Leeds United made a fantastic start to the season as under Marcelo Bielsa, the Yorkshire side played some great football and in the early part of the season soared to the top of the table.
Bielsa’s side has hit a rut in the last few weeks as combined with injuries to Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe and Gaetano Berardi, Leeds have only won two of their last seven and lost to Blackburn and Birmingham City in that run.
At the weekend, Leeds were held to a 1-1 draw by Nottingham Forest but easily could’ve lost after being 1-0 down for most of the game.
Bielsa loves to have creative midfielders who can burst forward and can provide a link between attack and midfield. Two players who have thrived under his new system and will be crucial in the weeks to come are Samu Saiz and Pablo Hernandez.
Hernandez was a huge loss during his injury spell and in the Spaniard’s absence, Leeds lost one of the best players in the league. In seven appearances in the league, Hernandez scored three goals to go with four assists and has been Leeds’ most crucial player.
He may not offer express pace on the righthand side but his intelligence and ability with the ball is superb. His compatriot, Samu Saiz hasn’t had quite the same tangible output that Hernandez has had this season but the creative midfielder still remains a crucial part of Bielsa’s side.
Playing as the 10 behind Roofe, Saiz has the rare ability to be able to take defenders on at pace and in tight areas. Like Hernandez, he also has the to pick a defence-splitting pass and on his day has the ability to win a game on his own.
It’s going to be a long and tough fight at the top of the table and Bielsa is going to need Saiz and Hernandez to step up over the next few months.
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