Leeds United managed to stop the (relative) rot on Tuesday night with a tight win away at Hull City, though it may have come at a price. Indeed, Marcelo Bielsa’s seemingly constant injury headache could have worsened on Humberside due to the fact that Barry Douglas picked up a muscular problem.
While the Whites have had to deal with injuries to key men as Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe and Gaetano Berardi, any problems to Douglas would perhaps be the worst yet. Now, it’s unclear as to whether or not the former Wolves man will make the weekend visit of Brentford, though even the mere notion of him doing so is scary. He’s simply that important to Bielsa’s style of play.
So, if Douglas is indeed out, it could be a big weekend for this man.
Perhaps it could be a potentially game-changing for Tom Pearce.
The 20-year-old, who impressed under Paul Heckingbottom at times last season, has had to bide his time under his infamous Argentine coach. While he’s often in the match day squad, Leeds’ excellence under Bielsa has made it hard for anyone to oust any of the current starting XI, so it could be a baptism of fire in terms of this season, especially against an exciting side such as Brentford.
Still, that shouldn’t daunt the former Everton youngster.
Teammate Tyler Roberts has already proven that talented youngsters can come into Bielsa’s system and hit the ground running. Indeed, the whole point of the South American’s trademark style is that its based on a system, not individuals, so Pearce can be assured he’s in safe hands.
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