Saturday’s clash against Birmingham City proved to be extremely disappointing for Leeds United.
The Whites were looking to widen the gap between them and third-placed Sheffield United by securing all three points at St Andrew’s yet instead suffered a dent to their promotion hopes. Despite dominating possession throughout the game, a first-half strike from Blues forward Che Adams gave his side a much-needed victory in the Championship.
The defeat saw the Yorkshire-outfit drop below the Blades in the table after they beat Preston North End, meaning that the two clubs have now switched positions in the standings for a third time in the last three games.
Marcelo Bielsa’s side will be aiming to bounce back on Tuesday yet it is clear that he will need to make some alterations in order to freshen up Leeds’ hunt for a top-two finish in May. One of the players that the Argentine should consider starting against Preston in midweek is Jack Clarke.
The teenage winger has been limited to sporadic appearances since collapsing at Middlesbrough after being substituted at the Riverside Stadium in February (via the Telegraph). Although his health has improved since this incident, Bielsa has been reluctant to throw him back into the mix, instead preferring the likes of Jack Harrison and Pablo Hernandez as his wingers.
However, with just six games to play between now and the end of the season, it may be time for the 58-year-old to put his faith in Clarke to deliver the goods. An undeniably talented player, the Leeds youth academy graduate has already produced stunning displays against Aston Villa and Derby County and therefore could provide the spark needed to get his club over the line. Whereas he is unlikely to displace Hernandez in the team, Clarke is more than a match for Harrison and so will be targeting a return on the left-hand side of midfield at Birmingham.
What do you think Leeds fans? Should Bielsa take a risk and play Clarke from the start against the Blues? Or is he more effective as an impact substitute? Let us know below.
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