A 1-1 draw away at Preston, the league’s highest scorers, isn’t a bad result, but Leeds should look at last night’s game at Deepdale as another two points dropped.
The attack momentum graph from SofaScore below shows the dominance Leeds enjoyed last night. Inability to convert dominance into goals cost them again.
Here are the big talking points from Deepdale…
1. Nketiah debate is over
We’re really looking forward to the day when we don’t have to talk about Eddie Nketiah getting his first start for Leeds. It’s starting to get really tired now. Marcelo Bielsa is a brilliant manager and in Bielsa we trust. But his position over Bamford is starting to look stubborn. How long can we wait for him to end his drought? He missed one massive chance against Preston and a few other decent ones. Nketiah scored with almost his first touch of the game and his header was way harder than the two free ones Bamford had in the first half. Let’s cut to the chase. Nketiah must start against Sheffield Wednesday.
2. We don’t finish top-two at this rate
Leeds might be playing some of the best football in the Championship this season but also some of the most frustrating. If things don’t change we can’t see them making the top-two and that would be a travesty. Some things aren’t working and we’re starting to wonder whether Bielsa has a plan B. Are we better than last season? There’s an argument that says despite adding players like Ben White and Helder Costa we’re actually slightly worse. That could be down to teams working us out but we’re not dominating and crushing like we were this time last season. Something needs to change.
3. Tyler Roberts must get his chance
Leeds are missing Pablo Hernandez. But the news on Monday, that he’s now suffering from a hamstring injury following an outing for the Under-23s, is worrying. Hernandez is 34 and a hamstring could keep him out for a while. There’s also the worry that his body is starting to give out. He might not be someone we can rely on too much this season. if that’s the case, it’s time to start playing Tyler Roberts. He’s back from the injury that kept him out since the tail-end of last season and he’s looking sharp. Roberts is the future and Leeds need attacking creativity from somewhere.
In other Leeds news, Paul Robinson delivers verdict on Bielsa not giving Nketiah a start for Leeds