A lot of Leeds fans on Twitter have been panicking over the start of the Championship season already and it’s not even mid-July. With Marcelo Bielsa in charge, it looks like the club will be deploying a three-at-the-back system and an article in The Yorkshire Evening Post has shown how that might look for The Whites.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) July 11, 2018
Leeds have got the best manager in the Championship as they head into the new season, but unfortunately, they haven’t quite got the squad to match. Most supporters are confident that Bielsa can improve the current crop of players to the point where they can challenge for the Championship title, although it might take a while for the Argentine to get his side playing his style effectively.
The main issues so far have been centred around who will start at the back. Some fans have tipped Luke Ayling to start alongside Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper in a Bielsa-style back-three whilst others have claimed that Gaetano Berardi will be given a chance there. In the past, Bielsa has been known to experiment with a midfielder at centre-back to improve the passing from the back, although it’s hard to see who he might trust with that job in the current Leeds United squad.
You can see what the worried Leeds fans think about their defence here:
Shaping up like a boxer with no arms.
— RON (@rontecarlo) July 11, 2018
— Alex (@alexlicense) July 11, 2018
Realistically we need at least 2 CB. Especially if he's intending playing a back 3. We also need 2 strikers a CM and a GK. That's 6 top players needed. Can't help but think they won't be coming and all our hopes are pinned on Bielsa turning water into wine.
— Daz (@hobsterlobster) July 11, 2018
— Ant (@AntVeress) July 11, 2018
A shape must have a number of sides, we have none
— Matt Reilly (@mreillyracing) July 11, 2018
League One Liam will lead us to glory again.
— Kamil Biały (@Lajt89) July 11, 2018
So we're just going to ignore the problems caused by our lack of height last year?
— Mike (@LeedsMJ84) July 11, 2018
Only time will tell if the Leeds fans are in a position to worry, although if things don’t improve soon the fan base won’t be able to tolerate much more of this.