By Dave Woods

25th Oct, 2019 | 8:25am

Marcelo Bielsa confirms which striker is starting for Leeds v Sheffield Wednesday

It was a classic Leeds press conference by Marcelo Bielsa on Thursday (live in the LUFC app, 12.30pm). 

Getting the injury news out of the way first (Cooper and Shackleton back, Hernandez and Forshaw out), the Leeds manager held sway on a number of fascinating topics, including why anyone interested in football would care that he shops at Morrisons. (But we do, Marcelo!)

He talked about how he thinks Leeds have improved this season, across the board, bar taking chances in front of goal.

And then, just when everyone thought he’d leave them guessing about where he stood on the Patrick Bamford/Eddie Nketiah debate, he got up to leave and said, on his way out, that Bamford would be starting.

He prefaced this by saying, “Nketiah is very good at scoring. Also Bamford but Bamford is missing chances. But there’s a fact about what happens before you score a goal. You build a situation that allows the chance.” [Phil Hay]

And he said that Bamford runs more for Leeds. “What I’m looking to achieve is that Eddie feels the needs of the team. If he doesn’t put the metres in for both things he’s going to have less chances to score.”

It feels very similar to the criticisms that Pep Guardiola was leveling at Sergio Aguero. He might have tweaked the way he plays, tracking back every now and again, but really Aguero just scores so many goals that he’s impossible to ignore.

Will Nketiah develop into the same sort of elite world-level striker? It’s entirely possible.

One thing is certain, though, his first start at Leeds is not coming on Saturday. And, if the score stays at 0-0 until late, and he’s introduced and scores again, what then? In Bielsa we trust.

In other Leeds news, Bielsa delivers double fitness boost for Leeds, key first-team star back ahead of schedule