'If I can just cast one dark cloud...' - Jeff Stelling has one concern about Leeds after 2-0 win
Sky Sports host Jeff Stelling has raised concerns about a lack of firepower that Leeds United have shown in the Championship under Marcelo Bielsa.
Leeds may have won 2-0 against Hull City at Elland Road on Tuesday night to return to the top of the Championship, but Bielsa’s men really struggled to find a breakthrough.
It ended up being an own goal that broke the deadlock for the Whites, who had not managed to fire a shot on target until the 82nd minute when Ezgjan Alioski scored his side’s second goal of the night [WhoScored].
After the match, Stelling admitted that he has concerns about the lack of penetration shown by Leeds, despite them extending their winning run to seven matches versus Hull.
“If I can just cast one dark cloud – well not really a dark cloud, but a cloud anyway – on Leeds, is there a concern that they just lack a bit of firepower? Which they certainly did last season,” said Stelling after the match had ended on Sky Sports News on Tuesday night.
Tony Cottee covered the match on Sky Sports News and he has suggested that Leeds’ supposed lack of firepower comes from their build-up play rather than their strikers.
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Cottee replied: “They’ve got [Patrick] Bamford and they’ve got [Eddie] Nketiah, who’s done well when he’s come on as well, he’s a good young prospect.
“Sometimes they overplay it a bit. Get the ball into the box and give them a bit of service.
“Bamford can be a little bit hit and miss. He had one of those nights tonight and it wasn’t quite happening for him, but you do get 100 per cent effort.
“You’re probably right to question it because in terms of pure centre-forwards, they’ve not got that many options.”
Leeds are hardly blowing their opposition away with goals this season because as it stands, the Whites have only scored 32 goals in 21 matches.
In comparison, title rivals West Brom have 41 goals in 20 while Fulham, Bristol City and Preston have all scored more than Leeds as well.
What has been so impressive about the Yorkshire giants this season has been their defence as no one in the second-tier has conceded fewer goals than Bielsa’s men.
Ten goals conceded in 21 games is very impressive.
Some promotion-winning teams are built on scoring a bucket-load of goals – look at West Brom this season – while others are strong, assured and work from the back.
Leeds do not need to be scoring goal after goal – they just need to keep on winning.
In other Leeds United news, Stelling and Cottee tore this one player to shreds in Leeds’ win over Hull.