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Paul Robinson has said that Marcelo Bielsa must keep the faith with wingers Helder Costa and Jack Harrison.
Both players have come in for criticism in recent games, with no attacking returns from either player in the last six games.
Leeds lost 2-0 to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and while Bielsa’s men are still second in the league, the chasing pack has caught them.
Talking exclusively to MOT Leeds News Robinson said that Bielsa shouldn’t drop either player for the game against Brentford on Tuesday and cited Costa as the only attacking player who “makes a difference” following the game at the City Ground.
“He shouldn’t drop them for the Brentford game – he hasn’t got anybody else,” Robinson said.
“Costa and Harrison have been good going forward, and Costa’s the only one who carries a threat with the ball, dribbling.
“The majority of Leeds’ attacks are through phases of play, structured attacking – Costa’s the only one who makes a difference by dribbling in the attack, by running the ball at the defence.
“I think they’ve both played very well all season, and I don’t think there’s a call to change either of them. When you look at what Bielsa has got, there’s nobody to change them with anyway.”
We think both Harrison and Costa need to step up against Brentford.
Too many times, both wingers appeared to just hit aimless crosses into the box that were easily dealt with by the Forest defenders on Saturday.
Bielsa does have new January signing Ian Poveda as an option on the right, although he didn’t even make the squad for the Forest game.
A defeat for Leeds on Tuesday would see them drop back into the play-off places.
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