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Marcelo Bielsa admits he needs to take risks

Marcelo Bielsa admits he needs to take risks

Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa has revealed that he will need to take risks if he is to get the best out of his players.

According to a report by Leeds Live, the Argentine has admitted that he will need to put his first-team players into matches with the Under-23 side as they make their returns from injuries.

Bielsa has already seen first-hand that that method can backfire on him significantly, with Patrick Bamford having picked up a posterior cruciate ligament injury that will see the striker miss around three months of the season.

However, he believed the bigger risk would be to play a player, such as Adam Forshaw, in the first-team straight away, rather than having him get up to speed with the game in the developmental ranks first.

“He needs football with pace,” Bielsa told Leeds Live when asked about Forshaw and a possible return.

“And you can get pace only playing. It was the same thing as Bamford, so we have to take some risks. The players we have are fit, we need them to be fit but also have the pace of the competition, so that’s why we make them play in the 23s.

“There are always risks, but the bigger the risk is that you put in the first-team a player who doesn’t have the pace of a professional game.”

The Verdict:

Bielsa will be hoping the horror injury suffered by Bamford during a game with the Under-23’s is just a one-off and does not see a recurrence happen again.

The Elland Road outfit are already fairly thin in places throughout their squad and the Argentine will need all his players available if they are to get through the Championship season and remain near the top of the table.

The Argentine manager is a vastly experienced professional and will know that risks will need to be made, otherwise, it could end up costing them on the pitch in the future if they are not prepared correctly and ready to play.

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