Leeds United welcomed Fulham to Elland Road on Saturday in their first home game in the Premier League in over 16 years.
The Whites also collected their first three points in the top flight, surviving a late scare to win 4-3 against their fellow promoted side.
Goals from Helder Costa, Patrick Bamford and Mateusz Klich also saw Marcelo Bielsa’s men continue their goal crazy start to the season.
It was 4-1 only 20 minutes into the second half, but Leeds relinquished that lead with Fulham scoring two quick-fire goals.
Thankfully, it was enough for the three points though and Bielsa will be holding many meetings to stop this leaky defence that has all of a sudden appeared.
Here are three things learned from the exciting 4-3 victory…
1. £15m Costa quickly becoming bargain
The Portuguese international has been superb at the start of this season, and after causing Liverpool constant problems last week – he got his rewards against Fulham. Costa was phenomenal against the Cottagers, both in attack and defence, with his permanent move finally injecting some much-needed confidence. His two goals were expertly put away, especially his second after great work from Bamford. The 26-year-old is completing more dribbles per game than any other season in his career so far, and the £15million fee forked out is looking more like a bargain every single week.
2. Rodrigo is a striker
After the late withdrawal of Pablo Hernandez due to injury, club-record signing Rodrigo was handed his first Premier League start. The Spaniard played in-behind Bamford and struggled to make any sort of impact in the game. Bielsa dragged him off at half-time, later admitting that he was tired after his 90 minutes against Hull in midweek. It was clear that the former Valencia man is an out-and-out striker, and could struggle in that advanced midfield role if forced to play there this season. The 29-year-old couldn’t get on the ball as Hernandez does in that role, and his pace and directness is far more suited to that lone striker position – the bad news? Bamford is on fire.
3. We can’t do this every week
Two games in the Premier League have resulted in seven goals in both. We have gone from having the best defence in Europe at times last season, to looking clueless at times in our own third. Fulham may not have punished us on Saturday, but with games coming up against the likes of Manchester City, hopefully this gets sorted. After the final half an hour, there would have been no finger nails left in West Yorkshire, but Leeds did enough to get over the line. Now that Robin Koch will be settling into that set back four, hopefully the clean sheets will start to follow.
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