'Doesn't have a clue' – Some Leeds fans alarmed by one player after first 45 v Huddersfield
Leeds United had two big changes enforced on them before the game against Huddersfield, with Kalvin Phillips suspended and Liam Cooper injured.
Ben White replaced Phillips in midfield and it meant Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi playing as centre-backs, with Gjanni Alioski and Stuart Dallas as full-backs.
The changes had an effect and Leeds looked flustered at the back. Ben White was caught in possession early on, was often found sinking back into the centre-back spot and seemed a little confused at times.
For a player who’s been so composed all season, it’s obvious the switch into midfield was having a negative effect on him – and fans were alarmed at what they were seeing.
‘Doesn’t have a clue’ was one fan’s response and that’s the very first time you’ll have heard that sort of criticism aimed at White this season. He’s been absolutely brilliant at centre-back.
Kiko Casilla made a fine save to keep out Steve Mounie but made one of his trademark blunders when he came for the ball and got nowhere near it just before half-time. Leeds got away with it but only just.
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Mateusz Klich had been unlucky not to score from a cleverly worked corner earlier – his shot scuffed off the outside of the post – but this wasn’t the dominant sort of performance that Leeds have been putting in recently. Possession was 50/50 according to Sky and that’s not normal for Leeds.
Many Leeds fans noticed what was going on at the back and shared their concerns on Twitter.
Ben white looks confused as to where he’s meant to be today #lufc
— Robbotts (@Robbotts1) December 7, 2019
White looks like he has no clue #lufc
— Chris Gray (@CWG1201) December 7, 2019
The problem with moving White into midfield is that we lose our best centre-half as well as our best defensive midfielder. I’d prefer to keep White in defence and compensate for losing Phillips some other way. #lufc
— Ben (@Ben_Paul) December 7, 2019
One fan is looking for Marcelo Bielsa to make a change at half-time, saying, “This is the first time we’ve seen limitations in Ben White’s capabilities… I hope Bielsa puts him back at CB at half time.”
This is the first time we've seen limitations in Ben White's capabilities. He has not looked great in the DMC role. Looks out of his element.
I hope Bielsa puts him back at CB at half time. #LUFC
— Anders (@BenBuford11) December 7, 2019
Think I was entirely right to question if White should play out of position. He’s looked all over the place so far. #lufc
— Jim Moran (@jimmoran) December 7, 2019
— Andy Firth (@AndrewFirth21) December 7, 2019
#lufc Ben White having a mare, does he know where he’s playing?
— Megatron (@Megatro99270094) December 7, 2019
Ben white doesn’t have a clue what he’s doing today stick Dallas in front of him and have white at centre back can’t keep giving ball away like this #lufc
— Callum Macdonald (@Cal_lufc) December 7, 2019
There are changes that Bielsa can make with Dallas versatile and able to play in almost any position on the pitch.
It will be interesting to see if he sticks or twists at half-time.
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