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Limited Leeds showing cracks already

Limited Leeds showing cracks already

According to The Yorkshire Evening Post, Leeds midfielder Adam Forshaw is poised to start against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday. 

The midfielder is racing back to fitness after a broken foot, but manager Marcelo Bielsa obviously deems him ready to start for The Peacocks.

Leeds suffered their first loss in the Championship last Saturday at the hands of Birmingham, and there were some worrying signs in that game. For the second time this season, 22-year-old central midfielder Kalvin Phillips was substituted before half time, which must be a major concern for fans.

His manager has refused to place any blame on a particular player, but there is the sense that Phillips may have a spell on the sidelines, with Forshaw to fill in. But rushing a player back so soon is surely another worrying sign for Leeds supporters as it is showing how limited their choices are.

The team have been dealt some tough injuries so far this season, and are running thin on the ground in some positions. Turning to Forshaw shows Bielsa’s hand to opposing teams, that he is low on ideas and needs to shake his team up.

One of the main criticisms of Leeds from the beginning of the season was their lack of depth in some places, and that has already come to haunt them. However, with other options like Lewis Baker to fill in, Bielsa certainly doesn’t need to enter desperation mode just yet.

Leeds travel across Yorkshire on Friday to face The Owls, knowing that a loss could see them slump potentially into sixth place, and would pile on the misery for Bielsa.

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