Leeds United continued to legitimise their title credentials yesterday evening as they dug deep to record a 2-2 victory at the Liberty Stadium despite twice falling behind to goals from Oliver McBurnie.
Despite suffering a pre-match setback with Liam Cooper’s injury during the warm-up, Leeds managed to overcome a big test against Swansea by coming away with a valuable point to move into top spot in the Championship.
It was an evening of both pragmatism and ruthlessness from Marcelo Bielsa as he was forced to reshuffle his defence following Liam Cooper’s setback in the warm-up before he made the bold decision to drag Kalvin Phillips off the field for Lewis Baker after just 28 minutes due to Phillips’ poor showing.
Bielsa was certainly not afraid to make decisions in the early stages of the match, as he also substituted Ezgjan Alioski at half-time and brought on Jack Harrison in his place.
In truth, the new recruit struggled to make an impact on the game as he lacked the sharpness of the players around him throughout the second-half; his first-touch was lacking the precision which is required at this level and his distribution was relatively poor.
However, it must be considered that Harrison is a left-footed player who prefers to drift in from the right-wing, and it will take him time to adapt to the standard of the Championship which is far superior to that of the MLS.
But with Alioski’s struggle to hit the ground running this season and Harrison’s preference for playing on the right-wing both to consider, Leeds should at least contemplate the possibility of signing another left-winger before the loan window slams shut.
And one player who should be on Marcelo Bielsa’s radar is Leicester City’s Fousseni Diabate.
Despite showing huge promise in the Premier League shortly after completing a transfer from Ligue 1 side Ajaccio in January, Diabate has slowly began to fade into insignificance at the King Power Stadium as Claude Puel is yet to select him for a place in Leicester’s match-day squad this season.
Diabate’s blistering pace and agility make him a tricky customer for defenders to face up to, but he still has plenty of improving to do with his decision-making and composure in possession.
At 22-years-of-age he has plenty of scope for development, but with first-team opportunities likely to be at a premium at Leicester he may need to seek a loan move to enhance his carer.
And with Alioski seemingly in need of some fresh competition at Leeds United, a move to Elland Road would be in the best interests of all parties concerned.
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