After a scintillating start to the season, Leeds were handed their first league loss by Birmingham City.
The Yorkshire club had made a brilliant start to the season in the Championship and up until that game had blown away most teams with their smothering attacking play. Only Middlesbrough, Millwall and Swansea had held the Whites to a draw before that game but after injuries to key players and some poor goalkeeping from Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Bielsa’s men were beaten 2-1.
Two players who the club had relied upon over the first few weeks of the season were Pablo Hernandez and Kemar Roofe. Both missed the game against Birmingham City and according to the club’s website, Roofe will miss a further two to three weeks, while Hernandez will be out between four and five.
The news means that the two player will miss Leeds’ key clash against fellow promotion candidates, Brentford. Even more crucially, it means that up front Bielsa will have to rely on youngster Tyler Roberts to lead the line. Roberts did have a superb game against Preston but against Birmingham City the young striker struggled.
In Hernandez’s place, Bielsa does have Manchester City loanee Jack Harrison who has done well but in truth, both replacements can’t adequately fill the fairly large shoes left by the two first-team regulars. Along with Samu Saiz and Barry Douglas, Roofe and Hernandez and Roofe have been the two most crucial players for Bielsa and they’ll be a massive loss.
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