It was all going so well for Leeds United in the Championship, but all of a sudden, the excitement surrounding their potential title challenge appears to have dwindled somewhat. However, whilst their defeat against Birmingham City over the weekend was, undoubtedly, disappointing, it’s important that Marco Bielsa and the Elland Road faithful remain optimistic, as their start to the season has otherwise been exemplary.
However, that doesn’t mean that a few changes aren’t needed. The game against Birmingham did indicate that teams are beginning to work Leeds United out somewhat, and so changing things up ever so slightly could help give Bielsa and his team the edge, even if the manager doesn’t think changes are necessary.
He doesn’t want to mess with a winning formula – and make no mistake, Bielsa has found a winning formula – but one or two new faces or other alternations could freshen things up at Leeds.
With that said, 2 things that Bielsa simply must change to keep Leeds United on track…
Drop Ezgjan Alioski
Ezgjan Alioski has been a regular in the team so far this season, but it’s fair to say that his performances have deserved more than a little bit of criticism as of late.
He made a strong start to the season, but recent form has seen his significance dwindle under Marco Bielsa.
Against Birmingham City, though he bagged a goal for his team, his performance was otherwise pretty disappointing. He lacked that quality that has, in the past, made him so useful, and his goalscoring has dried up slightly despite his latest strike. Inconsistency has become a big problem for him.
Leeds don’t lack depth, though you could argue that they don’t quite have enough quality in Alioski’s position, and so perhaps even a slight downgrade on overall quality could deliver better results for the club.
Start Adam Forshaw
Injury cruelly put a halt to Adam Forshaw’s hopes of an early season impact at Leeds, but with the midfielder now back fit and available, perhaps it’s time for him to get a much-needed opportunity.
He’s yet to start a single game for the club, but with 46 total minutes under his belt, he is certainly getting to the sort of stage that will allow him to be more involved from the start.
In starting the Englishman, Bielsa would be getting a pass-master with bags of quality through the midfield. Perhaps that could have been the difference against Birmingham City.