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Enough is enough: It’s time for Bielsa to give Jamal Blackman his Leeds Championship debut

Marco Bielsa has brought widespread change to Elland Road this season. The Argentinean is clearly a very hard man to please, and for most of the season, that’s translated well on the field.

However, a number of players that have looked poor in recent weeks, and goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been one of the worst of the bunch. He was at fault yet again over the weekend against West Brom, and whilst his display wasn’t the difference between a win and a loss, it is undeniable that he had a role to play.

An out of form goalkeeper is the last thing a top team needs, and so Bielsa has a big decision on his hands. On-loan Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman has yet to make a single league appearance for the Peacocks, and at this point, is it worth reconsidering that?

There’s certainly an argument for that being the case.

After all, Blackman is a talented goalkeeper. Standing at a towering 6ft6, the Englishman is an absolute colossus between the sticks, and his physical presence is often enough alone to put offending players off. Beyond that, though, he’s agile – more so than his frame would suggest – whilst he’s also a very stellar shot-stopper. Naturally, he’s dominant in the air, and he’s not particularly slow either.

You could argue that the one counter-argument to Blackman starting is a lack of experience. However, the reality is that Blackman has even more Championship caps under his belt than Peacock-Farrell – even if none of them have been for Leeds.

Last season, for Sheffield United, Blackman was a real force between the sticks, and he’s more than good enough to turn out for Leeds. It surely can’t get much worse than their current number one right now?

Thoughts?


Enough is enough: It’s time for Bielsa to give Jamal Blackman his Leeds Championship debut
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