The hype surrounding Marcelo Bielsa’s appointment earlier in the summer has been justified by Leeds United’s electric opening to the Championship campaign, but they suffered a huge setback yesterday which put a huge dent in their aspirations for the season.
That new was, of course, the revelation that Leeds’ most expensive summer recruit and proven Championship goalscorer, Patrick Bamford, will be sidelined for the next four months with a knee injury, as per BBC.
Nobody could have foreseen that the £10 million man would suffer an unfortunate injury so early into his Leeds career, but Bielsa’s lack of strength in depth was a notable cause of concern which should have been addressed before the transfer window slammed shut.
The Whites are also short of options in central defence and a major injury to one of their senior central defenders could yet leave the club in a precarious situation which would almost certainly derail their title bid.
The 46 fixture Championship season is about as long and arduous as they come, so the fact Radrizanni seemed focused on signing players from proven Premier League clubs rather than strengthening the positions in which Leeds are clearly lacking depth is a policy which certainly needs questioning.
Beyond Bamford Leeds have their top-goalscorer Kemar Roofe to call upon, but absence through injury or suspension would leave Bielsa with 19-year-old Tyler Roberts or 17-year-old Jack Clarke as his only natural centre-forward options.
The situation which Leeds now find themselves in is incredibly alarming for the season ahead, and Radrizzani is the man to blame.
It became increasingly apparent as the loan window drew to a close that Leeds needed to bolster their options in central defence and at centre-forward, yet, with the clock edging towards the deadline, Radrizzani decided to sign Isaiah Brown from Chelsea – a number ten by trade.
Leeds United’s excellent start has given the supporters fresh hope of competing for an automatic promotion spot this season under a manager who has the pedigree to mastermind a title challenge but, with Bamford’s setback to consider, Radrizanni’s failure in the transfer market may well have cost Bielsa the chance to lead Leeds to the Championship title.
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