MOT View: Bielsa must drop £32k/wk signing & give first start to exciting Leeds talent v Arsenal
Marcelo Bielsa doesn’t really change his Leeds United line-up if he can help it. Without injuries or suspensions (or the odd case of internal discipline) the Leeds starting XI is one of the easiest to predict in the Premier League.
However, we really believe that Bielsa must make one tactical change to his team to face Arsenal on Sunday.
Helder Costa out – Raphinha in
Costa hasn’t registered a goal or an assist since the 4-3 win against Fulham. He hasn’t registered a single shot in the past two games, both 4-1 losses.
In the last game against Crystal Palace, he didn’t register a single cross and only completed one successful dribble from four attempted. [WyScout]
It’s not that Costa – on a reported £32,500-a-week [Spotrac] after signing a permanent deal this summer – has been terrible but he hasn’t been able to capitalise on his fast start to the season.
Rather, it’s more that we really want to see Raphinha from the start.
Restricted to cameo appearances so far, Raphinha has looked exciting and made an impact whenever he’s come on the pitch.
In the 45 minutes he was on the pitch against Crystal Palace he registered a shot and completed three of six dribbles.
Raphinha cost £17m in the summer and the only thing that’s stopping him getting starts seems to be the fact that he arrived late.
We certainly don’t think Leeds paid that much money for him to sit on the bench and, according to Luke Ayling, he made a quick impact when he arrived at the club.
He’s fit, rested from not going out on international duty and ready to get his first start in the Premier League.
Leeds need to change things up a bit after two terrible results. We think that Kalvin Phillips and Rodrigo coming back will make a big difference.
But we think Raphinha could be the missing part of the jigsaw.
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