It really is becoming tight at the top end of the Sky Bet Championship and after a solid performance last time out, Leeds’ season is looking more positive than before. Climbing back into second place with only five games remaining, it really is squeaky bum time.
The 0-2 away win against Preston proved to be one of Leeds’ finer showings this season, looking solid throughout most of the squad, as well as seeing goal struggling Patrick Bamford bag himself a brace. It was a true showing as to why the fans have every right to be excited as the season comes to a close.
With the run in well underway, Bielsa will have to look to rotate his squad in order to keep his side refreshed and hungry.
Drop Kalvin Phillips
Despite having a solid season under Bielsa, making 38 league appearances, the game against Preston saw one of Phillips’ lesser performances. Looking to be more of a bystander than an actual influence on the game, it may be time for the 23-year-old to be given a break and be given time to get back to full fitness.
The yellow card was just a cap on top of a slow performance from the English midfielder, having accumulated more yellow cards than assists during the closing part of this season.
There is no doubting however that, with a little rest, Phillips can come back into the side and provide more performances similar to the start of the season.
Start Jamie Shackleton
Having been rested for the last four games, it looks as better time as ever to re-introduce Shackleton back into the squad against Sheffield Wednesday later today.
Not featuring in the reverse fixture against Wednesday, Bielsa may just be able to use the 19-year-old as a bit of a wildcard and throw the opposition off with a change to what has been a consistent starting eleven.
Being fresh off the bench, with a keen eye for creating plenty of chances, a new, fresh-legged player may just be what the Whites need in order to continue their push for automatic promotion back into the Premier League.