Leeds United’s failure to really trouble Birmingham City goalkeeper Lee Camp over the weekend again emphasised that they have been lacking a proper creative midfielder at times this season.
Players like Tyler Roberts and Mateusz Klich have done really well under the circumstances to help the team get to such a competitive position in the league and has shown a great mentality and work ethic under Marcelo Bielsa, but if the Whites were to play in the Premier League next season and are hoping on making a statement towards the bigger clubs, then they will need to strengthen their options in the centre of the pitch.
The fact that Leeds played some really good football at stages on Saturday but only managed one shot on target should be a sign to Bielsa and his staff that they need to do more if they were to take the club to a competitive level again.
One or two poor decisions by Roberts and Klich on Saturday could’ve been avoided if they decided to make a better pass or find a teammate in a better position. Indeed, without Samu Saiz, the Whites lack that cutting edge and Pablo Hernandez simply can’t do it all alone.
Yes, Bielsa’s trademark hard style of football is what is propelling the club’s Premier League challenge, but having someone to play between the lines is what could be the difference between the top tier and remaining in the Championship.
Roberts especially had a good opportunity to square the ball into the middle of the box during the first-half at St Andrew’s but he instead tried to find the back of the net from a very difficult angle with Jack Harrison in acres of space right in front of goal.
Saiz’s exit might have been unavoidable after he pushed for an exit but it could still be one to wreck the club’s campaign.
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