By Adam Elliott

23rd Oct, 2019 | 5:00pm

MOT Super Fans: Will Bielsa’s stubbornness cost Leeds promotion?

This is part of a regular series from our Leeds Super Fans. Each week, our Super Fans will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around Elland Road and Thorp Arch 


Leeds narrowly missed out on promotion last season, despite being a statistical anomaly in the Championship.

They were the best team in terms of xGA by some distance and second-only to Norwich for xG by a slim margin despite scoring 20 goals less. [WyScout]

Unfortunately, they weren’t quite clinical enough to match those statistics and get over the dotted line. 

Eddie Nketiah now has 13 goals for club and country this season after his late equaliser against Preston last night. He’s clearly a natural-born finisher with the movement to match. With Leeds only having 17 goals from 13 games so far in the league (West Brom and Preston have 24), is it time for a change?

Bamford’s time is up in my opinion. I have been a big admirer and supporter of him in recent weeks but his confidence is clearly shot and he needs taking out of the firing line.

He had a chance from around 10 yards out last night which went for a throw-in – Steve Morison-esque if you like. And this completely sums him up at the moment.

You can’t afford to squander chances like that, especially in tight games. Yes, he’s playing well in general, and his hold up play is strong. His link-up play is good too, but he’s not scoring and we’re dropping points because of it. It’s no goal in eight consecutive games now for the Leeds no.9.

The stats speak for themselves. Bamford’s conversion rate is 8% compared to 28% from Nketiah. Bamford scores every 247 minutes in a Leeds shirt, Eddie takes a mere 78 (via @LUFCDATA).

It really seems like an obvious decision to play the player full of confidence and drop the one struggling for goals. 

Leeds currently sit second in the table so all is not as bad as it first appears. There is certainly no need for complete panic. However, most fans on social media are crying out for changes to be made. But, how often do we see Bielsa make changes unless enforced through injuries or suspensions? He has a team and sticks to it. This is becoming increasingly frustrating. 

I understand fans’ idolisation of the Argentine… without him we wouldn’t even be in an automatic promotion hunt conversation, but languishing somewhere in mid-table.

He gets an extra percentage from every player than most managers would, and the football at its best is absolutely scintillating to watch. He’s brought a real togetherness and good feeling back to this great club the likes of which we haven’t really felt since Grayson.

The issue is that we are not scoring enough and if Leeds are to go up Bielsa must make bold changes. Nketiah must start on Saturday. 

Leeds had more than enough chances to win the game last night. If Nketiah had been involved from the start we may well be talking about a different result altogether. These dropped points will add up if changes aren’t made. Automatic promotion is the aim after all. Time to be bold Marcelo!

In other Leeds news, Ian Wright sends two-word Twitter message to Bielsa after draw v Preston