Leeds United remain very much in the promotion race despite their terrible luck with injuries.
Whether it’s just natural wear and tear as a result of a very competitive Championship season or Bielsa’s demanding style of play, Leeds have been hit with a raft of injuries this season.
Bielsa has already had to deal with losing Kemar Roofe, Pablo Hernandez, Barry Douglas, Ponsuss Jansson and now most recently, Jamal Blackman, Liam Cooper and Luke Ayling.
As a result of the injuries, Bielsa has had to lean on the youth academy and has brought in the likes of Jack Clarke, Aapo Halme, William Huffer and Leif Davis into the squad.
While the Thorp Arch graduates have all performed well, Leeds fans will be begging Bielsa to dip into the transfer market and bring in some much-needed cover.
However, Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Phil Hay has remarked that it’s unlikely that Bielsa will bring in any outfield players in January.
While Bielsa’s faith in the squad and youngsters is commendable, not bringing any outfield players could be a huge mistake. As we’ve seen over the last few weeks, Leeds haven’t been able to replicate the dynamic football that they showed during the early part of the season due to the amount of injuries at the club.
With Norwich City, Middlesbrough and Aston Villa in excellent form, Bielsa needs to keep up the pressure at the top and may well fall behind their rivals in the second-half of the season.
While Izzie Brown and Patrick Bamford are back, it sounds as though Bielsa is getting ready to make a huge gamble next year.
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