Billed as a huge Championship game, Leeds United were hammered by Darren Moore’s West Brom yesterday.
After a run of fairly average form, Leeds had got back to winning ways last weekend and were boosted by the return of Kemar Roofe and Pablo Hernandez to the side. Unfortunately for Bielsa, he will be without Luke Ayling for the next two months and in his absence, the Argentine was forced to play Stuart Dallas – who’s valued at £1.8 million – as a makeshift right-back.
The Northern Ireland international has played four times as a left-back and yesterday he was played on his weaker side and in truth, it showed. A midfielder by trade, Dallas was horrendously out of position for West Brom’s opener and although the ball was lost in a dangerous position, he was again caught out again for West Brom’s third which effectively ended the game.
Considering that the midfielder was playing out of position against a very dangerous West Brom side, it was always going to end badly for Bielsa’s side.
With the likes of Alioski and Hernandez taking up the roles that Dallas might play, it seems that the midfielder has no real place in the side. Even when the two are injured, Bielsa has looked to play Harrison or Clarke in their place and therefore, Bielsa must dip into the January transfer window to sign a player that can help out his ailing defence.
While yesterday’s loss isn’t the end of the world, without Ayling on the right, Leeds have a huge void in defence, especially without Gaetano Berardi at the moment.