After 15 years away, Leeds United are now within touching distance of a return to the Premier League.
Last Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday saw the Whites move three points clear of their automatic promotion rivals Sheffield United after Chris Wilder’s side could only achieve a draw at Bramall Lane against Millwall.
With just four games left to play between now and the end of the season, Marcelo Bielsa knows that three wins and a draw will be good enough to secure a top-two finish in the Championship. However, despite beating the Owls at the weekend, the Argentine may be concerned about his side’s failure to convert a number of fantastic chances at Elland Road.
Patrick Bamford and Tyler Roberts both missed great opportunities to calm the nerves amongst the club’s supporters before Jack Harrison finally opened the scoring in the 65th minute in a game that was dominated by Leeds. Although the overall performance was an impressive showing by the Whites, if they do not improve their composure in-front of goal in their last four games of the year, they may risk coming unstuck.
Indeed, it is very unlikely that any of the remaining goalkeepers that Bielsa’s side will play will be able to produce the same level of performance as Keiren Westwood did for the Owls yet they may not need to if they offer the same threat going forward. With Leeds having to face Brentford and Aston Villa over the next two weeks, they know that if they do not sharpen up they could face the real possibility of being leapfrogged by the Blades in May.
To counter this, Bielsa may decide to bring Keemar Roofe back into the starting eleven. The former Oxford United forward has been limited to substitute appearances since returning from injury earlier this month. Top-scorer with 14 goals this season, Roofe could provide the impetus needed to help his side overcome the final hurdle in what has been a brilliant year for the Whites.
What do you think Leeds fans? Are you concerned by the number of chances that your players have been missing in recent games? Could bringing Roofe back into your team see you overcome these issues? Let us know below.