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Solving problems: Bielsa can make Leeds unstoppable with this tactical change

Solving problems: Bielsa can make Leeds unstoppable with this tactical change

While there is a long, long way to go in this new Championship season, Leeds United look like the team to beat and have set the benchmark both in terms of results and performances.

The Whites currently sit at the top of the Championship table on 14 points following wins against Stoke City, Derby County, Rotherham and Norwich City and draws with Swansea City and Middlesbrough.

But, as well as the points they have managed to amass so far, what has been equally impressive is the football they have been playing under new boss Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentinian coach had become famous in European football for his philosophy, which centres around dominating ball possession and pressing aggressively, and it is something that he has surprisingly managed to almost instantly drill into his new team.

The likes of Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez and Mateusz Klich, in particular, all appear to have taken to Bielsa’s idea of football well and have shown thus far with their performances.

On top of the trio of Roofe, Hernandez and Klich, Bielsa also has Lewis Baker to call upon following his arrival from Chelsea on loan last month.

Baker has yet to start a Championship game for Leeds with all of his appearances so far coming from the bench, but the 23-year-old is a player who has much to offer.

Baker is capable of playing both in midfield and the No.10 position and is a very accomplished passer.

His ability when striking the ball from outside the box — something he often displayed during his two-year loan spell in the Eredivisie with Vitesse — is also impressive, while he remains a threat from dead-ball situations, too.

Going forward, it will be interesting to see how Bielsa utilises the Chelsea youth product because if he can be the coach to finally unlock his potential, then it will bode well for Leeds’ season and promotion aspirations.

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