone 5 games at home without scoring more than one goal. Our midfielders need to keep scoring goals, and that includes Harrison. Some people are getting a bit carried away,and now Harrison is suddenly a world class player on the back of one good goal and at last a decent cross. That's 2 goals in 13 starts...He was actually pretty poor again for quite a bit of the match. Raph is easily our best winger now.

Alioski was at fault for their first goal, so I haven't suddenly changed my mind about him either. Great that he got a goal, however I still think he's a weak link overall.

danhirons wrote on 17 Dec 2020 09:05 am

weasel wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:54 pm Harrison would be one of the first names on the teamsheet for me. If you cannot see the improvement he has made in 2 seasons then you must be watching us play on worse illegal streams than me. Frustrating yes but if he makes that extra little bit of improvement then he will be some player.

The problems we have had this season have gotten worse as we have gotten further away from our best championship line-up. Whilst the likes of Raphina and Rodrigo look class players they are still not as used to Bielsa's system. Like putting a ferrari engine into a mini and expecting it to work. It is why Bielsa introduces players slowly and tries to integrate 1 at a time. Too much change derails everything. When Bielsa took over at Leeds he moulded the team around players who already had a bit of familiarity with the other players. It wasn't wholesale changes even in season 1.
Had made huge improvements. I actually thought he played pretty poorly last night actually though with the exception of the magnificent cross and goal (but if he can keep doing two great things a game then he will deserve his spot!). Saying that, I don't think I'd rather have Poveda or Costa starting instead of him.

Raph though is something else though and you can see that he's a class above Jack at the moment - super happy with this signing

Richard wrote on 17 Dec 2020 08:32 am

When Costa came on for Harrison against West Ham something was terribly wrong, he just didn’t try. It was the worst 45 minutes I’ve seen him play. I think his head has gone and I wouldn’t be surprised if he just finds Bielsaball too draining.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him gone next season. I agree with previous comments, we don’t now need 3 poor displays from Jack and we need the midfield attackers to continue scoring goals.