Marcelo Bielsa has admitted that Leeds United have a problem ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Newcastle at Elland Road. 

Leeds lost 2-1 to West Ham on Friday and both goals were conceded from set-pieces.

Leeds have conceded the most goals from set-pieces (seven) in the Premier League this season.

Talking after the game, as quoted by Athletic journalist Phil Hay, Bielsa held his hands up to the issue.

“Bielsa also conceded that there’s a very obvious problem at set-pieces – and that it has to be solved in training,” Hay wrote.

Leeds welcome Newcastle to Elland Road next and will be hoping to start correcting a very poor run of form that’s seen them win just one in the last six.

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Set pieces are a major issue

Leeds have a really big problem with set-pieces but at least Bielsa has acknowledged it and said that they will work on it at Thorp Arch.

Both goals against West Ham came from set-pieces. The first was a header from a corner by the 6ft 3in Tomas Soucek.

The winner came from 6ft 3in Angelo Ogbonna from a free-kick.

Height has always been a problem in the Leeds defence since Pontus Jansson left. That’s one of the issues.

The other is tactical. Leeds man mark and if anyone loses his man it’s a major problem. That’s what happened with Liam Cooper for the Angelo Ogbonna winner on Friday night.

The fact that Leeds are having to constantly reshuffle their backline isn’t helping either.

The secret is out now and sides will be targeting Leeds here.

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